Grace Infused

October 3, 2014 at 1:36 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Romans 12 1-3

I exhort you, therefore, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please Him; it is the logical “temple worship” for you.  In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh (this world; this age). Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what He wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develope a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given each of you, namely, trust.

Butterflies are such a magnificent display of being born again! There is nothing in a caterpillar that even hints at a butterfly. The caterpillar is “stuck” on the earth and all is surfaces. It’s perception can be changed only by attaining a different surface experience. It can climb a stalk or tree and “look down” at the ground. In such a way it can “get above” a certain surface but it can not rise. Then as if by some strange disease it begins to mutate into a ‘cocoon creature’. There’s this saying that is quite popular that goes “just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending. .. it became a butterfly”. It touches on the truth, but is mixed with human perspective. I doubt very highly a caterpillar had such thoughts of the “world” much less can perceive it’s “ending”. I do, however, believe it must be a jolting experience that causes the creeping, inching creature to pay attention in a way it never has to its own condition.

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The process is another example that God has given us to see what He has instructed and the purpose of His instruction. I absolutely love how GRACIOUSLY He has done this with everything He has made and we can see if we are looking through the “cocoon eyes” He gives us when we take Yeshua’s (Jesus’) hand and begin to follow Him in the Spirit filled walk towards the Father who created us.

Look at the first line in the above scripture. Notice the “cocoon eyes” we are exhorted to look through?

‘In view of God’s mercies’

Followed by the action we are to take. ..

‘Offer yourselves as a sacrifice,

Let’s stop here for just a moment and fully digest what’s being given as such a delicacy from God here.

In all things. .. God’s mercy is to be taken into account before even our own thoughts have a chance to ‘weigh in’ on the thought that forms in finality. God’s grace is the standard by which we measure everything. The implications of this is staggering and fully points back to Yeshua’s words in Matthew 5 and 6 as something quite achievable in our lives every day, right now in this ‘olam hazeh (this world; this age; these times). As the Scripture goes on to exhort. But also notice it says;

Let yourselves…keep letting yourselves…’

Does this mean it’s all up to us? No its a surrender initiative. When we let ourselves do a thing. .. we give ourselves to the process of the doing. God does the doing. .. we let Him. Just like the caterpillar let’s itself become a cocoon creature. And right after we are given the ‘let yourselves and keep letting yourselves’ exhortation we are given where we go for the cocooning process.

‘Be transformed by the renewing of your minds‘.

Where all we do or say begins before the doing or saying ‘gets done’.

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You ready for your wings? The very next set of words are the wings of this scripture. .. famously quoted over and over in Christiandom. Romans 12:2 – ‘be transformed by the renewing of your minds’. Ahhhh but most often the last portion of this amazing piece of information is left out. Hence the wings are often ‘clipped’.

…so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what He wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed‘.

This is paramount to the first famously repeated words. .. it points to the beginning exhortation to ‘offer yourselves as a sacrifice’ to the acceptable Sacrifice that God can accept… Instead of how we think;  His Son thinks, instead of how we feel; His Son feels right now because He’s alive and living inside us to be lived in; instead of our logic; the Sons logic as it has been given in Matthew chapters 5 & 6.
I refer to these chapters in Matthew because it addresses almost every single situation one can encounter here in the world we live in. I qualify though. … every Word Yeshua spoke and shared can be applied to all our lives and every situation we come into in our lifetimes.

Want to know the purpose of the cocoon? Verse 3 of Romans 12. Where we “go inside” to seek the Father about how He thinks and what He wants. But also to get this “sober estimate” of ourselves before our thoughts (minds) can bring our actions to completion. To listen to Him tell you and I the ‘… standard which God has given… namely – trust.

And once we choose the Trust of Yeshua we are given our wings and have been grace-infused to be that ‘living and set apart sacrifice for God”…. Oh then! Then… we become the new creature and rise up with wings as eagles and remain in His presence. .. rising rising above all the world and its perspectives and fly in the Kingdom of Heaven we are so urged by Yeshua to live in, turn to, preach about, witness to. We can not witness to something we haven’t ‘seen’! Not seen with our eyes but with our inner Life experiences as we die to ourselves and live to Christ everyday in every way. It is a truly dead soul who can be walking along and have a butterfly wisp its way before their face and not be inclined to watch it fly.

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I took the liberty of looking up the word transformed via a thesaurus.

Main Entry: transform

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: change completely

Synonyms: alter, commute, convert, cook, denature, doctor, make over, metamorphose, mold, mutate, reconstruct, remodel, renew, revamp, revolutionize, shift gears, sing different tune, switch, switch over, transfer, transfigure, translate, transmogrify, transmute, transpose, turn around, turn over new leaf, turn the corner, turn the tables

Antonyms: leave alone, stagnate

Notice the antonyms? When we by-pass the sacrificial transforming process of our minds by the standard of God’s grace. We are left alone and stagnate. We don’t die in a cocoon. .. we die as a caterpillar. Left to this world and it’s surfaces and our efforts to try to change our perspectives. … using logic as man can. .. by their measure of grace. Which we all must know isn’t even as abundant in size as an atom. The world’s grace (which is NOT grace) but limited mercy; is based on tit for tat; you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours; if they call, I’ll call, if they. .. then I’ll; eye for eye; tooth for tooth; life for life; earn and reward… and the list goes on and on and on. With statements like. ..’but they. ..’; ‘well you saw what they. …’; ‘if you wouldn’t have. ..’; or ‘if you would have. ..’; and justification after reasoning after justification. Cocoon killing. ..caterpillar remaining graceless living too often disguised as Christianity because the words get quoted and not lived.

Oh but to be a butterfly! Shall I tell you what a delight it is to humbly always be lifted by the measure of God’s grace; like a wind to send me Aloft into the grace of giving the kind of grace He gives and experience the Life of Yeshua within my own flesh here in such a hard and imperfect world. If only. .. if only I could tell you and the mere words would send you into a surrender of cocoon living! Ahhhh… but that is Adonai’s job. Not mine. I’m just a little winged witness. .. May His will be done. .. on earth as it is in heaven!

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I’ll Make Sure You Win

September 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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I was listening to Chuck Swindoll today and he told the greatest true story about the filming of Ben Hur that epic movie with Charlton Heston. I was compelled to share. ..

While filming the movie the Director, William Wyler approached Charlton about the chariot race. He told him that he felt that Charlton should be the one to drive the team of horses for the race instead of using a stunt double. Charlton agreed to do the training. A week later, Charlton approached William and said.

“Well. ..I think I am able to drive the horses. But I’m not sure I can win the race. ”

Williams reply; “Charlton, you just drive the horses, stay in the race. .. and I’ll make sure you win!”

Philippians 2:13

‘… for God is the One working among you both the willing and the working for what pleases Him.’

I love stories like this. The Lord comes right in and makes it living and breathing right in my own ‘yard’. He says. ..

You just stay in the race, I’ll make sure you win!”

He’s saying that to every one of us. .. right now. .. today. We need not worry about our own skills or if they are “trained enough” or if we can bring home a trophy! If we do as God asks of us, and trust all the reward, effort and glory to Him. .. that IS the trophy! The deed or action has very little to do with what God is really working. .. it’s our hearts coming to know Him and see His trustworthiness that’s always the goal. For some it may be just getting up to take out the trash; for some it may be for praising Him while every single place they look it may appear that God has forsaken them; for some it’s thanking Him for food and paid bills that their accounts don’t reflect the funds to do so; others to rest and be still when everything inside them wants to get up and run.

You just stay in the race. .. I’ll make sure you win!”

That is Christ-mindedness. .. who even knows if that director knew Christ? But Christ knows and knew every single one of those who were directed by William for that movie. .. and every single one of those who would watch it and “enter the race”… God has a different perspective of winning than mankind. It’s always more like a groom wooing and ‘winning’ the hand of a bride. It’s relational. .. not educational, not skill-set enhancing, not money earning, not religious training… but making Himself known in such a way that we come to know Him and forget about ourselves. ..except that we can say

He made me, uses me. .. what a miracle it is to be. That He makes Himself so real to me. He must be more real than anything He lets me see!”

“You stay in that race. .. I’ll make sure you win!”

Can you hear Him?

Jude 1:24-25

Now, to the One who can keep you from falling and set you without defect and full of joy in the presence of His Sh’khinah (Divine presence; manifest glory of God present with man) – to God alone, our Deliverer, through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord – be glory, majesty, power and authority before all time, now and forever.
Amen.

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The Seed

September 25, 2014 at 11:26 pm (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I was running errands today listening to the radio and heard the most amazing analogy. They were talking about seeds. How we can learn so much from them. The commentator first spoke of how small seeds are. Most seeds are very small. They mentioned how Yeshua (Jesus) mentioned the mustard seed as an example. (A very small seed indeed). He could have used any seed in His creation. ..a pumpkin seed for example. .. much larger in size; but He chose the mustard seed, and God never says anything without huge and multifaceted significance.

At this point the Spirit “took over” and the commentary ran in the background while He spoke to my heart. How little and tiny; almost hardly worth recognizing the mustard seed is. Yet it does grow into a huge fixture in a garden. What it takes for God to work in us amounts to what we often over look as insignificant. Or daily little comings and goings. .. duties. .. chores. The simple act of greeting someone. .. stopping to go and welcome a loved one home. And then He showed me a real kicker.

We often know in our heads how much sleeping is a “good thing”… we even look forward to a good night’s rest. But we often discount how God works in it. Namely because we do so little but surrender to our exhausted bodies! Sleep is a mustard seed. ..

Again I was drawn back into the radio program. Now they were speaking about the planting of a seed. How it goes into the dark, dirty soil and is covered up by more dark and dirty soil to start to germinate.

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Again, with my mouth dropping at the profoundly new perspective I was beginning to see; the radio tuned into a back channel and the Spirit ran out in front of my car and said, “Follow Me”. I was fixed upon His knee.

We too often think God comes to a clean place. .. Instead of to come clean a place. The difference is huge. We can be so distracted by “cleaning ourselves up” or prepping our own soil. .. that we are blind to the heavy yoke we choose instead of the one Yeshua invited us to take upon our shoulders. While we were yet sinners. .. Christ died for us! He was planted into our dark and dirty hearts! The producing of fruit is all His work. Done under ground if you will, where we think He does not go. .. dark and dirty. .. buried and dead. .. yet brimming with Life potential because He died and went into that very dead darkness to “fertilize” those places where death reigned with His Work on the Cross. We must allow Him to work in those dark and dirty places… Those are why He is here. .. why He came. .. it is the Kingdom work. Just like when we sleep. .. In a darkened room without any voluntary cooperation seemingly on our part. .. but we surrender to the process. .. Christ comes into our hearts and we need only rest and watch and wait to see how He expertly turns the dark dirty soil into food and nutrients to form the new creature He is making. He takes this seemingly small seed of our trust (because we all know how “big” this seed really is) and makes such a plant, such a creation! It fairly made me want to dump all my dark and dirty parts right out into the seat I was sitting in! I was so amazed at Adonai. .. and His amazing works. I felt like David. .. unable to keep the praise and worship from rolling out of my heart! Listing from one thing to another all the deeds He does that makes Him so great! All of the sudden I was running errands of His glory instead of the silly list for my silly house and duties.

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There was nothing especially new in what I was hearing today. I just leap and jump and praise and shout how God reflects everything He has purposed to do in us in everything He has ever done! There is no place we can’t find Him. .. proving, proving, proving to us His Love and trustworthiness! I love it! I went out to “run errands” and He ran one too! Right here inside my dark and dirty heart showing me where He has made a bloom that reaches up to His Light from those dark and dirty places and makes things new!

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In further study and research I “stumbled” onto this blog and found the best seed study I’ve ever seen. It’s got 12 parts. .. but it’s worth every second of time! For those who live to “dig deep”… this will make you grow!
http://agapegeek.com/2010/07/18/understanding-seeds-in-the-bible-plant-a-seed-get-a-harvest-part-1/

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Those Who Answered the Call – “Come, Follow Me!”

September 7, 2014 at 1:33 am (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Solid…without a doubt – Truth

August 28, 2013 at 10:17 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Isaiah 48:3-9

I announced things that happened at the beginning, long ago; they issued from My mouth, I proclaimed them. Then suddenly I acted, and they occurred. Because I knew you were stubborn, your neck an iron sinew, your forehead bronze, I announced it to you long ago; before it occurred, I proclaimed it to you; so you could not say, ‘my idol did it, my carved image, my statue, (my intelligence, my goodness, my abilities, my gifts, my brilliance, my craftiness,) gave the order for it.’
You have heard and seen all this, so why don’t you admit it?

Now I am announcing new things to you, secret things you have not known, created now, not long ago, before today, you did not hear them: so you can’t say, ‘I already know about them.’
No, you haven’t heard, and you haven’t known; these things have not reached your ears before. For I knew how treacherous you were – you were called a rebel from the womb. Yet for the sake of My own reputation I am deferring My anger; for the sake of My praise I am patient with you, so as not to cut you off.

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