Leaning in Close

August 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Too often our spirits lean back, away from a scripture, for us to gain an accurate understanding. Mostly, when our pride is involved. Man’s pride can not be tested much higher than when we is in conflict. The scripture above has been notoriously misinterpreted and therefore taught wrong.

Lean in and note the key phrase that has often been reversed.

You remember there your brother has something against you.

Most of us read it…

You remember there you have something against your brother.

There is a huge difference between these statements!

Since the Temple is now within each of our hearts, and our gifts are often things such as our pride, anger, resentment, jealousy, rage, hurt, self-pity, self-absorbtion and so on. This reinforces what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the difference between cleaning the inside of a cup instead of worrying about the outside. (Matt. 23:26)

So…when we are in prayer, offering the Lord, all the things that don’t bring Him glory, and there remember that our brother or sister is angry with us, we are to leave off our offering and keep it at His feet, while we go seek out the person we know is angry with us and offer the olive branch of peace.

Why, I have often wondered, does this scripture so often get turned around? Well, for one it is far easier to retain some pride by going to someone we are angry with and confront them. But…it smacks pride right in the face to seek out someone we know is angry with us! Can your hear the refrain so often used by human wisdom?

I shouldn’t have to approach someone if they are angry with me, they should come to me. After all, they are the ones with the problem. Why should I go and say, “hey, I know your mad at me, let’s make peace.” I mean isn’t it their responsibility to come to me?

I know I’ve said something along those lines. This scripture seems to be backwards, counterintuitive, nonsense. Kinda like, offer the other side of your face if someone smacks you. Truth: Almost everything Yeshua taught goes against our thinking. Just read the gospels again and lean in, you’ll see it everywhere! To us this scripture must have been interpreted wrong, so we reword it to suite our wisdom. Otherwise it seems that we should expect a dentist to come find us when our tooth is infected!
Trust me, the Great Physician does indeed seek each one out, often before they even know they are sick, to offer a cure. Did not God send His Son before anyone knew they needed Him? Did He not, knowing we had issues with Him, seek us out to rectify the problem. We certainly did not seek Him first, with our offense. Left up to us, God would still be waiting for us to come to Him, and say, “Hey, I’ve got issues with You!” In other words, God never asks us to do what He, Himself, does not, has not, and will not do Himself – and first – so as to teach us how to do it!

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Perspective in the Kingdom of Heaven means, we are righted to conform to God’s way of thinking. Not that we all the sudden understand scripture in the light of our own rationalization. Isaiah says, “My ways are not your ways, nor My thoughts your thoughts.”. (Isaiah 55:8) A good rule of thumb for studying to show yourself approved, knowing you are beginning to “get it” is that we are ever being put out by the difference between the way we think and how God is teaching us He thinks. Our first instinct to truth will always be resistance, in our flesh. If, Gods Word is not brushing up against our sensibilities, we are gaining nothing. I love the truth, but I wrestle with it before I appreciate it. I’ve yet to meet anyone any different. Even when the truth doesn’t butt up against our pride in correction. For example: God says He loves us. This truth may not correct like the one above, but if we are honest, we can’t reconcile why God would love us the way He does. There is a resistance to this truth, albeit, with a different hue than our resistance to go seek out an offended party against us.

Leaning in close…what does this mean? A well respected pastor usually starts out his sermons with this phrase.

Holy Spirit, make the Book live to me, show me myself, and show me my Savior, and make the Book live to me.

In other words, we lean in close by asking for His perspective not asking for Him to make our perspective make sense with His Word.

Leaning shows us our bent. I remember the first time I rode with my husband on his motorcycle. When he would turn or go around a bend, I instinctively wanted to lean away from the ground or direction of the turn. He had to teach me, that I endangered us both by doing that. On a motorcycle, you lean into the turn or bend which meant that often you lean towards the ground! That was scarey. Also, too much, and we would crash! So he said, “Just stay with me, let your body become one with mine, no more, no less. What a beautiful picture to the unity we are to have with Yeshua the Messiah as Paul so often spoke of, and Yeshua, Himself in John chapter 17. Leaning in close can feel humanly scarey and wrong. But our feelings lie! In Matthew 5:23-24, we must lean in close to the One promised by our Savior to reveal all truth to us.

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Leave your gift, go seek out the one you know is angry with you, make peace and come back where I hold your gift in trust to be offered from a pure heart.

A pure heart is attained by obedience, conforming our actions and lives, to what God says is right. It proves that the gift we would offer with just words, will indeed be true with our actions. Words are easy.

God forgive me for being unforgiving.

Leaning in close, the Spirit reveals where indeed we have been, and where we justify it because the person is angry at us, and we have no idea why. Do you not know? Only the Spirit of God can remind you of any such thing that would bring about peace? Inwardly or outwardly, this does not come from us. So in this scripture we see that when we come to Him with our gifts, if there is anything that makes that gift unable to truly be given, He reminds us or reveals to us anything that taints our offering. And not only that, but shows us how to make the gift worthy.

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Those two scriptures say a whole lot more than what the mere English words printed on paper say. They are alive and active, cutting marrow from bone, breathing life into our own dead bones, making a new life thrive inside!

Lean in Close! You’ll be transformed, you’ll experience the whole ‘new creation’ we are made into when we lean in as one with Yeshua. Lean in Close!

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Unity’s Requiem

August 26, 2015 at 5:34 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Love comes in miracles
Laced inside His breath
He inhales mercy
Exhales grace
And pulls us to His chest

Stars spin and freely fly
At the mere shadow of His passing by
Glee twinkles and strikes a tune
Of Sonshine in early June

The cosmos plays
While earth awaits
It’s resurrection at Edens gates
No lack of patience, no stir of restless
There’s only trust He’ll surely bless us

No toys of evil
Tempt to play
Upon the faithless in dismay
For all the victory
Has been played out
Upon the Savior when He bled out

No self obsession
Can draw a breath
Loves conception seals the debt
A covenant forged
In timeless reeds
No hand could mold it
But Abba’s creeds

Single Words conception
Formed flawless perfection
An aged-weary sigh
That awaits as He draws nigh

Hold not a sorrow
Grasp not a hope
In anguished marrow
For His breath has awoken you

To endless joy-beams
Crafting the sky
Teaching anew how to praise
More glorious than sunrise or sunset rays

A wondrous leaping
On inner limbs
Spirit-born reflections begins
Riding the waves
Of crimson flow
Blinding the need to know

Trust, O, the sweetest refrain
Trust breathes life into dry bones again
Oh, sweet the soar on trustworthy wings
That needs no feathers
To make the air sing

Oh chosen gladness
That gouges the eyes of dispond
That awakens sacrifice
The true heart longs

Reaching ever for more to give
Nothing to have
Nothing to keep
Oh Song of no needing
Sing Thou your tune
Awaken the cry of blessed tomb
Empty now for all time
The last stanza of human crime

Peace pulls out her palette
Paints the future
And impregnates with her fertile stroke
The weakened human knees of those the Father walks with
Again in the garden
Where the Son made the choice for all time and seasons

Balance plays on the lap of peace
Forever a child
Forged in the fire of timeless love
Holds out his hand to the Father above

Now at His side
The Keeper of trust
Pours out His armor
On human rust
Now blanketed in gold
And righteous crowns
Kept polished and ready
Where no sin abounds

Blades of grass promise
Peddles of flowers assure
Snow flakes refract and refresh
Feeding the truth in prisms
Barren limbs reach without doubt
So shall we, the ones so hard fought for!
So gloriously won! 
The Ones died for, now die daily
Flesh wrestles with cracked limbs
Breaking through with Spirit-soaked acclaim!
Shouting the Name of all Names!
Oh to be Holy, oh to be His!
The lovers kiss bids the wedding begun!

Sing, oh soul of redemption
His Kingdom Come!
Thy will is done!
On this earth-dusty, reborn soul, we are One!

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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August 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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July 28, 2015 at 11:03 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , )

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Truth Absorbtion

April 2, 2015 at 12:33 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Ever wonder where in the world just plain common sense went?

I’m tempted too often to think we ran it off the planet and it’s in exile somewhere in the cosmos. I’m not being sarcastic, truly, it really seems to be in extinction. So, what do I do when thoughts like this hit me? Obviously these are not thoughts of good, purity and peace loving…or are they? I go to the One who can give me His thoughts and enable my mind to adapt to them. So I went:

“Abba, am I nuts? Is it as bad as it seems to me, this concept that basic common sense has banished itself from the face of this earth?”

FYI: I asked this question some time ago, His response was immediate but not all condensed as you are about to get it now.

Here are some questions that He asked me in His response.

Do you think truth can be absorbed without Me?”

“Do you think truth can be applied without Me?”

“What is,’common sense’ in your opinion?”

The last one was first. (I’m terrible a chronology, but I’m getting it; God orders things differently than we do) Honestly this one stumped me, here I am asking a question about something that I can’t really define well. I mean common sense is…well…common sense. You know, don’t blow your hair dry in the bath tub, don’t put your fingers on the positive and negative parts of the car battery while it’s running, don’t drive around in the snow on a “doughney” (spare donut tire) – ok, that last one might be a little elusive but you get my point. Once He got me past my ever expanding “knowledge” I thought I had about what common sense was, He began to break it down.

“Hmmm, well all that’s very sensible I suppose to you Child, but what if I want a person to drive around in the snow on a ‘doughney’, or I want a person to be moved by electricity in such ways as you just described?”

Uhhhhhh…oh. Well, yeah there is that. (My “duh face” was prolific) God’s way with me is pointless to argue with. It always makes me sit still. My list of “definitions” got tossed over my shoulder.

Do you think truth can be applied without Me?”

Hmmmm…this one was tougher. I mean it almost seems as if it can, sometimes. Thank you Spurgeon for your definition of discernment – the difference between right and almost right. Honestly after months of conversation, questions, answers, duh-faces and pondering; there is nothing but a whopping N-O. No. Is the answer to this question. The Truth is Yeshua (Jesus). He can not be applied without Himself. I think it’s our tendency to disconnect principles of application for Truth from the Truth Himself. It’s impossible, though. I’ve been convinced. No matter where or in what way a truth needs application only God can set it into motion. Open eyes to see it, ears to hear it and give a heart/mind/will to apply it. It matters not one iota if His Name is involved persay, not as in His character, which is what He means when we ask for anything in His Name it will be given. That’s His character, in other words, if we ask for anything that fits within the character of God, will of God, it will be given. But what I mean by His name need not be recognized for Truth to be applied is simply that the mind operating to apply a truth need not give Him the credit for it. He has proven this time and again.

“Do you think truth can be absorbed without Me?”

Not shocking, this one took the longest time for Him to show me. It does seem rather simple, right? If the principles of truth can be applied without acknowledging Him, them “common sense” would suggest it can be absorbed without acknowledging Him too, right? Months of duh-faces and total abandon to a sense of stupidity later. I’ll give you the short answer first. No.
Absorbtion is a ‘horse of a different color’. Absorbtion is nutritional, it only gets done when every thing is functioning as God designed it. If any part of the inner person is out of sync with Him, absorbtion is unachievable. In other words, it gets wasted. Or becomes twisted.

Our bodies are all the evidence one needs to see the truth of this. If the stomach, liver, intestines, or colon are unable to recognize a substance as needful/useful in a healthful way to the original design of the body; it either gets kicked out, or twisted into some substance that the body recognizes as almost a needful thing and sent through the entire system causing chaos. This happens all the time.
(Diabeties)
God designed the body (all physical things) to reflect His truth. His design. His way(s). Anything else is definitively not Him. Or Truth, as He is called.

So hence, much of my own life I was able to see, hear and apply Truth in various ways. Yet, also many many of those times, I didn’t absorb it. Some part of me was out of sync with Him, and because of it the Spirit withheld the essence of Him. This is why I can’t say I trust God to provide all my needs and then think it’s “normal human behavior” to doubt it within the frame of controlling attitudes or panicking. The controlling attitudes and panicking is the chaos reeking havoc to the whole system as a result of my not bending my will into the trust that He gave me the Spirit to choose instead of fear. The problem was lack of true absorbtion of truth, not the lack of seeing, hearing and applying.
Let’s read the scripture that refers to this.

Isaiah 6:9-10

He said, “Go and tell this people: ‘Yes, you hear, but you don’t understand. You certainly see, but you don’t get the point!’ Make the heart of this people (sluggish with fat), stop up their ears, shut their eyes. Otherwise, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, then understanding with their hearts, they might repent and be healed!

Wow! See the physical intonations? Now, see the purpose of it all? Absorbtion is unity, a becoming one with. Truth takes over, Truth’s way. No other way. Just His. Absorbtion protects, heals, and maintains everything operating with the design that anything was originally intended to be. Just like a physical body, so are we in spirit. Our physical hearts get sluggish with fat and we have heart attacks. Our spiritual hearts get sluggish with fat and have them too. All due to lack of absorbtion. Which still let’s eyes continue to “see” truth, ears “hear” truth but the heart breaks down in understanding causing chaos and repentence does not enter and healing is evaded. The physical body cannot turn around and repent and heal on its own. It takes the mind to change its application, it’s function, methods, or it will fail. This is why Saul said “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Renewing in this passage is not referring to being rebooted in the same ways as before. It means, being replaced with the right (truth) way of thinking which leads to a right way of action (repentence). God’s way. The Originator of you. The Designer of you. The Maker of all your parts, and all the parts that effect you, surround you, impact you, move you, stop you – everything. His will may yet require you to run around in the snow on a “doughney” or get zapped by a jolt of electricity. It’s all about getting all the systems focusing on the truth for maximum absorbtion!

So, has common sense left the earth? Yes, and no. It does not belong to us. It resides in Heaven. It’s called wisdom, a gift we are given but often don’t receive. Yet, Wisdom is always in control and has the final say. Even if we don’t see it, this is truth! God alone teaches and gives us wisdom. It’s Truth Absorbed! Few are they that find it here on earth, but everything and everyone in heaven is full of it! And didn’t Yeshua say, “Behold, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Right here, on earth where He was teaching on that very tiny spot of earth? Common sense is the hound of heaven, it will not stop. Truth Absorbed, is common sense. If our lives don’t reflect it, then we haven’t absorbed it.

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