The Kingdom Freedom

July 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , )

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In a crowd of weary of waiting people, one turned to the other next to them and said.

“So how long have you been here. I’m going on two hours almost! There were 6 people helping when I arrived. Three have since left! Just disappeared, gone to break or lunch with all these people stacking up like sardines! The last lady I sat next to waited for three hours and 22 minutes only to get up there and be missing a paper and told to come back! Hmphfft! If I wasn’t a “Christian” I’d give my mind to them! Anywhere else they can track your identity down to the pennies in our accounts but here one piece of paper and they say they can’t! Its ridiculous!”

The other listened and smiled and replied.
“I’ve been here a little over an hour. It’s certainly an opportunity to forgive when our patience wears thin and judgement kicks in, huh?”

The one looked at the other and rolled their eyes.
“Like I said, it’s a good thing I’m a Christian.” The one said with a chuckle.

“Yes, it is definitely the advantage to be under the control of Christ in situations like this. It’s an opportunity to put ones eternal muscles in action! Then I can give thanks for the time it takes for my number to be called! I find I need more time to give Him my sacrifice of offense and judgement almost every time!”

The one looked at the other and spoke with their countenance a great deal of confusion. The appearance on the outside was one of surprise.

“Sacrifice of offense and judgement?”, asked the one, “what does that have to do with this! There is righteous anger. And I’m not judging. .. like I said I’m keeping my thoughts to myself!”

The other was quiet. Leaning into the ones searching for answers and praying.

The one spoke again.
“Well. ..I told you but I forgive the workers by not complaining to their faces. I mean look at the people flowing in, I couldn’t just go off to break with so many people needing help! ”

Again the other listened and prayed and waited.

“I mean everyone has to do this or we can’t be “legal”… Yet they act as if we should just be okay missing work! I have bills to pay!” Continued the one.

The other smiled and looked directly at the one and said.
“Like I said we need the time for Him to show us how to live forgiveness. What we think we have a right to is always less than nothing.”

The one huffed and said.
“So you’re saying I don’t have a right to feel what I do?”

“No.” Whispered the other.

“No, you’re not saying that or no I don’t have a right?” The impatient one inquired.

“Yes.” Came the answer from the other.

There was a time of silence then. The one mawing and chewing,  squirming and stewing. The other waiting. A while went by and the one burst forth.

“So what do you mean about sacrificing offense and judgement? I assume you are a Christian to by your words but the way you put them is confusing.”

“Well. Jesus said we are to forgive. So I suppose it depends on how you think He means it. If He died for all offense and judgement, which is the by-product of unforgiveness, then by “right” He is the only One with the “right” to be offended or to judge. So I find that the application of the “old or former ways” in the Bible that are not thrown out but made complete by Him is that in my mind, my thoughts, is where His greatest work is done. I put my rights to offense and my tendency to judge as a result on the alter and offer them up to Him. It’s like the equivalent of 10 bulls, 20 spotless lambs, and 100 bowls of grain and incense. I literally give up my right to feel offense and think judgemental thoughts and then work my thoughts into all that which is of Heaven. Forgiving starts inside by acknowledging the truth. .. I really have no right to feel offense because if I’m a Christ follower, that “right” I have given to Him because I recognize that He purchased the “rights” by not taking up the right against me.” Responded the other.

“But. .. that would mean that unforgiveness the way you just put it is the end all be all of sin!” The one said incredulously.

“Name a sin that at its heart that isn’t the root of unforgiveness.” Replied the other.

“Oh, that’s easy. .. stealing. .. lying. .. cheating. .. adultery. .. Gosh I can’t see the connection in almost any sin and unforgiveness being the root as you put it! ” replied the one.

The other sat a moment and waited. Pregnant pauses often give birth to truth. Though admitably they feel awkward.

“If one steals. .. They likely feel offended that they don’t have and think they should – offense and judgement. If one lies they likely judge that they should because of an offense they perceive would be taken or given. If one cheats, is it not because they are offended by the work of not cheating and there-by judge that it’s excusable to cheat? And adultery! How often do you see an adulterer who isn’t at their root unforgiving and there-by fornicating as a result of offensive judgement?” The other spoke. 

“Oh.” Said the one.

At that moment the ones number was called and they went up to tend their business. The words of the other ringing in their ears so loudly that they forgot their offense of their original gripe and didn’t even notice that another hour had passed before their number was called.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Old Question – Ancient Answer

July 22, 2014 at 3:21 am (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , )

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***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***

Why do I find such struggling in me, provoking me too sin, pulling me back from that which is good?

God has a ready answer if we will stop whining long enough to hear it.

“Because,” He says, “you are a wrestler, not a conqueror.”

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It is as simple as that. Too often we mistake the state of a Christian in this life. He is not immediately called to triumph over his enemies, but is carried into battle to fight them. The state of grace is the commencement of your war against sin, not the culmination of it. God Himself will enter the battle in disguise and appear to be your enemy, rather than leave you no enemy to wrestle with. When Jacob was alone, He sent a man to wrestle with him until dawn.

Take comfort in the fact that you are a wrestler. This struggling within you, if upon the right ground and to the right end, only proves there are two nations within you, two contrary nature’s,  the one from earth earthy, and the other from heaven heavenly. And for your further comfort, know that although your corrupt nature is the elder, yet shall it serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23)

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You do not beat down the air, but wrestle to win heaven and a permanent crown. Here on earth we overcome to fight again. One temptation may be conquered, but the war remains. When the death blow comes, however, God strikes the final blow. ***

Indeed He already has!

Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are super conquerors, through the One who has loved us.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Question of Hope

July 18, 2014 at 3:15 am (Mile Stones, Psalms, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , )

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El’Elyon how do I give hope in a hopeless world?

I ask as I sit along the shores of my heart waiting for Him to come and close the day as the sun sets out and flys towards a new day.

It’s quiet. .. Most the world around me is asleep. The air taking it’s seemingly first full breath in hours. The big city. .. remembers peace. .. the ground alive with activity with the small things that can’t survive hurried feet during the day.

Ahhhh. ..My Beloved. .. His hand on my shoulder comes to “put to bed” the question that encompasses all the burdens of day.

“My Child, hope it’s not some thing you show. .. Be hope. Live hope.”

He sits down and takes in the view from my mind. The Word. .. patient. .. Letting me fully digest His words. .. waiting. .. Being. .. loving. Communion.

I ask without words for His exposition to go way down and make me patient for the fullness of His truth to conceive. The stars over head begin to twinkle like rousted to dance in His eyes. They become mine (His eyes) and the stars. Hope.

Learn from them. He whispers across my soul.

I begin to see. The stars just are. Exactly as He made them fully reflecting their Maker everyday. .. at all times. .. even when the Sun seems to be hiding them from view.

Live in Me. Live hope. Again His whispers are a beckoning into a deeper truth. .. Yet so simple. Ahhhh yes, I see.

We so often think of hope as something we give. Framed in words that “sound” hopeful. Collected somehow into deeds that we think is hope. But. .. to be fully alive in Him in everything we do. .. this is the true giving of hope. It gives and gives; to us as we live moment to moment and all those we cross paths with every day. Those we don’t notice and those who captivate our thoughts and prayers that are close. Live hope.

Those words echo and bring completeness to the question and the day. I am contented now. .. to just sit with Him and let the sleepiness close in and let Him lead me through my unconscious world. .. the dream filled place surrounded by His singing over me.

What glory He is. .. what Hope!
I am a star. .. twinkling His nearness. Hope.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Lord, Build a Wall

July 16, 2014 at 1:31 am (Devotionals, Prayers) (, , , , , , , )

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Lord, build a wall. .. long in length as well as tall

Around my words and in my thoughts; that work like dice and cast out lots

That bargin large the tender frame; of Your precious child and Yeshua’s Name

Withhold the flood of careless words; that don’t behold what Your Spirit herds

Hastening a worldly view when what is needed most is You

Send Your Spirit strong yet mild; to boldly move within Your child

To trust in only what You show as counsel, speech that ebbs and flows

Along Your judgement full of grace so that they reflect Your Holy face

Quiet and calm all thoughts of me and set me on Your endless sea

Of world’s of wonder yet beheld; let Your Kingdom come and it be held

Barricade the ruthless child; that runs to feel that she’s worthwhile

Instead reach down and tip her face; to see what worth is in Your place

There within where You reside; is ushered in the life-filled tide

Pour out from You a simple sound; that shakes the pain and rocks the ground

Of deceptive retched hopeless ways; and turns tomorrow’s into today’s

And shines a light of hope profound; I hear the shackles hit the ground

And see the child You have freed; running fast to climb upon Your knee

And as have I, now know they’re home; Oh dear God You prove the restless roam

Is never again to be found so safe; as Your Melting arms so full of grace.

Lord build a wall both long and tall and make my words reflect Your all

Place within them Your perfectness;
Full of love and selflessness. ..

Make them worship only You. ..
And then I’ll hear them small and true

Not just filling them but filling me too.

Lord, take my mouth and build Your house.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Kingdom Beauty

July 15, 2014 at 1:36 am (Poems, Prayers) (, , , , , )

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Oh God bring such a beauty
Of riches and heavenly plain
That marks the Ester woven
Within a nation vain

Pull now upon the heart strings
Where pain and complaint employ
A glass seen half but empty
Full now with ‘Kingdom come joy’

Let fall upon this maiden
The rain of Truth en-robed
That hearkens heavens whispers
Where fog and Sinister probes

Weave masterminded wisdom
Behind the creative eye
That searches till she’s breathless
The Kingdom in Your sigh

Behold this child like maiden
Whose in Your choicest will
The glory and honor now due You
While temporally still
Thy Will
Thy Will
Thy Will
And every maiden be still and know
Your Kingdom seems slow in show
Yet full of strength and quiet power
Your Kingdom’s on the go.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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