Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I am thankful for that work, that is so necessary, if we are to live in this world with Hope, and with Joy. Once we have tasted of His goodness, we know that there is nothing at all, nothing that can compare or satisfy us or even come near what we experience through a simple love relationship with Him. A relationship where we are in process of continually being restored and filled with His Spirit.
People who are thrill seekers, once they accomplish or reach a goal, then on they go to the next one and the next one. Always I guess looking for the next "high". But with Christ, there is no higher mountain to climb. There is nothing beyond who He is and who He is in us and through us. He is all in all. And He has come to make a way for us to live in Him and to receive a continual manifestation of the full measure of who He is.
We can let go of all our religious goals and seminars and book reading, to learn techniques and so on and so forth. Because it's simply not about us!
The answer is and always will be Christ in us (the Hope of Glory) Christ is All in All. There is none like Him.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Your love is deep
Your love is high
Your love is long
Your love is wide
Deeper than my view of grace
Higher than this worldly place
Longer than this road I travel
Wider than the gap You filled
Who shall separate us
Who shall separate us from Your love
Nothing can separate us
Nothing can separate us from Your love
Sunday, April 13, 2008
My husband and I have been doing some remodeling. We have been working relentlessly to remodel a room that has been neglected in our house for over the past few years. It is a room that we have used to home school for six years (thus far). Not only home school, but we have somehow managed to squeeze in there all sorts of other activities: lots of discussions, lots of prayer times together, generally making decisions, deep thinking, family meetings. We have talked through so many situations, all in this little tiny area. Not that it looks so beautiful :) but nevertheless, it's so inviting! It seems any time there has arisen any crisis of any sort, off we go, into that little unkept room, with that big old comfy couch, to sort it all out, or at least to try to sort it all out and simply move forward into the direction that we feel God is taking us, and leading us through.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I have been standing back lately as I see the degree of depth of Christ formed in my oldest daughter. I see a foundation in her that is solid and sure: it amazes me. That I as her parent can observe Christ's nature and character formed so much in her! That I can simply continue to speak into her life encouragement, hope and know that she is sustained by Him and operating thru His Spirit .. that she has a relationship with Jesus that is more real than any other and is the foundation on which she is living her life. As she deals with trials, uncertainties, as she tries to understand what direction to pursue for her life.
In myself let's say at this moment I do not see such a great depth but I see more of a struggle. A struggle to continually rely on Him and not get lost in my own emotion of to stay rigid and not in a state of life, moving, relying and living completely in Him. I think that we are meant to have certain seasons in our life , that somehow they take on a slightly different feel to us but they all work towards the completely permanent and deep residence of His Spirit each and everyday.
Even as He laid down His life, He has set us free to live in a place of rest yet constant growth and movement in Him. Underneath it all there is constant purpose that is being worked out in us, and more and more we get glimpses of it , of the freedom and of the overwhelming joy that we feel because we belong to Him !
Sunday, April 6, 2008
To continue onward in the message of hope, continual hope, I would like to encourage myself and you about the Holy Spirit's breath. How important it is to have in us this power. It's encouraging to think this power is in us!! In you, in me, this gentle breeze blowing. This is for those who need it, the Holy Spirit comes to help to us all, to comfort us and to teach us, but it's not a reward !! It's power is not available for those who are more spiritual than others: or those who are in certain 'positions' in the body of Christ, it's for all - it's a gift that God has given us, each of us. Breath of God, given freely to us, sent to help all.
The way He works is different as this verse says, different in you and different in me. Those who say He only works and only moves in a certain way don't understand this. As in let's say, denominational principles, meetings. He is continually there for us. However, we simply can't identify how exactly the winds blow, or from what direction it comes from. It's not a formula, but sadly man often has thought that they could formulate the direction and strength of this wind from God. But seriously, can you "catch the wind" ? Can u "catch the fire" ? Just attend charismatic meetings and you will soon realize that their meetings are all similar - as if the wind is always blowing from the same direction I guess :) Typically at the end of the meetings. :) I have even seen others "blow" that wind towards their audience LOL. They feel they have "caught" the wind and understood how and where the wind is blowing, from what direction . Just how exactly do we "catch the spirit, or catch the fire?" You mean we can catch the wind? As I discover who He is and Him in me and Him in you, I realize that it is He that has captured me and embraced me. But I understand less how this has occurred and what has made this reality continually possible in my life.
People who say and demand that God's Holy Spirit work only in a certain way, almost methodical in a sense, simply haven't grasped this. I haven't grasped it either I must say (I haven't caught the wind) but I am willing to yield to Him, yield my heart to Him, yield my sin to Him, and as we do, we are able to the live in the deepening discovery that the "wind blows where it will". I am delighted that it is God who is in the wind ! It's not me! Let's not limit God to one another and try to explain to others the way exactly that the wind blows, for the wind blows where it wishes. God is not after our understanding of spiritual matters, He is simply after our heart.
Hey, did u ever hear the saying, 'so and so is chasing after the wind' ? What they are saying is that there is a sense of futility in what they are doing and the effort they are making. That there is not really any hope that they will eventually capture the wind so to speak and succeed in their efforts :)
God understands our need moment by moment. More than we do. He is interested in us and wants to come, oh how He wants to come, and breathe upon us and help us! He understands that we get discouraged and that we get heavy laden. But the only way to truly live is to live through His breath in us, in these moments . Paul said to the believers in Acts 19, "Have you received the Holy Spirit?" He was concerned for these believers and wonderful how Paul recognized that though they were believers, he was concerned in the sense that they hadn't received the Holy Spirit. He understood that without the Spirit all they would be able to rely on was their understanding of the scriptures, their understanding of what it meant to be spiritual and free in Him. Their understanding as ours is, is often rules, principles and traditions. Paul knew this all to well that there was no real life in that. They needed to be transformed deep from within to instead rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. They needed to have the Spirit guide them in the hope that they would grow up in God's grace and power. Paul wanted and relied on that for himself to simply be led by the Spirit. He did not rely on his teaching methods or his formulas to accomplish this. He saw this as an obstacle actually. He knew this was the one factor, "have you received the Spirit, necessary and from within, (it was not an external) He loved and cared deeply, and out of that place he wanted to encourage these sincere believers also. I often see my role in the body of Christ in a simple manner: as a nurturer in the sense that the Holy Spirit in myself, nurturing me, and so I simply want to nurture others to partake also of His presence within: onward in Christ.
So we encourage each other daily in the Spirit of God. It's not difficult to do if it's the reality that we are living in. We are freed up from relying on methods to simply instead yield to God. As we rely on Him, Him in each other, His power is effectually working, raising us up. We don't seek to do it for each other for we have understood or should I say we haven't yet understood the process, but nevertheless the wind is blowing still, and blowing where it will. As we can't see the direction it is coming from neither can we determine just where exactly it is travelling to. We hope in Him continually !
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The aftermath of this type of warfare that persons fall prey to is anything but a place of hope, restoration, healing, mercy. When a hurting /devastated person finds themself caught up in this type of combat, the result is not only a continued lack of hope, (a deferred hope), but disillusionment and a sense of deeper despair and separation from God. Their pain and wounds continue to frighten them and torment them. They continue to lose whatever self-esteem they have as they sink deeper into a very dark pit of which they have no ability to get out of. Discouragement. Eventually they lose all hope that they might get out of that pit. They just continue to live life shattered basically - in all these little fragments and remain unable to find their way. They give up, they lose their hope. It's called existing (I guess).
I have walked alongside sisters who have had their faith completely shattered and broken, being in the line of fire so to speak. They have went to those whom should be speaking hope to them and like a first aid attendant, offer some precious ointment to them in their wounded state. Nurturing. But this is sadly not the experience of all.
It's amazing how deep and painful life can get for some. How far away one can travel from the true heart, mercy love and compassion of our God, and yet think they are sent by God, as an able minister of the gospel. Survival for those who end up on these battlefields becomes nothing more than a painful existence they succumb to. They ultimately detest themselves and what they feel they are forced to endure. They detest God, the one whom they have turned to and desired to know and love in the midst of their pain. They turned to God in their deep brokenness, and became vulnerable towards him, (do you know how much courage that takes) But the result is that the understanding given thru these so called 'ministers' was that God was not really interested in their suffering. They believe instead that God continued to berate them and be annoyed with their sense of failure and inability to get "life" together. It's a tragedy (can't find a more meaningful word but that will have to do) but it's a tragedy what is done in the name of God to others.
To describe it therefore as a combat zone or a battlefield seems appropriate.
What I think we all need to have IS hope, to be offered hope continually in our lives.
We have so much hope when we truly know Him. The only way we can offer another HOPE is to have it nestled in our hearts :-) I have said it before in my posts and in my chatter to others, and yet say it again: the one thing that we ALL continually need to receive and give is hope. It needs to be a constant. In the psalms David often talks about his abiding hope in the Lord. (Check it out; David waited continually for God's hope: And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee. ps 39)
Along with hope, we need to be nurturers, we need to wash each others wounds and gently and carefully wait on the Lord, hear the Lord's heart and compassion in these moments. WE won't understand their pain completely, but that's ok. Nurture someone's faith wherever it's at. Give them a little spec of hope.
We need to be like Him and ask Him, Lord help us to be like you! We don't want to fail to possess the fullness of who He is, and why He came. The fullness of the hope that He has dispersed in our hearts: because He lives and Has come to us in our brokenness . To heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free.
Once we truly grab a hold of the heart of God, we see people so differently. No matter what condition they find themself in. We see them thru His eyes of hope and our faith soars, knowing that He has come and He is faithful! Him in the midst of the battle fields of life (yes those even impacted by the Holy Hand grenade launchers).
Our hope continually gives us tremendous opportunity to express and speak into one another's lives (perhaps listen more than speak, just as important ) Listening gives us a chance to get our hearts set on the deep hope that is before us. Before them. But in any event, true hope that has come from Him and found it's way into our lives like a ray of sunshine in the midst of forty days and nights of rain!
Hope will find a way to be expressed. This is a part of the true life of Christ and His character, His likeness, when He is living deeply in His people and reaching out from that place to another.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Some good points, such as the following:
-we are always wrong , and the doctrine police are sent to correct you!
-trying to defend yourself just gives them the necessary ammunition they need to continue to be the doctrine police!
-we have no control over how exactly we are going to be heard or interpreted
- doctrine police accept a view of God that is devoid and very different from the one Jesus showed us of gentleness, love, humility and brokenness
-what they do to people in actuality (tho maybe they are right on a theological level and will tell u over and over how right they are and how wrong u are) they are very hurtful and devastating to those who are broken and heavy laden with their sin, this because they are unable to express the love, compassion and kindness of God
- when there is that sense of attack coming from the doctrine police, what they really need to do is look around them and see if there is actually even any sheep at all gathered around them (lol)
-what they really want is an audience to convince them over and over how great they are and how wrong we are lol. (it's called having an agenda so they can win the argument)
-loving someone is living and speaking the truth without trying to convince anyone ( ie manipulating someone) this should all be done in the context of love and tenderness without provoking one's defensiveness
- I agree with him when he says the "need" to convince is one of the greatest deterrent to spreading the life and love of Jesus in the world ....
:-) Love in His heart