Monthly Archives: August 2012

~ Walk Like You Were Sent ~

Do you approach your day like you were sent? When you show up for work, are you ”just there,” another one of the crowd? Do you go to the grocery store to get what you need and get out as quick as you can? As a parent, do you see yourself as someone just trying to raise their kids the best they can? Or do approach life as if God sent you?

John 20:21 ~ Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as
my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Be aware that God wants to show up at your job, at the park, at school, and in the grocery store. Know that God has picked YOU to raise those children and that HE wants to show up BIG in you, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

Walk through this life as if God has a purpose for you, because He does. Accept your identity as a sent one. Be aware of who you represent and be available to be used by the one who sent you. If you walked around with an awareness, that at any moment God could use you to heal the sick, give a word of knowledge, or perform a miracle, you would see it happen more often.

It is not about ability, it’s about availability

When you walk as one who is sent, you are always available to be used by God and you position yourself to see more of the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. You will experience more of the supernatural power of God. Being led by the Spirit becomes a way of life and your relationship with the Lord is enriched and perfected.

This is not about perfect performance, rather perfection of relationship. A relationship that allows Christ to live BIG in you, manifesting HIS life and faith through you. Galatians puts it all in perspective.

Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Notice it says “the faith OF the Son of God” not IN the Son of God. That is a HUGE difference!

~The Law Of The Lighthouse And Faith ~

Expectancy is a vital part of our faith, in fact if you are not expecting you are not IN faith. The Lord taught me a very powerful lesson about how expectancy works and I want to share it with you.

Expectancy functions much like a lighthouse does in the natural. You see, the purpose of a lighthouse is to mark the way for ships to safely navigate their way to port at night without damage to the vessel. In the old days, without GPS, many ships were destroyed and sunk because they tried to navigate to shore without a lighthouse.

The lighthouse gives a point of reference so that the ship knows where all the dangerous reefs and shallow waters are. It lets the ship know where to come in. If for some reason the light goes out, or is blocked by heavy fog, the ship is supposed to drop anchor and not move until the light comes back on. With no light the ship does not come in.

As long as you are expecting your prayers to be answered, the answer is making its way toward you. When you stop expecting, your “faith light” turns off and the answer to your prayer drops anchor and stops moving toward you. It will not start moving toward you again until your faith is revived and your expectancy is turned back on.

Do you need a ship to come in? Are you believing for something that seems to be taking a long time? It is easy to get distracted and stop expecting God to come through for you. Maybe it is financial. Maybe it is healing. Maybe it is a lost loved one. Whatever it is you should ALWAYS be expecting for ships to come in.

Expectancy is a force of faith that draws to you what you are believing for. Remember Job? What he greatly feared had come upon him. The point is, fear works like faith. If you are in fear, you believe that what you fear has the ability to hurt you. It is perverted faith. Be careful what you expect and let the perfect love of Christ cast out any fear.

Mark 11:24 ~ Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Did you notice in that verse you are to believe that you receive WHEN YOU PRAY? Not in the future somewhere, but RIGHT NOW. Faith is always NOW. Things are won in the spirit first by faith and then they manifest in the natural. Once you pray and release your faith, you should EXPECT THE ANSWER TO BE SHOWING UP! If you do not expect it to happen, you are not in faith.

It is easy to tell if someones in faith, if they are truly expecting their prayer to come to pass, all you have to do is check their joy. If you truly believe you have received , you are happy about it. Check your joy meter (your face) now and then and shake yourself up if you need to.

 If you have stopped expecting, got weary and fainted in your faith, turn the light back on. Your ship could be right off shore.

Mark 9:23  ~ Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,  all things are possible to him who believes.”

JC

~ You Might Be A Legalist If …. ~

Legalism is a system of thought where rules, expectations and regulations promise God’s love in return for human effort and obedience. Legalism is an attempt by man to justify God’s Love. Under the cloak of Christianity legalism offers salvation and God’s Love as a reward for performance. Legalism is a spiritually toxic virus, spread by religion, best treated by God’s unconditional and amazing grace.

If your heart is full of bitterness towards others and self-condemnation, could it
 be that you have been going about living the Christian life all wrong?  God desperately wants to set His people free from legalism. God loves legalists. He hates legalism.

Could you be a legalist and not even know it? Why do Christians fall prey to performance-based religion? Are you convinced that God is mad at you and the only way you can make him happy is by being a better person? Are you convinced that your obedience and performance has some bearing on your salvation? Are you tired of trying harder because it seems that trying harder is never good enough?

I purposely didn’t include any teaching on GRACE in this blog. That will come next. I think it important to first face the fact that WE ALL may be guilty of legalism to one degree or another.

SOOOO… If you have the guts, take the Legalist test and see how YOU do.

You might be a Legalist if:

1) God’s love for you depends on what you do.

2) Meeting the expectations of others, especially those in your congregation or in positions of authority, are paramount.

3) You believe that if you DON’T tithe, your other 90% will be cursed.

4) You try hard to obey God and it irritates you that others think they can get away with avoiding the same level of dedication and commitment.

5) You fall short because you don’t have enough faith, or because you haven’t prayed enough, or because you just need to be a better person.

6) God is predisposed to be angry with you because you are a sinner and He knows that YOU know you can do better.

7) Your sense of spiritual well-being is tied to a Christian leader and their opinion or membership in your church rather than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

8) You tell your children not to do something in church or around other Christian families that you allow in your home.

9) You believe that what people wear, hairstyles, piercings or tattoos, is a clear indication of that person’s spirituality and character.

10) After being around Christians for a while you feel drained because you are weary of putting up a false front.

11) When you happen to miss a service or activity of your church, even if it is a valid excuse, you feel guilty.

12) If your ability to receive a blessing from God, such as healing, depends on how you have been performing.

13) If you see Christ as more of a judge than a Savior.

14) If you believe God’s love for you depends on how much love you have shown Him.

15) If you know God’s law but not God Himself.

16) If you think you MUST take a Sabbath once a week.

So, how did you do? Did you find some of these comments describing you? Legalism has been a danger to the church from the very start. it is addressed in the New Testament repeatedly and the book of Galatians is written, almost entirely, to address this point.

We are all susceptible to legalism and we must ever guard ourselves from falling into this trap of wrong thinking.

God’s love is unconditional. Christ has redeemed us from every curse of the law. We are to live a life of the Spirit. laying down our lives daily and taking up God’s agenda, being an instrument of righteousness and an expression of His very person….Just like Jesus. This is the path to freedom from legalistic thinking.

The Purpose Of Man ~ poem

The purpose of a man is not his own choice,

he can’t find the answer on his own.

First he must listen to the still small voice

and allow his path to be shown.

No one can tell him ”this you must do,

and this is what you shall be”.

That only can come from the Lord above

as He opens his heart to see.

Mistakes will be made, wrong turns taken

and this is a part of the quest,

but if he remains with faith not shaken

he surely will see God’s best.

What is his purpose and why was he made

are questions that were not his own,

For that was a yearning placed deep in his heart

that the depth of Gods love would be known.