Squeaked by…

Revelation 21:19-21  

The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,  the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. (NKJV)

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Photo by Dmitry Bayer on Unsplash

Wow! If that’s what heavens gates look like just barely a glimpse within. No wonder people just want to squeak in. Salvation with a big sigh of relief. “Just made it”- victory dance and more than a few high fives.

Is there more than just the gates?

Why work for a closer relationship to Christ?

I too am guilty of just seeking His glory and am frightened to trust deeper. I refuse to live by fear but instead cling to His promises.

1 Corinthians 2:9  (NIV)

However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You in all things not just at the entrance but in the journey. Walk with me and teach me my heart. Open my eyes to the movement of heaven on earth. Search me and burn off what is chaff. Embolden my life to seek after what quickens Your heart. I desire Your throne room and not just Your gates. Thank You, Jesus in Your name. Amen.

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Renewal of hope

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You God are the great redeemer. I proclaim a renewal of hope and a renewal of calling in your life. Grant them a vision on how to give to the body of Christ. Embolden them to be conduits of love.  Spark, ignite, and re-fire your people to become seekers after Your great love. Empower them to use their giftings. Embolden them to run the race that was set before them by Your resurrection life.

I proclaim there is freedom in Christ. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I proclaim the truth spoken by Christ, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. I choose life for my family and for all those I love and anyone that my heart touches.

As Christ’s perfect love takes, its seat in your life fear and anxiety will flee in Jesus name.

We praise You Jesus. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.  Worthy is the Lamb to be praised.  Let everything on the earth that has breath within it give praise.

 

Thank you, Jesus.  Amen.

 

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)  John 5:24 (NIV) 1 John 4:18

Extravagant

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              We sometimes forget the maker of the Universe has an over-abundance for us.  He gives out of the secret store rooms of heaven. We ask for a single blossom and He delivers a extravagantly arrayed tree. Warm breezes release the blossoms fragrance, it descends slowly encompassing every aspect of our being in a sweet retreat of heavenly presence. He adores us.

Let us also consider we are called to show Jesus to those who do not yet know Him. To embolden their hearts to seek out the One thing that will bring them peace. Why would they seek Jesus if we demonstrate nothing different, no flare, no ignition point, no unanswered question a lingering thought, “What does she have?”

Let us give from our hearts; money, time, love, physical help, attention when most needed. Small reflections of the indescribable gift of His grace.

2 Corinthians 9: 10-15 AMP

10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit]. 12 For the ministry of this service (offering) is not only supplying the needs of the saints (God’s people), but is also overflowing through many expressions of thanksgiving to God. 13 Because of this act of ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to the gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous participation [in this gift] for them and for all [the other believers in need], 14 and they also long for you while they pray on your behalf, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace [His undeserved favor, mercy, and blessing which is revealed] in you. 15 Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!

         Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your grace still amazes me. Your generosity we could never match. Help us to delight in giving so we might glorify Your name. Remind us how much we have to give even when we have no financial resources we have supernatural resources. Your resurrection power resides within us- let us act as such. Embolden us to do Your will.  Thank You, for Your over-abundant,extravagantly released and ordained gifts. We praise You Jesus, Amen.

Precious

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Precious

Life is so precious.  Why is it that we need to be confronted with pain, uncertainty and risk of death to truly embrace and digest that truth. We rush through life and never look at what is precious.  Lately, I have been pausing at each task and saying will this effect eternity? Will it matter even a day from now?

 

Consider this.  How you spend your time is how you spend your life.

 

2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMP)

So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.

 

Prayer: Work within us the knowledge of this gift called life. You created us for Your perfect purposes remind us of this. Strengthen within us the joy of our salvation, so that we might have the wisdom to turn away tasks that are beneath our calling. Remind us that we are sons and daughters of the King Most High.  All praise and glory to Christ this Christmas season and always.  Amen.

Outrageous love!

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(Mohamed Nohassi- unsplash)

Ephesians 3:16-18 (AMP)

16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love];

 

 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, work your miraculous wisdom within us.  Teach us our identity in Christ. Whisper to our inner being who we are as your daughters and sons. We proclaim and declare it is our desire for You to abide within us and we within You. Please draw us near. Remind us of the mysteries You spoke to us before creation. Help me to rest in your outrageous love. Thank You, Jesus. Amen

Awaken the sleepers!

Awaken the sleepers

Over and over again at all times; in prayer, when my mind goes idle, as soon as I close my eyes and as soon as my eyes open I hear, “Awaken the sleepers.”

This has gone on for months today I ask what does this mean?

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Ephesians 5:14 (AMP)

14 For this reason He says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”

 

            Who are the sleepers?  We would be tempted to say only the unsaved but…

 

Romans 13:11(ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

         

He is speaking to the saved. We must wake up.

 

How? By our own works? – Never

 

No, just as we were saved we will be awoken by His grace and His grace alone.

 

Psalm 51:12(AMP)

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation

And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Pray: God, forgive me I have allowed the joy of my salvation to be dulled by the world.  I am busy but not productive in the righteous work of the Lord.  Forgive me. Awaken my heart to Your will and desires for my life. Open the eyes and ears of my heart to see Your mighty work.  I praise You, I praise You with every molecule of my being.  Light me afire with Your glory and let me rest in Your presence.  Love you, Amen.

 

The Word proclaims it is good to operate in joy and be sustained in willing surrender to Christ. To rejoice in our freedom gained by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let us do just that.

 

Malachi 4:2 (AMP)

2 But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall.

 

Why? Should we awaken?

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Luke 10:2-11 (AMP)

2 He was saying to them, “The harvest is abundant [for there are many who need to hear the good news about salvation], but the workers [those available to proclaim the message of salvation] are few. Therefore, [prayerfully] ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; listen carefully: I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus,  I declare myself available a willing participant in Your master plan.  Send me to the saved and unsaved to remind them to praise for their salvation. I pray for an awakening of the harvesters. Your joy is our strength. Jesus, sound the shofar and awaken Your beloved. We surrender our lives to You our great redeemer! Great is Your faithfulness and steadfast is Your love. Thank You, Amen.

 

Is anyone else hearing- Awaken the sleepers?

Whether you or anyone operating in the prophetic please connect them to me. I am curious what further wisdom He is releasing to others.

 

Failure alert!

My best new communication move has been the “shut up” technique.

My colossal failures in communication have always occurred after I tried to go it alone. When I tried to coerce them into understanding that I was just trying to help them.  Attempting to force my heart intent and motives onto someone on a completely different place on the path than me. (insert laughter here or in my case most definitely my foot)

Needless to say it did not go well (understatement of the century)

It turns out the Maker of the Universe, the One who created the person I am failing miserably at communicating with may have some excellent pointers on how that person operates.

 

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(Jason Rosewell- unsplash)

When I finally sought His counsel, He instructed me to “shut up, be still and know that I am God.”  When I let Him be the Lord over both of us- things began to move. He was very busy working things out and into her heart and mine.  His gentle pruning needed time to take place and manifest.  Once this was done He created a pathway of easy, gentle communication I never could have established.

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

I had been concentrating on speaking to be heard so that I could get the answers I needed to make decisions for the mission in front of me.  I missed Ephesians 4:29 by a long shot.  Never once did I consider that all communication should be a vehicle to distribute blessings.

Has the Lord taught you any communication tips that we can take into the Holidays and New Year? I would love any pointers I can get.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of my hasty words I rocket at people without regard for their heart.  Help us to re-frame our words to be a blessing to all that hear us speak.  Not just in times of prayer and love filled conversations with people we care about but with all people we interact with.  Let the Holy Spirit speak through us without any hindrance.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.