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The Heart Exposed

Jesus speaks to me in strange ways sometimes, this morning it was one of those STRANGE but eye opening times. Out of the depths of my heart rose the following response to His prompting.


Father, I want to feel guilty. I want to see me in the worst of light. I want You to feel sorry for POOR ME as I feel SORRY FOR ME.

I don’t want to see me as You see me. I don’t want to see Jesus and I as One. I don’t want live up to WHO You have made me in Christ. I don’t want the SUPERNATURAL to mark my life; I want to be natural – just like everyone else. I cringe at being responsible; to being victorious In Christ. I don’t want to live through the tears, heart aches and sacrifices of Christ, I want to walk on water, turn water to wine, and develop a loyal following. I want roses without thorns, shade without rain, sun without heat, breezes without wind, and friends without confrontation.

It is like asking for winter without snow, spring without rain, summer without heat, and fall without colors.




Remember, living in “Faith” is a moment by moment expectation not an event by event proposition.


Philemon 1

Philemon 1: 17 If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well). 20 Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.

22 At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


Jesus, is this not what You’ve done for me? “Father, since You regard Me as a Son accept Terry as You would me. Charge all his deficiencies to my account as I have paid his redemptive cost; We now live as One. Be to him the Father You are to Me.”

“Father, I know You will do even more than just accept, You will pour out Our Spirit on him, fill him with Our love, treat him with grace and mercy as You embrace him as one of Your sons.”

Even now my Father and Jesus are preparing for my arrival; when Jesus returns for me or I separate from my body/tent. They will then give me a new body, one that is in harmony with the fact that I have been transformed and conformed to the image of Jesus.

I have been captured, mesmerized, addicted to Jesus of Nazareth the Son of the Living God, I died with Him, was buried with Him, rose with Him, and now Live in/with Him. He died once, was buried once, rose once but now lives forever and has forever included me in the abundance of His Life.



Philemon 1 –

Philemon 1: 14 but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. 15 For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.


Jesus, is the same is true in Our relationship?  You want it not out of compulsion but of Our own free wills; me giving myself, You receiving on Your own accord and then Us living out Our mutual Oneness, in my flesh, which is now Our flesh.  This connection is fully possible because of Your coming to earth, living as we live, dying on the cross, being buried in a tomb, raising from the grave, and ascending into the Father’s presence.  Then miracle of all miracles, You transcended time and space by fulfilling Our Father’s will to take up residence in me; thus making me acceptable and welcomed in the presence of Our Father.


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