People of the World


People, people everywhere

Here and there…

Where are they all going?

Are they done

Or are they moving on?

Faces

So many different faces

Colors, shapes and sizes

Smiles and laughter

Eyes twinkling bright…

Determination and maybe some fear

Who will they see

Will they finally get it right?

It’s crazy though

Even in the crowd…

There is a huge peace there

I feel you Father… 

You are amidst your creation

Watching, guiding, 

Protecting and loving

Even those who do not know,

YOU are there…

I Should Be Reading

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Yes, I should be reading… why? Because if I don’t read some everyday, then I might not get through this HUGE book that I have to read and write about by September 6th for the beginning of my second year of ministry school!

Now, I am enjoying this book… it is basically a collection of sermons and teachings by John G. Lake. If you are not familiar, you should become so. He is an amazing father of the Christian faith, one who as I continue reading his sermons, had a love and faith for GOD that was so evident in every facet of his teachings. I have been drawn into a deeper love of my Lord through him.

This might sound odd, but to me, I am grateful. I believe that God puts that kind of call on people where they might teach us, by showing us, how to come into deeper love with the Father.

This is why I should be reading. I am in such awe of the revelations by this man about God. Not only about God, but about who we are to God. One of my favorites so far is from a teaching called “The Strong Man’s Way to God”. Here Lake talks about the perfect victory note which is heard in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how we then are transformed by the very touch of God through His Spirit, and… we are sons of God, “Not sons of God on a lower order, but sons of God as Jesus is.” ( John G. Lake, p. 52)

I should be reading.

I have only read five chapters and have read each of the chapters twice, because, honestly, the first reading is just to blindly read and not really try to comprehend. The second reading then, is for dissecting and understanding, or trying to understand.

It’s seems like books continue to change my life, my relationship with God… who I am. That’s because these books are reminding me to dig in for the truth. Nothing is on the surface, not anything of any substance. Only when we go down deep and get dirty do we really find true meaning…

Revelation….

Destiny…

And so, I should be reading. I will continue to do so, to learn all I can from others who have gone before and experienced and shared. This is why I should be reading… in reading I question and talk to God, who then answers me in His Spirit and draws me in closer.

The Father gets joy in our discovery, our joy and our looking to HIM for approval.  ~Bill Johnson

Stop Trying… Trust

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I sit here this morning, thoughts swirling around in my head, trying to grab just one and comprehend. But… that’s not possible. God doesn’t want us to comprehend, He wants us to trust.

The more I try to figure it all out, the further I move away from Him and into a state of confusion… definitely not a place I want to be. After all,  the Lord is not there, because He is not a God of confusion, and where confusion or chaos is present, it is not from God.

Now, it is important to also be aware that it will try to creep in. All the swirling thoughts might have to be sorted through, but that’s all, just sort and then put them aside. There is not a need to understand. The Father is where you receive understanding from.

Does that seem confusing? Yes, it might, in fact it almost seemed that way to me as I wrote it, but it really does make sense. Let me explain. We must process through the thoughts and determine which ones to keep and which ones to toss out. This process must be done with the Holy Spirit in order to prevent the confusion from seeping in. Holy Spirit will help us see clearly, even if we don’t understand.

The biggest nugget of wisdom I have gained recently is this… God is full of wisdom and love for me, and I only need to understand as He feels I am ready to understand, instead, I remain in His presence allowing Him to be in everything I do, say and think, and I will be fine.

This is HUGE for me, as I have always been a worrier and a planner. I made notes for my notes… every second of my day was planned out! Well almost… but, I was a nervous wreck, all the time! And now, I actually pack the night before a trip…!!! What? Yeah, for me that’s crazy, because in the past this would be done at least a week prior, maybe even sooner.

The Father is teaching me how to chill and not miss moments in life. In that, I am growing in my trust of Him and where He is taking me in this journey. My life can be full of worry and doubt and anxiety and fear, as my past 40 years have been, or it can be full of adventure and friendships and family and love and timeless moments where I can live life abundantly with my Lord.

So, as I sit here and the thoughts have now subsided from their swirling, a peace has settled instead and an excitement is growing inside… today is a new day that has just begun. I ask my Father, as an excited child would… Daddy,what will we do and where are we going today? Because, I am ready to go with you!!!

Always, everywhere, GOD is present, and always HE seeks to discover Himself to each one. ~A.W. Tozer

Unpack That Verse… Habakkuk 2:14 The Covering of the LORD

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“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.  Habakkuk 2:14 (NASB)

As I looked out into the sky this morning, I saw how the clouds were resting on the mountains. They laid, ever so softly, on the tops of the mountains as if to cover them…protect them even.

It was beautiful to look at, peaceful and comforting.

As I reflected more, I began to think of how God covers us. I began to search for verses where God covered His children. Habakkuk 2:14 was one that I found and it resonated with me.

This verse likens the covering of God to His Glory. Not only that, His glory is revealed in our knowledge of Him and it will be as vast as the waters of the sea. What an incredible picture!

We have yet another example of knowing God and as we know Him more, we truly KNOW Him. We will come to know HIs Glory… His Presence… we will be covered by HIM! AND… it will be as big as the waters that cover the sea!!!!

WOW!

Often when I feel the presence of the Father, it is like a covering, a warm and cozy blanket that HE places over me. It is such an awesome feeling!

I LOVE to be covered by God!

I hope you have had this experience. If not, it is possible. In fact, the Lord is probably just waiting for you to come to Him so He can cover you. Go to Him now, quickly, and let Him cover you with His LOVE!!!

GOD doesn’t want something from us, HE simply wants us!  -C.S. Lewis

Unpack That Verse… Psalm 119:162 The Greatest Treasure

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I rejoice at YOUR Word as one who finds great treasure.  Psalm 119:162 (NKJV)

I absolutely LOVE this verse! Reread it and then let it sink in for a moment…

The WORD of God is like a treasure. WOW! This is one of the Psalms that it is presumably written by David. It is stuck in between two verses where it talks about being persecuted and lying, but David continues to seek the word of the Lord and rejoice.

This only confirms the fact that His Word is calming and comforting. In the Bible, God speaks to us in the way that we need to be spoken to in the moment we are in. Make sense? More importantly though, IT, God’s Word, is a treasure… ALWAYS… each time we go to it… because it is inspired by Him who loves us!

The Message translation says it in this way…

I’m ecstatic over what you say, like one who strikes it rich.  Psalm 119:162 (MSG)

I think too often we are almost complacent when it comes to reading God’s Word. We must continually view it as a gift, a treasure, an amazing blessing. It is something we have access to which then gives us direct access to Jesus who leads us to the Father! It is only when we regard it as such that we are truly understanding it as the living word and not just a book with a bunch of stories. This WORD is living, both in the written Word and in the form of JESUS.

I challenge you today and every day from now on to look at what God says in His Word as something that is truly a treasure and believe you have “struck it rich”. Then, watch the Word literally JUMP off the page at you as you read… your heart will receive and you will never be the same! Be ecstatic… you have found the living WORD of God the Father!

The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.  Martin Luther

Unpack That Verse… Psalm 119:45 Walking in Freedom

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And I will walk at liberty, for I seek YOUR precepts.  Psalm 119:45 (NKJV)

God’s precepts are His Word… seeking His precepts are actually seeking Him. For, remember, His Word was made flesh through Jesus. Seeking Jesus is how we seek His precepts.

Through this seeking and then finding and because God is always there just waiting to spend time with us, well, we find freedom. Freedom, liberty in Him, in His Word, because that is where true freedom comes from.

Because I know you Jesus, in my heart, I know what it means to be free from slavery, free from sin… I know that You are with me, protecting me, guiding me, keeping me in liberty.

he presence of His Spirit is where true release and freedom are present. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! (2 Corinthians 3:17)

If I soak in this truth it becomes a reality. Thinking back to many times in my life where I felt so stuck, cornered, in bondage and basically hopeless. As I prayed and let Holy Spirit do His “thing”, it all lifted like something that was weighing me down. The next impression was one of almost weightlessness… definitely free!!!

Learning to let go and let God be in control is the first step and often the most difficult one. Take that first step into freedom and the next steps will be ones like you have never experienced before!

We must be free not because we claim it, but because we practice it.  William Faulkner

The Secret Place

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The secret place…

What is it?

Where is it?

How do you get there?

Come with me as we dig in and answer these questions together, for it is surely a place we all have been and truly want to go back often.

Many think that this secret place is actually a place we have to go in order to cultivate that intimate, personal time with God. This is not entirely true. Now a place that you go in order to be still before the Lord is not a bad thing, in fact it can be a very good way to stay focused on Him.  What I am inferring is that it is much more than a place. Let me share with you what I learned a few months ago… I had a HUGE revelation on the secret place and it has changed forever how I come before the Father now.

The secret place is actually you and me.

Let’s unpack this a bit.

Because we have Jesus in our heart, He abides in us and we in Him, yes? Well, He is in the Father and the Father is in Him, yes? So, because Jesus is in us and we are in Him and He is in the Father and the Father is in Him, we are also in the Father and the Father is in us… so all of us are in each other… this then is where the secret place is. When we are all in communion with each other, we are in the secret place with each other!

Psalm 91 gives us this beautiful picture of a secret place,

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)

Some of the other words used for the secret place include, in His presence, His shelter, and under the protection. It is definitely a good place to be! I like to think of it as a covering, the Father is taking us in under His covering.

Another verse that is probably more popular as far as the secret place is Matthew 6:6.

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (NASB)

In this one, it seems as though our “inner room” in private is where we find the Father. This makes sense, as we should be focused solely on Him when we commune with Him. So, it is almost like going into a room and closing a door. This represents a prophetic act of shutting the door to everything else in our life when we go to the secret place with our Lord. I love this analogy! There are points during the day where we go to this place with the rest of the world on the other side of the door and it’s just us and GOD. It is a necessary part of achieving intimacy with anyone, so why not with our Father?

Please don’t forget though, that He is with us always and we carry His presence everywhere we go, because we are the secret place! Maintain those private moments in order to grow in intimacy, but then out of that nurtured intimacy allow your secret place to go with you throughout your day. This will not only bless you, but it will also bless everyone around you as they experience the presence of God that you are actively spreading everywhere you go!

We convince by our presence. Walt Whitman

 

 

 

 

Unpack That Verse… Friday, March 17, 2017

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By Your words I can see where I am going; they throw a beam of light on my path. Psalm 119:105 (MSG)

The Word of God guides us. It guides us the ways that are good, the ways they take us towards Him. As we draw closer to God, through His Word we know who His is, we learn about His nature.

It’s just like spending time with anyone who you have a relationship with, the more time you spend with that person, the better you know them.

God is someone who loves us… AND, someone who we love… so, in order to maintain a healthy relationship, we must spend time together.

Moreover, it cant just be one-sided, both parties must do their part. Essentially, I must put time and effort into my relationship with the Father. Not striving or performing, just spending time with Him.

The other gem that is hidden here is this… Jesus is the Word made flesh… WOAH!!!

So, as we know Jesus, we know the Father. And as we know the Word, we know the Father… it’s all connected!

As we understand what God is saying through Jesus, our eyes can see the path He has lit for us. A path that will lead us in the way of a loving Father.

It seems so simple… and it is.

I believe that there is light all around us, if we would only look. The Father is everywhere, and He is waiting for us to look to Him.

What are you waiting for?

Look to Jesus and then ask Him to light your path with His Father’s Words.

Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one 
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God   

 

The Doors of Our Life

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Doors are funny things, at least to me. They swing back and forth, they slide to and fro, they creak, they groan, they swish, they slam, they let people in and usher people out, ultimately their sole purpose is to open and close.

Why is a door important?

A door is like a portal leading from one place to another place. A door is the transition from outside to inside, from hot to cool, from cold to warm, from wet to dry, from exposed to covered. Unfortunately, it can also be a place of fear, sadness, hunger and pain for many…

Some of the doors are chosen for us, especially as we are children. While someone else is caring for us, we have no say in what is behind the doors for us, we just follow the ones who are supposed to be protecting and loving us.

As we become adults, the choice becomes ours alone. We determine which doors to walk through and how the other side will look. Yes, there are times when as a result of a bad choice, our situation looks bleak and hopeless.

Herein is where our God steps in… if we let Him.

Yes, I said let Him…

God is ever present with us, but we still have free will. Because of this,  it is also necessary for us to cry out to Him, when we are in need. He feels our pain with us and even catches our tears when we cry. He is there, but He waiting… waiting for us to invite Him in.

Scripture is full of verses about doors. I have only listed references  in order to provide a sampling of what is in God’s Word. The meanings are as diverse as the number are bountiful.

There is the open door (Matthew 7:7) and the closed door (Matthew 6:6). There is a door that is likened to the mouth, eyes and possibly even the ears (Psalm 141:3). These doors are also places for opportunity and encounter with Jesus (Revelation 3:20), or sin and turning the way of the enemy (Genesis 4:7).

Doors are ever abundant and available, as doors often represent opportunities. Opportunities lead to decisions… decisions lead to blessings or cursings. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

My life has been full of many doors, as I am sure yours has as well. Some of the doors that were not meant for me, well, they led to very difficult times in my life. Some of the darkest, most hopeless times were on the other side of these doors. Were these doors part of my destiny, or did I mess up my life by walking through them?

Here are my thoughts on that…

One of my most favorite verses, and one that many of us are very familiar with is Romans 8:28…

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Essentially, anything we do, God will use it for our good… even through the darkness and the pain. The coolest part though is in looking at the verses around this particular verse.

 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that [b]God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

After reading this I am filled with such peace! Yes, we are weak and we NEED Holy Spirit even in our talking to God. But, HE knows that and knew it… and even still, we were already tagged to be HIS, and so He works it out. In fact, He glorifies us! WOW! Even in our bad choices, we will be glorified because we are sons and daughters of the KING!!!

Walking out the extent of opening a “bad” door will probably result in the need for repentance and possibly some pain and hardship for a season. But, there is hope and with God, there is also still a blessing. I have seen it many times in my life where out of a bad situation in my life came something beautiful! For me, it also became such a season of growth and ultimately drawing even closer to the Lord.

Another key to opening the “right” doors, the doors that lead to our destinies, is make sure they are easy to open. The ones that you force open are not for you. I have done that as well and ended up staying in a place where I was very unhappy and even watched an opportunity pass me by.

God is love and in hindsight of this truth, we will always find open doors to our destiny. This love is so HUGE that it will almost reach out and grab you. Once again, it is still up to you. Your choice will lead you to the love or away from it.

Jesus is waiting for you to ask Him which way to go. Just trust in His love for you and then let Him walk you through the next door of your life!

I know not the way the LORD leads me, but, well do I know my GUIDE. Martin Luther

 

The Perfect Place

Peace flowing over me

flowing so freely

Love filling my heart completely

to the ultimate capacity

Rest in this time

wait and you will see

The healing will come in everything

Let me love you my precious

I will show you how I have prepared the way

The path has been cleared

and you, my anointed daughter know the way…

You have been courageous

you have risked

you have opened your heart

and now…

I will show you all you truly are…

 

We really don’t know what life will bring our way. As a believer, we at least have the promises of the Lord to remind us of what we have… a Father who loves us.

In the past two weeks I have come to know a place that is so sweet and precious, I try to go there every day, sometimes many times throughout the day.

This place is a place where I hang out with God… it is our secret place.

The secret place is not even a place, but rather just being with God. It can be anywhere and anytime, but it is only found in the presence of the Father. As we connect with His Spirit, we find communion with Him… this is the secret place.

This secret place is actually inside of us… we are the secret place, at least when we connect with the Father and His Spirit… we are the secret place where God meets with us.

In the past few weeks I have come to an amazing revelation about my private time with the Lord. The Father has revealed to me that I don’t even have to “do” anything, but rather just “be” with Him. All He really wants is for me to come to Him, and spend time with Him. Sometimes that spending time with Him is reading His Word. Sometimes that spending time with Him is praise and worship. Sometimes that spending time with Him is complete silence.

How I spend time with the Father does not matter to Him. Where my heart is during that time is what matters. Is my spirit connected to His when I am with Him? That is the key… the Father wants connection with me. Spirit to spirit is the most intimate connection I can have with the Father. This is how I know Him and He knows me… we become one.

In the presence of the Father I am fully me. My true identity is revealed in the fullness of the Father’s love. This is where I find hope. This is where I feel peace. This is where I become free… this is where the love of the Father covers me.

I don’t have to do anything for love or acceptance, because God loves me anyway. He loves me at my best AND at my worst. The one thing the Lord wants from me… He wants me to come hang out with Him.  The more I spend time with Him, the more I just love it! And, as I come more into His presence, the easier it gets to lose myself in His love. It is truly an amazing feeling to be with the creator of the universe… and know how much He loves me. Not only that, to know that He is there whenever I am ready… how sweet is that. I would be crazy to not want to be there with Him…  I wish I had figured it out sooner, but I am so glad I know about it now! I have found the most perfect place there is, with my Daddy, Father God, in our special place.

If you don’t have a secret place where you intimately know God the Father, I encourage you to seek it now. It is the most amazing place you have ever been… truly the perfect place!