Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt. 5 (Christ in us our hope of glory)

What does it mean Christ in us our hope of glory? It begins with our faith in Him. "That eyes will be opened and men will turn from the power of darkness to the Light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me" (words spoken by Jesus Acts 26:18). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6) and faith worketh by love (Gal. 5:6). There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1 Jn. 4:18). The Spirit of love will cast out the spirit of fear. If perfected in love Satan cannot touch you, you will not be deceived for you know who you are in Christ Jesus, you have been given a revelation of His love for you. You know who the true Shepherd is and He calls you by name and you follow Him and no one else. The hope you have in Christ is steadfast and unmovable and nothing will be able to shake your foundation which is built upon Christ Jesus! To live is Christ and to die is gain! To know Him and walk with Him while here in this earth is our zeal. To leave here and finally be with Him is our exceedingly great reward!

If we know who we are in Christ Jesus we will know that as servants of God we must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending) and have nothing to do with unedifying, stupid controversies over ignorant questions, for they only foster strife (2 Timothy 2:23 amp. paraphrased). Instead the servant of the Lord must be kind, patient and forbearing and gentle (2 Timothy 2:25 amp. paraphrased). We clothe ourselves as God's own chosen ones, His own picked representatives, who are purified and holy and well-beloved by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of ourselves, gentle ways and patience which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper, we must be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference a grievance or complaint against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has freely forgiven us, so must we also forgive ( Colossians 3:12-13 amp.). That is how we must treat our brothers and sisters in Christ.

When it comes to evil conduct it must be addressed with Godly wisdom by those who know who they are in Christ/who are mature in the Lord and His Word. There must be correction brought forth, rebuke, warnings and urging, for the time is coming when people will not hear truth any longer but only encircle themselves with others that share in their error as to satisfy their liking. Are we in that time yet? It truly seems as though we are but we must continue to be calm, cool and steady. Just as Paul told Timothy to do in (2 Timothy 4) and continue to do the work of an evangelist. The great commission is to go. Know Him (Jesus) for He is the Word, He is the Way, He is the Truth and He is the Life and no man can come to the Father except through Him. Show Him in love and with great joy and have hope and peace from God which passes all understanding! If you desire to know what it is really like to experience freedom and the absence of fear and anxiety and to know total rest, peace and joy despite circumstances then you must know who you are in Him and walk in the power of the Spirit and not the flesh! In so doing, you will fear no man but only reverence God. He is with you always and He will never leave you or forsake you. To experience freedom and boldness like you have never known before will be when you know who you are in Christ and who God has created you to be. Pray and ask God to help you to know who you are in Him, and to do the work in you by the power of His Holy Spirit in Jesus Name! For it is Christ in us our hope of glory for those that know Him and know who they are in Him!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt.4 (how the enemy entices the vulnerable and tries to silence the strong)

The enemy will preoccupy himself  with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power and intelligence. He has a form of godliness which identifies with a haughtiness. The vulnerable will look to him as being strong because he seems to carry himself with confidence. This confidence he portrays is deceiving because it is not a confidence in God which is true humility, but a self-confidence conjured up in arrogance or a false humility. Those who know not who they are in Christ because they are not in tune with His Holy Spirit, will put men like this upon pedestals and follow them which plays right into the hand of the enemy, for it is this kind of people that the enemy encircles himself with. The ignorance of babes, those who are not totally clothed in Jesus (the armor of God), the insecure, and co-dependents he will use to his advantage for they are his enablers and his followers. Keeping the vulnerable under his control is a twisted mind game he plays as he continually misrepresents facts, even subtly twisting God's Word, or frequently shifting positions as the opportunities arise. Those who do not study God's Word for themselves and ask for understanding of what is Truth and what is the lie from the Holy Spirit will continually be deceived by the enemy. Not looking to Jesus but man is their bondage, thus they begin to wonder and go astray. Living under the stronghold of obligation and in constant service to please man and not God is their bondage! Operating in the spirit of fear, because of not knowing the perfect love of Christ for them is their bondage. All of this to which the enemy uses to his advantage with his twisted teachings, which ultimately serves him and his purposes. To deny flesh/self and walk in the Spirit is not the mindset of the enemy, but catering to the flesh and making one feel good in the flesh (which ultimately keeps the vulnerable in a weak state) is his goal. For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak! It's a twisted lie and a controlling strategy that the enemy plays. Being a master manipulator is his mission!

How does the enemy deal with those who know who they are in Christ? If he does not disregard them as an individual as well as their viewpoints, he will make it a point to belittle them and or jest about them and their viewpoints, or he will disregard them as if they never existed for his relation with them was only based upon their support of his authority and grandiosity, beyond that they are nameless, faceless and worthless. If the enemy is challenged by one who is strong in the Lord, and his control seems threatened, insanity will be unveiled, he will respond like a crazy person who thinks his survival is at stake, evil is seen! The enemy can be so twisted and manipulating that he can express himself as potentially violent or show forth socially unacceptable impulses in a modified socially acceptable manner which deceives the weak in faith but displays to those who are strong in the Lord a wolf in sheep clothing. We who know who we are in Christ are not going to be deceived and fall into such a snare of the enemy. Those who know who they are in Christ will not be silenced by such a one, for they have no fear of man and what man can do to them, and they care not of being bullied or made fun of. They need not recognition from man. They do not need to be acknowledged by man or rewarded by man for they know that their reward will be much greater when they finally meet their Jesus! They care not for the accolades of this world. They are secure in their relationship with Jesus. They have a peace that passes understanding and a joy that makes them strong in the Lord! They only reverence God! They don't need titles, nor do they want them. They are perfectly content with resting in Jesus and adoring Him in all that they do for His Glory alone!

As we continue in Pt. 5 "Know who you are in Christ Jesus" we will talk about "Jesus in us our hope of glory"

Friday, January 29, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt. 3 (unmasking the enemy)

Let us begin to unmask the enemy according to God's Word. The Bible warns us to beware of wolves in sheep clothing. They are described as false teachers and prophets. According to (2 Peter chapter 2 amp. paraphrased) there are false teachers among us who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines even denying and disowning the Master who bought them. Many will follow their immoral ways and lustful doings. They will slander and attack the good name of Jesus who is the Way for all men. They are very skilled and crafty in their deceptions as they exploit God's people in cunning arguments. Their argument might be based on reasonable evidence, but is brought forth boldly and with much arrogance and sometimes offensive language. They are self-willed and self-loving and scoff honorable authorities without fear. They are unreasonable and live according to flesh and instinct. They will complain bitterly or abusively about things that they are ignorant of. They take great pleasure in unrestrained celebrations living luxuriously. They take great pleasure in their deceptions as they feast with you. They will bait as to deceive and lure away unstable souls. They are loud in their boasting and folly and lure those who can barely escape from wrong doing. They speak great words of liberty, while they themselves are slaves of depravity and defilement. They take great pleasure in deceiving others to bring them down to their level as to be enslaved. The Scriptures talk about those who do not teach with a wholesome reverence toward God, that they are puffed up and full of pride and deceit, but woefully ignorant. They have a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions. They prolong arguing and bickering and are corrupt in mind and no not the truth (1 Timothy 6 amp. paraphrased). The enemy will operate in a superficial wisdom and not the wisdom from God. This kind of wisdom is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal). He brings forth an atmosphere of jealousy, envy and contention rivalry and selfish ambition. He also breeds an atmosphere of confusion, unrest, disharmony, rebellion and all sorts of evil and vile practices (James 3: 15-16 amp. paraphrased). We who know Christ and know who we are in Him should withdraw from such people.

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt. 4 we will talk about the enemy's tactics and how he entices the vulnerable and tries to silence the strong in the Lord!



Monday, January 18, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt. 2

We ended Part 1 of "Know who you are in Christ Jesus" with this question: Could the wandering lamb/sheep, not know who they are in Christ? There could be various reasons why sheep go astray. I would like to focus on the one who as gone or who is wandering astray because his relationship with the Great Good Shepherd has been compromised! The enemy is a master at twisting truth and very manipulative. Those who are vulnerable to enemy's lies are those who place their dependency on man and not on God. If the enemy can get your eyes on man and off of Jesus he will have control of your life. The Bible warns us to beware of wolves in sheep clothing for they can be very influential and are masterful liars!

I would like to set the stage on how God sees us. God sees us (His children) corporately as well as individually. We each (individually) were delicately knit together in the womb of our biological mothers to be a unique vessel of honor for God's glory in the body of His Son (Jesus Christ)! We are the salt of the earth, a city on a hill, a light that shines, a representative, a witness and example corporately as well as individually for the glory of God (our Father and Creator)! He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads, now if that is not knowing us intimately I don't know what is. He loves us and knows us in every detail. There is nothing or no one in this great universe that shares your finger print. We are each unique, and nothing about us is hidden from God, we are open before Our Father in Heaven! When we become part of the body of Christ, we are each given a unique gifting as to be used to edify others for the Glory of God! And when one part of the body is not functioning the body cannot function properly, this is how important each of us is, and Christ will judge each of us "individually" for the works we have done! He is the author and the finisher of our faith, and the good work that He has begun in us He is faithful to complete it. He is also faithful and just to forgive us of our sins because He loves each of us very much and does not want to see even "one" perish!

Back to the enemy, that master deceiver. The sheep who is established in his relationship with his Great Good Shepherd is not easily deceived, but the one who is not established will wander from time to time making themselves vulnerable to the wiles of the devil! They become an easy target to be manipulated! The Bible says that we must be alert and vigilant, always watching because Satan roams to and fro through out the earth like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour! The Bible also says that we are to have on the whole armor of God so that we can quench all the fiery darts of the devil! If one piece of the armor of God is missing we are vulnerable! In Part 3 of "Know who you are in Christ Jesus" I will unmask the enemy and how he operates!

To be continued....


Friday, January 15, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt. 1

How important is it to know who you are in Christ Jesus? It is of great importance for each of us to realize and understand our place in Christ so that the enemy cannot enslave us. Not knowing who we are as a child of God makes us vulnerable to the tricks and schemes of the devil. Deception enslaves and places shackles on God's people. The only way to know who you are in Christ is to know His Word and to understand what is the lie and what is the Truth! Our worth is not in and of ourselves but who we are in Him. Our true identity is who our Creator created us to be. Our Creator knows each of us intimately and desires us to know Him intimately. Our Heavenly Father who created us and knew us before the foundations of the world loves us so very much. His desires for us are for our good and not our harm, to give us a hope and a future. He desires for us to know His love, joy and peace in our lives as well as His freedom. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! May your joy be full just as mine is, said Jesus. We must each be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and the only way this is possible is to know who we are in the eyes of Christ!

What does God's Word say about us and about Himself and who we are in Him? Here is a few things: I did not give you a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid for in this world there will be troubles but I have overcome the world. I will never leave you nor forsake you, I am with you always even until the very end and then I am still with you. I have come to heal the broken hearted and set at liberty those who are held captive. I am the Great Good Shepherd and my sheep hear my voice, and I call them by name and they follow me.

The question is, are you following Jesus "the great good Shepherd?" Is He truly the Shepherd of your life? If He is, then you will know the freedom and joy of being lead by Him. No fear, no bondage,  peace in the midst of troubles, and the fullness of His joy in your life despite circumstances. The comfort of His Holy Spirit will always be with you, tending to your every need. His love always washing over you bringing refreshing to your soul as you eat in green pastures and drink from the still waters. He is your bread of life and the water that causes you to never thirst again. Jesus our Shepherd never leaves us with feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or vulnerability. There is no condemnation in Him but only saving grace and mercy offered to all who call upon His name and follow Him. He loves us with an Everlasting Love and draws us with His Loving Kindness! Even when our Shepherd must chastise us, it is not done as to cause us to cower in fear of Him for being disobedient. His chastising is done in love as to refine, purify and protect us (His Lambs and Sheep). A Good Shepherd has been known to break a leg of a straying lamb with His Shepherd's hook as to keep a lamb from continually going astray, then the good Shepherd will bind up His lamb's leg and carry him upon His shoulders until the lamb's leg is healed. The bond that grows during this time between the straying lamb and the Shepherd is a loving bond that can never be broken.

The Good Shepherd will leave the 99 in a safe place together while He searches for the straying lamb. Isn't it amazing that the majority (the 99) stay close to the Shepherd but there seems to be the one who always wanders, thus continually placing himself in harms way, where it can be devoured by a predator/the enemy? The wandering lamb may be deceived in thinking that the pastures may look greener on the other side but when they get there they find it was just an illusion. Could it be that, that "one" may not know who they are in the eyes of Christ Jesus/their Great Good Shepherd? Could it be that this wandering lamb/sheep who sabotages his life and places his worth in the abusiveness of the enemy enslaving himself to fear and bondage not know who they are in Christ Jesus?

To be continued....

Friday, November 6, 2015

Light breaking forth!

Have you ever been studying God's Word and suddenly there is a quickening in your spirit and you have understanding that gives you deeper insight? That is what is called Revelational knowledge, or some will say a Rhema Word, which means the Word has come to life in you. At that revelational moment you begin to understand God's Word and it does pierce even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow and that it is indeed most powerful. Spiritual eyes have been awakened, and a deeper understanding comes forth. It is no longer an intellectual knowledge but a Spiritual understanding. God's Word is living and it is literally life to our whole being. When we read and study God's Word we should always pray first asking the Holy Spirit to give us understanding. For all it takes is one small quickening of the Holy Spirit in your spirit and you will be so hungry to know more that you will find yourself devouring God's Word like you can't get enough of it.

Have you heard the saying: "That there is no high like the most High"? If you have experienced Rhema Word then you understand that saying and what it means. You just can't get enough of God, and the deeper you go the deeper He gets. It's like water that quenches your thirst but you still want more. Being washed and bathed in God's Word is something you just can't get enough of. A joy overcomes you and the knowing of who God truly is and what He is all about settles deep within your soul to the very joints and marrow of your being. It's at this moment healing comes (spiritual as well as physical), deliverance comes, no more chains, no more bondage, you have been set free and you know that you have just been brought to life!

Revelational knowledge is the Light breaking forth increasing your faith. You know that you know, and you will not nor cannot be moved. It's a quickening that causes you to rise above the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Rhema Word is more than just hope, but an established victory! Life and joy arises in glorious faith, peace comes, freedom comes, and you get a glimpse of the awesomeness of God!

The next time you pick up your Bible to read take a minute to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelational knowledge and see what happens! Be prepared as His truth explodes off the pages of His Word. He that lacks wisdom, let him ask, the Spirit will give to them liberally.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

God's Refreshing Rain

God's Refreshing Rain

Let Your Refreshing rain pour down upon me Father God! Rain down your glory upon me, may I walk in Your glory and taste Your refreshing rain upon my dry and parched land. Comfort me and rain down Your wisdom upon me and be my guide. May Your rain of Grace wash over me and Your rain of mercy saturate me! O' how I love You and long for You my Lord and Savior my precious Jesus! Your glory covers the earth. Your refreshing rain brings forth New Life. You are a God that restores and beautifies and brings cleansing to Your people. May Your cool waters of Life soak and permeate and bring healing to my soul! From out of my belly will flow rivers of Living Water. Make me brand new by the rain of Your Holy Spirit. Rain down Your peace and joy upon me and bring me new beginnings. Your rain has renewed my strength and has made my heart moist and rich and filled with pools of life. I ask for the pools of my heart to always be full so that I may continually draw joy from Your wells of salvation. Let Your Refreshing Rain pour down upon me my Father God for my soul thirsts for You! All of creation needs Your Refreshing Rain so let it rain in Jesus Name Amen!

This prayer is still as fresh today as it was when I wrote it back in 2011! Thank you Jesus for the cleansing healing rain of Your Word in the power of your Holy Spirit!

Friday, September 25, 2015

We are one

Jesus said that I didn't come to bring peace but a sword
Those in me that have my peace are in one accord
They have my mind they are not the world's kind
They stand strong and my grace they embrace
My Spirit bears witness with theirs
We are one you see and they are free
Seeking and searching hungering and thirsting
They will find me and will be filled
It's my plan to keep them in my hand
No one or nothing can take them from me
Even the enemy must flee
This world does not move them
It has no power over them
Face to face is the place they love
It's the higher calling
Which keeps them from falling
They can never be held captive
Prison is not their home
They will always rise to soaring
While the world is warring
They walk in my strength clothed in my joy and humility
Not futility or subtlety, that's not their way
The wisdom they seek is from above and not below
It's the narrow way which they choose to go
Nothing can stop them, nothing can break them
Nothing can hold them and nothing can shake them
They keep their eyes lifted looking to the sky
Jesus (their Lord and Savior) they will behold
Just as the Bible foretold!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The difference between Faith and Fantasy

 
   Do you know people who you would say "they are living in a fantasy world or some folks are just not in touch with reality?" Then there are those who walk out their day to day lives always looking up with a hope? On their lips you hear their whispered words, "today may be the day." The latter are those who put their faith in the Savior, the Redeemer of His people. Today I would like to discuss the difference between faith and fantasy.

   First I would like to consider people who live in a fantasy world. In a fantasy "you" the ruler of that world set up rules and guidelines for the plot of the fantasy. Your fantasy is a hiding place to run away to when life gets too serious. You consistently set yourself up for a fall, or disappointment, because when reality comes knocking at your door you will struggle in your ability to cope with day to day realities. For one to live a fantasy in this broken world is extremely difficult because inevitably you will always come up empty, hit a dead end and be disappointed. The definition of a fantasy is to create imaginings, daydreaming, an illusion, a delusion, a whimsical notion or idea.
  "Fantasy is the soul being driven by the flesh". It is an erratic and impulsive behavior, emotional instability. The proverbial double minded man if you will. Fantasizing is an emotional escape to a world of illusions and false hopes in aspiring to fulfill the flesh in some way, it's the great deception. People will use all kinds of things to "deal with this world". Such as drugs, alcohol, cars, movies, cartoons, work, the opposite sex, gambling etc.. I think you get the picture.

   Does this mean that one cannot live by faith and believe in miracles? No, for faith and fantasy are not the same thing.
  The definition of Faith is a confident belief in God, trusting God, having a loyalty and allegiance toward God. In other words, "Living by Faith is the soul being driven by the Spirit". It is a wise and true state of mind, a sound mind in which emotions have not the power to rule, but submits itself to the higher power which is the Spirit of God. Faith is a Spirit driven hope of knowing and being assured that one day you will escape, but while you are here you trust God for His will to be done in your life as you yield to Him. Living by Faith is where your ultimate true peace, joy and rest lies. Faith is not slave to the flesh as fantasy is. It is slave to the Spirit of God.

Do you enjoy imagining things? if so then live by Faith in your imagination and not fantasy and try to imagine this for example: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). Can you try to imagine what God has prepared for you, not in this worldly kingdom but "His Kingdom." Go ahead and go for it and be assured that it will be for real and exceedingly greater than you could ever imagine.

Hoping for better while here in this world is okay because God's Word says He gives us a hope and a future. But when you try to make this world your fantasy paradise it will not go well for you. For Jesus said "my kingdom is not of this world". Think on God's Kingdom and what it has to offer. When believing the enemy's lies you will find that what he has to offer in this world is shallow, a life of false hope and empty promises, an illusion. It's interesting that what the enemy offers and what fantasy offers is basically the same. May we allow Jesus when He was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness to be our example. What did Jesus do when Satan took Him up to an exceeding high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world? Satan said, "all these things I will give thee, if you will fall down and worship me". Jesus replied and said: "Get thee hence Satan for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Mt. 4:8-10). When we create a fantasy of the perfect life here in this world are we not essentially in that moment in the same position that Jesus was? He was being tempted by the enemy to place more value on the here and now. To desire the things of this world and to make it your mission to have  all that it has to offer is the enemy's offer not what God offers. Is it not the great deception from the enemy to draw our attention away from God our Lord and Savior (Who is our only true hope for today, as well as our eternal hope). Satan's only goal is to get us to worship him and the things of this world. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. His goal is to keep us blind to that which is most important, that we (God's Children) have been given a hope and a future. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope in your "final outcome" (Jer. 29:11amp.). Did you catch that? He said "final outcome" so if you want to live by faith and not fantasy then place your hope in your final outcome when you leave this life and go into His Heavenly Kingdom.

Jesus tells us ever so lovingly in His Word to "Occupy till He comes" What that simply means is to carry on with what needs to be done to live out your life while here. For example: working, keeping busy and trusting Him to meet your needs, it's called living by faith and it can be a beautiful and contented life. And as you trust and obey Him, He will continue to give you His mercy and His grace. "Lean not upon your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all of your ways and He will direct your path" (Proverbs 5:3-6). So go ahead and be "Heavenly minded" for this will keep you living in faith and not in some fantasy world.

written by Joe and Tammy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

His Splendor



  As His Light pierces through I behold His grandeur. I gaze upon the cut of the rock the sharp edge and the smooth, the sharp is like the strong mountain of Justice, no bending or bowing as the great tempest blows, steady and strong it holds, so majestic in splendor and so magnificent to behold. As I peer upon the smooth, I behold the gentle breeze that blows, a bowing of the knee, burdens lifted, oh how sweet is the surrender as peace sweeps across the soul. Looking deep, no shadow of  turning as His beams of Light dance all around. This glorious Light which magnifies the depths of His Grace, the tenderness of His Mercy toward a penitent heart. Oh the beauty I behold, so pure, unblemished and so perfect. Darkness flees, evil is overwhelmed by the beautiful Light of God. Nothing hinders His majesty for He is undaunted as His perfect Light overtakes the wholeness of creation. He is so splendid and glorious and in one day will be honored by all.

Time and age so fleeting but a friend indeed for it will unveil the many facets of God's beautiful character. Jesus as a Diamond that's been lifted from the dark earth by the hand of God all for you and me and brought forth into the Light of our Creator who makes all things beautiful in His time as we become the beautiful faceted diamond created in His Son's image.

 written by Tammy