You Do Not Know What Kind of “spirit” You Are Of

for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” -Jesus*

Last night my family and I watched, “A Christmas Carol” made in 2009 by Disney. It is one of my favorite stories for Christmas. I had never noticed these lines before but maybe you have. It is the scene with the Spirit of Christmas Present and Scrooge looking down upon a bakery….

“Is there a particular flavor in what you sprinkle from your torch? You would 94AF10EC-5E1C-427E-AE0B-1DC9E3C0B15Fdeprive them of their means of dining every seventh day, often the only day on which they can be said to dine at all?”, said Scrooge. “Wouldn’t you?”

“I”, cried the Spirit.

“You seek to close these places on the Seventh day?”, said Scrooge. “And it comes to the same thing.”

“I seek!”, exclaimed the Spirit.

“Forgive me if I am wrong. It has been done in your name, or at least in that of your family.”, said Scrooge.

“There are some upon this earth of yours,” returned the Spirit, “who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they have never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings to themselves, not us.”

A few weeks ago, a close friend came to me and said the Lord wanted her to ask me, “What is prayer?”. This is when I knew He wanted me to wait on an answer from Him.  There have been so many books written on prayer and even the disciples asked this question of Jesus. He was answering to Jews under the law. So, you may think this is an easy and pat answer; but it is not.

Both of these things led me to this mornings conversation with God (Who lives in me all the time as a believer). Here is the scripture He gave me:

“And He said to them, “It is written, ‘ MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER ‘; but you are making it a ROBBERS ‘ DEN.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

You can find this same wording in Mark 11:17 and Luke 19:46.  Jesus is quoting out of Isaiah 56:7.  To set the scene, Jesus has just ridden into Jerusalem for the last time on a donkey being hailed by the people as Hosannah in the Highest.  He goes into the temple and drives out the money changers and the sellers of doves.  The old way of doing things was going to change.  Jesus was ruining a lot of things for the religious elite such as their tenuous relationship with Rome, their income from the temple tax, and the dependency the people had on them. Sadly, there are so many similarities between then and now.

There truly is a religious spirit that is created by man’s need to control other men, fear and greed.  Let’s just look at Dickens novel written in 1843.  There was a man, Sir Agnew, that was a part of the LDOS, Lord’s Day Observance Society, and seven times for five years brought before Parliament legislations to enact even stricter laws regarding what can’t be done on the Seventh day (The Lord’s Day).  The LDOS was in great fear that if they did not control people, the wraith of God would rain down upon their country.  Sir Agnew and his group truly believed they were speaking for God in this circumstance and they feared if they didn’t control what went on then God would punish them and everyone within their country.  This fear led them to hurt the very people who Jesus died for… Today this would be called the doom sayers.  Yet, I see similarities that are eerily reminiscent of this same thinking.  See the LDOS wasn’t any different from the Pharisees and Sadducees

of old. This need for control of believers and unbelievers that runs rampant within the church body is hurting the very same people Jesus came to save….the world.

Let me try to put into words what the Lord was showing me. We, as humanity, create this religious spirit and pay homage to it when we believe we can perform to create our own righteousness.  Yet, what happens is when we rely on ourselves and believe we are the ones that are able to have self-control, love, humility and the other fruits of the Spirit is when we become puffed up in our own ability.  Maybe it is the thought of a “higher level” than other Christians or maybe it is the thought “I am just trying to help them behave right which is my responsibility as a leader”.  Both those thoughts are incorrect and lead to thoughts that you are better than others or you end up trying to control people.  This has led to so many things being done in the Name of God that is not associated with Him at all…as the Spirit of Christmas Present said.  See when the Lord gave me the scripture from Matthew He wasn’t talking about then, He was talking about now-our current day.  This broke my heart as I do know the Lord wants the church to come full circle and be what it was in the beginning of His New Covenant. Yet my question remains, How Lord?  I think He may have given me part of my answer…

  • Jesus is the one that is high and lifted up not church leadership and He draws all men unto Him not people but Him.  People recognized Him as he came into Jerusalem that day and the religious leadership was not happy as they felt usurped. They were meant to be usurped. Yet, today we find it has flipped back to humans usurping the place of Jesus in people’s lives in many of our church buildings today.  Matthew 21:9-11
  • Jesus cleansed the temple.  He took what had become of the old touched by humanity and cleaned it out.  This is exactly what will need to happen to our churches today.  What I mean by this is that we need to wash ourselves from holding on to the law and putting people in place of Jesus or His Spirit. Jesus (not your pastor) fulfilled the law and He proclaimed, “It is Finished!”. John 19:30  The law has always fallen short never able to do what Jesus has done. Romans 8:1-3.  The church needs to see just as Dickens pointed out: much of what they are doing with the law leads to the “same thing” as the world (it just ends up hurting so many people especially when greed is in the picture whether that is greed of money, control of people, or thinking you are somehow above other people). Humanity trying to do (perform) what God has already done for us through His Son Jesus Christ.  Leadership needs to stop standing in the Holy Spirits position by trying to tell people what to do or not to do and instead teach the way of Jesus-who you are in Him and Whose you are. They need to stop creating the idea, by living by the law?Old Covenant, that God is a vending machine and that by checking off the list of going to church, tithing, and behaving properly will then cause the vending machine to push out everything a person needs.  This was the big one God truly desires cleaned up or pointed out.  He is not a vending machine that gives out sweets and treats if you behave or do certain things.  He is God, Who has a plan and His plan will be fulfilled.
  • After Jesus cleansed the temple He healed the lame and sick.  These were the very people not “clean” enough to come into the temple.  Simple enough.  Matthew 21:13
  • He then taught in the temple and was still challenged by the chief priests and elders; yet the people came to hear Him. There will always be this religious spirit because humanity desires to do it on their own.  And there are many in the church who will always operate this way, sadly so.  Yet, it remains the Truth did come in and the people have a choice to listen to the way of Truth or listen to the way of humanity.  Matthew 21:23

Now that we have some background, back to the scripture the Lord had given me, what the temple is really used for and how the meaning of prayer works into all of this.  As I studied the word prayer in both Hebrew and Greek I found some very interesting things:

Genesis 20:7 is the first time “prayer” or the Hebrew word “palah” is used in scripture.  Please remember God had been talking to lots of people prior to this scripture: Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Methuselah, Noah and Abraham. This word comes up when Abimelech is told by God in a dream to go and get prayer from Abraham, the prophet, for taking Abraham’s wife.  The word here means to intercede for.  Intercede or intervene on someone’s behalf.  In Isaiah “prayer” is the Hebrew word “tephillah” which means prayer heard within the temple or holy place.  The Greek word “proseuché” is used in Matthew 21:13.  This word means a) prayer to God, b) a place for prayer.  The word’s literal meaning is from “pros” (4314) “towards/exchange” and “euxe” (2171) “a wish, prayer”.  According to biblehub.com the literal meaning is: interacting with the Lord exchanging your wishes to His wishes.  This brings a whole new meaning to: Not my will, but Yours be done.  Here is a deeper understanding of this scripture:

“….It stands written in My familial dwelling place I will call/summon an exchange to My wishes.  You on the other hand have manufactured/caused a hideout for unscrupulous marauders to violate the vulnerable.” Matthew 21:7

The temple of stone used to be the familial dwelling place where God would exchange your wishes for His. His wishes are always better than our own.  Jesus, that day, cleared the temple of marauders which included the religious leaders of the time.  Now Jesus comes in to live within each of us through the Holy Spirit.  We are the temple now. You are either walking in religious or the Spirit. It is one or the other…it can’t be both at the same time.  This temple our body is now where prayer takes place as the Spirit speaks to us and exchanges our will for the Lord’s will.  This is prayer.  See this kind of prayer is in complete opposition to the vending machine theory, “if I then God will”.   Whether it is intercession for others or where the Spirit changes our will to His…that is prayer.  And please remember talking to God is simply talking to Him.  There were so many people, prior to the law, that God spoke with.  So please do not doubt that He will speak to you. As a Believer, now that He lives so close to you, He is always speaking to you.  That is simply relationship.

Let me end with this, I had been talking with another friend of mine over the phone and as we were talking I was questioning the Lord regarding this very topic and I shared with her a vision I had remembered and what the Lord said to me:

“Darlene, you are no longer drinking milk you are eating meat now.”  This is when I was reminded of a vision I had of a young adult while she played the piano and how she was intertwined with God”s Spirit….how they were one and it was so beautiful.  The Lord then said, “This is how we walk Darlene.  We walk as one.  We are one.  We move as one.  I live in you and you in Me.  This is how we commune, pray and live.  You and Me intertwined.  The faint representation of what we will have forever.”

Sometimes I forget this fact.  Yet, He reminds me…He who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world.  All you have to do is look within, He is there always.

*Luke‬ ‭9:55-56‬ ‭NASB‬‬

More of God?

B31A20A1-664D-4D12-86F8-FB7EEDD792E2The year is 66 A.D. or maybe 67 A.D.  and Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, finds himself once again arrested by the Roman Empire.  But this time it is much different.  Instead of being under house arrest he finds himself in a dungeon in chains.  To be more specific in Nero’s dungeon.  Not only is Paul there but it is also believed that Peter who walked with Jesus is also there.  At this time Paul is able to write a letter to his fellow brother in Christ, a young man he raised up in the faith of their mutual Lord and Savior. This young man, Timothy, receives a letter which will be known as 2 Timothy to future generations. Yet, for Timothy this is the last correspondence he has from a man he had walked with and knew so very well.  This is the man Timothy had learned from Who Jesus is.  Paul knows his time is short and soon he will be poured out as a drink offering (4:6).  Paul asks Timothy to come to him yet at the same time realizes that Timothy may not get there in time, so his letter also conveys the concerns he has of the times and of the faith which is so dear to him and that he will die for.

If we put ourselves in the times this letter was thought to be written, we might see this as a transitional time for the believers in Christ.  Most of the other disciples have been killed for their belief.  The Roman Empire is controlled by Nero.  Under his rule the believers in Jesus suffered great persecution.  He is known as a cruel leader.  Both Paul and Peter are killed under his rule leaving only John as the  last of the original apostles.  Many believers began to wonder if Jesus would ever return and some were teaching the resurrection had already happened (2:17).  Paul also warns of others in the future who will have a form of godliness but deny it’s power and always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth (3:5&7).  He reminded Timothy, “ But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (3:14-15).  Paul also reminds Timothy several times to: “Hold fast the pattern of words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (1:13); “…be strong in grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2:1-2); and “consider what I say and may the Lord give you understanding in all things” (2:7). Paul wanted to ensure the true gospel—-stayed TRUE and that the message being taught would not go back to the old leaven (law).  He reminds Timothy of the importance of faith in Who Jesus is to secure salvation and righteousness and how this truth needed to be passed on to future generations. I believe Paul was passing the baton on to his disciple Timothy before he died.  What brought me to tears though was the realization that the church today has completely perverted Paul’s words and has done exactly what he didn’t want to happen with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  And the really sad part is that they have used his own words to do so.

So many times this book (2:20-26)  has been taught from the perspective of a believers behavior and their need to try to better themselves so they can “get more from God”, or “get to a higher level”.  Christians have lost the Way and forgotten it is Him Who brings us from glory to glory, not us.  And we already have ALL of Him in us, period.  There is no secret way of obedience to “get more Holy Spirit”. The entirety of the Holy Spirit resides in each believer as they Simply Believe.  People that believe there is a way for them to attain more of God by their behavior are simply feasting on the old leaven (1 Cor 5:8). This old leaven causes you to want to hide your mistakes and choices instead of living from the inside out (see: Grace Enables You to…. for more info).  When feasting on the old leaven you fear God and man because you don’t understand that God has already forgiven you because of His Son.  The truth is you are fully forgiven which causes you to not fear because you know, no matter what you have or haven’t done, you are beloved and fully accepted by the Holy Trinity.  

In our humanity we always want or desire to make ourselves righteous. It is just such a source of pride in humanity.  I understand this because for years this is the way I had lived.  This is where God truly wants humility.  It seems so difficult not only for unbelievers but for believers in Jesus to understand this.  We need to acknowledge the facts:

WE CAN NEVER MAKE OURSELVES RIGHTEOUS OR MORE RIGHTEOUS.

WE CAN NEVER MAKE OURSELVES PURE OR MORE PURE.

WE CAN NEVER MAKE OURSELVES HOLY OR MORE HOLY.

WE CAN NEVER GET MORE OF GOD BY OUR BEHAVIOR OR LESS OF GOD BY OUR BEHAVIOR.

According to Paul, we can only freely receive these things from Father God who made the way through His Only Son, Jesus Christ.  It is a FREE GIFT.  I submit to you the containers Paul speaks about In chapter 2:20-26 was to help Timothy realize that there are different vessels in the house of God and to make sure Timothy sees this clearly, understands this and makes sure the true gospel gets passed on to trustworthy people.  Paul talks about these containers in 1 Corinthians also.  In verse 8 of chapter 5 Paul mentions something that we must look at to understand what he was saying to Timothy: 

“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

The old leaven is the law.  The leaven of malice and wickedness is the world and the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth is the New Covenant.

See Paul was warning Timothy that these different containers would all be present in the “Church” and to look for the honorable containers to entrust the message to.  Giving credence to those that taught the truth just as he has done.

When I better understood the history, I could better understand the wording of the letter. I began to see that this letter is not so much about what I have to do to attain more from the Lord; but much more about believing what God, through His Son Jesus, has already done for me.  I believe this letter is just reinforcing to Timothy what Paul has always taught: Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb has already done it all for us…all we have to do is Simply Believe (Faith).

I encourage you whenever you go to read the Word of God to start at the right starting point…which is:

God Loves me

Jesus died for all of my sins

I am fully forgiven

I am righteous in Jesus

I am a new creation in Jesus

I have a free will choice to choose to believe Who God and Jesus is

The Holy Spirit (all of God) lives in me when I choose to believe

God never leaves me nor forsakes me

If we look at 2 Timothy with these eyes, we can see it is all about faith, grace and understand we can not in and of ourselves make ourselves a clean container but that through focusing on Jesus, through our belief in Who He is and ALL that He has accomplished on the Cross we are the clean or an honorable container. As believers we need to stop trying to put a new garment on an old one…it doesn’t fit-the New Covenant message of Grace is not a patch for the Old Covenant of Law— just put on the whole new garment of Grace given freely and completely to you by Jesus.  Through all scripture—ALL—-you can see the truth of Jesus.

It is time for Jesus,
not man,
to be high and lifted up
and He will draw
all men unto Himself.

So now go and read 2 Timothy with new, fresh eyes and let’s stand and make a change back to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  We no longer want the old leaven of the law, nor the feast of malice or wickedness (the world).  What we want is the New covenant, unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  Truth that Jesus took all your sins, it is finished, you are whole (even if you don’t look it or act like it, remember glory to glory) and you are obedient right where you are at.  A good friend said something so profound and I want to share it here.  She said, “I gave 100% of what I had at that time.”  This is how I see believers going from glory to glory now.  I can’t yet give what I don’t understand I have just yet.  But I am fully reliant on the Giver and the Giver knows my heart.

Resting in the Armor of God

How many times have you been taught about the armor of God?  I can say I have sat through many teachings and preaching regarding the armor of God.  Most times the teaching was about how I needed to put on the armor, keep on the armor, how not to take off the armor.  I don’t know about you but for me God wanted to reassure me that it wasn’t so much about me and my behavior but about Him and standing in what He has already done for me.

I have been waiting awhile to write about this.  I have been so excited to write about this topic.  Here is why: the Lord had asked me, “Darlene, do you know how well Bryan (my husband is a police officer) knows how to use his weapons?”  I answered, “Yes.” Then He asked,  “Do you understand how to use My weapons?”  I answered, “I don’t know.”  “It is time for you to understand,” He replied.

Let’s look at the scripture in Ephesians:

“Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength! Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate, and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom. Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.” ‭‭Ephesians (Eph)‬ ‭6:10-14, 16-18‬ ‭CJB

You may want to read It All Begins and Ends With TrustWalk Confidently-It All Begins and Ends With Trust (Faith) (Part 2), and A New Wine Skin if you haven’t already.  These set up where I am going next.  Like I said in It All Begins and Ends With Trust:

The enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy your trust. That is what he is roaming about to do. Yet God brought eternal life through His Son which we receive through trust.

One of the things I have been telling myself and others lately is God never promised that we would not have “evil days”.  What is interesting is Paul also told us that our struggle is not against human beings.  Now we have to look at context here.  This is during some evil days.  Christ followers are being fed to lions, crucified, boiled in tar….by other HUMANS.  What, the what!?!?!!!  If Christ followers were being told by Paul to specifically do something when all of this was happening to them, we might want to take note.  I have to say I have not been fed to lions, crucified or boiled….but some tactics felt like that in my life….just not unto death in this lifetime.  So….let’s pick apart this very strong statement Paul makes through the Holy Spirit.

First Paul reminds us of the very thing in which I believe the entire armor truly consists of in his opening statement in Ephesians 6:10:

“grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength!”

Here is the direct translation from Biblehub.com:

“be empowered (1743-I fill with power, strengthen, make strong)

in [the] Lord and in the strength (2904 dominion, strength, power; a mighty deed)

of the might (2479-strength(absolutely),power,might,force,ability*) of him.”

Note that there are two different strength meanings in this verse.  What I want you to see is how God does this for us.  We do not do this for ourselves.  We simply TRUST (believe) He will do it for us or already has done it for us and we thank Him for doing it.  I want to clarify here, my strength comes from the Lord alone.  I do not have enough strength of my own to be able to stand in circumstances that are beyond me. Truly I don’t know how people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus do life.  I love the direct translation from bible hub.com because it helps us to start at the right starting point-trusting (faith) Him to do for us what we can not.

Next Paul calls what he talks about next our “war equipment that God PROVIDES” and that we are to put it on or use it so that we can stand (2476-I cause to stand) against the schemes (3180-a way of search after something, an inquiry; a method), scheming, craftiness, deceit.).  Again I want you to see in the Greek that HE will enable us to stand against the methodology of the evil one or “rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm”.  Father causes us to be able to stand!

Now into the nitty-gritty.  I believe Paul is showing us the way to stand during trials and tribulations.  Yes they come to the believer and the non-believer.  As believers we do not get a pass on these trials and tribulations: but what we do get is Someone, the Great I Am that walks it with us, enables us to stand, helps us to see a greater picture and to have good come out of it (2 Corinthians 4:8-12, Romans 8:28).

Truth-But not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea;reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness: true to fact. Literal: what can’t be hidden.=Jesus is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Righteousness-divine righteousness. =Jesus gave us our divine righteousness our righteousness is like filthy rags (1 Corinthians 1:30,Isaiah 64:6)  Romans 10:10 helps describe why righteousness is a breastplate; because, “For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness.”

Peace-Good News of Shalom-wholeness.  Jesus came so that we would have “firm footing, foundation, preparation, readiness” in that He came to give us wholeness (shalom, peace).  This is a foundational truth of what He did for us in His death and resurrection and what He desires for us to share with others. (Luke 1:79)

Trust-belief, come to trust, confidence, be persuaded, core meaning of faith=DIVINE PERSUASION- Jesus came, died and was resurrected and our part is to believe in who He said He is. This is why we are to always carry this “shield”. It all starts in the faith of Who Jesus is. For we have been delivered by grace through trusting and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift. (Ephesians 2:8). This shield (4570) thwarts, extinguishes, and I suppress.  As we trust the true battle is won. Like I said above the enemy wants to steal, kill or destroy your trust.

Salvation-saving, bring salvation. This word is derived from the word soter which means Savior who of course is Jesus– Again Romans 10:10 helps us understand why salvation is a helmet, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance (salvation).

Sword (3162 properly, a slaughter knife; a short sword or dagger mainly used for stabbing; figuratively- an instrument for exacting retribution) given by the Spirit which is the word (rhema) of God.  In Matthew both the sword and word (rhema) are used for the first time in the New Testament.  Let’s look at both: in Matthew 10:34 Jesus says He came to bring a sword and in Matthew 4:4 Jesus says we are not to live by bread alone but every rhema (word) coming out of the mouth of God.  Also in Revelation Jesus is shown to have a sword coming from his mouth (Revelation 1:16).  Rhema word is very different from the Logos word.  Rhema (4487) means  (from 4483 /rhéō, “to speak”) – a spoken word, made “by the living voice” (J. Thayer). 4487 /rhḗma (“spoken-word”) is commonly used in the NT (and in LXX) for the Lord speaking His dynamic, living word in a believer to inbirth faith (“His inwrought persuasion”). Because we are here to continue Jesus’ ministry (see A New Wine Skin for more info) we are to speak what the Spirit tells us to. Remember when Paul encouraged us that we would know what to say when we need to say it (Matthew 10:19).  We are to bring the necessary words in the time of need through being connected to the vine Who is Jesus.  This is how we know what to pray…by His Spirit in us.

So how in the world do we do this?  I have been taught I need to prayerfully put on each piece and make sure none of my armor slips off. If it slips off I need to say sorry and pray to put it back on. I have finally truly repented from this way of thinking and see it God’s way.  I believe the Lord has shown me exactly how we are clothed in the armor and are able to fully use the weaponry God has given us.  Please note God gave this all to us through His Son.  His Son made the way for all of the above.  All we need to do is believe in Who Jesus is.  We find a great secret in Isaiah 56 and Hebrews 4. Let’s take a look:

Isaiah 56:1-2 (CJB)

“Observe justice, do what is right,
for my salvation is close to coming,
my righteousness to being revealed.”
Happy is the person who does this,
anyone who grasps it firmly,
who keeps Shabbat and does not profane it,
and keeps himself from doing any evil.

  • (7676 Shabbat or Sabbath means rest for the heart. 2490 Profane means to  take it for granted. And remember this is under the law.)

Hebrews 4:1-3 (MSG)

“For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith.

‭‭How are we disqualified? By not having faith or trust in Who Jesus is–the Son of God! Once again faith (4102) is a gift from God never generated by us.  Again this all begins and ends with faith.  Faith as small as a mustard seed that each of us is given by a loving Father in heaven.

So, we have a choice, yes that is a free will choice that God also gave us, to enter His rest as we choose to believe the Good News of Who He is and choose to trust He has truly done it all for us.  This is why we can approach the throne boldly with our IMG_1459requests, our prayers; we can stand in the evil day and when God has completed or literally, “worked down to the end-point,” i.e. to an exact, definite conclusion (2716 katergazomai)— we are still standing, because of what Jesus did for us.  We trust that Jesus is Who He says He is and that the promises are ours…we rest in ALL that Jesus accomplished at the Cross in His death and in His resurrection.

That is literally what the armor is….resting in ALL THAT CHRIST DID FOR YOU.  Otherwise known as standing in Christ the vine.

And we pray in the Spirit. The Greek word “en” is contained within this sentence, “in the Spirit”.  Realize again this word means:

  • properly, in (inside, within); (figuratively) “in the realm (sphere) of,” as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).

The Holy Spirit dwells within us and time after time the prayers that have been “in the Spirit” always align with God’s will.  This truly is a whole other topic that will take another post.  Realize though or prayerfully ask Father what His will is in situations…not what you expect but what is His will.  His love is multi-dimensional and doesn’t always look the way you think it has to. Ask Him and rest in Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Forever in Awe of the King

This means that all you have to do in the New Covenant to be righteous is to say you believe in exactly Who Jesus Christ is-the Son of God.

The Bottom Line

Have you ever been in a meeting, a conversation or a church service where you just wanted to shout…can you just get to the bottom line?  I have,  thankfully I have never shouted the statement outloud……thank God for Holy Spirit self-control.  Yet Jesus talked about foundations many times and this bottom line, I believe, is foundational as everything else is built upon it in the New Covenant Kingdom.

When I began to blog in a very open and intimate way beginning with: It is Time to Let Go of the Rules-Otherwise Known as the Law, there were many people who literally either loved or hated what I wrote.  What I find interesting is the all out hatred for the true grace or the true gospel.  I think the simplicity of the gospel frightens many because maybe their “status quo” in the church would be disrupted.  This same feeling is what I believe the Pharisees and Sadducees feared when Jesus came on the scene and why they hated Him so very much.

Jesus disrupted the “status quo” in their church/synagogue and they were willing to kill Him for that.

It really is not so different now.  Yet, I also know history will be kind to those that stood for the true gospel during a time on the history line where the church needed change.  There have been many who have also stood through the history of the New Covenant Church that brought about change and this is no different except…well it involves me, my family and many friends.  With any change it takes time and standing for what is true.

So, I began this writing adventure with a true statement and is seen as a common thread or the bottom line of every single post.  This is what I tell people all the time when talking with them because it is truly the encapsulation of the gospel.  It is so simple that even fishermen or I can understand it.  It is simply:

Knowing Whose you are and who you are in Jesus Christ.

It isn’t a bunch of steps, rules you have to follow, or a checklist of things you must do.image   We need to remember Jesus always said His yoke and burden is easy and light (Matthew 11:30). If you do not feel this way then I challenge you to truly look at whether or not you are living under the law in areas of your life.  The Holy Spirit will help you with this….just ask.

My life in Christ is so simple…it is like when I was a child (Matthew 18:1-6).  I simply believe in Who Jesus is- this automatically grafts me into the family line of Christ with all His benefits.  I know the truth- Jesus died for all my sin, all my shame, all my sickness and disease for ALL time.  When Jesus said it was finished-He really meant it.  Understanding my righteousness, the Holy Spirit and my eternal life are gifts I receive from my Father through His Son.  I haven’t done anything to deserve these gifts and I can not do anything to un-deserve them (except deny Jesus for Who He is and walk away (Peshah)–read Horizontal and Vertical (Part 4) for more understanding) -yet rest assured He is chasing after those with determination).  My heart beats with the desire for ALL people to know this truth, to live a life full of Christ and live in the full freedom He died to give us.  A place where you can breathe the air of heaven all the time.  Come join me in such a place.

This basic truth is the solid ground of the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 7:13-14 and John 14:6)