New Wine

A Little of What…

The Lord has been speaking to me….

It All Begins and Ends With Trust

I have been studying blessings and curses and how it pertains to what Jesus did for us.  I have been also studying the armor of God that Paul talks about in Ephesians.  God will tell us things so that we pray, so that we stand.  I think the standing we have learned vs the way the early believers stood are different.  I believe this is because the early believers knew it was a fight for faith or trust above anything else-remember Paul firmly stated to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (‭‭2 Timothy (2 Ti)‬ 4:7) and also, “Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12).

Faith meaning to believe, trust, cling to. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  In Romans 14:23 Paul states, “But the doubter comes under condemnation if he eats, because his action is not based on trust. And anything not based on trust is a sin.”.  Now, no worries here because Paul talks more about faith or trust here in Romans 12:6 “But we have gifts that differ and which are meant to be used according to the grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, use it to the extent of your trust;”. And remember Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man takes and sows in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up it is larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree, so that the birds flying about come and nest in its branches.”” Mattityahu (Mat)‬ ‭13:31-32‬ ‭CJB‬‬. Also Paul stated, “For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift.” ‭‭Ephesians (Eph)‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭CJB‬‬. So, we start off with a mustard seed and God grows our faith which is a gift of God.

Some may have more trust in one area and another more trust in a different area….that is why Paul said, “or, to put it another way, so that by my being with you, we might, through the faith we share, encourage one another.”  The common faith, trust or belief in Who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us we have as believers when we come together we are able to encourage one another as God grows our faith in who we are in Him through our life circumstances.

I refuse to make the enemy bigger than God (read Why Seek Something Inferior??? (Charlie Game) or God Is Bigger Than The Boogeyman?) or believe that God doesn’t know the circumstances that are going on in my life (read God’s Big Plan).  Faith or trust in Who God is and all of what Jesus Christ did for us in His death and resurrection is exactly what the enemy wants us not to trust or believe in.  We tend to think it is about the circumstances when truly the enemy is trying to bring doubt to our belief or trust in ALL that Jesus did and how the Father loves us.  img_1365This is truly the enemy’s tactic.  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. So with this foundation in the next post I will get into either the armor of God or blessings and curses…..stay tuned. 😊 This is exciting stuff!

Core values and Grace

When your core values are in alignment with God then you are truly able to understand what God is revealing to you with dreams, visions, prophetic words and His Word.

Core values is where we live our life from, how we see God, where we make decisions from, how we see the world around us and how we see ourselves from. What is even more amazing is what we say and what we believe may conflict. We may say we are all created in God’s image and yet do we treat others as we say we see them? Do we treat others like they are created in God’s image? How about love one another? We say it but…..?

Yet, when we see all that God has done for us by sending His Son to take our place and bear all of God’s judgment of our sin, how much He loves us, how He sees us, the shift in our core values happens. Notice where my eyes are. They are not on myself but on God, on Jesus. My prayer for a few years has been, Father let me know You as You know me (1 Cor13:12). Remember He knows us so well even the number of hairs on our head (Matt 10:30). When I prayed that type of prayer, I did not know that to “know Him” would mean He would dig into those core values. But this is vital for Him to do. Be ready to let go of what you have been taught about your experiences for years that line up with the world’s way of viewing God, or the view of God that is religious and is NOT WHO He truly is- remember we have a picture of God in Jesus (2 Cor 4:4) And Jesus came to fulfill the law and do so completely (Matt 5:17).

What this meant for me was that He would want to replace my core values with His. This is a good thing. As you keep your eyes on the Father, experiencing Him through the Holy Spirit, His Word and He speaks to you of who you truly are-your core values begin to change, aligning with His Truth and all of a sudden you can’t help but to love yourself, love your neighbor as yourself, compassion is real and on and on–you are acting and doing what is your true nature given to you as a free gift of grace from the Father through Jesus on the Cross.

Your core values have changed by the Power of the Father in heaven through His Holy Spirit and you are walking in your true identity, in Christ-a new creation, a son or daughter of the Most High God.