Reign in Righteousness

July 17, 2019

 

Reign in Righteousness

 

Romans 5:17

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

We all have known what it is like to be identified with Adam.  We all have been partakers of that human nature whereby we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The reality is that most of us, who are Christians, even though we are saved, still primarily identify with our old Adamic nature.  Why is that?  I think inwardly we sense the presence and change of the Holy Spirit’s dwelling in our hearts, but outwardly we are still struggling with sin issues.  Many of us still struggle with condemnation because of our sin.  Sin didn’t just up and leave us just because we accepted Christ into our hearts or because we were filled with the Holy Spirit.  The infusion of God’s life into us brought to us an abundance of grace and it brought to us the gift of His righteousness.  The acceptance by faith of Christ into our lives brought to us a much greater destiny and purpose than we had ever known in the world of sin and death.  We struggle with who we are in Christ because of what we still see on the outside as the old us.

If I were to come to you today and say that our research has found that you are the long lost heir to the throne of another country.  It is definite; there is no question about it.  You are the prince or princess and you need to come to our country and prepare for learning how to rule.   What would be your reaction?  “Me! You’ve got to be kidding. There is no way I could be a king or Queen, I am just a mechanic, or housewife, or a whatever.”  You see there is no way we could, at this moment, successfully step into the place of leadership and rule in that country, even though we are the rightful heirs.  Why?  It is because we don’t have the mentality of a king or queen.  We still have the mentality of what we have been.  Now even though we don’t feel like royalty and we often don’t act like a royalty, doesn’t mean that we aren’t.  Perhaps it is easier to see that, in order for us to assume our new role as a heir in this country, there needs to take place in us a whole new way of thinking and living.  In order for us to be fit to rule we need to be set under tutors and learn the discipline and the perspective of royalty.  We need our minds and hearts transformed to think like a prince or princess.  At first, we might think this will be great.  I’ll have all these servants to wait on me and I’ll have everything I want.  The reality is, that when we get there we begin to learn the life of ruling and reigning isn’t about serving one’s self, it is about how to best serve others.  It is about self-sacrifice and acting on behalf of what will best benefit those that we are to reign over.  Jesus was the King of Kings, but did He come to do what was best for Him or what was best for us? As heavenly royals, and I speak this in the male and female gender, we need to be preparing to reign.  What we have been given, both grace and righteousness, is a gift.  We didn’t earn them and we certainly didn’t deserve them, but they are ours for simply reaching out in faith, believing and receiving them.

Now if I come to tell you and convince you that you really are a heir to the throne, but if you refuse your position and responsibility, where does that leave you?  If you just continue on, being whatever you were before, how could you ever be fit to reign or assume your God given position?  You can see why we have to come into a totally different mind set and way of thinking? This is where most of us are today.  We are still thinking and living in what we were rather than in who we are.  You are “the righteousness of God in Christ.”  With that gift and calling comes a responsibility on our part to begin to respond to our new King and His authority.  We have to learn the ways and become proficient in the culture of this New Kingdom, not our old one.  That has to be left behind as our mind and thinking are transformed and changed to think like our King.

You and I are called to be “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”(1Peter 2:9).  Isaiah 32:1 says, “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.”  In order for us to begin to prepare to come into our calling and destiny we have to get a vision and revelation of what the apostle Paul taught us in Romans 6: 1-7, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound, God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection, Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.”  We have to get rid of that old mentality that only sees ourselves as defeated sinners.  Catch the vision and revelation of your calling and who you are in Christ.  Start learning to live and to think like a prince or princess of the Most High God.  There is no higher kingdom to which we could be called.  Accept and pursue the discipline that will train you up to receive the high calling to which you have been purposed.  We are called to reign in righteousness even as the One we follow is righteous.  Start to think and live as the prince or princess of God that you are.

Blessings,

#kent

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The Call to Prayer

July 16, 2019

 

The Call to Prayer

 

1 Timothy 2:1-4

I urge, then, first of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-

For kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceable and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

 

How important is our prayer life?  Can we ever know to what extent the events of life are impacted through our prayer or lack of it?   Paul starts out this passage to Timothy saying the first order of business in our worship is prayer.  Obviously request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving does make a tremendous difference in God’s economy for it is the means by which God channels His intervention and direction in human affairs.  It can affect every aspect of our lives from those who are in authority over us to our health and finances.  Faith is what moves the heart and hand of God.  Our prayer life communicates that faith into the spiritual realm and is a primary catalyst that activates change.  As people of God, we learn that our dependence is not in ourselves, or our government or our economy.  It is in GOD WE TRUST.  Our founders and forefathers of the United States knew how important this principle was when this country was established against tremendous natural odds.  We live in the country we do today as result of a supernatural God doing supernatural things.  We are losing our country to factions that want to tear out the very cornerstone and foundation of our country, our beliefs and reliance upon God.  This spiritual attack is against the very life and heartbeat of our nation.  How we need a standard of prayer to be raised up.  I speak of myself, as well as many of us when I say we have become lethargic and have fallen asleep at the wheel of our spiritual responsibilities to pray, not just for our personal lives and what directly affects us, but for our nation, our leaders, the body of Christ and the lost.  We have become so financially and materially focused that we have lost sight of our spiritual responsibility for the direction of our nation.  Many of us have disengaged from the privilege and responsibility we have as Americans to participate in our government to decide the direction we go.  If we are Spirit led people then we need to be spiritually led how to vote and take part in the type of government we have.  God’s holds His people responsible for setting the course of a nation.  We can not be complacent when it comes to prayer.  It must be our passion.

I believe the only reason God has withheld judgement from this nation as long as He has is because of the prayers and faithfulness of His saints.  To our shame, so many of us are riding the coattails of the few faithful ones.  A wave of prayer, intercession, request and thanksgiving needs to rise on behalf of this nation.  Let this stand as a call to arms for all of us to commit ourselves to prayer and fasting for the condition of our nation and God’s direction in the decisions and course of our government and in particular our judicial system at this time.  Our God is faithful and He does hear the cry of His people.  We must engage in the battle going on in the spirit for our nation.  Darkness has gained a foothold that is tearing at the very fabric of our life and morality.  Prayer is our weapon to fight this spiritual battle.  If we desert the battle we desert our heritage and our future.  As so many brave Americans have laid down their physical lives and well-being for this nation we must engage the enemy with no less commitment in the spiritual arena.  Our nation and our lives hang in the balance.

Blessings,

#kent

Hope

July 15, 2019

Hope

Psalms 42:5

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.

 

Hope is an essential element in our lives.  It gives us vision and purpose.  It is something we don’t have yet, but we look forward too.  It is an expectation and something worth pursuing and waiting for.  If you take away a person’s hope it is like you unplug the soul, because the soul is generated not by what it has, but what it has to live for and hope that is realized is no longer a hope.  Some people may find themselves in a state of hopelessness, which leads to despair of life.  Life has dealt you some severe blows and the loss has robbed your hope.

The Word says in Ecclesiastes 9:4 ‘that as long as there is life there is still hope, for even it is better to be a living dog than a dead lion’.   So even if a hope or expectation has been crushed you have not lost the greatest hope in your life which is Christ.  God ever stands as a beacon and lighthouse in the dark times of our lives to offer us hope and reason for living.

David, when he was fleeing from King Saul who was pursuing him to take his life, found those times of discouragement and despair when his soul wanted to give up.  It was the Spirit of God within David that spoke to his soul words of encouragement and faith.  The Spirit of God within him was telling him, “why are you so down and discouraged soul, you can’t give up, HOPE in God.”  He is your sustainer; He is the glory and the lifter of your head.  His countenance and presence is still here to help you and give meaning and purpose to your life.  Soul, begin to praise the Lord, let faith arise in your heart, forget not all of His benefits, forget not all of His promises.  Don’t forget that He promises never to leave you or forsake you and remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God.  He is your eternal hope and the true reason you live and move and have your being.

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” 1 Peter 1:13.

Blessings,

#kent

Be Encouraged

July 12, 2019

Be Encouraged

Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

Every action of the Father is an action of Love.  The Lord God hovers over His beloved as a hen over her chicks.  Though we do not see it, His arms of love and comfort surround us constantly.  The souls of men are the object of His affection and desire.  Each one of you who read this must know that your God loves you in particular.  There is nothing outside of His knowing, concerning your life; no area is hidden and no emotion is unfelt by Him.  Jesus became identified with us in our infirmities and weaknesses.  He experienced every hurt, pain and heartache, as well as temptation, just like you and I.  He is our high priest that ever lives to make intercession on our behalf.  Can you think of anyone you would rather have praying you through than Jesus?  The Father isn’t against us, He is for us.  The Holy Spirit has been given to each believer to help, comfort, come alongside and instruct us in the way.  The Lord sees your discouragement today.  He sees your efforts and your heart.  Whether you sense Him or not He is there with you in the valley of the shadow of death and despair.

In your spirit, just crawl up on Daddy’s lap today.   Just hold Him and release your heart to Him.  Let Him just put His wonderful arms of comfort and love around you as He lets you know everything is going to be okay.  He’s got the whole world in His hands and has your problems and concerns as well.  Lay your head on His bosom and rest your weary soul.  Let God have control of all those areas of worry and concern.  Enter into His rest and as you rest in Him He is already at work in your circumstances to meet your needs.

Yes, we grow weary, we get tired and we can become discouraged.  Come aside and take your rest in Him all of you that are weary and heavy-laden and “I will give you rest”, says the Lord.

As we come to the end of ourselves and learn to rest in our Father we learn the joy of our salvation.  We find that He is more than able to meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory.  In our weakness He is made strong.  “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).”  Today, rest and find comfort and strength in Him who is your life, your blessing and your portion.

Blessings,

#kent

Leave Her

July 11, 2019

 

Leave Her

 

Jeremiah 51:9

We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up [even] to the skies.

 

Lay down the ways of the past and pick up the anointing of your future.  Give place to the spirit where you formally gave way to the flesh. The heart of the Lord is to lift you out of the dark places and set you as a lighthouse, a warning to ships in the night.  Be not distressed that the Lord is separating you from the former loves of this life.  He is now your first Love and the reason you are single in heart and purpose.  Your life formerly expressed the natural beauty, but now it is an expression of my beauty of holiness.  Cleanse yourself of former idolatry and sin.  Sanctify and set yourself apart unto Me this day for I am your righteousness.  I am your holiness and salvation.  I have chosen you out of your mother’s womb.  I have set my eye upon you and my favor has been with you in ways you did not outwardly see.  There have been the lovers of your youth; those coveted things that you now must leave behind as you come up out of the earthly into the heavenly realm.  The Word tells you to love not the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the vainglory of this life (1 John 2:15).  Love my Word, the Spirit of life and truth.  Breaking up with your old lovers is hard to do, but they can not be compared to the love I have for you.  For this hour you have been created, birthed and born into this world.  This is not for your glory, but for Mine.  I have patiently loved you.  My Spirit has hovered over you with tenderness and care.  I have kept you beneath the shadow of my wing, but now it is time for you to come forth.  It is time for you to spread the wings of your spirit and allow me to be the wind that lifts you up from the earthly into the heavenlies.   Covet not the temporal and the perishing.  Embrace the eternal and the promise of My Word.  As you let go of the former, the temporal, the old affections and ways, I will fill your hand with mine and what I shall impart to you will so exceed anything you have heretofore possessed.

You fear the weakness you see within yourself.  It is a source of unbelief as you focus on your ability or rather lack of it.  I am your ability.  I am your mind, your heart and your strong arm.  Where you would fail, I shall not.  Fear not what you see lacking in yourself, but rather set your eyes upon Me and who you are in Me.  I have not called the faint of heart, but those who are bold and radical in their faith.  No longer succumb to this world.  I have called you to rise up and walk with the Overcomers.   I have called you to be the pillars of my temple and the support of my people.

Hosts of ungodliness surround this world.  Spiritual influences of darkness continually assail your souls.  But they can not stand against the blood of the Lamb and the Word of My Testimony.  You are my living Word sealed in the blood of the Lamb.  You are the offspring of spiritual intercourse, born in this world, but not for it.  You have been birthed from above.  You are here to bring praise back into the earth.  You are here to lift up the majestic name of glory.  You are to be a sound, an expression and exclamation point of God’s glory.  The instrument can only express the musician that plays through it.  Allow Me to blow my sound through you so that you may be a trumpet to the nations, a sounding of the Lord’s day.

Do not grieve as you leave these former things, for they are as dung compared to what I will show forth through you as you yield yourself to Me.  Former things are pasted away, behold I make all things new.  You are a new sound in the earth, a heavenly sound that the earth has not heard before.  Though they don’t understand it they will be in awe of it and know that it is not of this world.

Leave her that was your former lover.  Be sanctified and joined unto Me.  I am your rest, your Husband and the Lover of your soul.  Be Mine alone and give not your heart to another.  I will embrace you with the arms of My Love and you shall know the sweet communion of My Presence that you have longed for.  I am a jealous God and I will not share my glory or your affection with another, but I am near to those whose hearts are fully Mine.  As you have borne the image of the earthly, now you so shall bear the image of the heavenly.   Look for me in the nighttime and I shall be there.  I shall turn your night into day and your sorrow into joy.  I will give the oil of gladness for the spirit of heaviness.  You shall know my peace and it will give your rest.

Draw near with all of your heart.  I will meet you in that place.  Have a vision for My purpose in you.  It will lift you on eagle’s wing that you may soar in the destiny I have purposed for your life.

Blessings,

#kent

 

 

Righteous is the man whose God is the Lord

 

Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

 

Man can not truly know righteousness, apart from or outside of God.  He can perform good deeds and may even exceed many of the people of God in good works, but no matter how good, he can not be righteous outside of God.  Righteousness is the byproduct of faith in God.  Genesis 15:6 is the first place that righteousness is used in the Word.  It is used in regards to God speaking to Abraham about giving him a promised son and it says, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”  Righteousness is embracing God and His Word in faith.  It is believing and acting upon His Word and that which He quickens to us through the Holy Spirit.  Faith acts in obedience to that which it believes in.  Obedience is the other attribute of righteousness.  Deuteronomy 6:25 says, “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.”  You might say then that the formula for righteousness is faith in God plus obedience to God equals the righteousness of God.  We see such a picture of righteousness in the life of Abraham who is like the father of faith.   Abraham knew a closeness and fellowship with God that is rarely paralleled even among the other great men of the bible.  Why was Abraham such a friend of God?  What made him so special?  He was a righteous man.  He was righteous because he believed what God told him and he obeyed whatever God told him to do.  Even when he had Isaac the most precious and beloved gift that God had ever given him, one in which he had believed in faith for, many years; God said I want you to sacrifice him to me.  Abraham didn’t argue, he didn’t bow his neck in rebellion or resentment, he obeyed God. God led him to a place three days from where he was so he had plenty of time to think it over and change his mind.  We see here a picture of full and unconditional surrender of his will to God, a willingness to obey God no matter what the cost and a faith in God that he knew God would fulfill His Word to him regardless of what circumstances told him.  That is the picture of righteousness.

The first time the word worship is used in the Word of God is in Genesis 22:5 when Abraham says, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”  Even in the words Abraham speaks is the evidence of his faith when he says, “and come again to you.”  The very act of obedience, of faith and the willingness to sacrifice the love of his life was an act of worship.

John Bevier brings out in his teaching on “Drawing Near” that God spoke to him one time and said, “Worship is not a slow song”.  Worship is not just singing songs, or going to church or praying.  “Worship is a life!”  It is a life of righteousness lived out in faith and obedience to God in everything.  That is why Jesus says in John 14:12-15, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].  If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  Many of us pray “in Jesus name” today, but we see limited results, why?  Could it be that we are not fully keeping the conditions of the promise?  Like most kids, we want all of the benefits without all of the responsibility, but they go together.

Finally, in John 15:10-14 Jesus tells his disciples, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”  If we want to move from the status of a servant to a friend it requires faith and obedience, these are the righteous ones that commune with God, who know the Son and have intimacy with the Holy Spirit.  These are the friends of God.  This is the righteousness of God by faith, wherein Christ is our righteousness, not by works of the law, but by a life fully surrendered in a continual living act of worship to Him.

Blessings,

#kent

One Way Street Called Straight

 

 

Acts 9:11

And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

 

Saul, whom we know as Paul the apostle, at the time of his conversion, had been on his way to Damascus with a commission to persecute and imprison the Christians there.  On his way he had a visitation from the Lord who appeared to him in a bright light, so much so that he was struck blind and then the Lord spoke to him audibly in Acts 9:3-9, “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.” It was here that the Lord spoke to Ananias and told him to find Paul on Straight street and tell him that he is a chosen vessel and what things he must suffer for my Name’s sake.

It would seem that it is not a coincidence that the Word makes specific mention of the name of the street that Paul was on.  It is the same street that the Lord wants to bring us to when we come to Him.  It means a straightforward, upright, true and is a sincere path that He brings us too.  It is like the word of John the Baptist, “Make straight the way of the Lord”.  Straight Street is a condition of our heart where we become blind to the things of the world and our spiritual eyes are opened to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  It is a place where we turn aside from the crooked paths of our walk when sin and self were upon the throne of our hearts.

We put braces on our teeth to straighten them out and set them in right order.  The Cross will work that in our life.  The Holy Spirit is continually here to conform us to this straight way if we are humble and sensitive enough to listen.   Usually our problem, unlike Saul, is that we haven’t become blind to this world.  Our eyes and attention are always wandering off from this place to that.  As a result we suffer a worse state than that of being physically blind.  We become spiritually blind.  What we do see is colored by the tint of our own prejudices, viewpoints and opinions.  It is God’s Word inspired and revealed by the Holy Spirit that leads us upon this Straight Street that leads us to the throne of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

What street are you on today and where is it taking you?

Blessings,

#kent

 

Washing His Feet with Tears

 

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

 

There are many that have carried and shared the gospel of good news, but there is none to compare with the author and giver of salvation itself, Jesus.  His feet are the most beautiful and wonderful of all.  He stepped down out of heaven as the Son of God and Lord of all and walked the dusty roads of earth to fully reveal God to us and to turn our feet into the way of salvation and life.  It was His feet that walked the walk of the cross; that carried that bruised and wounded and horribly afflicted body to the ultimate sacrifice.  It was His feet that stumbled and struggled under the weight of that cross that He bore for us.  Never were there more beautiful feet than the feet that bear the hole from the spike that was driven through them.

There was a woman named Mary who had a revelation of how precious these feet were.  They had walked into her life when she was nothing more than a shame and usable commodity of men, despised and looked down upon by most.  When she had been cast down at His feet, He did not judge and condemn her, though He had every right to do so.  He loved her and forgave her when she was the most unlovely and undesirable.  He gave her back a life of dignity, respect and purpose.   I don’t think there is another example in the Word of God that demonstrates the love, the submission, the feelings of appreciation and gratitude like the act of Mary.  While she couldn’t love Jesus with physical intimacy, she so expressed the intimacy for Him and the love for Him she felt in herself through an act of worship that natural men couldn’t understand and even despised.

John 12:1-7 tells us, “Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5″Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”   6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7″Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. ” It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

In this story we see the scene taking place in Bethany where Lazarus lived and where Martha was serving.  Mary was their sister.  In Luke 7 we see the same event happening only it is described as taking place in the house of Simon the Pharisee.  Perhaps Simon was the father of Lazarus, Martha and Mary and that would explain why Mary had access into the house in the first place.  I’m sure not any woman of the street was allowed to come in.  This account in Luke 7:36-50 reads like this,” 36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41″Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

48Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.””

This woman could have been, and I believe is, what exemplifies the love of the bride for the bridegroom.  She loves much, because she was forgiven much.  Her tears flow from a heart of tremendous gratitude and worship.  She uses her hair, which is her glory, to glorify the Savior and to wipe the feet of Jesus.  She kisses His feet expressing her deepest affection and her unreserved submission.  She breaks and pours out upon the feet of Jesus her most precious material possession as she anoints Him from her body, her soul and her spirit.  Truly if there were an act of spiritual worship and expression, she demonstrated it that day.  She didn’t care what anyone else thought or how they were going to view her or think of her.  She only had eyes and a heart for Jesus.  She demonstrated for all of us what it is to sit and bow at the feet of Jesus and not just be ministered too, but how to serve, love and appreciate Him.  Most only knew how take from the love and virtue of Jesus, but here is the least of women, the outcast of society that demonstrates how to minister, serve and give back love to the One who first loved her.  How much we can all learn about ministering at the feet of Jesus through this woman, Mary.  Jesus used this moment to show us the difference between the religious protocol and outward service compared to the unabashed expression of a heart that loved and yearned for Him.   A heart that was willing to give the best of all she was or had to glorify and love Jesus.  What kind of heart do we have for the Lord?  How do we minister and worship at the feet of Jesus?

Blessings,

#kent

 

 

Sound the Alarm in Zion

 

Joel 2:1

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble,

for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-

 

Set your feet in righteous paths for the destruction is outside the walls of My protection and grace.  Return unto Me with your whole heart and not a divided heart.  Rend your hearts and not your garments.  The Lord’s love is toward His people and His compassion fails not.  Life is what He has called you too, but the destroyer has come to destroy and he will have his day.  Your safety is in the secret place, the place where I will hide you under the shadow of My wing.  Indeed a thousand will fall at your right hand and ten thousand at your left, but it will not come nigh unto you, if you are hidden in Me.  Fear and trembling will consume the earth, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace.

Come now to Me with your whole heart.  Fix your eyes upon Me now and lay down your encumbrances as the farmer leaves his plow.  It is a day of reckoning and judgement that is at hand.  Prepare the way of the Lord and prepare your hearts to receive Him.   Darkness will cover the earth as the water covers the sea.  You are My lights in the dark places.  You are the lamp by which many will find their way.  My life and presence within you will draw men from the darkness as they see your light shine.  It is a day to make ready, a day to buy and store up the oil and a day to buy gold refined in the fire.  Hear the voice of the Bridegroom as He is calling unto His bride to make ready the way of the Lord, for the time is near at hand.

The people that are called by My name shall be strong and do exploits, but not before the day of great testing and turning away.  It is a day when the love of many will wax cold.  It is a day to be either cold or hot for the lukewarm will not withstand the day of My abiding.  Many will fall away, for their hearts were wavering and divided.  The way of the cross calls for a full and total willingness to die to everything that is not of Me.  Many carry a cross of convenience, but the fire will reveal the true nature of one’s faith.  Set your heart to know Me in Spirit and in Truth.  The façade of Christianity will be torn down and thrown away and then will the true one stand.  My Church shall no longer be a religion, but a reality in the earth.  The earth will see it revealed for what it is and not what it has been perceived to be.

This is a call to the faithful and true.  Let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit has to say unto the churches.  Let My ways be your ways and My thoughts be your thoughts, for you are a redeemed people, sanctified by the blood of the Lamb.  Put on the garments of righteousness and gird yourself with praise.  Rise up and let your worship be true and real from your heart.  I will inhabit the praises of my people and I will abide in those who enter into Me.  Come now, prepare your hearts while there is still time.  Cast off your complacency, for when men say, “Peace, Peace, then comes sudden destruction.”

Hear the trumpet in Zion and the sound that I speak in my holy hill, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.  Rend your hearts and not your garments.  Seek Me while I may be found.”

Blessings,

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1 John 4:8-15 (Amplified)

He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.  9In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.  10In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.   11Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.

12No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!  13By this we come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit.  14And [besides] we ourselves have seen (have deliberately and steadfastly contemplated) and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son [as the] Savior of the world.  15Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God.

 

What is God’s Heart for You?

 

God’s heart is and ever has been that He loves you with a love so massive it defies comprehension.  Until we fully embrace and come into the love of the Father for us, we can’t really know Him, for His identity is LOVE.  Which of us would willing lay down our life for another, much less give our only son to die for someone else.  It was through this demonstration of love that the Father and the Son corporately as one gave their life for the very humanity that had become their enemies; despising, rejecting and living in rebellion and opposition to God.  Romans 5:6-11 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”   That is God’s heart for you!

Now what is our heart for God?  1 John 4:15 says, “Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God.”  God’s heart for us has so consumed us with His love that we embrace the gift of His love by our faith in Christ.  His Holy Spirit comes into our heart to bear witness that we now belong to Him and the evidence of His presence is that we continually grow in His nature, which is love.   After all, verses 16 and 17 go on to tell us, “And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. 17In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.”

What is He?  He is love!  What are we?  His love exemplified through word and deed.

The question we all must ask ourselves is when others see me do they see God’s love, because I am His expression of love to others.  If the answer isn’t positive then I must ask myself, “Am I so abiding in His love that it can’t help but show up through me?  If we try and just do God’s love then it will always fall short, because it is out of conditional human effort and ability, but if we can become so lost in Him, that we just start to become like the One we worship and abide in then it will it come out of our being and not our doing.

The law of the kingdom of God is contained in this one word LOVE.  When LOVE is what rules our hearts, our desires, our motives and our actions then God’s kingdom has come in us.  When God’s love rules over all that we do then there are no limitations on what He can manifest through us in His power and glory, because it is all of Him and for Him.  This is the heart of God for us and this is the kingdom we were called to live into and out of.

Blessings,

#kent

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