Archive for June, 2015

Meeting the Need

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:3-5)

Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go. I let God fill my mind with His thoughts, fill my heart with His love and fill my life with His power… My God meets all my need according to His riches in Glory in Christ (Phil. 4:19). I can simply accept the reality that God’s wisdom is present and available, ready to fill me with new understanding, light and strength. It is my spiritual discipline in faith, to let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate me from the peace of God in my heart. I step into faith, believing that as I let go… God fills every need!

God’s substance is supernatural and when I step into His Presence, a divine activity moves through my life. God’s creative process is awaiting me and all I have to do is receive. This is life in the Glory Realm… its effective, productive and healing; and it is activated as quickly as I let go of my “self”. I feel my life being lifted up to where He is. The Presence of God dissolves all fear and doubts and removes every hint of frailty. I can feel His pleasure, His acceptance of me and His wealth of kindness… which washes all uncertainty away. This is love at its best, comforting and meeting me right where I am. God’s love is worth beholding, unlocking and experiencing!

3 Spheres of Supernatural Stability offered by the Father’s Love:

  1. He Strengthens My Inner-Man: (Eph. 3:16) My Spirit is revitalized with supernatural energy!
  2. I become Rooted and Grounded in Love: (Eph. 3:17) My faith creates a dwelling for Christ!
  3. I am filled with all the Fullness of God: (Eph. 3:18-19) My knowledge is established by experience – Holy Spirit rushes in!

Downloading Spiritual Love:

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20)

Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning, and reasoning. Take a few moments to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: “I let go. I let God fill my need according to His riches… found in the Glory Realms as received by faith in Christ”. As you breath out, allow the Holy Spirit to breathe into you… strength, stability and spiritual substance that meets all of your needs. Immediately, you will experience visible and tangible benefits, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith, boldness and courage will well-up within you. Your prayers will be more effective, and your understanding of the Presence of God within you will be clearer. You will find that God’s love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.

God is Jehovah Jireh – Our Provider:

God always provides! As the Apostle Paul has so well proclaimed, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). No indeed, if God be for us – tell me who can be against us! God gives strength, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, and supernatural supply. So be the “conqueror”, step into all that you need by faith. He loves us! Whatever life throws at you, you have; at this very moment. Make the most of every opportunity… let go of your personal striving and let God move in you and meet your every need!

“…casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7)

Encountering Love

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)

We have all watched loving adults bend low or kneel down, making themselves small so they can be face-to-face with a child. Parents do this instinctively out of a desire to connect and be present with the child. Out of loving desire to relate to small ones, big people make themselves temporarily small. This is how God reasons with us…

Face-to-Face: (Exod. 33:11) “…as a man speaks to his friend”

Our God loves us – and likes us! He desires to be face-to-face with us, longing to express love directly… seeking close relationship with us. God became small, taking the form of a man and becoming a servant (Phil. 2:6-8)… offering us forgiveness for all of our sin. This is the Christian story. God, coming to us as a baby, a child, a humble man. God coming to us in Jesus. The astonishing claim Jesus made was that if we have encountered Him… we have seen the Father. To encounter Jesus is to discover the Father’s heart… the One who made us, and loves us more than we could wrap our mind around. Jesus was our face-to-face encounter… and it begins with compassion, mercy and forgiveness!

Encountering Love that Forgives:

Jesus came to show us the love of the Father. But Jesus was not well received. People did not expect to see such love. Instead, they expected to see what we often expect to see in God… rigidity, harshness and stern enforcement of the rules… judgement, distance, rejection and exclusion. Instead, in Jesus, they encountered radical love… love that revealed the answer to a sin problem – forgiveness!

…in Jesus, we encounter radical love…

Jesus embodied God’s incredible love… love that included the outcast, that honored women, that respected and blessed children, that embraced enemies, that touched the contagious and healed the diseased, that extended hope to the rejected and confronted abusive religious hypocrisy. He revealed a love that valued relationship over rigid rule keeping and lived among the sinner, rather than a castle or mansion. Jesus told stories of God “the-waiting-Father” who runs like a servant to welcome us home and who sweeps like a woman to unearth her lost treasure. What was He searching for? Gold? No – someone to receive His love!

The Encounter:

Jesus had encounters with people in all sorts of odd places… like beaches or rivers, hill sides or gardens, in grave yards or vineyards, at wells or pools of Bethesda. Meeting was for encountering something bigger than belief systems… it was for transforming the heart. Imagine the impact of Jesus, time and time again… His love reflected the heart of the Father in ways that deeply moved the poor, weak and broken. Forgiving Love is revolutionary, it heals the heart, delivers the soul and changes the way a person thinks about themselves and others. Its uniquely God’s heart, because it is so… counter-culture, other worldly… and supernatural.

The Apostle John said it best in this statement: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on (or given to) us, that we should be called the Children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 Jn. 3:1). Incredibly… in the encounter of beholding love… we come to know Him! We come to see His mercy and unyielding passion toward us. We experience love, by feeling the lifting of a burden we could never have been free of on our own. This is forgiveness… and it is truly the encounter of a lifetime.

  • Forgiveness is an encounter of love… by the only One worthy to be called – “Savior”!

…Can I introduce you to My Savior?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:17)

God As Father

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.” (Mt. 6:9)

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father!” (Gal. 4:6)

Introducing God as “Our Father”: “Abba” – Papa or Daddy

Do you realize that God was never known as “Father” until Jesus came to earth and revealed Him as such? In prayer Jesus said, “And I have declared to them Your Name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (Jn. 17:26). What name was Jesus referring to? It was the name “Father” (Jn. 14:6). There was nothing more natural to Jesus than introducing us to God as “Father”.

  • “Therefore, do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?… For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Mt. 6:31–32)
  • “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Mt. 7:11)

What seems natural to Jesus is supernatural to us. The revelation of “sonship” that the Apostle Paul speaks about, goes beyond just mental assent, it is a Spirit of Sonship. And it wells up within us to confirm the depth of love the Father has for us. Jesus wants us to always have this image of God stirring in our mind… that He is our Abba, our faithful Father. Why? Because it will shape every motivation of the heart.

You are Loved by the Father!

There is something about this knowledge that is more than just practical. No matter how old you are; you are still God’s child, so don’t think that your problem is too small for God. If it is important to you, it is important to your Father as well.

My friend, always remember that He is Abba… your Father!

Develop Hearing

“Go and lie down, and if He calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” (1 Sam. 3:9)

The story of how young Samuel first heard God’s voice, and how his prophetic ministry was launched; provides some important keys for us. Three times the young boy Samuel heard a voice calling his name and each time he ran to the Priest Eli in response. Don’t fret we all start somewhere. Finally Eli realized that it was God calling the boy. He gave Samuel some simple instructions: 1st Go lie down… 2nd Be willing to hear… 3rd Let what God says – sink in! Hearing is really all about our posture… mentally and spiritually!

Develop Your Awareness: God is Speaking …and wants to talk with You!

When God first began speaking to Samuel, the boy did not know that God was the source of the voice. We need to awaken our hearts! God is speaking… and in order to hear from Him, we must be expecting to hear from Him. We read, “In those days the word of the Lord was rare” (1 Sam. 3:1). Very few people were getting anything from God… revelation was weak because their faith and characters were weak. That is not the case today. You have the Holy Spirit within you, leading, convicting and communicating what is on the Father’s heart. God delights in sharing His thoughts and intentions with you. Perhaps God is communicating more than you have previously been aware of. What is He saying? Only you will know, as He speaks to all of His Children individually and uniquely. Listening is what will stir up faith to receive more! Remember what the Apostle Paul said, “faith comes from hearing… hearing the word (or voice) of God” (Rom. 10:17).

Wrap your mind around this picture…

“How precious (or amazing) to me are your thoughts (concerning me), God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” (Ps. 139:17-18)

The picture is one of a constant stream of personal thoughts toward you… from God. God is consistently thinking about you! David seems convinced that all of those thoughts were good, encouraging and countless… and he was hearing them! David was hearing some of the most wonderful things about himself from the very mouth of God! It could be likened to ‘live streaming’ on the Internet… a constant flow of communication. Many people have a mindset that believes God is silent… that He is done speaking to us and has nothing more to say. Its not the truth – but when it comes to hearing God’s voice, we must set our heart to hear. We must develop our hearing. You cannot develop your hearing without a belief that God is speaking to you and that He wants you to hear what He is saying.

Jesus understood that the Father speaks to us as sons and daughters for one key reason… because He loves us!

“For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He does.” (Jn. 5:20)

  • Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice!” (Jn. 10:27)

Kingdom First

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Mt. 6:31-33)

The first thing is the most important thing. When we seek first the Kingdom of God every part of our life is effected. Our values, choices and even our dreams come into alignment by some very significant Truths that are foundational to a Christlike lifestyle. To place something first means it carries the most weight and authority in our lives or appears first in rank or preference.

When we make the decision to follow Christ and put our faith in His power to lead us; we are immediately struck by the reality, that other things will challenge us for the position of “first place”.

“First” Place is the Highest Place!

Devotion and discipline are huge factors in our ability to maintain our goals to serve God with our gifts and honor God with our hearts. Yet it was Jesus’ own promise to us that if we would seek first the Kingdom of God; all the important things we value most, would come after our obedient lifestyle (Mt 6:33).

“First” Seeking Transforms Us:

What you seek… and how you seek determines your focus and the alignment of your desires. We want our heart to align with His will. It is a sure thing that our commitment will be tested, but we can trust our Heavenly Father to deliver on the Promises of His Word. Seeking first the Kingdom of God actually releases the Holy Spirit’s Presence in our lives, for discernment and convictions to come to the surface. As we process life on spiritual levels, our hearts are moved and behaviors are adjusted by a sense of the peace of God, which passes our understanding (Phil 4:4-7).

Four things are required in the seeking first model:

  1. Rejoice in the Lord always… Praise and Activate Your Trust!
  2. Prayer… Maintain Communication with Heaven!
  3. Supplication… Ask and Keep on Asking in Faith!
  4. Thanksgiving… Be Grateful for His Promised Best for You!

“First” Things are Vital:

Making a lifestyle out of seeking God for the first things in our life will cause us to recognize all those less important things, that tend to release worry and fret. Worry does nothing to change our situation or shape our future for the better. Worry actually is the first thing our spiritual enemy (Satan) will look for to try and bring destruction through lies and fear.

Worry is irresponsible and distracting.

The Apostle Peter said “…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7) Trusting God’s character and faithfulness, is often the biggest test of our heart, but when we press through and renew our courage… we become more tenacious with a testimony on our side. Recognize God is more invested in you coming into your first things, than you are; because He cares for you!