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The Tender Place

Very often we come to the Lord with prayer requests and personal concerns that are so close to our hearts that our words with Him are halting and timid and tear-filled. The bold decreeing that characterizes our prayers for others is often absent when we speak to Him of our own concerns. We’re touching a tender place. Whether we are speaking to Him about healing for our bodies, a much needed provision, or wisdom and guidance for our life’s journey, these requests speak to our personal relationship with our Father and His care of us. We can pray for the needs of others, we can prayerfully address a disaster situation somewhere on the planet and call forth Heaven’s help, we can intercede for the salvation of acquaintances with faith-filled words. We are, after all His instruments here on earth to call forth Heaven’s purposes in the lives of others. God expects His people to speak forth His powerful, alive, and active Word (Hebrews 4:12), and to expect results.

Matthew 9:38 – So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.

John 16:24 – …ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.

Matthew 18:19 – Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree {that is, are of one mind, in harmony} about anything that they ask {within the will of God}, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.

John 14:13-14 – And I will do whatever you ask in My Name {as My representative}, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name {as My representative} I will do it.

(See also John 15:16, John 16:23-24)

So there is no doubt- in this world, as kingdom representatives, as imitators of our Father (Ephesians 5:1), we are expected to exercise our faith in His faithfulness to His Word and to His compassion; we are to speak forth, decide and decree (Job 22:28) and expect that what we say will be established. Faith speaks! That is the faith that pleases God (Hebrews 10:38). That is the faith stand that brings about Heaven’s purposes here on earth. (Which makes you wonder about the end results when God’s people keep silent and do not speak forth His Word in faith.)

We can exhort and encourage others to stand on the Word and expect that Word to manifest. Yet when the need touches our own lives, when our heart’s desires are involved, personal sensibilities often override or weaken our faith stand. Ministries have crumbled, churches have split apart or closed, God’s calling on lives has been reduced or even eliminated. I am not in any way discounting Satan’s role in all of this, but when we understand that he is a defeated foe, we need to recognize that our personal sensibilities often dictate louder than allegiance to our Father’s plans and purposes in a life.

And our Father knows this:

Proverbs 13:12- Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

So how do we both acknowledge and honor those tender places in our lives but not let them speak louder than our Father’s Word to us and our understanding of His loving, attentive, and watchful care? By making the purposeful decision to hold His Word and His Person as more dear, more precious, than any personal issue.

Psalm 37:4- Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

By immediately exchanging thoughts of lack, concern, or worry with thoughts of love and honor and praise for the One Whom we serve.

Quite recently just such thoughts of a personal nature would rise up in my mind to try to steal my peace. Questions about why certain prayer requests were taking so long to manifest. Immediately, and I truly emphasize “immediately”, the Holy Spirit redirected my thoughts. Thoughts of love and trust for God’s intentions in my life, thoughts of praise and thanksgiving that I am His daughter, thoughts encouraging my understanding that our Abba’s Word is settled and absolute, replaced the heaviness of negative questioning. The enemy can try to diminish our moments, but he is no match for the work of the Holy Spirit in a yielded life.

And be encouraged. It is the tender heart, the tender place where our dreams and desires reside, where the Lord reveals how special and unique our life in Him truly is. Our giftings, our motivations, the call of each heart, when placed in the care of our Father will yield extraordinary blessings. As His children we ache and yearn for those things because He placed them there.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the {action of His} power that is at work within us, is able to {carry out His purpose and} do superabundantly, far over and above all that we {dare} ask or think {infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams} – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

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Renewing our Minds

One of the most reassuring, and encouraging aspects of our walk with God is the assertion that “There is no respect of persons (no partiality) with Him”. (Ephesians 6:9) If one is blessed in receiving what is promised then all can be. If one successfully operates in kingdom principles and demonstrates kingdom authority in spiritual matters, then all can. Along with the blood of the Lamb, it is the word of our testimony that causes us to overcome – to walk in victory. When we hear of a person who received a miraculous healing, or much needed provision, or a timely word to correctly and powerfully address their situation, or teaching and guidance from the Holy Spirit which brought wisdom and clarity, or success in spiritual warfare – we can assume that those same blessings can be ours through faith as well. When we share with each other what God is doing in our lives we are encouraging their faith walk and strengthening their practice of “Heavenspeak”.

Revelation 12:11 – We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony

I say again, the primary intent of the enemy is to disprove God in the lives of nonbelievers and believers alike. He works at leading astray, offering counterfeit worldviews, and sowing misinformation about the One True and only way to get to God. There are two fronts that we are to battle him on – proclaiming Jesus to the world (letting our light shine and our lives reflect spiritual Truths) and daily renewing our minds to kingdom realities.
We become more “fluent” in our Heavenspeak, more effective in the formation of faith-filled words and pronouncements, as we daily renew our minds with our Father’s Word. When we see something in the Word but are not experiencing it in our lives, how do we remedy that? How do we live fully within our rightful place as citizens of His kingdom? How do we fully experience the Truth that it is our Father’s “good pleasure” to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32) and all that signifies? Our testimony, our speaking forth the Word of God into each and every situation we encounter, and the testimony of others is the overcoming factor. As we hear and learn and faithfully apply we conquer! (Romans 10:17).
In the book of Acts, there were several instances when Paul was about to be flogged as he traveled preaching the Gospel, but as he claimed Roman citizenship he was instead treated with respect. Those in authority were quite concerned that they had overstepped their bounds and had not treated a Roman citizen with the respect due him.

Acts 22:29 – Instantly those who were about to examine and flog him withdrew from him; and the commandant also was frightened, for he realized that {Paul} was a Roman citizen and he had put him in chains.

Paul knew his rights as a citizen of Rome. All of the world at that time understood the value of Roman citizenship .As a matter of fact, the commandant who had arrested Paul said that he had purchased Roman citizenship as a valuable investment for a great price. (Acts 22:28). Paul responded that he was born Roman, and with authority, demanded that he be treated with the respect due a citizen of the Roman Empire. He knew his rights and he insisted upon them!
This is a very effective picture for us as we grow to understand and walk fully in the spiritual counterpart. Paul knew his rights and privileges as a citizen of the Roman Empire, and we are to know and understand our rights and privileges as citizens of the kingdom of God. Those who attempted to silence and harm Paul, to persecute and silence his message, were unable to touch him because of his protective citizenship. He proclaimed and demanded his rights; he stood his ground and insisted that he be escorted from town by the authorities. (Acts 16:37-39). In the very same way we are to stand our ground on the rights and privileges of the kingdom. Had Paul remained silent and thought, “Well, this persecution and danger must be God’s will so I will walk through it without complaint. I’ll simply accept it and put up with the problem”, the significance of the lesson of citizenship rights would have been lost to us. There’s a reason it is in the Word of God!
Renewing our minds daily with God’s Word creates extravagant transformation and the understanding and establishment of spiritual authority. I heard first hand a similar story to that of Paul’s claim of citizenship rights which occurred in the life of a more recent believer. Called to help an inmate in a Central American prison, Lester Sumrall, a traveling evangelist, discovered a demon possessed woman behind bars, demonstrating personal physical abuse and emotional turmoil. In His earthly ministry, Jesus encountered similar situations (Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:27-35) Sumrall prayed with and for her, commanding the spirits to depart from her. Having cast out the evil spirits, he left her in a restored, peaceful state and traveled back to his hotel. In the middle of the night he was woken abruptly as his bed was being shaken so much it was moving out into the center of the room away from the wall. Through Holy Spirit wisdom he understood immediately that this was demonic activity in retaliation for the miracle that had happened at the prison earlier that day. With authority he said, “In the Name of Jesus I command you to stop this shaking and go!” The bed stopped shaking at his word. A moment later he said, “Wait! Put this bed back where it was and then go” and the bed moved back to its original position against the wall.
This brother in faith, this man of God, understood the authority that is ours in Christ (Matthew 28:18, Luke 22:29, John 16:33, Colossians 2:15). That authority not only brought about the woman’s deliverance, it stopped the enemy’s response to that miracle in its tracks. We please our Father when we daily pick up that mantle of authority and walk through our days establishing His kingdom principles, all that Jesus has won for us, wherever He leads. We are transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) into those faith-filled children of God who will change their world, and the lives of those they encounter, to the honor and glory of God.

Psalm 91 – Part Two

Verse 2 – I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely and in Him I {confidently} trust!

Psalm 91 powerfully demonstrates that our covenant with God, while dependent upon certain faith actions on our part, is only and always for our benefit and our ultimate good. Our Abba is a Blesser! He delights in our prosperity and well-being (Psalm 34:10, Psalm 35:27); “affectionately and watchfully” He sees to our safety, our concerns, our every step. ( 1 Peter 5:7) Verses 1 and 2 instruct us in our role; the actions we must take to receive covenant blessings. We are to see to it that we dwell, stable and fixed, in His secret place (verse 1), and from our mouth, with our faith talking, we are to speak forth that truth (verse 2).

I will say of the Lord“! Into every circumstance. At the beginning of every day we are to proclaim our allegiance to the King. We are to speak forth His Lordship. We are to honor Him with our lips “affectionately and gratefully” (Psalm 135: 19-20). Our words acknowledge our location in the Spirit. Our spoken word – coming forth from the overflow of a faith-filled heart (Matthew 12:34) creates for us the reality of our placement in Christ and all that means. God’s spoken Word created all that we see, and as imitators of our Father (Ephesians 5:1) we understand the importance, the significance, and the power of the words we speak as well.

He is my Refuge and my Fortress“; my Place of Safety, my Stronghold (Proverbs 28:10)

Psalm 32:7 – You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble. You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah (pause, and calmly think of that)!

When we say in the face of anything we encounter in our days (any device of the enemy, any worldly or fleshly hurdle) “I have taken refuge in God – I am safe here in God’s fortress” – nothing, nothing can reach you successfully there. Pause, and, in faith, calmly think of that!

For “on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I {confidently} trust!” This closing phrase of Verse 2 summarizes faith for us; faith in His Word, His love, His purpose in each of our lives. Speaking forth your certainty that God is reliable, trustworthy, and faithful to His Word (Hebrews 10:23) ushers in the covenant realities of the remainder of Psalm 91.

The Greatest Conversation

I have often heard that the purposeful reading of classical literature can be referred to as taking part in “The Great Conversation”.   Ideas and philosophies expressed through the written word over the centuries evolve and blend; food for thought and deep pondering are offered to us by authors reflecting the issues and societal thinking of their own period of history.  Those who thoughtfully and purposefully enter into this “Great Conversation” recognize that expressed wisdom through the written word is not only relegated to today’s writers.

That being the case, it would also be true that Christian writers who have penned works throughout the centuries are taking part in “The Greatest Conversation”!  We have so many writers today who bless and inform our faith walk as they obediently write, led by the teaching of the Holy Spirit: John and Lisa Bevere, Gloria and Kenneth Copeland, Lynne Hammond, Joyce Meyers, Rick Renner, to name but a few.   (See Recommended Reading List) But the light of God’s wisdom and the leading of the Holy Spirit to write is evident throughout the Church Age.  Those who have come before, those who have, in obedience, written down the counsel of the Lord have much to teach us if we will willingly enter in to this greatest of all conversations – C.S. Lewis, William Wilberforce, Lillian Yeomans, Hannah Whitall Smith, F.F. Bosworth and so many others have obeyed the leading of the Holy Spirit to bless the Body of Christ with their writings.  I have discovered such wealth here.  Whether a single sentence or an extended treatise, they offer food for my spirit – words that grow me in my faith.

William Wilberforce in Real Christianity writes powerfully of lukewarm faith, Rev. Will Harney encourages the Body of Christ toward unshakeable faith and how to achieve it in  Praying Clear Through, and in Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis offers a clear and concise proof for the Christian faith.  Lewis wrote in the 1940’s, Harney in 1915 and Wilberforce in 1797.  Hannah Whitall Smith  encourages us to walk daily in the joy of the Lord in The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life published in 1875.  Lillian Yeoman’s and F.F. Bosworth , both now home with the Lord, give testimony and speak so powerfully of the Gospel concerning healing.

Each of these writers “sought acceptable words, even to write down rightly words of truth or correct sentiment” (Ecclesiastes 12:10).  Their works were ” written to admonish us and fit us for right action by good instruction” (1 Corinthians 10:11).  These are our brothers and sisters in Christ whose words still instruct us.  And time is of no relevance as they hold conversation with us if we will seek out their works and honor them with our attention.

Our Evolving Testimony

It is the soul at rest that demonstrates trust.  It is the peaceful heart that fully receives that which is promised.  For they are like magnets drawing every one of God’s blessings.  They are the very essence of faith.

When I was first born again I knew virtually nothing about God’s intentions towards His children.  My mind was filled up with incorrect assumptions concerning Him after years of weak Gospel teaching and following after the constructs of worldly attitudes.  Each new revelation discovered in His Word, or through books, and teaching tapes and CD’s, each new insight about this walk in the Spirit, were moments of joyous discovery!

With each new bit of wonderful Gospel knowledge little pieces of the stronghold, which had been erected and firmly established to diminish God’s Truth and render It ineffective in my life, were falling away.

I read Christ the Healer when troubling symptoms and negative diagnostic words were thrown my way and thought, “Here is my answer!  Can this really be true?!”  And I pursued knowledge and understanding.  I studied and dug into the Word.  I sat under strong Gospel teaching in a church where God’s Word is honored through absolute belief in Its Truth and power.  And every misconception, every misleading lie calculated to keep me in bondage in this area fell away. And so one travels from, “Can this possibly be true?” to, “Yes, it absolutely is true and I will base my expectations upon it”, to, “Praise God, let me tell you what He has done for me!” We travel from the babyhood of uninformed wondering to the praise filled word of our testimony.

Your evolving testimony to others and to yourself is profoundly affected by the time and careful attention that you give to His Word and to His Holy Spirit:

Be careful what you are hearing.  The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you – and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. (Mark 4:24)

You let yourself and others down when you do not resolve to attend to the establishment of God’s Word as your standard in life.  There is too much life here, your true life in God, to do without.  Selah!

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 2:1-8           Proverbs 4:5             Proverbs 16:16

The Dark and the Light

One of the first things that my husband, Jim, said when he was born again was, “I never realized that I was lost until I wasn’t lost anymore.”  Profoundly simple but powerfully reflective of the basic truth and promise of the Gospel – that which was lost is found (Luke 19:10).   The Truth that God is everything He says He is invades the darkness of the souls of the lost; those who never realized that in this world you must choose. A light finally shines for them.  John 1:5 tells us:

And the light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].  [Emphasis mine]

The darkness brought into the world through sin and a selling out to Satan hides from God and from everything that is ultimately for our benefit, blessing, and fulfillment.  Proverbs 4:19 says that the wicked walk in deep darkness and don’t even realize what they are stumbling over.  “The road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker – travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.”(Message Bible) And our Lord further reveals the desperate state of those who are unreceptive to God’s love and to the light that love brings:

Matthew 6:22-23 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.  But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

From the very beginnings of time our Father has brought light to darkness:

Genesis 1:2-3The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep.  The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the water.  And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

That same Genesis moment occurs in the life of any man or woman who abandons their lost state for life in the Lord.  Like the turning on of a light switch in a darkened room, there is awareness, understanding, and revelation.  1 Peter 2:9 says that we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light:

to tell others of the night-and-day difference He made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.  (Message Bible) [Emphasis mine]

With his words upon being born again, Jim began his testimony of the goodness of God, and of the reality that unless and until you choose the life that our Father extends to you, you are a lost soul, still groping around in darkness.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 4:19             Isaiah 9:2             Matthew 6:23

John 1:5                      John 12:35            James1: 17

1Peter 2:9

Heaven’s Answer – Part Two

As we continue to direct our attention to allowing the Word to inform our expectations, be ever aware that the extent to which you receive the reality of God’s Truth into your heart and into your life is the extent to which the manifestation of those truths will be evident to all.  For it is faith in God’s Word, and God’s Word alone, that receives the promises.  Heaven’s answers are there for all to discover, yet so many skim the surface of His will for their lives. Yesterday we spoke of the Truth concerning God’s delight and great pleasure in the prosperity of His people (Psalm 35:27).  There has been so much poor teaching on this subject.  There is a poverty mentality among Christians which is debunked by a close study of the Word.  Prosperity honors God – poverty does not.

The same is true of sickness.  Sickness is overcome:

Psalm 103:3 – …Who heals each one of all of your diseases.

Exodus 23:25You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.

1 Peter 2:24 –  By His wounds you have been healed (Isaiah 53).

It is that knowing in the face of symptoms that defeats Satan’s agenda to “steal, kill, and destroy”  (John 10:10).  This is another one of those blessings of kingdom life that speaks so powerfully to the lost.  When you own it, when symptoms of ill health cannot gain a foothold in your life and you proclaim daily the promises contained in the Word which declare God’s will on the matter, you are drawing that line in the sand – that demarcation between the world’s bleak understanding of “reality” and actual Kingdom Truths.  You are announcing to Heaven, all of the demons of hell, and any human who cares to look and listen that you know that here lies Truth.  Standing on “every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4), and refusing to judge by what you see with your eyes and what you hear with your ears (Isaiah 11:3), you are demonstrating Kingdom realities to a world plagued by fear concerning illness.

When we stand in faith for abundant life in the area of continuous health we are proclaiming (as with prosperity) that this is what God in a life looks like.  We are demonstrating that God means what He says and says what He means. We are silently sermonizing of the goodness and trustworthiness of our Father.  We are standing in faith – in absolute reliance – on what Jesus accomplished on our behalf.  No half measures here.  Don’t straddle the fence and accept less than in your life in any area.  Less than does not correctly represent Heaven’s answers.  Heaven’s answer is “nothing missing – nothing broken” (Shalom).  Heaven’s answer is peace overcoming fear, prosperity replacing poverty, abundant health instead if illness, confidence and fulfillment triumphing over doubt and confusion.  These are not just wishful words.  This is reality.  Dig deeply into the wonderful Word of God and you will discover the extraordinary richness and blessings of life in Christ.  And as you appropriate Heaven’s answers for your own life, you will ultimately bless many with you testimony.

God’s Word on the subject:

Psalm 35:27              Psalm 103:2-3              Matthew 4:4

Heaven’s Answers – Part One

We come across them every day – people in fear, in want, in poverty, in sickness, in confusion, in denial concerning the grips of sin.  Mark 14:41 defines “sinful men” as those “whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God”.  They refuse to receive from their Creator that which He so longs to give them (Matthew 23:37).  In stubborn rebellion they imagine that freedom begins and ends with their own agenda, their own perspective at the center of their own reality.  In point of fact, their freedom, their true identity, and their fulfillment are found only in restoration with their Heavenly Father – their Abba.  Truth is not relative – It never changes. Our God, our Lord, Jesus, is everyone’s answer!

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.  So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. (Isaiah 26;3-4)

The Word of God explains fully what Heaven’s answers are for every situation.  God does not keep secrets from His children.  Not only do we have His Word on the matter, we have been given, through His gracious enabling, the Holy Spirit to live in us and to direct and guide us into every blessing that is ours in Jesus. Many are easily deceived because they do not make it their intention to discover all that our covenant with God contains.

Poverty is undone:

For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) in that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied). (2 Corinthians 8:9). [Emphasis mine]

Strong’s Concordance defines the Greek word “plouteo”, translated in the above passage as “rich” or “enriched”, as “wealthy, increased with goods, abundantly rich”.  Do not diminish this Truth by spiritualizing it!  Spiritual richness is certainly a direct result of life in the Spirit, but we are speaking here of Heaven’s answer to an impoverished life – bills that need paying, uncertain futures hindered by income issues, lack of funds that prevent the abundance that Jesus came to give (John 10:10). God’s covenant with His people includes financial prosperity.  In fact, God tells us in Deuteronomy 8 :18 that the prosperity of His people is a direct reflection of the establishment of His covenant with us.

Our God-Who-is-More-than-Enough (El Shaddai), our God Who Provides, Jehovah Jireh, our God Who came that we may have and enjoy life “and have it in abundance (to the full till it overflows)”  (John 10:10) is best reflected to the world around us when His goodness and provision is apparent for all to see.  It is a powerful testimony in your life to His character, His love, and his faithfulness to His Word.

God’s Word on the subject:

Matthew 23:37       Romans 8:15-16         Philippians 4:7

3 John 2

Responsive to God’s Touch

…a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the heart of their God]…(Ezekiel 11:19)

There are so many ways that our daily walk in the world can compromise our walk in the Spirit. Our children rebel in big and small ways and we call it normal; the conversations around us are filled with blasphemy, crude and rude remarks, and demeaning comments concerning others which we choose to ignore to avoid uncomfortable interactions; political correctness wins out over Truth, convenience trumps commitment, and the comfort of status quo is so much easier than the determination to get it right God’s way.  And each of those moments establishes spiritual callouses on our hearts; places that gradually become unresponsive to God’s touch.  We become desensitized to His voice, unclear about His leading, and indifferent to growth in Him.

We purposefully silence our voices in the public square, believing that while our faith in God is vitally important and defining in our lives, we have no right to “intrude” into other lives with the Truth of the Gospel! Certainly the world’s prevailing attitudes encourage us in this as we are reminded daily to refrain from interjecting God’s principles into public debate.

The Holy Spirit is in the callous removing business. He softens and gentles and very effectively re-establishes the lines of communication with Heaven if we will let Him. His ministry in a life restores the wayward or indifferent child to peace with God, re-opens pathways to effective listening, and revitalizes our desire to be open and responsive to His leading, His teaching and God’s touch.

A callous heart believes that it is putting up protective barriers to avoid being hurt.  It is establishing parameters which it feels will very effectively prohibit emotional pain, in all of its manifestations, from entering.  But that is not how God created us.  He created us for open, honest relationship with Him:

Isaiah 30:15 …in quietness and in trusting confidence shall be your strength…

John 4:24– …those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth…

Ezekiel 11:19– …and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God]

Our Father’s antidote to a callous heart is found in the ministry of the Holy Spirit and His call to love – love for God, love for others, and love for ourselves.  As we trust in His guidance, as we learn daily to hear Him better and better, and as we resolve to get it right God’s way, always, a calloused heart will be a thing of the past.  We will be finely tuned and responsive to Heaven’s touch and gentled down, peace-filled daughters of God.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Ezekiel 11:19-20            Hebrews 3: 7-10

While the World Waits

Romans 8:19For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].


   How we perceive the people of the world, how clearly we understand the reality of the two spiritual kingdoms, and how consistently and joyfully we embrace our identity daily as God’s representatives, Heaven’s ambassadors, profoundly impacts our daily words, actions, and purposes.  If we, for example, head out today with our spirits accurately informed  about the world we walk out into we will see things differently, hear words differently, and have a more effective role in  revealing our Father and His kingdom to a waiting world.

Bringing the healing touch of Heaven, speaking God’s Word into the lives and issues we encounter, seeing spiritual realities where others see only expected worldly standards, and recognizing God’s leading and Holy Spirit counsel throughout every daily moment will positively impact everyone we meet.  We are meant to be a people led forth by Heaven’s agenda.  That father who berates and injures with thoughtless words, that teen who speaks and acts disrespectfully toward a parent, that friend whose words of fear will eventually come home to roost, that family whose daily dysfunction will send out emotionally crippled children into the world to duplicate the error over and over again, that coworker who does not yet know and, therefore, speaks disrespectfully of his or her Creator, that believer whose faith walk is based on misconceptions concerning God  –  are so in need of your touch, your words, your prayers; in short, your ministry.  The world is waiting.

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike, “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.  We know Who He is and we know who we really are: Father and children. (Romans 8:15-16  – Message Bible)

It is that knowing that profoundly alters our approach to the world and our walk through it.  We are walking out among the citizens of darkness. (Matthew 6:23).   I remember so clearly the thoughts and attitudes that defined my life before I was born again.  The light in me was darkness.  It was very real to me, and totally accepted by me, and so alien to God’s ways of doing and being right. God had no place in my thoughts; His standards had no place in my “enlightened”, worldly reasoning. I was so very far off the mark, daily joining the chorus of the rebellious, and walking further and further down the path of destructive disregard for my Creator.  Someone came, sent by my Father, to shine a light into that darkness.  When someone lights our candle (Proverbs 20:27) it is our job, our joy, and our fulfillment to pass that light on.  So many are lost in darkness.  The world is waiting.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Mark 16:15              John 17:18                   1Corinthians 1:17-25