Tuesday, March 21, 2017

RISE S.T.R.O.N.G.


I always had a fascination with oriental art, maybe its because my grandmother loved it and maybe because my father loved those horribly dubbed Chinese movies where the mouth was moving in one direction and the words were not matching up..  I don't know what it is but there is something about the art form, the textures in the stroke, the textiles they use, the oyster shells and glass that is so delicate and powerful and impacting, or maybe its the strong meaning behind something that appears so delicate.  For instance, I love Bonsai trees and Cherry Blossoms in the spring.  I have this new found love not so much for the beauty of the art, but the meaning of the art which is really the beauty in it.  The beauty is in the meaning and what it represents not so much the object.    The Bonsai tree is mini in stature and is very delicate, the Bonsai is not a species of tree but an art form that is produce by the careful pruning of the tree and reflects the connectedness of life and respect for the beauty of nature.  ( I have to give it to Ehow for that one because that was all them...  but so eloquently stated that you look at the tree differently now)  The Cherry blossom represents power and love.  The Cherry Blossoms were planted after wars to represent what comes after war.  The beauty after the ashes.   Its incredible how you can see God in everything if you just take a moment to see God first, then his creations are no longer a mystery but yet a piece to a puzzle that he connects so that you see Him in everything.  Revelations 4:11,  "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."   Either way you look at these trees they had to go through a pruning, a time of loss, shedding, planting, process and bloom. 


There is something birthed in the season to reveal the greater meaning of the bigger plan.  You have to be willing to be processed to be birthed.  You see, the Bonsai is just a tree but its the art form of the careful pruning that brings out the beauty of the delicateness.  This is not indicating frailty but the ability to be pruned, to demonstrate the respect of life and connectedness to life is the quintessential essence of what Christ does for us.  Behold, we have been made new, formed in His image, that is the true meaning of "worship in beauty of holiness".  Holiness comes with pruning, sanctification, purification so in order to be connected to life we have to be pruned.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life...    The Cherry blossom is just a tree but when planted after war it brings beauty, you can only appreciate true beauty when all you have seen is the war- other wise its just common. 
Our lives in Christ parallel this image whether it be through a tree, through a tunnel or through the eyes of a spiritual mirror its really all the same.  This is not about a physical transformation but more or less referencing the realm of the soul and the transformation and renewing of the mind.  The ground work starts in your heart but the maintenance is in your mind.  The internal war exists at times to deconstruct an image that was created by the masks of the world and to reconstruct from the ground up, meaning the foundation of who we are must be built of the foundation of the earth which is the word of God.  See the beauty, made new to be created in His image- just like the cherry blossom.  Your ways consist of the battle of the old you dying to self and the new you emerging and then there are external disasters that occur which impact the internal war.  Your going to experience the pain and the brokenness- its a requirement.  In order for the light to get in you have to be broken, in order to RISE you must first go low and by low I mean deep.                                                         

"If you are willing to take the challenge to RISE then be prepared to go low, really low, because only out of the ashes will you RISE.
It is only then do we hear the depth of our soul in the solitude of our own being without the noise, learning to function through the sifting of the voices and the reality of who we are on the inside"

This is a process where you can no longer reach back, you have to keep your eyes guarded and your mind focused because any withdrawal from process is like drawing up liquid through a straw only to let it go back down the straw.  The energy expended to draw out can not compare to the lack of energy used for something to go back in.  You've been pulled out-- you've been separated-- its the drawing out that could be painful, because the realization of what we became over time is too shameful or even the understanding that we must face a perfect God, and he loves us anyhow-  No more depression to take away the joy, no more fear that prevents you from success, no more being afraid to experience life, no more succumbing to people's opinions of you, no more walking around in a false image to fit in, no more feeling good enough, but being worthy to be called His, His perfect love cast out fear, His love that said you were worth dying for.  We can only overcome the old self by allowing God to make us new to be the best version of us that we can be for His glory and that is by dying to self and trusting the Lord.  

Philippians 3:8-16New International Version (NIV)
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.   

"Renew your mind daily focusing on the day at hand and what is in front of you so that you can enter your bright future rather than your darkened past.   If babies can’t go back into the birth canal then you can’t go back into the tunnel.  Get out! Get out and run with the vision before you. I say to you RUN that race…  Here is a starting point, forget yoga, forget that foo-foo new age hypnotic  stuff, get in the face and presence of God and ask him to minister to you.  Start with fasting, give him your sacrifice and He will give you His thoughts.  Jeremiah 33:3 -Call on me and I will answer thee and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.  The New Living Translation says it like this, call on me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.  That word change makes a big difference on how you read that scripture.  Mighty things can have a very loose translation, but unsearchable means that it unable to be clearly understood.  Which means in order to find out who you are and what you are purposed to do you must know your creator.   How incredible, that God will reveal to you who He is so that you know who you are, and ultimately when you see who you are created to be, then will you have true understanding on why it is important to conform to His will and not your own.  It all starts with two words The Truth.  I emphasize that because in order to know truth you have to know The Truth and that is the Lord himself, Christ. "

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Carried through to get to



Carried Through to Get to

If your going up the river without a paddle then you are good place and don't even know it.  I know this statement has a negative connotation to the world--  To the world its means you're in deep trouble and your situation is quite hopeless  (If you are a believer in Christ then you know, you are not of this world; you're just in it, and you don't think the way the world thinks-- so before you think negatively, take a step back and remember God's view not world view)--  biblically, being sent up the river  was world changing, life shaping and it was ordained by God.  The Israelites were growing in population and at the threat of taking over Egypt - Pharaoh called for the babies to be killed to control the population.  Jochebed, Mose's mother heeded the word of the Lord and placed Moses in a basket-  In Hebrew, Moses basket was known as an ark-  She took the baby and the basket and sent him up the river (without a paddle) where he was found by Pharaoh's daughter.  This was the beginning of the life of Moses.  Raised in a culture that was not his, assimilating to an environment that he thought he belonged in but when he found out the truth something inside of him was ignited.  Moses grew and became disillusioned when He found out that His identity was not of an Egyptian but of a Jew.


  I submit that the disillusion was not based on the inability to identify;  but rather all of the years that He lived in the world that did not speak to who He was, living a lie.  Angered by the maltreatment of His people He murdered an Egyptian guard and went into the wilderness for 40 years.  This was a sign-  there was a warrior inside of Moses ready to slay everything that oppressed who he really was, and that is of the "chosen people"-  The seed of the deliverer was planted.  It started from birth.   His mother in essence delivered him-  In Hebrew Jochebed means God's glory; honorable.   She heard the voice of the Lord and sent her baby up the river not knowing that he was actually sent there by GOD'S GLORY.  Moses is actually Mosche and it means "drew out"  or in Egyptian means "son".  Now if Moses is a seed, he was sent in the river which watered the seed- which means when he (the son) was sent up the river he was being carried through and sent by "God's Glory" .

Destined from birth to be a deliverer of his people.    Moses left the wilderness and went forth ill equipped in his own strength but with the Glory of God as noted in his face to face encounter his human inability became God's ability to work through Moses.  You see, your inabilities are opportunities for God's ability to work through you- its not in your strength but in the supernatural power of God almighty.  Moses was ill prepared in speech but was given a staff and that's all He needed.  The rod was the authority of God to deliver.  Psalms 23, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, your rod and staff comfort me."

Now, lets take a look at this: The Israelites were growing hungry and thirsty- Moses was commanded to smite the rock in order to draw water from it.  The Rod (authority of God ) smites the rock (foundation of the earth) to draw out water (which represents life) profound that one statement, "up the river" could have such an impact on Christianity.  The authority of God strikes the foundations to draw out life??  Huh, what do you mean-  By God's authority a foundation is shaken.  Something has to be broken- in order for it to produce.  In order to consider a pregnant woman in active labor, her water breaks.  When the night is transitioning into day its called breaking of day, because the light pushes through the clouds- In order to a sow a seed there is a breaking of the ground, or threshing in order for something to be produce.  Look at it this way-- By God's authority, the rock - our Savior Jesus was stricken, bruised for our iniquity and crucified so that we might have life and life more abundantly and ultimately eternal life. 

The old identity has been shaken away, its gone-- Everything that was a lie about the true you is gone.  You might stutter and not have the right words-- but that's just another opportunity for God to show Himself strong THRU you-   There is something inside that God has placed in you rising up to do something you have never done before.  The seas have been parted and you are walking through.  You have been saved for what you are called for- You might not see yourself as prepared but like God spoke to Moses instructing him to keep his arms raised with the staff over his head.  The authority of God is from above and your arms raised means that you have surrendered to the will of the Father because the battle is not yours-- its the Lords-- Your surrender to His perfect will for your life means that there will always be victory over the oppressor.   

Look back at this very relative point:  The ark not only represents the basket, but Noah's ark and the Ark of Covenant --  The ark built by Noah as an act of faith to the word of God that kept him, his family and 2 of every animal safe during the flooding of the world.  It was only after the ark stopped after 40 days on the mountain did Noah send out the "dove"  that brought back an olive branch 7 days later--  Moses the same baby sent up the river eventually  met God on Mount Sinai for 40 days -  -- Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days...  You see, being sent up the river is not the critical part-- but what made it possible to arrive is the pinnacle point-- The ark in each instance represented:  Noah's ark -- The way through a world that was being flooded. Something that was created by God for his Glory for mankind--  Moses' ark -- from baby to old man eventually brought him to a place of revelation and truth to deliver those out of bondage, receiving God's commandments for His people and then the Ark of the Covenant -- The Mercy Seat, the atonement and ultimately the grace of God.

You see-- every time you are sent up the river without a paddle (in the worldly sense--  when you think you are headed for disaster remember this)  The way, The Truth and the Life ( The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit) The Shepard The Rod and the Staff--  will always carry you through.  That is when the Father does His best work in you and through you--  There is a point in life when nothing or no one can help, its only by the mighty hand of God that carry you through-- The will of God will never take you to the place where the grace of God won't keep you. 

God is drawing out His Sons and Daughters and raising them up for His glory.  There is going to be an out pour of His spirit and His presence being made manifest upon the world.  He is preparing the way for His return and drawing those now.   For His Glory.. For His Kingdom WILL come and HIS WILL, BE DONE...  Every spiritual baby and purpose and plan of God placed in you to be birthed will be-- as Moses was in the water and the river--  The spiritual pregnancy is carried by the living waters that flow from within---   Its time to press through and seek His face for what is inside of you that you are carrying.  PUSH because  Its time for you to deliver---  

"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast- it leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary"  Hebrews 6:19