“All Things Are Permissible…”

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Col 2:16-17

Some traditions are wonderful. Others… not so much. Some things draw us deeper into Christ, and some things… do not.

Lately,  I write, prepare a radio broadcast… and then just delete it. I am struggling a lot. I have been for quite some time now. 

How exactly are we to mutually edify one another toward the “high calling” of Jesus without challenging the “status quo?” 

We cry out to be encouraged… but yet not experience conviction. We want to be told our inner man of the heart is adorned, but we don’t want the Word to be our mirror.

I can understand. It is very sharp, and it certainly does divide.

So how exactly do we spurn one another on with such a lopsided mindset? Could this be why so many of us feel dejected, disappointed and hurt by God?  Maybe. But, I am struggling. Forgive me. Please pray for me.

This blog is purposely a “day” late.  This year in particular, I was asked quite a bit about my thoughts on Halloween. I’ve backed off on this topic for a very long time. This year, for reasons I won’t get into, it has once again pierced my heart. So, I’ll share a little bit and if it’s worth consideration to some, awesome!  If not, let’s remember to unconditionally love one another and continue to support one another.  Deal?

Hallowe’en.  From a holistic, humanistic approach we can argue both for and against participation. Some wonderful ideas and ideals; pure in heart on both sides of the camp. I’ll cut through the current (as well as old) theological debates by pointing out the following reality: 

Satanists do no go trick-or-treating. 

They spend the night in prayer.

Now, I am not referring to the tree hugging “white witches,” New Age occultists or those who think it’s cool to be labeled a “satanist.” That’s child’s play. Truly.  I am referring to those who are 100% sold out for Satan, and have devoted their entire life to doing his will. This is a group known as The Brotherhood.

You will never read about them, see them publicly confess their beliefs, or perceive any outward signs of their allegiance to Satan. They are well attuned to the spirit realm and openly, knowingly cooperate with demons in much more open and common practice than many of our encounters with the spirit realm. While the church is looking to “experience” the realm of the spirit, they live in this realm. They also operate in very high positions of influence and affluence. All their thought and intention is aimed at how to channel fallen angels to rob, steal and destroy every single one of God’s created beings.

Brothers and sisters, whom I love, this holiday is devoutly engaged in by this brotherhood  to curse both the lost and the Church. They curse our children and they curse our land. While they live in their darkened spirit realm, we are discussing carnal theology and rhetoric.

Forget for a moment, this was a day created to worship Satan and was expressed with acts of murder, rape and child sacrifice. Today, at present, it is an active satanic night of intense prayer and fasting. 

Family, we often choose to be ignorant of spiritual laws, but this does not remove the law any more than me choosing to ignore the posted speed limit. Every wonder why blood is so important in our history? Every wonder why all the occult and demonic religions offered blood sacrifices? There is power in a blood covenant. I won’t get into it here, but blood covenants have legal impacts in the courts of heaven and the spirit realm.

Every year, children are abducted and sacrificed to Satan on this night. Every Halloween, pastors are kidnapped and tortured. The only other holiday that has this much brotherhood activity is the Black Sabbath (but that’s another story). They release curses that all too often find an unseen foothold in our lives for various reasons.   

While Christians are walking the streets with their children, or substituting the night with a bait-and-switch, christian white-washed version, witches and warlocks are engaged in high spiritual warfare through the blood of other parents’ children. 

Have we lost the stomach for this reality? Is that too much to hear? It is real whether we acknowledge it or not.  

I am not judging us. I am bringing to light our actions.  I love you all. I love the Church. I love all our differences and opposing viewpoints. We are beautiful. But, Father hates anything that has to do with that which robs, steals and destroys. I am only bringing back into focus something that never should have gotten blurred in our convictions.

Do we really, absolutely, have to acknowledge this demonic holiday? Is it profitable to come up with some form of it to prevent our children from feeling the sting Jesus told us we would feel in this world? Is it truly in our children’s best interest, spiritually, emotionally and physically to keep them from feeling the loss of being the light and salt of the world? 

Should those who are presently deceived and in need of the True Gospel, be more devout in their gods than we are in the One True God?

In the United States, Heavenly-Father is not yet asking us to die for Him. This honor is being reserved for nations presently more honorable than ours. 

With great purpose I chose not to inject scripture in this post. None of us need verses only to conform them to the stubbornness of our soul. But, I will appeal to our spirit which bears witness with the Holy Spirit within us. 🙂

He is asking the Body Of Christ in America not to die, but simply live…

…for Him.

I love you all.

The New Wineskins: Part 1 – Paradigm Shift

The New Wineskins: Part 1 –  A paradigm shift is in order.

And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22

The “new wine” is coming.  In fact, it has already begun being offered to the Church.

Father has saved the best for last!! I believe a great awakening is coming upon this land, and with it, a generation of Christians that not only follow Jesus, but walk in a depth of intimacy that has not been seen en-masse since the first century.

Long before the advent of social media; some 30 years ago,  Father began showing me pictures of a tattered, torn and fearful America and Church. Many of the things I saw have already been fulfilled, but there is more coming. In the midst of these encounters, Father also showed me Christians springing up all across the nation and connecting without being constrained by any religious leaders stifling their words or giftings. I saw forms of communication and interrelationships that I had no grid for. I could not understand how this would be accomplished at the time. Now, with the internet, most of the Damascus highways have been built  (but there is still more to come).

The majority who are often spectators to a religious and often well-intentioned service have grown weary of being sheep. Many want to mature and become shepherds to the next generation.  Above all perhaps, pure prophetic vision, which is VITAL to every generation, was (and still is) being stifled from the pulpit across many fellowships in this land.

As a result, many have chosen to seek gatherings where the Holy Spirit is permitted to flow through all the members of the Body as He desires. It’s been a messy journey for many, but it’s been with liberty. It’s also been fun. But now, of our own free will, we withhold the same words that burn within our spirit. We willingly do not speak His full counsel. Counsel that would light the pathway for others to walk in deeper and more fulfilling intimacy with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Counsel that would equip others to reap a harvest.

The Body of Christ has been set free to speak openly as the Holy Spirit sees fit to bring things to the forefront. 500 hundred years of religious systems have been side-stepped in order to allow the Church to begin preparing for the Final Days. Room has been made for those who are willing. There is a reason why the door of institutional bondage has been unlocked and yet we are still standing at the gate on our own volition.

What I am now seeing is an increasing intensity on Father’s heart to address the growing lack of willingness within the prophetic call to bring forth direction, correction, and fresh vision to further align us with His plans for this hour. 

NOTE: For my conservative brothers and sisters please remember my definition of “prophecy” is simply to share a small piece of what is on Father’s heart. I do NOT subscribe to the nonsense all around us.

New Testament prophetic insights were, and still are fully welcomed under the formal religious system to speak before, after, or even during service so long as it is not a challenging word.

Today, even though no one can withhold the microphone or shame us from standing up in fellowship to share Father’s heart, we are still silent of our own volition.

We are afraid.

We have an identity issue. 

It is slowly and systematically strangling the power of the Resurrection in this generation and the generation that is being brought to Christ in this hour. We are still attempting, by and large, to welcome the liberty of the Holy Spirit and new Church life under an old system where our self-worth comes from our popularity. Our fear of being rejected is crippling us.

Our desire to “build” our own following has replaced what was once pure desire to walk in pure fellowship. 

The founding fathers of this nation had to learn and grow into a new system of government, when they cast off England’s. In a similar fashion, this end times Church is being called to walk in God’s system of government. This is not about a physical location. It is not about a building or a living room gathering.

This is about the Kingdom’s government apprehended by a change in perspective, interaction and above all, mindset and belief system.  It’s a complete paradigm shift.

 New wine in new wineskins.

This introduction begins a series designed to be a mirror for our hearts. Where are we excelling? What things are we absolutely hitting out of the park? Where do we need to clean up some stuff? Where are we in some outright rebellion and need to repent? 

In love and obedience,  I’ll share a small but integral part. I invite us all into some fellowship and Koinonia.  More to follow in the weeks to come.

Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:10

Be blessed, Family! His best for us is yet to come. 🙂

Business Trips & Elevators

“But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” Luke 5:16

It was the third day of a week long business trip and I was tired. As many executives can attest, the real business negotiations are hammered out after hours around elaborate fire-pits, 4 star restaurants and the bountiful watering holes that are all attached to the hotel main lobby. It was very late. I was tired, and a bit weary of the atmosphere to be completely honest. Three days to go…

The thought that I should not get so drained at these professional trips was gnawing at me. Still so much for Jesus to teach me.  Still so many principles I have yet to apply. I could think of nothing more than to get alone with Father for a few minutes before sleep overtook me.

Stepping into the elevator, I prayed for a speedy ascent. Instead, I was joined by two others who snagged the door just as it was closing (note to self: press that button faster next time!) I could tell the two were business associates of some sort; him in a nice suit and she in a smart-looking tailored outfit. I liked his shoes. I liked his hair more. Mostly because he had some. They were in their late 30s to early 40s. Both of them easy on the eyes and they knew it.

Let me pause for a moment. I am often asked how I can tell if a stranger is a Christian. First let me say it is not a gift. It is a fruit of communion and available to every child of God.

As we continue to spend time with Jesus, He will ask us for permission to take our fears and the lies that they are rooted in. Leonard Ravenhill would call this the “die, wait, and get alone” practice. Sounds ominous to be sure, but in reality it’s filled with kingdom Life, deliverance and joy, if not mingled with some equal portions of pain and tears during the process. Oh, but the reward!! One of the by-products is that we will begin to feel His heart more and more intensely. We will also become more keenly aware of His kingdom, which of course, is rooted and established in Love. The more we allow Him to change us, the more deeply we get to abide in Him.

This is how we begin to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and the kingdom of God to varying degrees around us. Spirit calls to spirit. Always. The most back-slidden and hurting child of God has Father’s love inside them, even if its trapped in their spirit-man, waiting to flood their own soul with that same Life and Joy.

Now, back to the elevator and my poor reflexes…

I gazed at the woman and saw that warm glow of Jesus that abides in every believer, as well as a tenderness that weaved so beautifully with how Father designed her. She was a gentle soul. She had a special gift to impart peace and comfort to others.

“David, was this word of knowledge?” Not at all. I simply felt her giftings silently ministering to me. Just being in that elevator I felt the drain of the lobby begin to wash away from me… and she had no idea.

So, I asked Father for anything that might bless her. Was there something He has been trying to speak to her about in her own prayer time that wasn’t breaking through to her? Was there something in this season of her life that was time to be looked at?

There was.

“Excuse me, guys. This is going to sound really weird to you, sir, but not at all to you, miss.”

I continued with a smile. In fact, I felt so honored to share I must have looked a bit crazed as I turned with bloodshot eyes to speak directly to her.

“You have been given great grace to speak into peoples’ lives that are hurting, hungry and seeking Truth. They will listen to you. Father has given you that grace. Stop being afraid to step out.

“You don’t need to be afraid. There is nothing you need from man. You are deeply loved by your Heavenly-Father. You are complete in His love. Stop caring what others think and begin to accept how much He loves you.”

Her mouth hung open a bit and her eyes filled with tears. She just stared at me. I let her stare. I smiled back in silence. None of us so much as twitched. Eventually, the elevator stopped at my floor and I paused between the doors.

“We all have our part to play. I did mine. Now… you are going to have to explain to this young man how I knew you are a born-again christian. Have a great night, you two!”

Neither moved or uttered a word, and I often think on how that conversation went after the doors closed behind me. I had my hopes, and she had my prayers.

Family, we live in a lost generation that is pleading for God to make Himself known to them. They want to see real power from children of the Living God. We are moving away from religion in this hour. It is part of what Father is doing in this season of grace. Are we moving though, into Him? Are we allowing Him to deal with our thoughts of shame, pride and self-preservation?

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” Heb 5:13

There is a kingdom living inside us that is an open portal to the throne room. Anyone who says its not work, or more criminal still, refuses to discuss our part in this covenant, is selling something else.

It is work, for sure. But it’s also pretty tiring to be fearful and hurting. Fear attempts to grip us at every encounter of every day. It is all rooted in the subtle lie the church has yet to reject at our core. That lie is that our worth is determined by things we do or don’t do, and the approval or rejection of others.

Righteousness is the doctrine that we are holy, blameless, and fully loved by our Father, our Redeemer and our Great Counselor. (scriptures here- you are LOVED!)

Step into that place of solitude with Father. It was good enough for Jesus. It’s good enough for us as well.

Here is a vital key:

We can only come away with an increased portion of the Kingdom

equal to the amount of this world we give Him in that time of intimacy.

Next time we enter in with Him, let us each consider asking Him to show us something He wants from within our soul.

He will, in exchange, begin to pour into us more of His Love and glory. Eventually, we will stop praying for revival. We will be the revival.

Love to you all.

2019- A Resurrected Life Re-Visited

The last time I wrote anything in regard to Easter was a couple of years ago. Since then, each time the holiday rolls around I just have a deadness within me. I place my hands on the keyboard, close my eyes and…. nothing.

This month I was determined to add something that would bless others. Surely, this holiday, perhaps above all, strikes at the heart of any child of the Lord. I mean, talk about a love story. I consider the metal and bone tipped barbs of the Roman flagrum, the scourging process, and their passion to approach torture with excellence. I hear the shrill of hammer on nails. I see the tomb, and angels. My heart runs its fingers along the broken seal. What was the angel feeling when the cords and clay tore free from that great stone?  I can see Mary’s face upon releasing the caretaker of the garden was actually the Gardener of her heart.

But, alas, here are where my fingers stop. I simply cannot seem to add further. Every expression of His passion that I would feebly articulate bows to the ultimate love story; that He is our daily rebirth. All that Love and Power is within us. Daily… moment by moment.  I blogged on this back in 2016.

With this in mind, I can offer up that which does burn within me more than it did when I wrote it 3 years ago. I ask if it bears witness with your convictions, please share it with others; I hear social media is big these days 😉 Like so so many of you, I long for us all to enter into corporate agreement with our Lord’s desires.

As you read, PLEASE understand, I am not opposed to celebrating the holiday, but there are greater things on Father’s heart.

I too will be with family this day, and not out of obligation! It is a wonderful time to reflect on things and give thanks.

But we need to know Father is not merely looking for an observance to a historical event as an opportune time to share the Gospel. Rather, He would, for the stones within our own inner man to roll away. That His Life may shine more deeply within the fractal of our own garden where He longs to freely walk. This is also what the ‘lost” are longing to see within the true Church.

 How I pray to God with tears that the following  resonates with my family.


Living The Resurrected Life: 2016

He barged into my office without a knock and without an apology. I could see he was deeply troubled in soul but nothing on his face gave that away. I had not seen this old acquaintance in quite some time. Instantly I stopped typing.

“Just came by to say hello, David.”

“Hello. How are you?”  

“Good… Just fine…Happy belated Easter. You don’t celebrate Easter do you? You don’t strike me as the type of Christian who would…”

Ignoring the question, I was breaking for him now. I felt his heart and Dad opened up to me Henry’s thoughts and fears and some of his darkest issues to me in that instant.

“What’s wrong, Henry?” I replied meekly.

“You know I don’t really believe in God… but I know He hears you and answers your prayers. I need you to pray for my dying brother.  Pray that he lives.”

——

Another Easter come and gone. Another year we collect the data and post our results. How many conversions? How many answered the altar call? How “successful” was our “program” this year?

I rarely follow social media. This morning however, I was troubled as I read the numerous posts from the bride of Christ extolling those who participated in their local Resurrection Day sermons. What grieved me more than this though was all the varied forms of exhortation I read in regard to not getting discouraged at the “lack” of results… Next year will be better… perhaps.

Next year?

The Power of the Living Resurrection abides in us daily. We will not find anywhere in scripture where the church is told to prepare for a day in which to stir up the witness of the Holy Spirit.  We are created for good works that will be an outflow of our union with Him… Moment by moment. Not year by year.  

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (I Peter 1:3)

The church has forgotten that if we live the life of Christ, we have no need to cajole the lost to come hear a sermon. The sermon is already inside all of us.

Please- I beg you. Read the book of Acts. I submit the scriptures make it very clear they were living the resurrection. What is now a once a year observance was at one time a moment by moment encounter with the Holy Spirit that led people to the Lord, daily… not yearly. Nor did is come via a Bishop acting as an Evangelist delivering a sermon before a meeting of mixed believers.

Salvation came through the daily living witness of the pentecostal church of Jesus Christ.

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God  which I command you. (Deut 4:2)

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. (Col 2:8)

Have we swapped that indescribable privilege of communion restored… with religion?

We are righteous, holy, without blame, spotless, sanctified and loved fully. (2 Cor 5:21, Col 1:19-22, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 1:6, Heb 10:10)

It is time for the Bride to live relationally

a walk that reflects what the torture of the cross gave us positionally.

We are righteous in His eyes already. Do we live this way? We are blameless before Him. Do we think this way? We are holy in His eyes. Do we walk this way?  We are living beneath who we truly are. We cannot do this without deep union.

This is not about “works.”  Works leads to more dead religion.

This is about outflow.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Prov 4:23)

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart,”  (Luke 6:45)

Everything grown comes from seeds. Planting seeds takes work both for His kingdom and anything… not.. of His kingdom realm. We work at it every day. We say we want to hear His voice. We want to visit His throne-room. We desire to be used of Him.

But… what are we really sowing to? How many of us, if we are really honest, are quite comfortable with the confines and structure of born-again religion? In what areas are we really submitting to the traditions of man and not the life of Christ?

It’s not hard to agree to pray for those to come to accept Christ on Sunday. That is pretty darn easy, isn’t it?  Yes.. it is. How difficult is it to lay hands on a stranger the day after Easter while gassing up on your way to work?

Now the question to ask ourselves is… Why is this so?

When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John… So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)

Peter and John were not on their way to Revival. Nor were they on there way to heal this man. They were on their way to meeting. This stranger got in their way. We can only freely give what churns violently inside us. What areas of the Lord are we moving in more than last month? Last year? 5 years ago? I am not talking about theology. These Christians didn’t even have a bible yet. They had Jesus Christ. They lived Jesus Christ. They gave the life of the Resurrection everywhere they went. It was freely flowing.

We have replaced the life of Christ with theology and doctrines, memorization, and a checklist to make ourselves feel respected by others and in our own eyes.

The scriptures tell us in the last days a great falling away will occur.

It’s already upon us in this nation

and we have not even entered into persecution yet.

The Word also tells us the Love of many will grow cold. Here is a gentle wake-up call: only those who have Christ have true Love… this is a prophetic word spoken by Jesus about the church that will be fulfilled… but to what degree, will depend on us.

Disciples of theology… or disciples of Christ?

Imitators of religion… or imitators of Christ?

Theology is not a relationship. Theology is the word of God rightly divided that provides a stable platform from which we draw to the realm of the spirit in order to live, breath and have our being in Christ alone.

Please hear His heart. I am not saying to stop enjoying a tradition. But how we live day by day is what our Savior died for and is interested in. Afraid of being “weird”? Was Jesus weird? Did it look weird when Peter healed the beggar?

Bottom line: if we are looking to a day to win souls… the church has drifted from the faith and the Power of the Resurrection. The Resurrection is not a day. It’s a relationship we seek and walk out.

Religion breeds weirdness. Relationship breeds Christ. Please… Let us stop confusing the two.

He is calling us. He is waiting. His lost are waiting. They cannot wait another year to hear the gospel. The world needs to see it in power through us every day. As always, first things first…

Seek His face. Seek His Love. Seek Him alone.

No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.”  (Jer 31:34 & Heb 8:11)

Happy Easter, all. Let us live it every second as we learn to draw into Him every moment of our lives. 


Well there you have it. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Father bless you my brothers and sisters. Enjoy family, holiday, and above that, enjoy a Happy Resurrection Life.

Shalom, 

David~

“In Your name I come alive to declare Your victory

The resurrected King, is resurrecting me.”  ~ Elevation Worship (link here) 

Desire vs Intention

Topical Studies: Desire Verse Intention

The Church is in the middle of a season of deep, relational connections being established with one another, a time of healing, and a time of refinement. These are some of the main war-room plans Father is showing us for this season in America. There is tremendous grace being poured out upon us to flow with the Spirit of Christ to bring healing, soundness of mind, and above all a transformation of our belief systems. There is a special window of time in this hour for this.

The main point I want to encourage us all in is the aspect of our belief system. In short, we are being called to reject the lies that our worth comes from this realm. We are being called to walk in kingdom identity. This releases greater intimacy and authority to bring to pass on the Earth was is on Father’s heart.

Two Belief Systems are in play in this generation

Worldly Belief System (est. circa Garden of Eden). This is a very polite, unobtrusive term to use when we don’t want to use the word demonic or “the god of this world.” This system says we are only as valuable as the world-system says we are. There is a cost that comes with finding validation from others and from our own accomplishments. When we sow to this belief system we reap fear of rejection, fear of failure and shame. We also have the opportunity to reap by the sweat of our own brow, fame, wealth and recognition in the sight of man.  It is what satan offered Adam; it is what satan offered Jesus.

Kingdom Belief System (given back to man circa 2,000 years ago). This system, given to us by the accomplished work of the Atonement states we are forever loved and blameless. There is also a cost that comes with this system.  It is initially very painful to begin rejecting the old ways of finding validation and love.  Especially when we have not yet tapped into the experiential reality of the Lord’s intense love and acceptance of us. This system governs our way of life and we embrace what Father says about us.  There is discomfort felt and courage needed to overcome the fear of man, the uncertainty of trusting God with all our heart and counting all thing as loss for Christ. There is also a major time investment and a structured discipline needed to take every thought and emotion captive that daily interactions with people bring up. We must examine the motives of our own heart.  It is hard work!

Consider though, what this might look like: peace that never fails; perceiving the realm of the kingdom all around us; perceiving the love of Christ wrapping us like a swaddling cloth 24/7; the nature and expression of Holy Spirit flowing in and through us continually; hearing Father’s voice without the distortion that comes from anger, fear, anxiety, or the desire for validation (a major stumbling block in the prophetic office that is crippling the Church) and an ever-increasing sphere of influence and favor that allows one to minister the kingdom wherever one’s feet trod. (Josh 1:9, Gal 5:22-23, Phil 4:7, 2 Pet 1:19, Acts 17:28 and 1 Cor 13 to cite a few of the blessing of living in and with Jesus in regard to our self-worth).

Please take a moment and let that sink in. What might that actually look like as a day-to-day reality? Now,  let’s talk specifics.

One of the most significant stumbling blocks the body of Christ has in this generation has come from confusing desire with intention.

  • Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
  • Intention: a thing intended; an aim or plan.

“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue…” John 12:42

Here we see an example of individuals who had a desire- a longing for Jesus, but were unwilling to take certain actions. they had NO intention of doing anything about their desire.

“…for they loved human praise more than praise from God.” (v. 43) And here we see the root cause for that unwillingness. Fear of man; fear of rejection. There is actually a vast expanse between desire and intention.

That expanse is called “the wilderness.”

Those people reaped the cost of that decision. Scripture is loaded with examples meant to help motivate us to have the intention of casting down the lie that our self-worth can be added to, or diminished.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Prov 29:25

“Yes, and amen Yes, and amen!” we say. The word of God says we are fully pleasing, without blemish and are clothed in Jesus’ righteousness.

But… what are we truly doing with this reality?

We all have a desire to feel His love more deeply. We corporately agree we want “more of God,” right? There is no lack of desire. But, here is where we have failed to teach and instruct the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven. We have removed admonishment to work or contend for the desires of our heart. We have been lulled into being passive recipients and have changed the role of the Holy Spirit from Co-laborer to the One who we expect to do everything without our partnership.

As a result, I am seeing more and more brothers and sisters who are confused, angry and wandering in their spiritual walk. Sullen and depressed, we are waiting for something to break, clinging to simple exhortations to “hang in there.” 

But our Lord’s Words give us the keys to get out of the fear and bondage of man and the uncertainty of this world. It looks like this: Desire gives birth to intention and intention gives birth to action.

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14

I am often asked where in scripture we can easily find examples of positional and relational righteousness. The above verse is one of my favorites. We are made forever holy in Father’s eyes… and now we can enjoy the process of transformation into His image… if we allow it.

The process of transformation begins with desire and ends with action.

The bridge is intention.

Are we actually willing to do something about the whole thing? Are we willing to take the longing of our heart and put work into it? That decision is where intention resides. Desire is seated in the emotions of the soul. Intention is seated in the will of the soul. For a great many of us, we have no intention of actually doing anything about the Kingdom realities we have been given access to walk in. We choose instead to suffer in the wilderness.

It requires action. That action begins with our thought life. We must take our thoughts, examine them against what God’s word says about who we are in Christ.. And then actually apply it.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom 12:2

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Prov 23:7

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5

Family, if we do not work to change how we choose to think toward God, others, and above all, what we truly think about ourselves, we will never enter into the Sabbath rest of intimacy in Christ. These are not my words, but God’s words.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind…” James 1:6

That greek word ‘diakrinó” translated in English as doubt  is a terrible translation. It actually means: “I separate, distinguish, discern one thing from another; properly, investigate (judge) thoroughly.”  In other words, it means to contend and argue with God.

“That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” v7

If we do not apply the truth, it is faith without works. Dead; useless to us, and will not transform our soul. Our soul (mind, will, emotions) determines what aspects of the Kingdom within our spirit we will walk in, because it is our soul that is the gatekeeper to the realm of the spirit.

Application:

The next time we feel fear or shame, stop and ask yourself: “What am I believing about this situation right now?”

Examine your emotions. They are the indicators to what we are believing at that moment in time.

  • “Why did I experience anger in response to ________?”
  • Why did I get embarrassed at _______?”
  • “Why am I hesitant to pray for a stranger?”

We so very quickly confess scriptures to one another. But, all of these are signs that our soul is not really living the Truth that our self-worth is in Christ alone, and that His unconditional love is our sole source of worth. Guys, there is not way around this. To be certain, it is work to stop and speak His words over ourselves, and confess:

 “I am feeling fear at this very moment  because I am choosing to believe the lie my identity is not rooted in Father-God’s love. At this very moment in time, I am believing the lie my worth is tied to what this person thinks of me. I reject that lie! I declare your word is what I will choose to live by, Father!”

Brothers and sisters, if this sounds foreign, it just means we need to be more deliberate with the fuller kingdom reality when Jesus declared we are holy, blameless and above reproach in His sight. (scriptures here)

Let’s Knuckle down and decide to put action behind the desires of our heart. The wilderness has its place. It is meant to transform us. We must be willing to do our part. Fear will get replaced by Love.

“After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Gen 15:1

Family, the cost truly is not greater than the blessing.