Perfect

March 17, 2017

Matthew 5:48

Ye therfore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Perfect

Most of us would look at ourselves and readily agree that we are anything but perfect.  Even if we didn’t acknowledge that we weren’t perfect, there is no doubt a spouse or near relative that would set us straight.  Why would Jesus make a statement like He did here in Matthew 5:48? 

Throughout this chapter and through the next couple Jesus is addressing a higher order of living than what would be considered normal to the world.  He is talking about kingdom living and values.  How can God change the lives of others through us if we are not first changed ourselves?  If we want to see a greater move of God and we want to be a part of that move, then we must realize that the move of God begins within our own heart and being.  

Jesus is making a bold statement here.  He doesn’t ask if we want to be perfect, or if we think we can, He is speaking a command to us.  He is speaking a living word to us. The natural mind is like Sarah in the tent when the angel tells Abraham they will have a child in their old age, it laughs in unbelief.  “How is this possible?”  With God all things are possible.  If we want to begin seeing the possibilities of God then we have to have faith enough to take and believe Him at His Word rather than looking to see if the natural bears it out or not.

When we enter into Christ we are entering a new realm of being and living.  With us still being in our natural bodies and operating in a natural world, with natural minds, we are like little birds floundering to find our wings.  Baby birds aren’t born flying; it is something that they mature into because that is what they do by nature.  In Christ we are of a different order and different nature of being than what we formerly were.  Jesus it painting us a spiritual picture of the difference between living in the flesh and living in the Spirit, through these passages that we read here in Matthew.  There are two different mindsets.  Jesus is calling us to mature into our Christ nature.   This is where we must have our hearts set.  Yes, we will flounder and miss that mark, but our eye is set upon our destiny and our destiny is in God and kingdom living.  No, we will never perfect ourselves into God’s nature, nor can we, of ourselves, be like Him.  It is a God work through faith.  It is a transformation that can only take place as we are in union and oneness with God and His purpose.  He doesn’t violate our freewill, therefore we must daily yield up our will for His.  Not my will, but His be done.  

While many generations have not seen the fullness of God manifested in His saints, the Word declares that there is a season when Christ is birthed through us.  The ages are growing ripe for this promise child to come forth, even as Christ came in the fullness of time.  2 Thessalonians 1:7 says, “and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire, rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus who shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might when He shall come to glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at in all them that believed (because our testimony unto you was believed in that day).  To which end we pray always for you that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfil every work of faith with power; that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  

God is calling us in this hour to set aside our unbelief and worldly mentality.  We are to put on the mind of Christ, living and viewing our world from a kingdom perspective.  You don’t have to change yourself.  As you embrace Christ in every aspect of your life and thinking, the branch will take upon it the nature of the vine and the two will share one life source and one nature.  Your perfection is resting in Him and walking with Him daily in obedience and faithfulness.  He is at work in you to perform His good will and pleasure as you are abiding in the vine.  Our perfection is in Christ, it is not in this natural man.  The perfection is manifested as we mature in the grace, the nature and the love of Christ, it is a process of His Spirit working in us and we are growing up into who we are in Christ. 

Blessings,

#kent

Advertisements

The Simple Life

March 16, 2017

The Simple Life

Matthew 6:25-27

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Does life with all of its demands overwhelm you?  Are you caught up in a flurry of activity just trying to survive till the next day?  Often life can become this way.  Life has a way of running over us and possessing us instead of us possessing it.  

I was reading the scripture in 1 Timothy 6:6-10 that says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  The dream of most of us as human beings is to try and get ahead, to have just a little more and before we know it we are consumed in our pursuit for material gain.  What compounds the problem is that the more we have the more we become enslaved to keeping it up, maintaining and repairing all that we possess.  All of those things that we wanted for our enjoyment now run our lives.   It can be a hard merry-go-round to get off of.  In some ways we do want to get off of it and in some ways we don’t.  The sad part is that often when we come to the place in life where we have what we want materially we find that other essential parts of our lives are suffering and we may be losing what are the most important things.  Often it is at this time in our lives that we find our marriage falling apart or our children are out of control or we lack a true spiritual relationship with the Lord like we used to have.  

Sometimes we have to take the time in life to reevaluate our priorities, goals and purpose.  I believe this scripture in 1 Timothy 6 is directed at us as Christians.  There is nothing evil with money itself; it is what it does inside of us through greed and covetousness that can end up devastating our lives.   Maybe it is time for some of us to change our focus from our paycheck to what life is really all about, our relationships.  Many of us look back at earlier times when we struggled financially, but we were so much happier because at least we had love, the Lord and each other.  Somewhere along the way we can loose those precious things that money can’t buy.

Maybe today is the day to begin to simplify our lives, returning more to the basics and just working for the essentials.  Our greatest assets are not in our bank account, portfolio or investments; they are in our families, our faith and our relationship with the Lord.  Love is the most important thing and money can’t buy you love.  Check your compass and correct your course as needed. 

Blessings

#kent

Rise UP

March 15, 2017

Matthew 24:27

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Rise UP

The earth shakes and the oceans roar,

The earth is shaken at its very core.

Tempests toss and clouds loom dark,

The Spirit speaks and we do hark.

Triumphant are the sounds I hear.

Ageless saints echo in my ear.

Praise and victory of the Almighty they sing,

They rally heaven and proclaim the King!

Paradigms are shifting in the earth.

Transforming through a spiritual birth.

Rising up in the light of who we are,

God’s people in the image of the Morning Star!

Lightnings, thunders and angels proclaim,

The King of Kings and His Holy name,

Victory precedes Him as He rides,

As the lightning upon the eastern skies.

Trembling and sorrow will fill the earth,

For all of those who have not partaken of a second birth,

His patience has tarried and His Word  gone forth,

Now it is the day for the armies of the North.

Rise up my Beloved, the morning does break,

Rise up in me as the heavens quake.

Creation will now know who has set them free,

As my children now rise in the image of Me!

kent stuck

John 1:12-13

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 

Conformed to the Image of the Son

“Who I am is not what I am in the eyes of the world, but who I am is what I am in the eyes of the Father.  He sees me completed in Him and conformed to the likeness of His Son, because I also have been given the privilege of sonship and He has placed His DNA in me.  I am growing up into His name, His nature and His likeness.” 

Is this your statement of faith, your belief and your conviction?

You may be saying to yourself I would like it to be, but you don’t how I really am and how I struggle with some things.  Faith in Christ is not a statement of your circumstances and how things appear to be.  Paul says this in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  What are you fixing your eyes upon today?  Is it your shortcomings, your sins, your failures, your inadequacies and all the reasons and condemnation as to why you don’t feel like a son or daughter of the Most High God?  The Father sees you in the righteousness of His Son, because He became sin for you so that you might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  If you can only see the negative things about yourself then you are only focusing on what the accuser is throwing up before you and not what God is saying and thinking about you.  Jesus Christ is the way past all that we can’t be in our old self.  His blood still stands to wash away all filth and shame, so that we might enter in and boldly come before our God in the righteousness of Jesus name.  A new creation man can make a statement like we began with, because he or she knows who they are in Christ and what their identity is.  Why do we still want to hold on to that which has been crucified with Christ when such a marvelous legacy and identity has been given to us.  Put on Christ and with the mind of Christ put away your former ways of thinking, especially about yourself. 

We are currently in concert with the Holy Spirit to live and bring our lives in alignment with the Christ within us.  Romans 8:12-13 says, “Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  It is no longer you or I trying to overcome sin in the strength of our flesh.  We now have an ally that makes possible what was not possible under the law.  The law only exposed our weakness and inability to save ourselves.  But now we have the Spirit of God within to enable us in the areas of our weakness and failure.  It becomes evident that this is a journey in which God isn’t going to do it all apart from you just because you made a statement of faith.  That statement and commitment of faith is a covenant.  The covenant is between you and Him.  He will do His part, but it is dependent upon your commitment to do your part.  It is this marriage of your soul with His Spirit that produces sonship as we faithfully abide in Him.

Do you know who you are now?  You need to know who you are in order to become what you are.  He has made you privy to His mystery as revealed in Colossians 1:26-27: “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This a basic revelation truth you must lay hold of if you want to come into the fullness of who you are in Christ.  He has given you His NAME.  Everything He is is contained in that NAME, His character, His nature, His power, His authority and His love.  He has given us the most precious and powerful gift that could be had in the entire universe.  He has given us Himself.  Now He is asking that in the acceptance of that gift you begin to identify and walk in all that is contained in who you now are IN HIM.  

RISE UP IN YOUR SONSHIP AND BECOME CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF THE SON!

Blessings,

#kent

Abiding in the Vine

March 13, 2017

Abiding in the Vine

1 John 2:24

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. 

John, the apostle and disciple of Jesus, was very passionate about certain things.  Two of the things he is most passionate about is love and relationship.  I believe John was a man of the heart and when he committed his love to you it was constant from then on.  One area of emphasis is the place of “abiding”.  This word speaks of a place where we remain; we don’t depart from, we continue to be present.  It is a place we last and endure in and a place where we survive and live.  It speaks of a state or condition that is constant and a place where we wait for someone.  This concept of abiding is one that Jesus is passionate that we catch a revelation of.  

Abiding is a two way street.  It is a place of exchange of living and giving, and loving and receiving.  That place where we live and abide in our heart is the key to what our life produces.  Jesus shares the reality of this truth in John 15: 1-8, ““I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”  Our place of abiding in Christ is the place where we grow up into Him in all things.  It is the place where He loves us, trains us, corrects us and prunes us.  It is the place where He makes us productive and fruitful with regards to the kingdom.  It is the place where we learn that our life is one with His and the blood that flows in Him, flows in us.  We are of one life and one nature as we abide there.  If or when we sever and separate our life from His then that fellowship and circulation of His life ceases to work in us and we begin to spiritually die.  Outside of Him we perish spiritually.  

God is a God of mercy and restoration and I believe that through repentance and the redemption of the blood we can be restored should we leave this place of abiding.  Many of us may have walked away from Christ for a time, but hopefully all of us realize how dead we are inside without His life and fellowship.  It is in the place of abiding that we are living in eternal life, for we are living in Christ.  1 John 2:1-2 tells us, “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”  1 John 1:9 has told us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  There is a place and provision for restoration when we fail, but our heart should be that we don’t want to fail Him.  1 John 2:17 tells us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”  Our abiding in eternal life is our abiding in obedience to the will and purpose of God.  1 John 3:6-9 tells us about the state of the believer in that place of abiding, “Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”  Our continual abiding in Christ is going to make us want to be like Him in every way.  We are learning to love what He loves and hate what He hates.  We are being conformed to His mind and transformed into His likeness from glory to glory.  It is a process and a maturing, but it takes place as we abide in Christ.  

It is important that we connect in our understanding of our unity and oneness with Christ, if we are always seeing ourselves as outside of and apart from Christ then we always see ourselves separate and detached from Him.  While our unity and oneness may not be in the manifest glory that it one day will be, we are robbed if we see ourselves as anything but one with Him.  Otherwise we are trying in our efforts to live Christian lives and looking to heaven for God to help us.  He has helped us sometimes more than we comprehend or have revelation of.  He has placed His life in us and our lives are in Him so that we might live out of Christ and unto Christ.  He is our being, we have become identified with His life in us, and we have disowned and are putting to death the former man that we were before Christ.  We have to always remind ourselves that we are dead to our former identity and now our identity is in Christ where we abide in His love and His life.  Lay hold of the truth of where you live, abide and have your being.  It is Christ in you and His love that now lives through you as you abide in Him.

These things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”  1 John 1:9 has told us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  There is a place and provision for restoration when we fail, but our heart should be that we don’t want to fail Him.  1 John 2:17 tells us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”  Our abiding in eternal life is our abiding in obedience to the will and purpose of God.  1 John 3:6-9 tells us about the state of the believer in that place of abiding, “Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”  Our continual abiding in Christ is going to make us want to be like Him in every way.  We are learning to love what He loves and hate what He hates.  We are being conformed to His mind and transformed into His likeness from glory to glory.  It is a process and a maturing, but it takes place as we abide in Christ.  

It is important that we connect in our understanding of our unity and oneness with Christ, if we are always seeing ourselves as outside of and apart from Christ then we always see ourselves separate and detached from Him.  While our unity and oneness may not be in the manifest glory that it one day will be, we are robbed if we see ourselves as anything but one with Him.  Otherwise we are trying in our efforts to live Christian lives and looking to heaven for God to help us.  He has helped us sometimes more than we comprehend or have revelation of.  He has placed His life in us and our lives are in Him so that we might live out of Christ and unto Christ.  He is our being, we have become identified with His life in us, and we have disowned and are putting to death the former man that we were before Christ.  We have to always remind ourselves that we are dead to our former identity and now our identity is in Christ where we abide in His love and His life.  Lay hold of the truth of where you live, abide and have your being.  It is Christ in you and His love that now lives through you as you abide in Him.

Blessings,

#kent

The Protection of Light

March 10, 2017

The Protection of Light

Luke 12:2-3

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Light is the guardian and protector of our hearts.  As long as we keep our full face in it, then it will dispel all darkness.  When we begin to turn our face out of the light and regard darkness with our eyes and thoughts, then our body will follow where our eyes and heart lead us.   Outwardly we may maintain a position of light and righteousness, but inwardly light is fading from white, to gray, to black.  A book is often judged by its cover, but its pages reveal its content.  Pages written in the light will reveal light, but pages written in darkness will conceal it.   

Are we an open book today that could be read of any man and no shame would be revealed or are there pages we are writing in darkness that we hope that no one else will see or read.  There is a day the pages of our heart and life will be open and be read of all men.  Regard humility that you do not suffer humiliation.  Fear the Lord, so that you don’t have to fear man.  God gives us grace and a time to repent from our evil and our darkness.  Turn back from darkness and run back into the light.  Let us repent of our darkness, lest our nakedness be exposed.  Let us clothe ourselves again in light and wash ourselves in the blood of His forgiveness.  We must judge ourselves quickly, lest we would be judged and our unclean ways be found out.  Judgement begins in the house of God and it has begun.

A great man who became the victim of his own words used to say, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”  The word he spoke is true, but only each one of us can apply it to our own lives.  Today is a day to no longer conceal a matter but to repent, turn and run back into the light of God’s compassion and forgiveness.  May we be an open book, read of all men, concealing nothing in darkness.

Blessings,

#kent

Adversary to Avocate

March 9, 2017

Acts 9:31

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Adversary to Avocate

The apostle Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee, did great harm on the church in its early stages.  He was the adversary that went about breaking up churches and throwing Christians in prison, bringing great torment and affliction upon the body of Christ.  Just as we have seen examples of those who we are involved in witch-hunts, Saul was a Christian hunter.  He had a zeal to seek out and destroy the Church.  His name and his presence didn’t stir warm and fuzzy feelings if you were a Christian in that location and time.  

The great thing about God is that He has the wonderful ability to take something evil and turn it for good.  It must be a great source of frustration for satan to find a device that he can use to tear up God’s people and then God ends taking that same device and turning it around for His good and glory.  Such was the case with Paul or Saul of Tarsus.  God took this man who could strike fear in the hearts of Christians and turned him into a blessing and an object of His grace.  He took the devil’s tool, turned it around and beat the devil up with it.  Now only God can do that.

We see circumstances today that are like that in our world, our nation and our personal lives.  There are individuals or organizations that are antichrist by there very nature. I wonder what made the difference in Paul’s life?  Since God operates and moves through the prayers of His people, was it the people that were praying against him or those that prayed for him that made the difference.  Maybe instead of trying to pray someone out of our lives we need to be praying them into the kingdom of God.  It is often our adversary that moves us to action in prayer and in faith.  It is often our adversary that arouses us out of our sin of apathy and complacency and into a place of action in Christ.  Our rest and our comfort are still in the Lord.  

God took this vessel of wrath and turned him into a vessel of mercy and truth.  God is still in the business of taking evil and turning it for good.  In our adversity know that God is doing a deeper work in us.  He still sits upon the throne and is Lord of all.  He is still able to work all things after the council of His will and for our ultimate good.  Sometimes we have to weather the storms in faith and prayer, but afterward God is able to give us rest, edifying us as we walk in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings,

#kent

1Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Today, is the Preparation for Tomorrow

There used to be a profound verse when I was growing up that said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  It was a good thought for not living in the past, but realizing the importance of the moment that you were living in.  I was thinking that ‘today is also the preparation for your tomorrow.’  In the natural we may develop a ten-year plan or a plan for retirement, but what of our spiritual future?  How are we preparing for that?  

I believe it is very easy for all of us to get caught up in the day to day living of our lives, but we may be neglecting the prophetic warnings and exhortations of the Lord to prepare our hearts and spirits toward Him.  Is our house in order?  If we were gone from this earth tomorrow are things like we would want them to be.  What do we need to get right in our relationships with others and our family?  Is our faith rock solid and ready for whatever may come?  Is our relationship with the Lord and our walk with Him where it ought to be?  I believe God has given us today as a time and preparation for tomorrow.  What we do know is that Jesus tells us in Luke 12:35-40, “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  The Word says that when the Lord came most of the world was conducting business as usual and were not prepared for His coming.  In Luke 17:24-30, Jesus tells His disciples, “For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. 25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

What I feel in my spirit is that God has given us today as a day of preparation for His coming tomorrow.  Redeem the time at hand and use it wisely.  Prepare your heart and your lives for His presence.  In that day the man of the flesh will be destroyed, but the man of the Spirit will be raised up.  Allow today to be a day of spiritual preparation for what the Lord is bringing forth tomorrow.

Blessings,

#kent

James 1:22-25

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Who is that Person in the Mirror?

When you look into the mirror what do you see?  You see the reflection of your outward man from which you derive your identity and perception of how you look.  Even though you see a real-time reflection of how you appear is that really who you are?   Two people looking at the same thing will see it different ways.   A woman may look in the mirror and be thinking, ” Oh my goodness, look at the bags under my eyes, that blemish on my nose and I can’t do a thing with this hair.  I just look horrid.  Her husband may come into the bathroom and say, “Honey, did I tell you how beautiful you are today and how much I love you?”  Wow, two totally different opinions of what you look like.  Which one is true?  The truth is in the  perception and we tend to act according to the perception we hold.  

The Lord began to show me that what we reflect on often becomes the image of our reality.  The people that we associate with often do a lot to influence and shape that perception and image of who we see ourselves as being.  We may often mirror what others do because we want acceptance by them, but is  that who we really are?  

Most of us have seen the mirrors at the amusement park that are distorted to make us look fat or skinny, but we readily recognize that these are not true representatives of what we really look like.  We would be surprised at how many times life puts these kind of mirrors in front of us, but instead of recognizing their distortion of the truth we begin to believe their lie.  Our behavior and self-perception can be strongly influenced by the feed back and input we get from others.  We are always reading this to get a sense of how others see us and how that relates with who we are.  

Often, with our children we tend to major on their shortcomings and minor on the positives and accomplishments.  If my son comes home from school after trying his best and everyday I greet him, “Hi looser, what did you mess up today?”  What is that going to do for the image of how he sees himself, because I am a mirror to him of his self-worth.  Many of the problems we see in people come out of a distorted perception they have of what they should be like.  It is influenced by culture, media, friends, social groups and relationships, parents, relatives, school, work and the constant feedback we get from the world we live in.  

The only really true perception we can get of who we are, our worth and value, is what we get from God’s perspective. We know that He is truth and can not lie.  If we want to be mentally and emotionally healthy then we need to focus on what God has to say about us and what we need to do to become what He has created us to be.  James says it is not in just listening to the word and then forgetting what it taught us.  We need repetition for remembrance and application for change to take place.  When a woman goes into the bathroom to get ready for work she doesn’t generally just look in the mirror then turn around and forget what she looked like and go to work.  She starts a process of cleansing, conditioning, make-up and grooming.  All that she does is to conform her to the image of what she wants to look like.  When we look into God’s Word it has to be much the same way.  If we just go and listen to a sermon on Sunday then leave and forget what was said how does that change anything?  If we continually position ourselves in front of God’s Word through our reading it, reading inspired books, listening to inspired messages and then praying and meditation on all that we are taking in, we are like the woman who is conforming her looks to a certain image.  We are working on conforming our hearts to the image of Christ.  That is why it is important that our focus isn’t on the world or the things of the world.  That is not the image that we want to be conformed too.  

Take into your spirit the promises that God has for you.  Heed the warnings that He gives to you that will end up perverting His image in you.  Act upon who you are in Christ, acknowledging that it is no longer you that lives, but Christ in you.  ‘As He is so are you in this world. (1 John 4:17)’  That is the identification  you want to remember and walk away with.  When you look in the mirror know that you are created in His likeness and you are becoming His expression and you are being conformed into His image.  That is God’s reality of who you are.

Blessings,

#kent

Obadiah 1:21

Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the LORD’s.

The Liberation of Creation

The identification of who we are is seen in who we believe ourselves to be.  Faith is the enactment of translating what we believe into what we are becoming.  It is the trust in the power of God to work in our lives abundantly more than we would ever hope, think or even imagine.  Our eyes are no longer on our ability, but upon His ability to manifest through us His purpose and plan for us. 

Our faith simply embraces and works in concert with His plan for us.  It isn’t dependent upon our understanding all things or our ability.  He is able to supply us with all ability and resources to function in His calling and His plan for us.  The circumstances that we see as obstacles before us are simply mirages and false visions if they stand contrary to God’s will and purpose.  We are more than conquerors through Christ that loved us and gave Himself for us.  Yes, there will be adversity, buffeting, pain and tribulation.  Just as One like unto the Son of God stood with the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel, so shall He stand with us and what’s more He will be manifested through us when we stand in that fiery furnace.  What was meant for our destruction God will use for our deliverance.  Only the bonds that have held us back will be consumed as we arise in Him and He comes forth within us.  His Kingdom will come and His will, it will be done in this earth as it is in heaven.  It will start in the earth of His saints and through them will spread to the uttermost part of this natural earth.  It will be just as the veil in the temple was rent when Jesus was crucified signifying the removal of that which had kept us out of the presence of the Almighty Father.  The tear started from the top.  It started with Jesus the head, down through the disciples and the martyrs that gave their lives in service and faithfulness.  It continues to tear down through the ages from top to bottom until all of creation is set free and brought into the wonderful liberty of the sons of God.  

The apostle Paul says in Romans 8: 18-21, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”  As our flesh is rent and torn away the Almighty glory of God is revealed and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  The same liberty that we ourselves experience will be passed through us into creation.  Just as Jesus Christ was the dispensation of God’s grace, so His people are the dispensers of that same grace that has had its perfect work in them.  

The kingdoms of this world are falling.  This age is coming to an end that it might give way to the kingdom age, where our King rules in supreme righteousness and the kingdoms of this world fully become the kingdoms of our Lord and King.  

As a good soldier fight the good fight.  Fit yourselves for battle, ‘for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.  We demolish every argument and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and bring every thought captive to bring it to obedience unto Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).   We are the called of God to function in the priesthood of God.  There are three offices that we operate out of, prophet, priest and king.  We speak the word of God, we operate and rule out of its authority and we intercede and bring Christ to the nations.  Jesus has been the prototype of what God is bringing His people into.  

Galatians 6:14 leaves us with this sobering revelation of where we are right now in Him, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”  What we are will never come out of who we are, but it will come out of who He is in us.  

Blessings,

#kent

%d bloggers like this: