Archive | October 2013

My Treasure Trove

(Often the enemies of God are those in His own household, who refuse to know the Truth. They have been entrusted with the gospel to grow and yet they refuse to know.)

My Word rests in their house as gold, and yet it remains as a heap–not dusted, not noticed, not read.

Know this–you will remain in stagnation unless you are fed. You have no need to be spoon-fed, for you have the Word at hand; put it in your heart. It is life to those who find it and health to all their flesh.

Will you start?

Will you rise up off the couch of despair and declare My Word to be true for you?

It is sufficient to free you from every disease. It fed the multitudes; brings many to their knees. For it is the gospel that cleanses, reveals and restores. Never changing, it remains the same. but it is ever changing those who partake of the Word that saves them–the Word I gave them; that heap of gold–My Treasure Trove!

“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” James 1:17-18

My Life–written for you.

Does “enemies of God” sound harsh to you? Yes, maybe so, for it was My enemies that nailed Me to the Cross–sin that drives the lost. Your sin that I took upon Me, that I might call you friend.

And I do,

love you.

It is love that causes Me to correct. Love that calls you to connect. Love that beckons you to see, that I have placed a banquet before thee.

“And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.'” Mark 8:34-38

Come, eat it in the presence of your enemies–for that banquet is Me.

Eat it and LIVE!

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.” Psalms 23:5

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25

“Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.” Luke 12:35-37

“For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” I Peter 4:17

 

 

With All Your Heart

If home is where you heart is, where is your home?

Is it where your heart dwells, or where your expectation lies? Do you flee from evil to arrive home, or do you dwell in peace–never to roam?

Your body is home for your spirit, does it dwell in a peaceful setting? If your members are at war within yourself, there is therefore no rest for your spirit. If your thoughts do not agree with your spirit, are you not at war within?

“For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members.” Romans 7:22-23

Peace, be still, and know that I AM God

“Be still, and know that I am God, I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalms 46:10-11

Are not My thoughts higher than yours?

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

I will lead you to a safe harbor–a place of rest and peace, but this will not be until you release your cares unto Me and make the commitment to follow one path–Me.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” I Peter 5:6-7

Can anyone walk two paths at once?

If you are split and divided, will you not stay in one spot? There are only two kingdoms. Make a choice, and follow with all of your heart!

“Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, ‘ Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.'” Matthew 12:25

“‘He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.'” Matthew 12:30

“‘Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.'” Matthew 12:33

“–‘For out of the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.'” Matthew 12:34b-37

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.” Psalms 23:1-3a

“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:6-8

“For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

 

 

Will You

Much will be lost by those who don’t receive. For just as a gift is offered, if you don’t take it, it never becomes yours but remains in the hands of the giver.

If you believe, you ought to receive.

This would be a blessing to Me.

Think if you were to plan the perfect gift for your child–excited to plan, delighted to prepare and offered in anticipation of their response. You watch in expectation of recognition–their face to light up with surprise and thankfulness. But they turn away. Indignant, indifferent, insincere, independent–in their sin they remain. For the gift that was offered was My Life, planned, prepared and given.

An offering of love, the gift of life.

My Life, for yours.

If you take it, then you receive. If you turn away, you don’t believe. Do you understand that to not decide is a decision? All roads lead somewhere. You can wait until you arrive to find out what road you have been on, or you can look to the signs to ‘see’ where you are headed; read the map to make a destination, and follow True direction.

My gift is offered. Will you receive?

Will you believe?

Will You

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14

 

 

The City Of Light

The land that I have spoken of often is Zion. It is a city upon a hill–a beacon for all to see. For that city is Me.

The New Jerusalem

–a city of Light, for in it every face shines bright the Glory of the Lord; and all who dwell there know that one day they will go to the city of their King, the new heaven. It is a city of joy, for those who once knew no joy were ‘born’ there.

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for behold, I created Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” Isaiah 65:17-18

“On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Among those who know me, I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia–“This one was born there,” they say. And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. The Lord records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah Psalms 87:1-6

Adulterers, murderers, thieves and the like are given a reprieve to find a life, once cast away–a body given to burn, may find new life in Me.

You need not wait for that hour late, for that will be too late–wrong gate. Call upon Me, while I may be found. Draw upon Me, while I AM near. For those who seek Me find it clear, that My Love is immense–it covers all the grounds and knows NO bounds. For those who turn from wicked ways, turn with their whole heart, and ask for a new start–never to part.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

“–But this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b

Grace

‘Amazing Grace’ is a song that is sung, but do they understand? My Grace that is given is Grace that is ‘won’ by decision!

Once you’ve begun, My Grace is sufficient; in My Power it is done–a new city you belong, where righteousness dwells–

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he trusted in him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” I Peter 2:21-24

New Jerusalem

A city set apart; all inhabitants given new start. They shine, for My Glory rests upon a heart given fully to Me–thankful that never again do they find the need to flee. They’ve known the life of fear, and to them it’s abundantly clear–this measure of My Peace.

New Jerusalem

The dwelling place of God. A city set upon a hill–a city that shines, for the Glory of God invites all to come…

That’s Me, and may you say–that’s me!

“–We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in. Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee. Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:1-4

“For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me, says the Lord; so shall your descendants and your name remain.” Isaiah 66:22

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is heaven.” Matthew 5:16

 

 

The Tree Of Life

As you see a clean page before you, waiting to be written upon.–so you see your life.

Much has been done to prepare a place for Me in your heart, that I may begin. You have humbled yourself before Me in repentance, that I may come in.

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.” II Corinthians 7:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” James 4:10

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

It is My Blood given, that I exchanged your life for new. You asked for the Holy Spirit and He was granted unto you. It was His perfect work, revealing in you, what could no longer be…what was not pleasing to Me.

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:6-7

“For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:10-13

Through patience and perseverance you have given Me your strife; exchanged it for Love–My given sacrifice.

“For while there is jealously and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men?” I Corinthians 3:3

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” Proverbs 10:12

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:11-14

And now you understand fully, what it means to take up your cross. To follow is not easy, and sometimes requires loss. But the love that I give, has not just been given; it gives, and gives more, the more you’ve been living.

“He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37-38

“And he said to all, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.'” Luke 9:23-24

“And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29

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The Choice Of Freedom

Freedom is a choice.

“Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I have already paid the price to set you free. You have likewise been given every tool needed to appropriate this into your life. Have you opened your toolbox lately? Ever? Dust it off and come along.

Find My Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” John 1:14

It is your most valuable weapon–a force greater than the most powerful gun on earth. When used correctly–spoken rightly, and with authority, you will stop every evil force right NOW in a moment of time. Can you do that with a gun?

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

Can you bring to life with a gun? My Word in your mouth can. My Word is a living force; it is My Life written for you and when eaten–placed as authority in your mouth, you propel My Life force forward to heal, restore, break the bonds of wickedness and so much more; always more–that is My Word.

“–‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:20-23

“Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” John 8:51

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” I Peter 2:24

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Let It Flow!

Your mouth holds the power to loose and the power to bind; it is the key that unlocks your heart. For out of your belly shall flow rivers of living waters, but if you open not your mouth it shall not flow–a dam that binds a spirit so.

Your spirit is meant to be free, active and producing fruit.

Have you ever looked at fruit that has died on the vine? It is dried, shriveled, withered and if you touch it it falls–it is barely hanging on. If you don’t go near it, it will eventually fall on its own, even though the vine is still alive. The fruit dries, falls, because it became ripe, but had no use.

Open your mouth–make use of your spirit.

Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living waters. You have the power to bind on earth and it shall be bound in Heaven. What you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. You will free a man by speaking forgiveness. The act of your mouth, your choice to speak, opens your heart to truly forgive.

You can bind a man with words that perpetuate the sin or loose him with words of forgiveness and love.

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:23

Your mouth is the key that frees your spirit to do My work.

Love–the key to your heart.

Your mouth–the key to your spirit.

Unlock them both and let it flow!

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” I Corinthians 2:12-14

“In the last day that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” John 7:37-39 KJV

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.” John 15:16-17

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with allĀ  your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.'” Matthew 18:21-22

“Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you? And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.'” Matthew 18:32-35

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” Proverbs 10:11

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5