Monday, January 23, 2012

Hidden Patches on the face of "Perfection"

“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as  I prophesied there was a noise...and the bones came together bone. Ezekiel 37:7
What do you think Ezekiel means by “Bones?”
Many Groups of Christians have been seeking a revival this year...but we are all completely separated... by doctrinal traditions... or by the thinking of “perfection.”
The church can SEPARATE the BODY if we allow it to. The Church-- if we become so focused on being the “CHOSEN” people... just as the JEWS.... We start to get a high and mighty Judgmental outlook and TURN people away... & when we begin to turn people away... we become dried up like bones. 
Those people that we turned away... had been chosen to be a part of the body. They were called by Jesus just like us... Without them.. We are just bones.. Dried up bones. So when we come together, we crash--bone to bone and we cannot be unified.  
We need God’s healing hand to REVIVE US, to bring a unity to the body of Christ that is MIRACULOUS... but we can’t do that until we first have the essential elements... 
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the Whole house of Israel.. I WILL bring YOU into the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 37:11-12
What do you think the “Whole house of Israel” is?
God’s promise is clear. HE will bring YOU--yes YOU--into the land of Israel. 
Stay with me here, I’m about to get “off topic”-----
“He will give the rain for your land in it’s season, the early AND the later rain...that you may gather...”
Deuteronomy 11:14
What do you think the Early and Late rains are? What season are we in? 
I believe that the early and late rains are the early church and the Modern day Church (I will explain this in a minute)... Greater things are prepared for us than for the early Church BECAUSE.... GOD has PROMISED to bring us the former and the later rain TOGETHER. If we are to accept the fullness of what has been reserved for this Generation... then we must look back and see why the early church dwindled....  
We are meant to reconcile--not be separated by denominationalism, races, or imperfections! 
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what EVERY joint supplies, according to the effective working by which EVERY part does it’s share... Ephesians 4:16
God is bringing the body together, knitting us so that we are not JUST BONE. Each of us has something SO VITAL  to the welfare of the whole that it’s absence can make the difference between victory and defeat. How can a body function without it’s joints? 
How much more can the Body of Christ function... when it turns people away?
So how you ask... can we all be JOINED--How exactly, do imperfections in the Church cause victory? How can YOU be used if you don’t feel worthy, or if you’ve sinned? 
Well, I have news for YOU------->
“The deliverer will come from Zion, 
He will banish ungodliness from Jacob,”
And this will be my Covenant with them,
When I TAKE AWAY their SINS. Romans 11:26-27’
The EARLY and the LATE are coming together.. that means JEW and GENTILE. When JESUS took away our sins... He allowed EVERYONE to become part of the CHURCH
....... That means EVERYONE. EVERYONE has a chance to know CHRIST. EVERYONE get’s a chance to be a part of the BODY. 
Christ was sent for OUR sins. For YOUR sins. For EVERYONE’s SINS. You belong to a family. A body of Believers.... We are ALL called to form the body of one Man... The body of CHRIST. 
COME JUST AS YOU ARE..... COME BROKEN, COME DESPERATE, COME WHEN you feel used up, dried up like a bristled bone... turn your cheek to Satan’s demeaning voice and realize that:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Uncovering The BEAUTY in the BLEMISHED

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:11-13

What does it mean to be content? How can I be content in every situation? Well, I have been learning that to be content depends entirely on my willingness  to be ACCEPTING to my surroundings and to allow GOD to fully use me on HIS terms. I have been feeling extremely upset lately--feeling like I'm just upset at where GOD has me currently, or where GOD doesn't have me, or that I can't do something or I don't have this or that, or that My relationships with others aren't doing as good as I believe they SHOULD be if GOD loves me so much....

BUT after much PRAYER and ASKING... HE again remains faithful providing me with the answer in how to be CONTENT in my current relationships, jobs, money, attitude, and my transforming position from young lady to a confident woman!   

I have learned that ALL of it comes with ACCEPTANCE. It is easy to forget that GOD has ACCEPTED us into ETERNAL life as flawed humans.  I have been so focused on the negatives of life that it has brought me to a low, a low that I thought I couldn't get back to... A low of an almost depressing feeling... a feeling like nothing I did was good enough or nothing I have been doing is getting me anywhere... a feeling of being out of control...


I have to accept that CONTROL belongs to the CREATOR and ACCEPT that we ARE flawed... But if we were perfect God wouldn't have to continue to mold us. IF we were perfect without any Cracks... Then GOD's Light wouldn't be able to SHINE THROUGH.

So instead of continuing in this ridiculous dramatic state of "depression", I have learned that it is so easy to fall into a stage of thinking "I have to be perfect." Which makes everything around me imperfect... But that's EXACTLY what it is. IT's easy to forget that I have been ACCEPTED just as I am... That if I am accepted JUST AS I AM--The perfectly-imperfect-making-mistakes-kind-of-person--then I need to be ACCEPTING of the scuffed up world around me, the scuffed up people, the scuffed up situations, the scuffed up--messed up--blemished reality of LIFE !!! 

I am the worst hypocrite I know.... But I am willing to see GOD from now on fill up the holes that only his LIGHT is able to. I cannot fix the world because I did not CREATE It. I cannot fix other people... because I too am an imperfect human being.... This is me--Letting go. 

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

                                                                                         1 Timothy 1:15





Sunday, January 8, 2012

Whispers through Unexpected Places

Lately, My eyes have been closed and my ears shut even tighter. 
I have been looking for God in only the places I Think a God should be. Today, My eyes were opened to what God has been trying to tell me the past few weeks.

Where God's glorious spirit moves--it manifests...and where it manifests--it can begin to STIR. He has been moving me to places I didn't think I would go. & HE has been telling me the same thing over and over and over.   

Austin Told me today "Think of how when Cheese sits--and it gets hard on top... It has to be STIRRED it in order for it to be order to soften it up."

Well God, STIR ME... Here I am to be Softened. My heart has been hardened... I need Jesus to Cheese me Up! Get me in a form that I am useable for his glory. To be Spread, Molded (Yup, I said Molded), and to be ever flowing of YOUR remarkable Creativity. 

"My Sheep hear my Voice, and I know them...And they follow me." John 10:27 

Today at Church was the 2nd Time I have heard that specific Word of God... Heard that Whisper of him.. Felt that Stir in my Spirit. I wasn't sure what he was telling me.... and it all made sense when the Pastor began to talk about Elijah... and how Elijah went up to a mountain to hear the "Voice" of God... To see him "GOD Pass By." There was a hurricane wind, an earthquake, and a Fire... and God wasn't in any of those... but he came in a Gentle Whisper. 

God is Whispering to Me.... and I thought  Hey cool, I can be like Elijah, or a great prophet.. I can be like Moses, or Joshua, or Habbakkuk. I can't wait for God to reveal to me which Character I am "Suppose to be like."   But God has told me something that I have Hardened my heart to...that I hadn't been allowing myself to receive. 

He doesn't want to Just Whisper to me... He wants to Whisper THROUGH me. I am NOT a CHARACTER of the bible.. But rather... I am the Burning Bush...  He has been trying to use me.... in a Way that would Edify the Body... That would be for His glory.. and Nothing from me... Nothing that I do.. Can bring Glory unless I am USED for God's Whispers.    

IT all makes sense. That sometimes... We have to let go of the things we think we are... and let God use us for the purpose he has made us.  To allow ourselves to be opened to the creative ways of God's Word and simply Follow the instructions he has given us. 

God's Word is far from Powerless... He is STILL capable of creation...and when we BELIEVE and Have FAITH in him... He STILL creates.. 

We can't just sit back and analyze the impossibilities, but rather we must take a step in obedience and allow the possibility of Miracles.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Creative vs The Logical

In the Beginning... the earth was formless...and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface... God said, "Let there be light..." Genesis 1:1-3

When God hovers over a place or a person--Creative miracles can take place. There was nothing in the beginning. No one to reason with--the Earth didn't argue with what God was doing to it... and it turned out perfect and Beautiful. HE created it... with his own two hands and then HE breathed life into the world..

The smallest things were put exactly where he wanted them to be. They didn't make any logical accusation of like "GOD, I am a plant... why did you put me in the soil.. don't you think I should be on a rock..overlooking a beautiful ocean.. God  I am a Plant... But don't I get more?"

No! God put the plants, and the rocks, and the oceans all in the RIGHT place.. They are PERFECT where they are. They were succeptible to his spontaneous creativeness. They are little creative miracles.

When God tries to do miracles in our life... We inevitably argue..We say God...That's not what I am suppose to be doing. That's not where I am suppose to be. And LOGIC and PLANNING become more important then God's work in us. How are we letting God use his Creativity to Do Miracles?? When we aren't listening to his voice--then we aren't allowing his PERFECT judgement to guide us.

YES--God asks us to be spontaneous. SPONTANEOUS for HIM. Listening to his voice will not take you where his GRACE cannot protect you. That's the Hardest thing to believe.. we want to reason with him..

But We are just PEOPLE. We are just like the plants, like the rocks, like the streams, like the ocean, like the animals... Except, God being so loving made us in HIS image and BREATHED life into us.  He gave us the ability to make decisions..the ability to have free will... but in doing so...

We have continually wanted to be like him. Just like him, which led to our downfall...and continues leading to our downfall. We TEST him. We say WE know better...

Joshua 1-6 Is a story that demonstrates exactly what happens when we decide to let GOD be creative in our lives. God told his people to March around the City of Jericho. They probably felt ridiculous...and I can just imagine what the people of Jericho were saying... I bet they were lauging at them like wow... you guys have GOT to be kidding me.. WHAT do you think your doing...your all a bunch of nut jobs. But they kept on marching.. Feeling ABSOLUTELY foolish....

Who would have thought that seven days later the walls would come tumbling down?? That even though they felt like fools and they didn't want to march around looking like idiots... God KNEW that the walls would come down..and their Obedience would not be unjust. It would pay off.

So if we just listen and obey God--even if we think that he is asking something that is out of our comfort zone or even if we think it's just straight FOOLISH.... HE won't let us down. When we argue and do our own thing we limit God's creative miracles to take place.

Don't let your "reasoning" talk you out of listening to God's voice. Obedience to what God is saying will  bring us the dramatic and creative miracles we are craving to revive us.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I have been  praying about everything lately--direction, decisions, and His Hand to Guide me.

This is what he told me today:

"...the seventh time... he said, " There is a cloud as small as a mans hand,rising out of the sea! Go down before the Rain STOPS you. 1 Kings 18:44

Elijah's servant went out 7 times and saw nothing promising. But we have already reaped the first fruits of our prayer (Paxton--being an obvious one)... and sometimes we look for that return of that miracle revival. one that's just right in our faces.... like BAM this is what I want from you... But Miracle revival is COMING. The sign of it, the first drops of golden rain HAVE appeared. If you have looked for the answer, 7 times, and haven't seen anything promising--big, and with a sign saying HERE IS THE WAY-- then look again..because just like Elijah's servant... a Cloud as Small as a Mans hand probably didn't impress him after seeing all the WONDERS that God had Already performed....but it did excite Elijah because he knew what this Rain represented.. The Golden Rain we experience is OFTEN in TINY droplets... but what it represents to Elijah and to us.. is that.... ready for it...


So, look for that Hand.. it can be as small as a Mans in a HUGE SEA... and when you find it.. know that his Small answers are going to lead you the SAME place as the BIG IN YOUR FACE ones. :))
So Here I am, and I will look for that sign... the one that might not be as impressive as I "think it should be"... but the one that He thinks it should be.

I will keep praying.