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Archive for the month “November, 2012”

MY REAL REALITY

Father, I am grateful that You are not tied to man’s adherence to scholarly hermeneutics.  That You are still taking Your written word to instill hope, reveal mysteries, release revelation, and draw me into intimacy with You.

Father this phrase from 2 Thess 2, ‘receive the love of the truth so as to be saved’, is so filled with excitement for me this morning, because of the simple twist You made in my thoughts.  Receive the LOVE of Jesus so as to be saved. Then John 14:6 flooded my consciousness; Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

I receive Your Love.  I want to connect with Your love not just on a mental level but actually make an emotional connection.  You want me to embrace Your Love, in such a manner that my emotions, feelings and since of significance are infused with Your feelings and emotions concerning me.  I guess You want me to view Us from Your perspective and accept that as REALITY.

Wow, help me reinforce this with thought, verbal affirmations, word pictures and positive expressions spoken aloud.  Father, I want to replace my perspective of reality  with Your DECLARATION of REALITY.

In Christ:

  1. I am LOVED
  2. I am HOLY
  3. I am SIGNIFICANT
  4.  I am APPROVED
  5. I am ACCEPTED
  6. I am ALL THAT JESUS SAYS I AM

Father thank You that this IS my REAL REALITY!

Today every time thoughts immerge from man’s negative perspective I will inundate them with conscious thoughts from Your perspective, which is my REAL REALITY.  This most likely will be an ongoing exercise all day long – but We will endure.

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11/25/2012 Desire, Faith and Questions

 

2 Thessalonians 1 (NASB)

… that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Father, You have counted me worthy of Your calling by reason of placing me in Christ and my being filled with Christ and His Spirit, so Jesus becomes noticed and glorified.

Father, I need to be, continually, reminded that the desires, interests and dreams that surface in me have their origin in You, Jesus and Spirit.  The ones I tackle release from You all the resources needed to bring them to reality.

Could it be that You generate more interests, dreams and desires that I can possible become involved in for the purpose of allowing me to partner with You by choosing which ones We will work on?

Oh boy, this thought that just crossed my mind, “Not all questions are meant to be answered, some are meant only to stimulate trust, energy, and action.”

Father, when questions tend to confuse and frustrate, by diluting trust, draining energy, impeding action, I need to abandon them immediately.   For questions that find their origin in You direct toward life, light, hope, love, and faith, because their purposes are for implementing Your (our) will on earth as it is in Heaven.

Keep me in mind that fraudulent question are lifeless and need to be abandoned immediately.   While Your questions are infused with anticipation, expectation, hope and are meant to stimulates, in me, an immediate response of some sort.

Thank You, that I am on an adventure with You of such a magnitude that we can both enjoy, and that it is not so cut and dried that it is void of surprises for the both of us.  Father I do not know how that works but I am assured that You have Your “Hallelujah!” moments just as I do.

What a wonder to be able to travel the earth with You – today already looks brighter.

 

November 24, 2012 Entry

Philemon 1 (NASB)

 I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,  because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;

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Father, why do I feel that death cannot prevent Your will from being accomplished and at the same time think that a life can?  Idle time, busy doing nothing important, building hay, wood, and stubble cannot prevent, stagger, trip up, or throw You off from completing the building up of the Body of Christ.  Even Satan with all his schemes cannot alter or change that which You are about.

So why do I think I can?  I am but to live in harmony with what You are doing and accept my weaknesses in light of Your strengths.  I should not think of myself as having the ability to clog up Your works, nor that I can enhance Your purposes by my participation.  It is not that I am worthless, or invaluable.  It is a matter of entering Your rest, enjoying Your presence and power, being spent in our relational Oneness, yet at the same time pressing with anticipation, striving with expectation and accepting with gratitude and thanksgiving all circumstances and situations, knowing that You will through our Oneness change, alter and/or revise all circumstances and situations to work to the accomplishing of Your purposes.

On my part I may shed tears, experience heart break, be maligned, or be exalted, rewarded and even rise to a level of great influence.  It might even mean that on my tombstone it says: “Here lies Terry; it is as though he never lived.”  It matters not where I think or want to be but where Our Oneness leads.

Father, some will think, that what I have just said to You is laced with the arsenic of laziness or even an excuse to not work and justification to live in mediocrity.  If it is let it become a motivating power to give rise to Faith that strives, Trust that builds, Hope that transcends, Love that compels, Joy that resonates, Patience that values, Peace that sooths, Kindness that assists, Gentleness that encourages, Self-Control that sheds the Light and Life of Jesus.

Well Father, it is time I stop philosophizing and face the day with great anticipation filled with the peace and joy of expectation.

“And away We go.”

“Allee Allee Ox in Free”

Careful, honesty and transparency means hanging out the laundry for all to see.  The masks are slipping and the closet door is ajar.

As I have grown in Christ it has been hard to take the disappointments, heartbreaks, and persona failures as part of His plan to accomplish His grand purpose of maturing and building up the Body of Christ.

Here I am at the age of 70 soon to be 71 and I am just beginning to work at being free from others expectations and approval.  I have for years struggled not to be considered naive and simple.  With all my hiding, masking, and serving I embroiled myself in the trouble I was attempting to avoid.

I am not trying to gender pity, sympathy, or empathy just wanting to confess that all the disliking of myself, not being satisfied with my life and wanting desperately to be someone else, Jesus has accomplished His purposes even in the midst of my protesting.  Unwittingly, I have been simple and naive.  I have never been able to be someone else.  I thank Jesus that all my past has been a great adventure, though I can see some of it ,only, in retrospect.

I have said, done things and wished for things that are embarrassing.  The significance of it all these things is that those times have already been weaved into the fabric of God’s great purpose of  growing and building up the Body of Christ.

What I plan on doing with this blog is to honestly and transparently share my adventure of developing my awareness of my ONENESS with Christ.   This will not be a Biblical Dissertation but Scripture will be a main part of what is shared.

Please feel free to agree or disagree.  I would that all awaken to a greater awareness of their Oneness with Christ knowing that Father is, in and through them, preparing the Bride of Christ to be presented to Her Groom.

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