The Tangibly of Divine Love

February 28, 2016 at 1:47 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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1 John 4

1 Dear friends, don’t trust every spirit. On the contrary, test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 

2 Here is how you recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) came as a human being is from God, 

3 and every spirit which does not acknowledge Yeshua is not from God – in fact, this is the spirit of the Anti-Messiah(anti-christ). You have heard that he is coming. Well, He’s here now, in the world already! 

4 You, children, are from God and have overcome the false prophets, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

5 They are from the world; therefore, they speak from the world’s viewpoint; and the world listens to them. 

6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God doesn’t listen to us. This is how we distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error. 

7 Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God. 

8 Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love. 

9 Here is how God showed His love among us: God sent His only Son into the world, so that through Him we might have life. 

10 Here is what love is: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the kapparah (sacrifice) for our sins. 

11 Beloved friends, if this is how God loved us, we likewise ought to love one another. 

12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for Him has been brought to its goal in us. 

13 Here is how we know that we remain united with Him and He with us: He has given to us from His own Spirit. 

14Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as Deliverer of the world. 

15 If someone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains united with him, and he with God. 

16 Also we have come to know and trust the love that God has for us. God is love; and those who remain in this love remain united with God, and God remains united with them. 

17 Here is how love has been brought to maturity with us: as the Messiah is, so are we in the world. This gives us confidence for the Day of Judgment. 

18 There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love. 

19 We ourselves love now because He loved us first. 

20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen, then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 

21 Yes, this is the command we have from Him: whoever loves God must love his brother too.

I often wonder, how to begin to comprehend God’s Love. Myself, being a creature that taps the shoulder of fear without realizing it, grabbing it’s hand and making deals. Fearless in this world paints a picture of fierce boot strap pulling. Fearlessness requires a total shut down of human emotion for us. That is, in our own strength. Fearless, often looks like foolishness, indeed it can be. Most often this kind is the ultimate; fear of fear itself. God made us with emotion, feelings that have cause and effect. Fear is a reaction, not emotion. Yet I often don’t know how else to describe it, so I say “I feel afraid.” Fear is ultimately about control, or rather our inability to deal with our lack of it. There is only One who has all control all, the time – God. So as I acknowledge fear inside me, I am in turn questioning God’s promise, that He will do no harm but only good and what’s best for me and those I love, for everyone, all the time. No one on earth can do this, noone human. There was One human who did, Yeshua. Never did He harm. Never did He react in fear. Never. I must remind myself that often I may hurt feelings, have my feelings hurt, but there’s a huge difference between hurt and harm. God makes many things hurtful, but nothing harmful.

When I was very young, I was attracted to the glow of the burner of the stove. I love(ed) anything that produced heat, perpetually cold, I was drawn to things of this nature like a moth to a flame. My mom had just removed a pot of boiling eggs from the stove, there before my eyes was my opportunity – to see what the glow was all about, just how hot that heat could be. An hour later, I sat with big tears rolling down my newly educated cheeks with throbbing fingers now extended with blisters. It was too hot for my skin. God did not design the flesh to withstand that much heat on the surface of any part of my body. My fingers taught the lesson. I could have reacted in such a way of fear from that point on. I could have refused to ever deal with glowing red burners again. Praise God, I was taught that such fear would limit my ability as a wife and mother forever if I blamed the burner for the effect of the heat on my fingers. I did not ever touch a glowing burner again on purpose, but praise God my family has enjoyed many a meal from those same fingers since. Yet, God made the reaction of fear to do us good. I learned, heat, is good, the glow of burners are good, but I’m limited to what I can do with both. Fear teaches and reminds us of our limits. God is Love, because He has no limits. None. God placed the choice to fear inside us to teach us. Everything that rubs up against Truth, goodness, – teaches.

The disciples called Yeshua, Teacher, for good reason. Since the beginning of time human beings have been “touching (testing, curious but foolish) the glowing red burner” of God. We seek to learn where He ends and begins, and learn every time He has neither of these aspects to His Being. Except to say He is, – the Beginning and the End, of which, we will never in the sinful flesh be able to find. Hence we are instructed often to fear God. Lesson? Only fear Him who can change all the “rules” to get what He wants. He can turn gravity upside-down. He can make light dark and dark light. He can turn hatred into profound love. He can turn envy and jealously into graditude. He can turn sorrow into joy. He can turn hard-heartedness into compassion. Sin into victory. And vice-versa. There is nothing He can’t do. These are the tangilibility of God’s love. But we, we are extremely limited and for the most part, can only go from the positive to negative. Insecurity in our hands turns everything into a battle. The more we try to make ourselves feel secure, the more we do the opposite and take many people down with us. Insecurity is the most profound instagator of fear.

Look at the song Christ the Solid Rock:

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus love and righteousness.

Human security is achieved only in these 10 words. Not in ourselves, but God. He alone can drive out fear. For all of fears reactions in us, we have one hope – Yeshua. That when He said, “It is finished.” on that cross, then proved it by rising up stone cold dead back to life, that the limitless power of Himself shall always be the sure thing. It’s the only gamble worth taking. I say gamble, because we are so limited, we most often can’t see the goodness in hurtful things. Not because there’s any doubt God wins every time. Often I’m afraid God’s good will harm me. Yet every time I am afraid in such ways, I’m confusing hurt and harm. My comfort level is always being challenged. Nothing challenges our comfort like pain. I must remember, no heart has broken more than God’s. No one has hurt, physically, emotional, mentally more than Yeshua on the cross. No one. God is the only one who can handle sin and its effects. I can’t, we can’t – ever. The effects of sin is death and pain. Doubt, insecurity, jealousy, envy, strife, hatred, and the like are all effects of sin. Reactionary responses in defense, on our part, are the hallmark of fear.

Then, why not just do away with such reactions within us when we become saved? Because purity is the goal of God for us. Refinement, – fire is painful. Yet it is effective in teaching. We are continuous learners. Only able share the lessons, not teach them. We know this because we know we can talk (preach/teach) for hours on the harm of sin, but the lesson is best learned in experience. Who among us with children doesn’t know this well? And, oh, how we fear for them!

Yet we learn best from Job. Who sacrificed on behalf of his children, just incase they sinned. It was never a question they would, and thereby suffer it’s effects. Jobs only hope was built on nothing less than God’s love and God’s righteousness. What animal did Job sacrifice? The animal of fear. Dangerous, cunning, sneaky and sly. He put his fears to the fire for refinement. The only way for us to do this is to put down fear and pick up faith. The only way we can is with the Spirit given us at the time of our rebirth in Yeshua. This is why only followers of Yeshua can put fear in its place. Without Him we are reduced at best to denying our insides, and seeming faith-filled when really we’re fear-numbed. This is leprosy at its core. Where we are cut and bruised by fear but don’t know it.

I’m saved because of the powerful incomprehensible love of God. Who is the only caster out of fear. I can only accept such love in the dose of His Son. In this way only have we been created to do so. Every time I “feel” fear, I ask myself “Abba, show me where I don’t accept You, what You say, what You do, what You’ve done or Who You are.” Fear is the red light to doubt. Red lights are meant to stop us – wait on God’s evaluation of our state. Not ours, His. He’s the teacher, we are the learners. Forever this is how it shall be. The tangibility of Love, is this process. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Shadows and Dust

September 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm (Mile Stones, Poems, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Shadows ands dust
That’s what you’d like me to believe I am

Floating on the winds of human illusions
Left to the chance breezes of monetary bondages
Cast into the shadow of man’s invention
Shaped by their slave molding institutions

Oh, but most of all!
Most of all you’d bind me to the chains of me-ism
Every thought revolving towards myself
Caught in the lightless shade of self-absorbtion
This is your highest prize

But by the Grace that shaped the universe
I speak the Name – Yeshua
My eyes begin to light
The world fades dark as night
Yeshua, Yeshua, the Great Light

Fear falls like the shadows and dust you intended for man
Your jealousy crawls in darkness
Yahweh has loved these weak-kneed creatures
Fear follows His thought to the pit

Loosened now, are the chains that perpetuate the self-full soul
The pin point flame of Grace begins a roaring fire
Refining the weakness into His strength
The me-ism loses desire

The inner soul turns instead to the Glory!
Glory, glory in the Highest!
Worthy is the One to be praised!
The envied little weaklings you so abhorred
Now turns from themselves to stand in His gaze!

You screech and paw, and maim and kill
But you are weakness imbodied still
Cast out as the dust and shadows you offered us instead

And what more do or did you have to offer?
You Liar, son of deceit!
I stand in the coat of Blood that’s been offered
Shaking your dust off His feet!

Hear and harken, dust and shadows
You’ll play no tricks on my Savior
My ears will close up to your shadow
My eyes shall see only His Light
HE! HE has decreed it!  It will be so
So even if, I shall become dust again
His breath will again wake me and I will look upon His face, forever!

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Isaiah 14:26-27
This is the program planned for all the earth, this is the Hand stretched out over all the nation’s. Adonai-Tzva’ot has made His decision. Who is there that can stop Him? He has stretched out His Hand. Who can turn it back?

Isaiah 32:1-4
There is coming a King who will reign justly and princes who will rule uprightly. A man will be like a refuge from the wind, like protection from a storm, like streams of water on arid ground, like a rock cliff shading a weary land. The eyes of those seeing will not be closed, the ears of those hearing will pay close attention. The minds of the impetuous will learn to weigh carefully, the tongues of the stutterers will speak readily and clearly.

Jeremiah 31:3
From a distance Adonai appeared to me, saying, “I love you with an everlasting love; this is why in My Grace I draw you to Me.

Ezekiel 34:15-16
Yes, I will pasture My sheep; and I will let them rest, says (declares) Adonai Elohim. I will seek the lost, bring back the outcasts, bandage the broken, and strengthen the sick. But the fat and the strong I will destroy – I will feed them with judgement.

Psalms 2:7
I will proclaim the decree Adonai said to me, “You are My son; today I became your Father.”

Lamentations 3:21-39
But in my mind I keep returning to something, something that gives me hope -that the Grace of Adonai is not exhausted, that His compassion has not ended. On the contrary, they are new every morning! How great is Your Faithfulness! “Adonai is all I have,” I say; “therefore I will put my hope in Him.” Adonai is good to those waiting for Him, to those who are seeking Him. It is good to wait patiently for the saving help of Adonai. It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when He has laid it on him. Let him submit absolutely; there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to the one who strikes it, and receive his fill of insults. For rejection by Adonai does not last forever. He may cause grief, but He will take pity, in keeping with the greatness of His Grace. For He does not arbitarily torment or punish human beings. When anyone tramples underfoot any of the prisoners of the land; when anyone deprives a person of justice, in defiance of the Most High; when someone is cheated of justice in court – does Adonai not take note of such things? Who can say something and have it happen without Adonai commanding it? Don’t both bad things and good proceed from the mouth of the Most High? Why should anyone alive complain, even a strong man, about the punishment for his sins?

Ephesians 1:7-12
In union with Him, through the shedding of His blood, we are set free – our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the Grace He has lavished on us. In all His wisdom and insight He has made known to us His secret plan, which by His own will He designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah and will put into effect when the time is ripe – His plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship.

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Movie Clips

August 7, 2015 at 3:34 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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June 23, 2015 at 1:44 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , )

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What Love Reveals about Self-Loathing – Part 1

May 6, 2015 at 1:55 am (Mile Stones, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I’m the kind of gal that doesn’t do well with the concept of someone or something being “too far gone”. Cause I know, I know it deep down and deep within – the Creator of all things, all Life can do anything. He can melt the hardest of hearts and likewise take the softest heart and turn it space rock hard. I also know, He doesn’t see the two as opposites like I do. If He does one with nothing but love in mind, He does the other with the same love. Love, as in the Person, God, Yahweh, the Great I Am, Father of Yeshua (Jesus), Abba to all, Beginning, End – Love. Love is, God is… 1 Corinthians 13. It’s His character, His autobiography, His personality portfolio, His method of operation, His beginning, His end, God is love. There is no such thing apart from Him. If you see it, and say it’s love – there He is. I’m driving the point hard. It’s because it’s never really driven in hard enough, I think.

People say to other people,

“God loves you.”

It’s cliche, and ninety percent of the time, at best we respond with a good deal of gratitude and relief, at worst – most of us – if we’re honest – don’t know how to hear beyond the screams of self-loathing. For this is the voice that seeks to “teach us” what love is, and does from the moment we take our first breath for Love. This putrid evil disguised as love, who is the leader of the armies against heaven. Thus each and every human beings’ enemy for the length of their life, as well, in the fallen world, waiting and groaning for her Warrior Creator to come again and cast the enemy out for good.

So I’m watching a show about a horse trainer and out comes this horse. This horse is dreadful, it hasn’t been abused as in kicked and starved, it has simply been treated like a hard luck case from colthood, pampered and felt sorry for, until finally he had to be put off by himself – full of self-loathing. The trainer was known for his miraculous ways with the most awful of cases. Everyone is thinking “Now we get to see what this trainer is made of.” Yet in the end, the horse gets put down. I was angry, disappointed and felt some deep sense of injustice. I’m sure the trainer had some sorting to do too. Not because of ego, but because his heart understood all too well the lot of such a creature and wished just a little bit that he was the god with horses everyone made him out to be.

This series will be a hard one for me. I’m giving up a habit that I literally have been doing my whole life. I’m about five days in, and the mirror reflects what the habit has been covering up for so long. A self loathing I didn’t (and still don’t) think was possible deep down inside for one who knows and walks with Love Himself. It seems like an impossibility. Today Love (Adonai) showed me, hatred and self loathing are not the same. Self loathing left unloved and unchanged will inevitably become hatred though. Hence the reason, God is Love. The truth of all things gets a jolt when God moves in to teach. Trust and love are the same coin in heaven. Here on earth we think they are two separate things. Matters of the heart and soul in God’s economy are paramount. Life outside those realities is as insignificant as the weather. Rain or shine, life goes on. Looks are deceiving, one can look alive and living on the surface and be dead bones inside. Only the breath of the Living Savior can breathe life back into the interior world of death called self-loathing.

This series is for those out there that know the pain of this hellish compatriot. Those who know the touch and call of the Messiah, yet still feel this thorn in the flesh on a regular basis. I believe Adonai wants to breathe into us a new Love. Not that anything about Him is old, as in not sufficient or worn out, but that truly He is like the mercies He promises, new every morning. Perfect Love cast out fear. At the heart of every hurt, habit, hangup, or blemish within is – fear like a companion sent to bare us up to Love Himself. Indeed all things that don’t hang on the tree of Life, are inevitably turned to face it and recognize itself in its intended form, before the voice of the enemy twisted it and we took it in and it became the opposite of what was intended. Hence why the scripture is true

All things work together for the good of those who Love God and are called according to His proposes.” – Romans 8:28

So what is the difference between self-loathing and hatred?

Isn’t self-loathing akin to the “denying of one’s self” that’s spoken of in scripture?

Is it possible to loath ones self and still love God? Accept the Son, follow Him, and still loath one self?

What exactly does it mean? “Perfect love cast out fear”?

These are the questions I will be pursuing, as He is pursuing me from within them.

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