10/29/2019 Put On Christ

What does it mean to “put on Christ?” Galatians 3:26-27 states, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (NKJV). So then, faith and baptism; conviction and cleansing by immersion into Christ’s person.

This week, in particular, many will clothe themselves with costumes meticulously chosen for pretentious reasons to gain temporary prize of some sugary treat. My question is, do we clothe ourselves with Christ as carefully to present Him authentically to the world so that they, too, may reap the eternal benefit of knowing Him? What are we immersing ourselves into by what we absorb through our physical senses?

Romans 13:11-14 exhorts us, “Besides all this, you know at what point of history we stand; so it is high time for you to rouse yourselves from sleep; for the final deliverance is nearer than when we first came to trust. The night is almost over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and arm ourselves with the weapons of light. Let us live properly, as people do in the daytime – not partying and getting drunk, not engaging in sexual immorality and other excesses, not quarreling and being jealous. Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus the Messiah; and don’t waste your time thinking about how to provide for the sinful desires of your old nature” (CJB). Putting on Christ is not a one-time event, but a continual process of laying down our fleshly desires, to pursue and know Him.

Do we, as Paul encouraged the Romans, understand the times in which we live, as did the sons of Issachar (I Chr. 12:32)? Do we know that Christ’s return is imminent, or have we put it on the backburner of old doctrine that we hope is true, but fail to live in expectation of it? Are we asleep, having allowed the light that is to shine from us to wane? The Ephesian believers had.

In Ephesians 5:8-18, Paul reminded the believers that, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (NKJV).

In other words – put on Christ and shine as His light. Shun evil, do good. Be filled and led by His Spirit, not by our desires. Baptized into His person – His nature and character – we illuminate the way to redemption, the way of Christ’s cross, for our culture.

We don’t want to spiritually clothe ourselves with darkness, camouflaging who we are to fit into society. No, we are admonished to put on Christ (who stuck out wherever He went), proclaiming Him and being agents of His love to a world that needs us to be authentic, not pretentious, holy, not hedonistic, and shine forth boldly, radiating His sacrificial love. He is returning for a living church. Let’s choose to be a church that lives with conviction, full of faith, full of the Spirit, fully immersed in Christ!

10/23/2019 Rise Up!

Rise up, rise up! Leave behind the past and press forward in My high calling. Learn of Me and let Me show you the way in which you should go. For too long, you have camped in a place of defeat, wallowing in the mire of a wrong mindset. You were not meant to live as a prisoner to worldly thought processes. Rise up! You are a mighty person of valor, strong in Me, able to pull down strongholds! Resist the temptation to hide behind perceived faults and failures, and move forward, knowing you are beloved and live worthy of My call. Rise up! This is the day to advance My Kingdom – the day you choose to walk in victory! Eph. 4:1-3, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” NKJV 2 Cor. 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” NKJV I Cor. 15:57-58, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” NKJV Rom. 8:37-39, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NKJV

10/22/2019 Seek Me

Seek to know Me intimately. Knowledge of Me is accompanied by My wisdom and counsel to live the abundance of life I have provided. Many are living in defeat because they do not understand My nature and character. Lack of knowledge brings destruction, not just in one area, but in every arena of life. Do you feel suppressed and depressed by the enemy, aimlessly wandering through life? Seek Me. Never will I turn away those who seek Me wholeheartedly. There is a strategy to supplant the knowledge of Me with a religious spirit that doesn’t know Me and is powerless to bring about change. It exists within the church, as well. My children – seek and know Me, for in intimacy is knowledge and the assurance that you are Mine and I am for you. Knowledge of the world may bring worldly power, but knowledge of Me brings supernatural power that sets captives free. The one relies on the flesh, the other on My Spirit. The world needs people who know Me – those who have shared in My sufferings and operate in My resurrection power – and rely on My Spirit to proclaim deliverance and do mighty exploits for My glory!  Ps. 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” NKJV Is. 55:6-7, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” NKJV Hos. 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” NKJV Dan. 11:32, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” NKJV

10/21/2019 The Best is Yet to Come

My Child, I live, and that life is in you. My life contains the fullness of My love that upholds you and causes you to stand amid adversity. Watch and see as I unfold the way I have destined for you. The life I have determined is abundant and powerful – you in Me, and I in you. You think I have finished, but I say, I have just begun. I am continually transforming and refining you, and through each process of refinement, I reveal more of the vision for your life. Wait with patience, but with eager expectation, for My best for you is yet to come! John 15:3-4a, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” NKJV Ps. 37:18, “The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.” NKJV   

10/18/2019 A Narrow Way

My children, be diligent and watchful, for My path is narrow and straight before you. Yes, I am the One who levels the rough places in your life, directing the way in which you should go. In these last days, the enemy’s goal is to make crooked the path of life and twist My sure Word. Do not give heed to his tempting voice that seeks only to deceive. I warned that there would be false prophets – My Spirit will help you discern them. The false ones walk in darkness, are blind to My revelation, and are led by what they cannot see themselves, attempting to confuse what I would make plain. Refuse to allow the enemy access and be led by My Holy Spirit, who reveals Me in all circumstances. While challenging, the narrow road leads to life everlasting, the wide to destruction. Acts 13:6-12, “Now when they had gone through to the island of Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the Word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease from perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.’ And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.” NKJV Matt. 7:13-16a, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” NKJV  

10/17/2019 A Secure Place

Some feel stuck and imprisoned in a place not of their choosing, and the more you have attempted to extract yourself, the more entrenched you become. Wait on the Lord. He is going to pull you up and set you in a secure place, established by Him and for Him. The vision that has seemed so distant will come suddenly as He moves and rearranges people and circumstances for the good of those who love Him and are called to His purposes. In all things, praise Him, as He supernaturally aligns His plans with your person. There is value in patiently meditating upon Him in this process, choosing to walk in His peace. Ps. 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for ADONAI, till He turned toward me and heard my cry. He brought me up from the roaring pit, up from the muddy ooze, and set my feet on a rock, making my footing firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will look on in awe and put their trust in ADONAI.” CJB

10/14/2019 Spiritual Ramifications

Many of My children have detached themselves from the spiritual ramifications of their thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions. Don’t you know all will be brought into judgment? Foolish words and actions have no place in My Kingdom. Wisdom and discernment are yours if you will ask. There are results and consequences to the way you live your life – spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Tread carefully with yourself and those around you, they are created in My image, and be grateful, for I have given all things that pertain to life and godliness. Jer. 17:10, “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” NKJV Matt. 12:36-37, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” NKJV 2 Cor. 10:4-6, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” NKJV

10/9/2019 An Infusion of Boldness

Many have lamented lost opportunities to share My love and redeeming power with those around them, having allowed fear to prevent their witness. I am going to shake you, fill you, and infuse you with boldness to be My witnesses. As you step out, I will stretch out My hand to heal. Yes, as you invoke the power and authority of My Name, I will set people free and deliver them. Come, let us commune together and allow My Spirit fill you once again, and refuse to give place to the enemy, for I have called you to boldly proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom – salvation in My Name! Acts 4:13, 29-31, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Vs. 29-31, ‘Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.” NKJV Eph. 6:19, Pray “that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.” NKJV

10/8/2019 Exposing the Darkness

The enemy acts in the dark and lobs his darts from the place of his abode. You must allow Me to expose him, illuminating those areas of your life where the attacks affect you so that he is no longer in the dark but in the light. In so doing, I blind him, and you, as a child of the light, are able to see and effectively wield the shield of faith against him. Do not fear exposure, but pray for it, that you may succeed in your warfare against him – it is for your benefit. There is nothing to fear in exposure unless you have accustomed yourself to walking in darkness – a danger of compromising sin. In that case, you are not walking as a child of light, and I would expose you to light anyway that you may be redeemed. That is why I say, understand My will and walk in it. Eph. 5:8-17, “For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light. Live like children of light, for the fruit of the light is in every kind of goodness, rightness, and truth – try to determine what will please the Lord. Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them, for it is shameful even to speak of the things these people do in secret. But everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is, since anything revealed is a light. This is why it says, ‘Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you!’ Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life – live wisely, not unwisely. Use your time well, for these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.” CJB

10/7/2019 The Sound of Your Deliverance

My Child, you have been frightened and deceived by the thundering that you hear, supposing yourself defeated. I say it is the sound of the enemy pursuing what he has already lost. It is the recognition of your victory. Yes, the enemy has come out in force, but I am going to see you delivered to the other side, and this victory will be a testimony to the My greatness and your faithfulness. Do not fear what you see and hear. I am entering into your situation and causing My promises to shine forth like the noonday in your life. The storm has been fierce, but the sun is breaking through for you. Stand boldly in faith, knowing that I am for you and that I move on behalf of those who will wait for Me. Ex. 14:8-9,13-14, “Adonai made Pharaoh hardhearted, and he pursued the people of Isra’el, as they left boldly. The Egyptians went after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, with his cavalry and army, and overtook them as they were encamped by the sea…Moses answered the people, ‘Stop being so fearful! Remain steady, and you will see how ADONAI is going to save you. He will do it today – today you have seen the Egyptians, but you will never see them again! ADONAI will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!’” CJB Is. 64:1-4, “We wish you would tear open heaven and come down, so the mountains would shake at Your presence! It would be like fire kindling the brush, and the fire then makes the water boil. Then your enemies would know Your name, the nations would tremble before You! When You did tremendous things that we were not expecting, we wished that You would come down, so that the mountains would shake at Your presence! No one has ever heard, no ear perceived, no eye seen, any God but You. You work for him who waits for You.” CJB Ps. 37:5-6, “Commit your way to ADONAI; trust in Him, and He will act. He will make your vindication shine forth like light, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” CJB