Mar 23, 2007

Beauty For Ashes

The Lord is exceedingly faithful to His word!!! He truly does give beauty for ashes and restores [even 10-fold] what the loscusts have tried to eat away!

This last month has been the best month of my life! There has been so much freedom and so much breakthrough in areas of my life I never thought possible! Though He has bruised me, He has restored me ten million times more. What He has given far exceeds what He has taken away (both inward and outward)! The joy far outways the tribulation. I can even take joy IN the tribulation now! Seriously! I can! I have found myself hearing His voice so much clearer and fear digresses. My boldness has been restored and has even increased! I feel the lion being awakened within me. I praise God for taking those things out of my life! I was so blind not to see it for what it was -- weights that hindered me from running. Now I have begun to go to places I have never gone before. I had no idea the inheritance He has given me! The Lord has even been using me in capasities I never imagined, and yet He has so much more to give!

People perish for lack of vision. We need not to look at what is seen, but what is unseen. I want to be like Paul, a man who was lost in the unseen! God has freely given us ALL things but it takes the SPIRIT to know and see it. Our inheritance through Christ is everything God has to give and the door is WIDE OPEN. We just lack the vision to see the door! Therefore, my journey is this: "I want to know what I have been given that I may lay hold of it!"

The kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the VIOLENT take it by force... Meaning, you ain't gonna get this at a McDonald's drive-thru! You've got to fight, contend, and WAR for it! You were made to know the DEEP things of God! He didn't just die so that we could have fire insurance but so that Heaven can open up into us! That's our inheritance!

I am going to DARE to believe that Jesus died for ME and opened up Heaven for ME. The other day He told me, "No more living in scraps, but FEAST at the table, My daughter!" I believe that with all my heart. He no longer calls me "servant," but He calls me "friend." I've been trying to get into a room I'm already in, contending for breakthrough for the "annointing" when He has said, "You've been given everything already! Just go do it! Dare to believe the inheritance is yours too!"

God is so good to us.

I will no longer be like the elephant at the circus. When they first get an elephant, they tie a chain to their leg and put the other end of the chain to a big wooden peg. So the elephants just walk around the peg all day long. After the elephant gets settled, they actually take off the chain. But when the elephant is set free, it doesn't go anywhere. It will keep walking around the chain because they are comfortable there. It's what they know. They don't even realize they have been set free. How often we do the same. But no more, in Jesus' Name! For whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Amen! I am free. FOR REAL! :)

*~* The JOY of the Lord is my Strength! *~*

Mar 13, 2007

The Love of My Life

Oh yes, I have found Him!

How beautiful is HIS face!
...with eyes that burn like fire.

How sweet is HIS Name!
...It is like honey upon my lips.

How precious is HIS Word!
...may it be living and active in my heart.

HE is altogether lovely!
...He is alltogether perfect!

I am in love with a Love that is eternal....

...and HE loves me back...

Mar 10, 2007

Eternity's eternal song is calling me and drawing me away...

Life. God's voice is becoming so clear & everything else so dim; the lust of the flesh still rages. God's piercing, still, small voice is all that sustains me. I'm nothing without Him. I struggle thru tests, trials, & purging. What I've faced has been so difficult & continues to get worse. Only by His grace do I stand. In those intense moments, right in the middle of the storm, I hear a gentle word from God. Even the slightest whisper of God pierces your heart, turns your stomach, & leaves you breathless! All it takes is that whisper to push you to fight thru the rest of the storm victoriously. This is where being eternally-minded comes in.

God is teaching me so much. It's come to a point where, if my emotions control me, I wont make it thru the trials & give up. I had no idea the kind of power we have in the Lord to overcome even emotion. Obviously God is God & He can do anything but I've found Phil 4:13 to be true through experience now.
Even using scripture is a sword to fight & give strength to endure. In fact, that's what Job, Paul, & Jesus did! When tempted, persecuted, slandered, etc, they picked up the sword & fought. They spoke the truth of the Word of God & endured because their sword is a weapon & an anchor to stay steady & not be moved.

Job is the perfect example. Job went thru the most intense trials a man's ever endured. His "friends" mock, slander, & speak lies over him. His response is Job 26:'How You have helped him who has no power! How You have saved the arm that has no strength! How You have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge! With whose help have You uttered words, and whose breath has come out from You? The dead tremble under the waters and their inhabitants. Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering. He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them. He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it His cloud. He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at His rebuke. By His power He stilled the sea; by His understanding He shattered Rahab. By His wind the heavens were made fair; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Behold, these are but the outskirts of His ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?'"

Jesus did the same in Matt 4:1-11, where Satan twisted scripture but Jesus fought back with the truth of the Word of God. For Job & Jesus, the Word was their sword & anchor. It's no coincidence that the Word is the only weapon listed in the Eph 6 armor of God.

I've learned & grown a lot & praise God for it all. Though its difficult I rejoice & have joy knowing this momentary, light affliction is working in me an eternal weight of glory! For real.