There is a Casting Crowns song out called Nobody. It speaks of just how I feel. My desire is to be nobody that wants to tell everybody about Jesus that saved me. Of a loving Father that had a plan before creation to bring us back into right standing.
We have such a loving Heavenly Father, for he thought of everyone of us before creation. If that was not enough he laid out a plan for salvation before creation because he saw the weakness of man and that we would fall into sin. Yet that did not stop God from creating everything we see and know, even the far reaches of the universe and beyond. What a love that he would send his beloved son who was perfect and did not sin, to bear the sin of the world.
What love Jesus had that he knew his fate, yet he bore it and asked for us to be forgiven as he died on the cross. He was beaten so brutally, mocked and humiliated as the people he loved cheered for him to die. Yet even as he was hanging on the cross he still had compassion on the world. For it is by his stripes that we are healed, it is by his blood that was shed that we are made righteous.
As if that is not enough, we discover as we read the bible that God knows us so well that he knows how many hairs are on our heads. He cares that intimately about each and everyone of us. On top of that we are adopted as Children of God when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. This changes everything about us for now we are not just an average person, no we are now clothed in righteous clothing and we are celebrated.
Today we had a powerful message at church about how God’s Grace transforms us from darkness to light. As I have thought about this and what the light is I am just that much more in awe of our mighty Heavenly Father, Yahweh. There was a time when I was not walking in the light, I was following a path guided by things of this world and the darkness around. I was ignoring the light that was there to light my path and lead me on a safe journey through life. Instead I stumbled along for many years banging into walls, and falling off cliffs with the challenges of life on my own without God.
But then I encountered glorious God and all his grace that covers us in a love that is beyone anything we can imagine. I have been changed transformed into something that is beautiful, made into a new creation when I truly found my wonderful Jesus. The light of Jesus will pierce through the darkness, pain, and protective walls of our hearts. It begins to show grace as the lies are revealed to us and we find freedom as condemnation is removed from our lives. The light will continue to grow brighter and brighter on our hearts to chase all darkness from us as we grow into something so beautiful that reflects all of Gods glory.
Without light nothing on this earth would survive. Yes all life on this planet requires the light that is produced by the sun. But the true light that is sustaining life and causing new birth is God. We can see so easily that without light things will whither and die away like an old rotten piece of wood. But when light shines upon anything you start to see new life as tender grass, and flowers will begin to spring to life.
The same thing happens to us, when we are shrouded in darkness we begin to shrivel up and die from the inside out. However, the light of God can break through that darkness and can slowly and methodically peel away the layers of hurt, insecurities, even self hate. As those layers are peeled away we are restored with confidence in who we are, boldness to share the truth with the world, we learn to walk in peace and calmness in the midst of the storms.
When the light is shining on us it reveals the danger ahead, you start to hear that voice danger, danger. Yet it still requires you to yield to the warnings of the Holy Spirit that was sent to comfort us, and teach us. When we yield we pass by the danger without falling off the cliff of despair. The more we yield to the Holy Spirit the more our lives will be transformed from darkness to the light. We will grow spiritually so that we are prepared when the battles come.
We see everyday how light overcomes the darkness from the sun rising in the East to turning on a light bulb or lighting a candle. The darkness is chased back into the shadows. Good things do not happen in the darkness, no in the darkness is when crimes happen because criminals feel safer because they are hidden. But in the light you can see clearly everything around you, you can make wise decisions because you have clarity that only the light can reveal.
My prayer for you is that the light of God will transform your life, that you will be renewed in your spirit. I pray that the Lord will reveal the beautiful person that each of you are in his eyes. I pray that you feel the full love of the Father as you go through your day. Amen.
The time is here for revival across the nations. It is time to take a stand and put on the full armor of God. We were not made to sit idly by just letting life move on, feeling as if there is no hope, peace or happiness to be found. NO!!!!! We are called to bring the Fire of God to the people. It is time to stand up as rightful heirs and Children of God. We have been adopted into the most prestigious family there is. We have been given a free gift of Salvation that was paid for dearly by Jesus. We have also been given again freely the Holy Spirit that resides in each of us as Followers of Jesus.
That is right we are not followers of particular Pastors or Teachers. We are Followers of Jesus, and because of that we have been adopted into the family of God the Father and Christ Jesus the son. We are now seated in places with the Lord. Jesus has already won the battle of battles, so why sit around praying from a defeated position. It is time to walk into our true identity, and to recognize who we are. Then we can carry that into the Nations to bring revival across the world like a wild fire.
God is calling for revival and hearts are awakening. Step into your full inheritance and pray and fight your battles from victory. We are not fighting with flesh and blood. That is right we are fighting a spiritual battle, but when you have the full armor of God and you know whose you are, everything changes.
Revival is people realizing that what they have been looking for in all the wrong places is really a relationship with Father God, Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit. Yes all three parts of the trinity. For they are all important and equal in power and authority. There will be radical encounters and shouts of praise will rise up to the heavens as the weighty chains of oppression fall away. There will be an increase in the gifts of the spirit and God our healer will bring healing to the hurt and the broken.
It is time for sons and daughters of the King Most High to move under the authority that has been given by the blood of Jesus. We have been given the authority to fight and move forward in our battle with evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. The mighty powers of darkness are still weak to the mighty powers of light. Done your armor, take up your battle pose and start speaking Heaven on Earth. The heavens are open and they are calling for the warriors to stand up in this hour. We are to be the hands and feet that bring revival to Nations. We the people and children of God are to stepping out and carrying an abundance of the Holy Spirit with us that is spread upon the ones we come in contact with,.
Sound the trumpets for the time of revival has come. The mighty fire of God is pouring down on us, it is time to stand up and do what God has called us to do.
I keep hearing dry bones, dry bones, listen to what the Lord has to say. For just as when Ezekiel spoke over the dry bones in the valley, there is now a new message for the dry bones. The Lord is saying again that he will put a breath into you and make you live again. There is a new song for the hardened hearts that will destroy the walls, just like the walls of Jericho.
I am crying out to the dry bones, awaken and hear the Lord’s voice full of love for his children. Hear the cries of a Father that is calling his children back into the stronghold of protection that only a Father can provide. The Lord is saying “I am the creator of all things and I can resurrect you from the dry bones that you have become”. My breath will fill your lungs with refreshing air that will expand your empty lungs. A song and praise will flow from your lips as you realise the love I your Heavenly Father have for you.
Abba our loving Father spokes the world and everything into existence. God’s words are powerful and mighty. He is a loving Father that is always watching for the wayward child to return. There will not be rebuke and ridicule, NO! Instead there will be celebration in the heavens as the lost child has returned.
I see the cleansing waters pouring down from Heaven and as they cover the earth and the people there is great healing that will arise. The wounds will be healed as soon as the living water touches them. The flesh will be made new and the chains of oppression on the hardened hearts will fall away as Jesus has the key to unlock the padlocks that have been put upon those walls.
I see the dry bones in the valley that stretches for miles and miles, they are growing new muscle and flesh is forming on the bones. New skin is covering their bodies and the hearts are alive. As the breath of God fills there lungs a song of praise is exhaled.
Dry Bones, Dry Bones the creator is calling you. Dry Bones, Dry Bones, the healer has healed you. Dry Bones, Dry Bones feel the love of the Father. Dry Bones the hope will arise from the ashes of defeat, for you are chosen and not forsaken. Rest in the presence of the Lord and feel the power of his love as it pours upon your flesh. Take in the breath of life and feel your heart awaken. Feel the freedom that comes from the light of truth, and watch as the chains fall away. As the light pierces through the darkness so does Gods redemptive love. Shame is cast away and instead there is freedom in the name of Jesus.
The lies become exposed and the smoking mirrors break apart to reveal the lies that allowed the darkness to invade. Suddenly freedom songs will arise and endless praise will rise from the lips. There will be a uncontainable freedom that will be awakened as the dry bones rise up.
People the time is now for the church to take a stand. We are reminded in Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God. That is not for good looks, but so that we are truly prepared for the spiritual battle around us. We have Christ living in us as the Holy Spirit, the 3rd part of the trinity. We have been given the mind of christ through the Holy Spirit. Stop groveling in fear and stand up in the power that the Blood of Jesus has covered you in. We are not weak, No we are powerful and we are to walk with boldness. We are mighty warriors that have been equipped with the strongest defense, WE ARE FIGHTING from VICTORY. Jesus has already won the battle, and our enemy does not have power and authority over us. We are told to stand on the ROCK of Jesus, that is the truth of what Christ taught us so many years ago. Stand up my fellow soldiers, arm yourself, pray heaven on earth and go to battle. We have Christ Jesus leading the charge. Lock shoulder to shoulder and do not waiver. Stomp your feet and cry out the battle cry of Jesus. Rush at your enemy with bold confidence and watch the enemy cower in fear and defeat. Crush the enemy just as David crushed Goliath. We have a big and mighty God that is in full control. Jesus has the keys and nothing can take them away from him. Draw your swords and start speaking out the powerful and mighty words of Christ. It is time for us to start living in the full authority we have been given as Children of God.
I am not sure that many of us really think about the wonderful redemptive grace that we receive from our beloved Heavenly Father. There is something so very powerful about Grace. It brings healing and restoration instead of condemnation and shame. I have been thinking so much the last few days about grace and how that truly transforms our lives as we walk in relationship with Jesus and the Heavenly Father God.
When you look up the word grace it really refers to so much. Grace involves forgiveness, mercy, salvation, repentance, regeneration and the love of God. These are all such powerful descriptions really when you think about God’s Grace. We are showered in so much grace by the love that is showered upon us when we accept Jesus into our hearts. When we walk in the freedom of having relationship with Jesus and surrendering our lives to allow the Holy Spirit (Christ in Us) to work on transforming us from the inside out.
None of us deserve the forgiveness that is so freely given when we accept Christ and surrender our lives to the One True God Jehovah. We are washed clean in that moment and are Holy in the sight of the Father. We are given a salvation that we can’t earn and we sure don’t deserve it, however as we walk on this journey with Jesus it is freely given. We are resurrected from the ashes of our broken lives into the more that God has for us.
As we become new in our journey with Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to make internal changes in us. Our hearts begin to soften as the hardened walls come crumbling down, just like the walls of Jericho. We are resurrected with Christ from the ashes of death from a life of separation from God to walking in full relationship. Suddenly we are adopted sons and daughters. We discover the truth that we were thought of and chosen before the beginning of creation. We realize that it is God’s breath in our lungs and we feel our spiritual self begin to worship the Lord all the time. It is not something we are forced to do, but it becomes something that we just have an internal desire to do.
Along with that amazing grace we are also showered with God’s kindness, along with all wisdom and understanding. Yes that is right we are given wisdom and understanding, we just have to ask Jesus to reveal this to us in its fullness. God created such a beautiful plan that is unique and yet mysterious to bring us his broken children to redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus. A sacrifice that was made freely because of a love that is more than we can even imagine.
It can be hard for our human minds to really wrap around all of this kindness and forgiveness so freely given. It is not something that we are used to, because as humans we tend to expect something from someone when we offer forgiveness. But I can say that as we become transformed it becomes easier to forgive unconditionally and to shower others in that forgiveness, grace and kindness that has been showered upon us.
Just as Paul prays for the Ephesians I pray that our glorious Father in Heaven of our beloved Lord Jesus will give you spiritual wisdom and insight, so that you will also grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with the light of Jesus, that you will discover your true identity in Christ, that you will discover that you are a rich and glorious inheritance, that you will see that you are holy and seated in heavenly places now. I pray that your hearts will come alive and you will want to share the love of Jesus to let others know of the goodness of God.
I read the words “Be a prepared soldier” this morning as I was doing my bible reading and I can’t stop thinking about what this really means. In 1 Peter 4:1 It says that since Christ suffered in his flesh for us, now we also must be a prepared soldier, having the same mind-set, for whoever has died in his body is done with sin.
So I have been thinking about what does a prepared soldier look like. The first thing I thought of was, that they have armor on, so that they can be protected from attacks. They also need to know who the real enemy is so that they are not caught in friendly fire. Knowing where the war zone is makes a difference on how you battle. Also knowing who makes up your squad so that you have confidence when going into battle.
We are to also have the same mindset as Christ, which requires us to dig through the new testament to really discover what that means. In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John you get a really good picture of who Jesus was and the mindset he had at all times. Even when he was being attacked he stayed calm and peaceful. He spoke the truth of what God’s word says and spoke with authority. He did not accuse but spoke with authority, always calm in the midst of storms, trusting and having faith in the Father. Jesus would pray all the time, many times when he was exhausted from preaching and teaching his followers. But as you read he was always refreshed after he spent time with the Father.
We have been given the armor of God. In Ephesians 6:10-20 we are given some of the most powerful words that prepare us for battle. In the passion translation it says to be supernaturally infused with strength through your life union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.
Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser! Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.
Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace. In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One! Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God.
We stand strong because we have Christ in us. By the power of Christ we stand victorious. When a soldier is prepared for battle knowing that you have a strong force with you gives you the confidence you need. We have Christ in us and so we have all of the strength that we need for the battle before us. It also means that we fight from a place of victory not from defeat. In fact it says that we will rise victorious. It also means that Jesus has provided us with authority over the principalities that come against us.
Then it continues to tell us to put on the complete set of armor that is provided for us. That the armor will protect you, as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser. It is obvious that it is very important to make sure we have our armor on, otherwise it would not be written in the bible so many times.
The next clue of what we are battling is important. For it says we are in hand-to-hand combat but not with human beings, rather with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. It tells us that they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. So knowing what the real enemy is lets us know the strategy that must be taken in this battle.
So we are to be prepared to do hand to hand combat, but not with our spouses, family, people around us. No! it says we battle with evil spirits and demon-gods. So we have to stop fighting with the people around us and start focusing our battles on the true enemy. When we shift our focus to the true enemy we will be victorious. The word of God tells us that and the word of God does not come back void. But we really need to have all of the armor on us not just some of the armor. Take authority over the principalities
That all means that the following pieces of armor are very important for us to be prepared soldiers. The belt of truth to strengthen you to stand in triumph. The body armor is God’s righteousness or as it says in the Passion translation Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. Your feet are wearing shoes of peace. Yes that is peace!!! Look at how Jesus walked in peace but he always spoke the truth no matter who he was talking to. Take up your shield of faith that can extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One. The shield of faith can extinguish all of those arrows.
Our salvation is the helmet that covers and protects our heads. This protects us from the thoughts and lies that the enemy uses trying to convince us that we are defeated. Take up the spirit sword of the spoken word of God. It is a double edged razor sharp sword. It can cut deep and when we speak the word of God it pierces the enemy to the heart.
Our battles happen all around us, so we must stand strong, and pray passionately in the spirit. Pray blessings upon the believers and pray for the revelation of God to be released to the non-believers as the seeds are planted.
Now you have some important keys to help you be prepared for the battle. But it also tells us in 1 Peter 4:1 it says to have the same mind set as Christ. That made me think about what the mind set of Christ was. Jesus was a humble servant that came to serve rather than to be served. Jesus was always showing grace and mercy to the down trodden. He had such a loving and passionate heart for the people that he was sharing the good news with. Jesus always spoke the truth and he was always in prayer, staying in a close and deep relationship with the Father. Jesus knew the Father’s heart just as we should know the Father’s heart. Jesus showed us in everything that he did what the Father’s heart is all about.
We win in the battles when we take our eyes off of the people and focus on the real enemy.
It has been on my heart for the last week about oppression and the bondage that comes from it. Jesus came to set us free and to speak of truth and life more abundant. I want to see others find the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus.
One definition of oppress is to crush or burden spiritually or mentally, to be weighted down. What comes to mind as I pray and talk to God about this, is chains of bondage that happen when we believe the lies of the this world.
We walk around and hear so much negativity that it can become easy to believe the things you are hearing. I am not good enough, I don’t matter, You are stupid. Every word that we say or hear has the power to build up or destroy someone. When we speak out words that do not come from a place of God’s love it can crush and destroy someone from the inside out.
The strife and tension we see in our country is caused greatly by the words that people use. Never once did Jesus speak out with hate when he was giving correction to anyone. No he always gave correction and brought light into every situation. For Jesus always saw the good in everyone.
Oppression is bondage, and that bondage is powerful and destructive. It can cause you to feel burden by the weight of the world. Worry and fear become a normal part of your life. You become so afraid that you spook at everything. You lose sight of the hope that comes in Jesus. Jesus is the light for us, the hope we have in salvation. Jesus rose from the grave and all believers will receive that same resurrection. We are all beloved children and we have been adopted in to God’s family.
In Romans 8:1-2 it is written that “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”. The spirit that gives life has set us free from the law of sin and death.
So who is condemning you the world or God? I know what the word says and it is not God. God is not vengeful, or hateful. God loved you and me so much that he gave his son for our salvation. Did you know that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God, and that the spirit you received does not make you slaves? Rather the spirit that we receive has brought about our adoption to sonship, or daughtership and we are now children of God. We are heirs because we have been adopted by God the Father.
Now that is freedom and tells of our identity in Christ. We do not have to be held in bondage to fear! Hold your head up high and speak out boldly I am a child of God. Repeat it over and over being more bold each time. You will feel a shift in the spiritual realm as you start making these declarations.
So many of us have a distorted view of Father God, because we base it upon what we have seen or experienced from a human, earthly view. But I can say that Father God is a loving, compassionate God that wants good things for his children. God had a plan for salvation and redemption before he created the world. So when sin happened he was not surprised he did not make those comments you would hear from the average person. No he already had a plan.
But to really know the truth you must delve into the word as well. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and to reveal the truth. It is only by spending time in the word and really reading what God says will you find the freedom that is there for you and me.
As we go through our day-to-day business we can many times take our eyes off of Jesus. We get so focused on work, family, social issues, health issues, the list is long. It is nothing to feel ashamed of, or frustrated about. What I have learned as I grow stronger in my walk with Christ, is the discovery of new ways to bring my focus back to where it belongs.
We can all face struggles and hardships that can seem so overwhelming, but in the middle of what seems the darkest place in your life there is hope, love and joy. I have learned this so well over the years and I am still learning. But as I take each day I have learned that they are always better when I take time to look up instead of focusing completely on the things that are coming at me.
When we focus on the things we hear on the news, social media, personal struggles, illness, etc. we can begin to lose focus on Jesus. Take time in the middle of your day, to just stop and thank God that you are alive, that you have a place to live, a job or anything else. Breathe deep and just look up at the beauty in the sky, ponder on how God makes clouds so that they float and don’t drop to the earth. Look at how the mountains and the trees stand tall to worship our Lord Jesus. We should be doing that as well. You will feel and see a difference as it takes you off of the things around you. It breaks through the lies that you may be believing.