The Adventure of Life

always changing...

 

I was happily looking ahead to next year and all my children being happily in public schools for the first time ever.  I spent my mornings contemplating all the time I would have for my blogging, reading, painting, organization, etc., etc. And then it happened, a small little nagging feeling in the core of my being.  I started to think of how much I was going to miss my 5-year-old being with me throughout the day, about how much I actually enjoy our morning snuggles, our reading on the couch, our afternoon game time.  The desire to homeschool once again started to bubble in my spirit, but I pushed it back down right quick. No, I did not want to give up my time, oh all that glorious time. Visions of me relaxing on the couch reading a book filled my mind, but that feeling wouldn’t stop, it was relentless. Then it expanded that little desire became not just homeschooling our 5-year-old but our 8-year-old as well.

I had many conversations with Daddy about this desire, and what it exactly meant and looked like for our family.  I felt fear come in about this desire to homeschool, so much so I was overwhelmed.  You see the last time we homeschooled I had all four kiddos home and it was so very difficult on me and not very enjoyable for any of us.  That fear made me doubt my abilities, my sanity, my desire as being authentic.  I teetered between wanting that time all to myself and the desire to have my children home. Back and forth I felt tugged between them both.

I just keep going to Him, day after day, asking him to show me what it’s all supposed to look like.  Asking him what I truly desire, and if my desires are his desires. Asking Him to show me what is His best for our family.  I let him persuade me of His truth, that I am fully capable to carry this out.  That I can take and find the time for myself despite being with my kids 24/7.  That he will provide those moments that I desire of relaxing on the couch with a good book in spite of homeschooling. That I could have both in a sense.

He showed me that this journey of trusting him in my relationship was much the same as this journey to trust him with homeschooling.  That there needed to be a deconstruction of all that I knew about education, all those years of book learning needed to be torn down so that he could reteach me what school was to look like for our children. Much like my journey about of “religion” and into beautiful relationship with Him.

He showed me that my greatest asset is not my Master’s Degree in Education, nor my organizational skills or creativity, it is Him.  Yes, all those things are awesome and important but to have the source of all truth and wisdom is infinitely more valuable.  To be able to go to him when something with my kids learning isn’t working and say, now what?  To know that I don’t have to have all the answers because he does. The best news is we all have that same access to Him.

He showed me that sometimes the decision to homeschool isn’t just about what you will teach the child academically that year, that it can be more about what you will teach that child relationally.  What you will speak into that child identity wise, that it could be more about a season of protection and building up than it can be about imparting academic wisdom.  How closely this relates to our fathers very heart for us.

Maybe it’s simply about allowing the child to feel empowered by letting them select a topic they enjoy and just coming along for the ride.  Maybe it’s about letting the child go unrestrained into this new way of learning and not requiring them to stop for the day when the scheduled lesson is done.  Maybe it’s about knowing that some days will be spent on hours of grammar because that’s what she wants to do and the next day grammar won’t even come into play as the outdoors is calling and knowing that, that is OK.  Maybe it’s about building relationships and learning to simply trust yourself and your abilities. To learn to love learning all over again from the ground up.

Oh, how closely that can mimic where God has me at right now with Him.  His focus is on teaching me about real relationship with him and what that looks like, it’s about deconstructing the misperceptions I had and focusing me on my true identity and value. In this journey, he is protecting me and building me up day by day. He is less concerned about my “book” knowledge and more concerned about my relational knowledge.  He is empowering me in my abilities to hear and connect with Him and is allowing me to run this race unbridled and full of excitement and passion, no rules and regulations or to do lists hinder this race any longer. The chains are broken and I have been set free.

Some days this race is run full speed ahead and others days it resembles more of a slow trot, but either way he is showing me that both are perfect. He is showing me that this pace that I am on is my own and that I can trust it and Him. That it’s about learning to trust myself, and to trust who He is showing me that I am.  I am learning to love this glorious adventure and I am somewhat sure I will also enjoy this new season of going back into homeschooling.  One thing for sure is it’s a glorious adventure and I have the best teacher right here inside of me.

You are Enough

The view of God is the only truth about you.

Being a woman is hard. Being a woman who is trying to fit into the norms of society is impossible.

It’s no wonder that so many women today are utterly exhausted, discouraged, depressed, and hopeless.  The world screams at us, all that we should be, should do, should look like. Painting the picture of a perfect mom, wife, woman, all the while giving us conflicting messages as to what exactly that entails. We often see contradicting views, confusing right?  Which one is right? Which one is best?  We all want to be the best us, the best wife, the best mom but what does that look like? How do we get there?

Maybe you are like me, at times insecure in my own ability to be a good wife, a good mom, a good friend.  I mean none of these things come with a step by step instruction guide. Maybe there are times where the tears flow more than the joy, where situations arise with a child that you have no idea how to parent through and inadequacy tries to creep in.  Maybe there have been times when you have allowed someone’s negative perception of you to make you feel not enough, ugly, less than.   Maybe you have been rejected, abandon, left behind and you believe that it has a direct connotation to your true worth.

It could have been as simple as a disapproving look in the grocery store as your child is having a code red meltdown and you football carry him out the front door leaving the groceries behind amidst the judging glares. Maybe it was a phone call from your husband telling you that once again he needs to go on a business trip and you feel the panic of having to single parent for a week rise up.  (All you single parents out there I give you much respect and honor, you are amazing.) How about going out in public with all of your kids in the middle of the day because you homeschool? Ever got the questions with that one?  “Why aren’t you in school?” “Vacation already?” “You are what, can you do that?” Maybe it was just a disapproving glance in the mirror when looking for a new swim suite to accommodate your changing body that you no longer recognize. Maybe it was having to put n/a on an application under job.

This world is great at judging you on with their ever-changing unrealistic expectations. Pinterest, Facebook, and most of the TV Shows and Magazines fully reinforce those very things.  We are bombarded daily with all that we should be and many of us unwillingly take it on as to what should be our norm, believing the lies spewed forth. We ourselves are pretty great at judging ourselves too, and we are usually way harsher than anyone else. We judge our appearance, our job performance, our family, our friendships, our homes, and our bank accounts, the list goes on and on.

However, this is not how it was ever meant to be.  This is not the life that our Father, God, ever intended for us.  This is not the easy yoke he speaks of, or the rest that we are called to enjoy. Through His only son Jesus, he came to show us the very truth about who we are.  To speak light into the darkness of our understanding of how amazing we are. He came to redeem our true identities and to show us our mirror image, Him.  He came to give us the eyes to see and to tear the veil on the very distortion this world tried to put on our shoulders. He came to destroy our false idols of our mistaken identities.

Beautiful daughter, you are more than enough.  The only truth of who you are is not found in the worlds perception but in Christ alone.  We do not have to fit into the mold, in fact you were created not to.  You are unique, his masterpiece, one of a kind, and totally glorious. You do not need to be anything, because you already are all that you ever need to be.  You do not need to be a certain size, a certain color, a certain occupation, a certain station, you are more than enough, worthy of love, affection and intimacy.

Letting go of believing the lies of the world as your truth can be hard, as they are everywhere, every day, screaming at us.  But there is one who is constantly pursuing you, tenderly, lovingly, reminding you that those things are not who you are.  That only He, the creator of your being knows you, the real you.

He knows that your sensory seeking kiddo got overwhelmed by all the stimulation at the grocery store and lost it.  He knows that the countless hours you have spent researching his disorder, loving, encouraging and driving that kiddo to appointment after appointment.  He sees you advocate for your children and sees your heart of love for them, his heart in you for them. He knows you, the world does not.

He knows how difficult it is for you to get your four children where they need to be by yourself, he knows the anxiety you feel when you know there will be no relief coming and you have to do it alone. He understands the fear that tries to overcome you, because he sees your past and knows the root.  He knows you, the world does not.

He knows the reason you had to homeschool was because your children were so relentlessly bullied that it was becoming unsafe for them. He sees that you had to get out of the house just to be around other people or you were going to go crazy. He also knows that your children are fully educated and above in many areas.  He knows you, the world does not.

He sees that beautiful body of yours, all Size 14 of it, that lovingly carried 6 children but birthed 4.  He sees those stretch marks of battle, the extra weight, the sagging breasts of this amazing body he created.  He sees you, the real you and the fullness of your beauty. He knows you, the world does not.

He sees the enormity of your job as a stay at home mom.  He sees the sacrifices you made letting go of your own career goals to raise these little gifts. He sees you ease the burden on your husband by just being at home.  He sees this smart, intelligent woman, holding the college degree changing yet another diaper. He sees the countless loads of laundry, the boo boo’s you kiss, the love you give. He knows you, the world does not.

Oh, that we would allow the one who knows us best to be the only defining voice in our lives.  Not the world, not our spouse, not even ourselves but Him and Him alone.

Daddy I pray for each woman today that reads this post I pray for women everywhere that struggle and strive to see themselves as beautiful, worthy, enough.  I pray that you would continue to show each of us the truth of who you created us to be.  I pray that not only would you reveal that to us but that you would help us to believe it.  I pray that we would be able to let go of the lies that we tell ourselves and the lies of the world, let go of the judgement and condemnation and simply rest in who you say we are.  I pray that when we look in the mirror we see the glory of who we are and nothing else, that we see nothing but our true selves as you have always intended.  In Jesus name. Amen.

Tame that Tongue Already

The tongue, it can reflect the Word that confirms your true Genesis and identity, or it can speak the opposite. Out of the mouth the heart speaks.

James 1:19-19

Ponder the word that reveals your true origin, do not ponder the problem;

(pondering the problem brings anger and takes our eyes off of our true genesis)

Rather remain silent than to give anger your voice, anger distorts the picture and brings no credit to compliment God’s righteousness.

We are God’s righteousness, called to ponder the word that reveals the truth about us.

In James 3:8 we see that no one can tame a tongue. How many of us were thought that we need to tame our tongues?  Well this verse states that is totally impossible.  So than why are so many still striving to do so? How do we tame a tongue if not by our own self effort?

Bottom line, it’s not our job to tame our tongue. It is something that happens in us when we realize our true nature.  It’s God’s original design being birthed in us as our understanding of the truth of our real natures is revealed. When we ponder the truth of our original Genesis, faith wells up inside of us and we begin to see the truth and are able to believe our true design.  Out of that revelation flows the restraint of the tongue, it’s the very fruit of the Holy Spirit at work in us.  Self-Discipline, not us but him.

It’s the revelation of our mirror likeness that ignites true freedom to utter that which is precious and true. (Mirror Bible)

James 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man. Meaning fully complete reaching the end.  There was only one perfect man and that was Jesus. It goes on to say that only the perfect man can bridle his whole body.

But wait we saw in James 3:8 no man can tame his tongue. This contradiction shows us that in James 3:2, James is making a point to show us that we are not the perfect man, that is Jesus, and that we in our own self effort can never bridle not just our tongue but our entire body which the tongue directs as we see in the following verses.  As I said above taming the tongue was never our job.

Can we all take a collective sigh of relief. Ahhhhhhh, now that is good news.

We could never do this in our own ability or strength, there was one perfect man, Jesus, and His spirit in us is the only way to bridle this body.

James 3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
The bit is the truth of who we are in Christ, when that truth is in our mouths we effortless are persuaded (obey).  The word obey here is peitho and it means to persuade, have confidence in.  When the truth of who we are is guiding and directing us we are persuaded and have confidence in our Papa’s hands. Our entire bodies are guided by that truth. So, is it us guiding ourselves here by our own works? No, it is our persuasion of the truth of our identities being birthed in us that fosters the transformation of our entire bodies.

James goes on to give us another example in James 3:5http://www.christiancounselingco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/tamingthetongue.jpg

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

No matter how strong and big the ship is or how strong the winds trying to redirect it when it is guided by the very small rudder of the truth it holds the course. From that, the will of the pilot makes clear the path.

James 3:5 starts with So, also….

This is saying in this way also, it is saying look at what we just talked about, in this way also the tongue is a small part of the body, and it boasts of great things.  See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire.

The tongue can boast of either God or us, of his ability to steer, guide and direct us or of our own.  It all comes down to what we believe is the truth of who we are.  We speak the truth of what we believe with our tongues, for out of our heart our mouth speaks.  We cannot tame ourselves.

Matt 15:11 A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth but by what comes out of it.

Defile here is the word koinoo- it means to make common, pollute

We make ourselves common by what we believe in our hearts that come out of our mouths.  We are not common.  We are royalty.

Matt 15:18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart and those defile the man.

Again the word here for defile means make common. We can suffer from Identity Theft.  We can allow the very truth of who we are to be stolen from us, we can forget what manner of person we are.  The good news is that God is always persuading us of this truth. Jesus was God unveiled in the flesh. He was God finding accurate expression of Himself in human form.  Jesus is the mirror image of our true identities.

James 1:22 (Mirror Bible) Give the word your undivided attention; do not underestimate yourself. Make the calculation. There can only be one logical conclusion: your authentic origin is mirrored in the word. You are God’s poem; let his voice make poetry in your life!

When we ponder the truth of who we are as seen in the word in human form we cannot help but see our authentic origin, we no longer underestimate our birthright.

God I thank you for each and every person who sees you in this post, who hears your voice calling them into a deeper understanding of all that you have provided for us in this life.  I pray that you would help us better understand the truth of who you created us to be so that we could rest in that truth and out of the overflow of that our hearts would speak the truth.

Going Through Difficulties

Where are you God?

There are many times in our lives when situations occur that are very hard for us to humanly reconcile where God is at in all of these things.  We try to equate these things somehow to His character, or it being His hand.  In doing so we are taking out of the equation the very real world that we live in.  This fallen world that is upheld by our own choices.  This world that allows us free will so that the true love of God can be received not by force but by choice.

I have struggled over things that I have seen, things that have happened to me personally in my life and to those closest to me, wondering where are you God, where were you in this? In my own understanding, I can try to equate these things to God, I can try to reconcile this with human logic and understanding, but there is another way.  A better way.

What if we went to God and simply asked him, where are you in this? When we are going through great trials and trouble what if we asked Him to show us what He was doing in it?  What if we asked where were you in that, as we look back on things from our past that were painful and left us feeling confused, hurt and alone.  Do you believe that he would show you? I do.

I have done this with some of the most painful times in my life, times that were turning points for me in how I saw myself.  Times that I blamed myself, judged myself, punished myself for. It took me a while to be in that place where I trusted Daddy enough to go there with Him, where I allowed myself to ask those tough questions even when I was sometimes afraid to hear the answers.  One thing I have come to understand is that He is so very good, we need not be afraid.

I have done this with times when I so expected to see Him move and heal and the healing didn’t manifest as I expected.  I asked those tough questions, I fought it out in a way with Him as I wrestled with my grief.  Does that mean he wasn’t there in it, that he caused it to happen? No. I can ponder in my own understanding if His inaction meant he allowed it to happen, I can wonder if it was somehow His will, however to do so is to entertain human reasoning, not His own.

We can readily go to the source of divine knowledge and understanding as we carry it within us where ever we go. We can ask Him those tough questions, wrestle out our own understanding with Him. He doesn’t mind, he embraces us and relishes the opportunity to speak life and truth into us. I have found the difference between going to my own understanding and going to His, is that His brings peace, comfort, and even joy.  That doesn’t mean there won’t necessarily be grief, or a sense of loss, or even a bit of feeling stretched which can feel uncomfortable at best, but His truth is always a healing balm to our battered souls.

I pray that today you would be ready to take those tough questions to Him, that you would have the comfort with Him to trust that He is good and would be confident in who He is enough to ask.

 

Love-Agape

What it is and what it isn't.

I have been really seeking to know God more in my life, to know the one who is my friend and Abba.  Today he drew me back to the Love (Agape) verse and said look at both sides of this coin today and you will better see me.  So below you will find my chart of what Agape love looks like and what it is not.  I used the Greek definitions and also used a thesaurus for the opposites of the words given in the verse.

One thing that I realized is that some of the words that described what it is not were attributes that I was still believing about Abba. This was such a beautiful moment of Daddy showing me lies that I was believing about who he was.  It was a beautiful answer to my desire to know Him more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Love is: Love is not:
Patient: long-tempered, refusing to retaliate with anger Agitated: violent, frustrated, intolerant, unwilling, loud
Kind: gentle, pleasant, good Unkind: Quick to anger, harsh, antagonistic, discourteous, rude
Not jealous/envious: calm, content, undoubting, confident, trusting, unresentful Jealous: envy (rivalry, spite, malice, resentment), covet
Not boasting: humble, modest Boastful: show off, brag, exaggerate, blow one’s own horn
Not arrogant: humble, modest, meek Arrogant: aloof, bossy, smug, assuming, haughty
Does not act unbecomingly: humble, kind Unbecomingly-arrogant, bossy, cocky, pompous, vain, disdainful, know it all
Does not seek its own-doesn’t seek himself/herself, considers others, takes the time to see them Seek its own: Self-centered (egotistical, selfish, self-absorbed), self-seeking (boasting, bragging, egocentric)
Is unprovoked Provoked: incensed, aggravated, enraged, irritated, angry, mad
Does not take into account a wrong: does not charge with a wrong, does not conclude a wrong, sees the truth in the person Judges, charges with wrongs, concludes wrongs, refuses to see the truth in the person
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness: the opposite of justice, Rejoices in injustice
Rejoices with the truth: reality Does not rejoice with the truth, God’s reality
Bears all things: cover, conceal endure patiently, to carry, transfer, take Doesn’t bear: fail, lose, avoid, refuse
Believes all things: have faith in, trust, accept, consider, regard, trust, understand Doesn’t believe: abandon, deny, discard, dismiss, disregard, forget, neglect, ignore, reject
Hopes all things: believes, assumes, cherish, expect, confide Doesn’t Hope: abandon, distrust, doubt, forsake, fear
Endures all things: remain behind (as if standing with you), stand my ground (standing with the other), bears hardship, withstands, weathers Doesn’t endure: disallow, halt, hide, refuse, reject, run away, deny

 

Many times, in religion we are told that we ourselves are responsible for producing this type of love for others in our lives.  That brothers and sisters is an impossible feat.  None of us in our own will power or strength can manifest this type of love in our lives.  This type of love is a gift from Daddy to us.  It is a gift of His Spirit that lives inside of us.  (Galatians 5:22) It is not something that we bring forth by self-effort and works, it is simply something we believe and receive. It is in that receiving, his love can overflow out of us onto those around us.  We love because He first loved us, but we have to understand and experience first hand what Daddy’s love really is, what it really looks like, feels like, tastes like in our own lives. We have to be willing to receive this beautiful gift from Him alone and to be able to do that we have to believe we are worthy of His love.

If your love for others doesn’t look like what we saw above be of good cheer, all we have to do is believe and receive, to allow ourselves to be loved by our good father and out of that we will see the fruit of His Spirit manifesting itself effortlessly out of us.  We never were called to create the fruit simply to bear it. He is the vine, we are the branches, his love flows into us and out of that relationship we bear His fruit. If you struggle to believe you are worthy of such a love as this, ask Daddy to persuade you of the truth.  Ask Him to show you just how worthy he sees you, then be open to what he has to say.  Even if you can’t believe it yet, he is a great persuader and it is his joy to persuade you until you can believe.

Daddy I thank you for each and every person who will read this post about you.  I pray that you will give them a new perspective on how they view you.  I pray that any misperception of who you are will be highlighted and you will reveal the truth of who you are to them, that it will resonate with Your Spirit in them. Amen.

God and Mammom

Grace vs. Law

I was looking through some of my old journals this morning and God drew me back to a verse he had me study a few years back and it just spoke to my spirit so I thought I would dig in some more and share it with you all.

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also. 22 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (bible-researcher.com)

Do not store up for yourself treasures on this earth, that the moth can destroy and can rust, and thieves can break in and steal: but lay-up/store up treasures in yourself, that the moth and rust cannot destroy and thieves cannot break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be.

We do not need to be concerned with the storying up or saving up of earthly treasures that are fleeting. We do this because we do not trust the Lord to be our provider, we have taken the labor of providing into our own hands. The more important focus is on storing up treasures inside ourselves that can never be taken.

What are the treasures of heaven? And where is heaven so we can store them up? And how do we lay aside or store them up?

The Kingdom of God is also referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven, it is one in the same and it is within you. Luke 17:20-21 The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, “see here!’ or ‘see there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.

So we know where we are storing them, in us. So, what are the treasures of Heaven and how do we store them?

For more information about how the Kingdom of Heaven is the same as the Kingdom of God, check out this article on how the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are one in the same. (https://www.gotquestions.org/kingdom-heaven-God.html)

The treasures of Heaven? The riches of our inheritance?

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, (inside us) even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us[b] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his gracewhich he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it

(Bold added for emphasis)

What are some treasures we can store in us?

  • We are Holy
  • We are Blameless, without blame forever
  • We are adopted because he predestined us as sons/daughters, he wants to have a relationship with us, intimacy with us
  • He has lavished his Grace upon us, his good view and opinion of us
  • He has made known to us all the mysteries of his will, all wisdom and insight is ours, we have the mind of Christ
  • He unites all things in Him, he united us back to him because he so loves us
  • We have a glorious inheritance with him forever, eternal life
  • We are the praise of his glory (His good view and opinion)
  • We are sealed with the Holy Spirit who is our guarantee of our inheritance. Our inheritance includes both rule and reign.

These are just a few of the treasures that we have, that we should realize and believe and by believing, thus store inside of us. How do we store up these treasures? They are already ours, we simply believe it.

In our hearts, when we see the glory of God’s grace towards us, and receive it, when we believe we are sons/daughters of Abba, when we allow ourselves to fully trust him in all areas of our life and believe that He alone is the only one that can bring forth His life in us, we live in His beautiful agape and simply rest.

Each and every day he reveals more to us of his glorious treasures for us as he walks us into a greater understand of our true identities and His glorious love for us.

Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Do we trust him or ourselves to bring forth all we need in this life? Let’s continue on in these verses and see what he has to say.

Matthew 6:22-24 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (bible-researcher.com)

Eye here comes from the root word optanomai, meaning appear, am seen, gaze with eyes wide open, shew self

Single here is haplous meaning single, simple, unfolded, without folds, single undivided focus

The eye is the lamp of the body (your entire being). If your eye (vision, sight) is healthy (clear, with a single undivided focus, unfolded, literally without folds) your whole body will be full of light. (Jesus is the light of this world, those who follow him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12)

While studying this verse Daddy lead me to the following verse in Psalms that I believe speaks to the verse above as it was such a coincidence that the word health above means being without folds.

Psalm 119:130 the unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Unfolding-appearing, let go free, loose (self,) break forth

There was a misunderstanding of Abba before Jesus that needed to be straightened out or unfolded for us to be able to see clearly.  Jesus was the unfolding (appearing) of the true word, he was the light of the truth.  He gave understanding and discernment to the open minded. (pethi)

We can see that if your vision/sight is labor and toil your own hands your whole body will be full of darkness.

John 3:19-21

Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil (Poneros-laborious toil). Everyone who does evil (poneros: Laborious toil) hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”

Not by our own hands toiling and laboring, but by God’s hands in us effortlessly will He bring it forth. When we disregard the light (Jesus) and turn to our own darkness (self-effort) our deeds are evil (laborious toil to show ourselves righteous).

Luke 11:35-36 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

Be careful that, that which you think is light isn’t really darkness within you. Do not be fooled.

24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

No one can serve to masters Grace/Law (Self Effort to save yourself), for either he will hate the one and love (agape) the other, or he will be devoted (holds on to, cleave to) the one and despise (disregard) the other.  You cannot serve God and Mammon (what is trusted in)

I will detest the law and love grace or I will cleave to the law and disregard grace. You cannot serve both God and the treasures you trust in.  Some try to mix the two, law and grace and this clearly shows that can not happen.  Those who mix the two are lukewarm.

Revelation 3:16 I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. 16So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth! 

Who are you trusting in? What are you trusting in? Your own works or God’s? Are you you mixing his pure grace with your own works?

25 Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for + itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Prophetic drawing by my 8yo, such a great representation of letting go of the law and embracing the fullness of God’s grace.

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Seek (desire) first His Kingdom and His righteousness (eyes focused on him, not on anything else like us)

How do we know what we are seeking? Do we spend more time trusting God and resting in his finished works or do we spend more time working to try and earn that which was already given to us?  When we know who we are in him we no longer try to earn it by our own labor and toil.  We simply rest in the knowledge that it is all ours by his adoption of us. Our only work is to believe, and out of that beautiful understanding will flow effortlessly not only the fruits of his spirit but the effortless desire to do His work.

So often we have put the cart before the horse thinking that I must do or my faith is dead, we are taking the action into our own hands. That is out of order however, out of faith is birthed the works. Out of the faith the desire, and will, and motivation is derived, we don’t bring it forth, He does in us.  Faith=Divine Persuasion it is not Personal persuasion.

Beloved rest in him today, trust in his provision of you, believe in all the wonderful things he has given us and receive them so that your treasures are stored up in heaven.

The Armor of God

Sink into His Garment

When I use to hear these verses I felt as thought it was a step by step process I had to go through each and every day to be ready to fight the enemy.  God has taken me deeper however into this and really began to open up my eyes to show me that these weapons were already provided by him, that we just need to sink into that which we already have and not turn it into a step by step work.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the devil’s schemes.

Put on-in the greek means Enduo: to clothe or be clothed in, in the sense of sinking into a garment

Full armor means a complete set, full armor lacking nothing for protection

So: pros (preposition): toward, at, nearness at, accession to (in view of, in light of) toward (denotes motion toward a place)

that you will be able is the greek word dunamai (verb) to be able, to have power

To Stand firm is the greek histemi (verb): cause to stand, establish, hold up

which is from tithemi: To place, lay, set, fix, establish

*Like you plant your feet unmovable, you stand

Against is again the word pros (preposition): toward, at, nearness at, accession to (in view of, in light of) toward (denotes motion toward a place)

The schemes is the greek word Methodeia: to employ craft, deceit

It is from the root word meta: with after, among

And hodeuo (verb): travel, journey base word hodos (noun)road, way journey, route

**The only other verse this word Methodeia is used in is Ephesians 4:14

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all [aspects] into Him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Satan in the greek means the accuser, slander, defamer (diablo)

After looking into the greek I see this

Sink into the complete armor of God, so that you are able to stand firmly planted, immovable in light of the accusations and lies of the enemy.

What a beautiful picture is that? Sinking into the complete armor, sinking into all we need to be protected from the enemy, all we need to stand on the victory that Jesus won for us. Lets keep digging.

Ephesians 6:12-Four our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual [forces] of wickedness in the heavenly.

Struggle is the greek word pale-wrestle, from pallo to sway

Is not against is again the greek word pros (see above)

Flesh is the greek word sarka-flesh (as stripped of the skin) human origin or empowerment

And blood is the greek word-haima: of men or animals

The rulers is the greek word archas-magistrate, power, principality, from root archomai-I begin, commence, rule

The powers is the greek word exousias-power to act, authority, jurisdiction, from exesti-privledge, force, freedom, mastery, delegated influence, authority

The world forces is from kosmos and krateo: a world-ruler, Satan

Darkness is the greek word skotos-from the base of skia-shadiness

The spiritual is the greek word pneumatikos-spiritual from pneuma: non-carnal, spirit, wind

wickedness is the greek word poneria: laborious trouble and toil from poneros

in the heavenly is the greek word celestial, heavenly, high, from epi and ouranos: above the sky

When we look at those words I see this,

Our struggle is not against each other, flesh and blood, but against the rulers and powers of death, against the world ruler of death, against spiritual toil and labor in the heavenly.

We can have life or death in this world.  If you haven’t ready my post on Life vs. Death you may want to go check it out as it will help give you a better understanding of these words. Click here. We are not at war against each other, but against the system that wants us to walk in death and not the life we have been given. The system that wants us to toil and labor even though we are already seated in the heavenliness with Jesus at Gods right hand.

Ephesians 6:13 Stand firm therefore, Having Girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

 Stand firm is the greek word histemi: cause to stand, hold up

Having girded is the greek word perizonnumi-pulled up my robes and fastened them to my belt so I can freely move and run.

Your loins means your reproductive center (what is reproduced from you)

With truth-Jesus did it all, it is finished. Run with that.

Having put on the is the greek word enduo put, sense of sinking into a garment

The breastplate: protects the chest down to the hips (heart/emotions)

The breastplate is also referred to in 1 Thes 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

Here the breastplate is spoken of as faith and love.

Of righteousness is from the greek word dikaios: equity of character or act, justification

So with this in mind it looks a little more like this:

Stand firm, immovable, feet planted, freely able to move, having what is reproduced from you guarded with the truth,  sink into the assurance of Daddy’s faith and love in your heart/emotions which testifies to our equity of character, our righteousness and justification.

When we stand firm, we are immovable.  When we understand our righteousness and justification our feet our firmly planted and our heart and emotions are guarded with the truth of who we are.

Ephesians 6:14 And having shod Your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace: 

And having shod: hupodeo-put on my feet

Preparation is the greek word hetoimasia-foundation, firm footing, readiness, from hetoimazo: make ready, prepare

Of the gospel: good news

Of peace is the greek word Eirene-peace of mind, one, rest, quietness

Feet back then were how people traveled. They lead them down the paths they would take. So with that in mind:

And having put on my feet the foundation, firm footing of the good news,  peace of mind, rest.

We prepare ourselves for the journey placed before us by putting on the rest of the Lord, by allowing ourselves to walk in the peace of mind only Jesus can give.

As always please don’t just take my word for it, dig in for yourselves. We all have the same holy spirit and he is the best teacher.  Get yourself a good lexicon and concordance there are many that are free online, bible hub.com, blueletterbible, or you can get it the old fashioned way via a book. I have both I like a hardcover book any day.  I like to look at several also, Strongs, Strong’s exhaustive, NAS exhaustive, and Thayers Greek Lexicon are typically what I use.

So for a recap:

Sink into the complete armor of God, so that you are able to stand firmly planted, immovable in light of the accusations and lies of the enemy. Our struggle is not against each other,  but against the rulers and powers that bring death, against the world ruler of death, against spiritual toil and labor in the heavenly. Stand firm, immovable, feet planted, freely able to move without hinderance  having what is reproduced from you guarded with the truth, sink into the assurance of Daddy’s faith and love in your heart/emotions which testifies to our equity of character, our righteousness and justification and having put on my feet the foundation, firm footing of the good news, peace of mind, rest.

We will continue this study in further posts.

Daddy I thank you for each and every person that will read these words, I pray that you would ignite in them a passion to walk in your rest.  That they would put off the heavy burdens or trying to put on the armor themselves and would rest in your ability alone to fully protect us from the lies of our opposer.  May we always remember who the true enemy is and may we walk in love with our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Life vs. Death Part 3

This is the last installment of our teaching on Life vs. Death.  Yesterday we looked at how our of the heart the mouth speaks, today we are going to look more at the heart.

Proverbs 4:20-27

My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their[b] flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder[c] the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.

Jesus came and put his very spirit in us. Lets look at verse 20-22.  This is not a call for us to do it’s a revelation of what Jesus has already done.

Hebrews 8:10-11

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

As Paul Ellis states on his website Escape to Reality: ” What is the law that God writes on our hearts and minds? Here are three things it is not:

  • It is not the law of Moses. If God wrote the Ten Commandments on our hearts then Jesus died for nothing.
  • It is not a new and improved version of the law. It is not the new commands of Jesus or the New Testament. We cannot please God by keeping a new law any more than we could please him by keeping an old one.
  • It is not the knowledge of right and wrong that was bestowed upon us – against the Lord’s wishes – by Adam.

So what is this law that the Lord writes on our hearts and minds and embeds in our very being? It is himself.  Do you see? The old law is a what; the new law is a Who. The old law ministers condemnation and death (2 Cor 3:7-9), but the new “law of the Spirit gives life” (Rom 8:2).”

Life vs. Death, new vs. old, Jesus vs. works

Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

This word life: chayyim from chayah is the same word used in Proverbs 18:21.  Out of our heart flows the springs of life, out of our heart the mouth speaks. Life or Death.

How do we keep our heart or as this word means, guard our hearts? We don’t. Again this is not some call to action for us, it’s a call to believe.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. The heart that trusts is safely guarded by him alone. This is not a call for us to guard our hearts, as that is something we could never do, it’s a call to simply trust that God already does it. God makes our paths straight, he keeps us, his very spirit in us is our assurance. He wrote Jesus on our hearts and minds.  We can see in Psalms 23, that God is our shepherd, he leads and guides us, we just have to trust and follow Him.

Jesus came to be the guide to our feet. Luke 1:79- to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

He leads us into peace, into His life, into His truth.  He leads us out of death, out of annoyances and out of laborious toil.

Look at more closely at Proverbs 4 verse 24:

Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.

Crooked here or Deceitful is from the Hebrew word aqash: to twist, all that is straight they make crooked, prove, to know or distort

How many times do we twist the truth because we are struggling to believe it?  How many times is it distorted by our own misconceived lenses. It is saying put away those lies, those twisted truths.

Devious is from the Hebrew word lazuth from luz: deviation, to turn aside, depart, no longer be with, no longer lodge with, no longer wrapped with

It is saying put the talk that causes you to turn aside and no longer be wrapped in my loving embrace far from you.

This is a beautiful call of a father to His child to simply come and rest in his loving embrace. It’s a cry of His heart for His children to see the truth and walk in it.

Isaiah 42:16
“I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.”

What a beautiful promise to us.  That even in our blindness, our inability to see the truth he still guides us.  He makes our darkness light and our rough places smooth. He will not leave them undone.  We can either believe this and rest in it or we can not.

Isaiah 59:7-8 7Their feet run to evil,And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways. 8 8They do not know the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked, Whoever treads on them does not know peace.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, our paths are made straight by him, or made crooked by our own self works and beliefs of iniquity.

We either run to Jesus and receive what he did for us or we run to evil (our own self works) and keep trying to earn what we already have.  We either see ourselves like Jesus does or we see ourselves as unworthy and continuously try to measure up.  We either walk in the beauty of peace, as the fruit of the spirit within us, or we walk in destruction and devastation.  We either allow Daddy to leads us or we continue to try to lead ourselves.

To many times we have been deceived by the belief that we have to tame our tongue, we have to control what comes out of it, we have to change our hearts, we have to have more faith, believe more, do more, earn it.  Jesus himself was written on our heart. Out of our heart the mouth speaks.  When we believe and receive the truths of this great gift we have in us, we will find effortlessly what our mouth speaks will line up with his beautiful beliefs. It’s not a heart issue, or a tongue issue, or a control issue it’s a belief issue. Blessings.

Life vs. Death part 2

This is part 2 in our study of Life vs. Death.  Check out yesterdays post here for part 1.

Our mouth reveals the truth of what we believe in our hearts.  It’s a heart issue, not a mouth issue. We can change what is coming out of our mouth but if it doesn’t lines up with what our heart believes it is a work of the flesh, it is us trying to bring forth life.  Jesus recognized this in Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

~We speak what we really believe, our mouths speak what is in our hearts

Jesus was speaking here to the pharisees who believed their work is what saved them.

When looking at the greek meaning behind the words in this verse you see something that can also be translated like this:

You offspring of the snake, you who are poneros (which by definition is the very picture of being full of labors, annoyances, hardships and works) How can you speak anything good? (Agathos: good in nature, as to the believer, describes what originates from God and is empowered by Him)

Here is my parapharse:

You offspring of the snake who are full of labors and works, how can you speak anything that originates from God? For out of the true belief of the heart the mouth speaks.

We speak what we really believe, our mouths speak what is in our hearts. When we focus on trying to control what is coming out of our mouths we are missing the real issue, the root issue, our hearts.

Let’s look at Matt 12:35

The good man brings out of good treasure what is good; and evil man brings out evil treasure what is evil.

Good again is agothos as we saw above meaning good in nature, as to the believer, describes what originates from God and is empowered by him.

Evil again her is Poneros as we saw above,  being full of labors, annoyances, and hardships

The person empowered by God pulls out treasure originated from God, the person full of labors and annoyances brings out treasure from that same vein, self effort. What would you call it if we are trying to control what is coming out of our mouth? Self Effort or God empowerment? I’d say self effort.  If the fruit of Daddy’s spirit in us is self-discipline than he is going to be the only one that can truly change our heart and thus forth what comes out of our mouths.  We see again her the comparison of Life vs. Death.  God birthed and freely given (Life) or labor and toil by our own self works (Death).

So what about our tongue? Is it all bad? As we saw yesterday it’s really more about what is coming out of it as that is what illuminates what our heart is believing.

James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the

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whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Doesn’t sound like the tongue in any way could be positive after reading this verse does it?  So how exactly does the tongue defile?

If the tongue is referenced to fire in this verse we can see it as a metaphor.  By looking at other verses in the bible containing the word fire we can see fire as something that can both enlighten and purify us so we can share in God’s likeness or as something that speaks the opposite of the truth about us and God, and hence defiles. One tongue compared to fire, more than one description of what we see fire do in the bible.

Fire in the bible represents the very presence of God (Exod 3:2-6) IN the New Testament Paul talks about the second coming of Christ as “in blazing fire”). Several passages also focus on fire as synonymous with or in association with God’s glory, which is his view and opinion of us. (Exod 24:17; Deut 5:24)

Look at Luke 3:16 where fire is referenced as good:
“I baptize you with water for repentance (change of mind), but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Jesus came and baptized with the Holy Spirit which resides within us and with fire, which is seen here as the manifestation of God.

Fire is also a symbol of God’s vengeance many times in the bible.  We must understand however what God’s vengeance is against, it is not against man but against the Law system of death which He hates as that was never his plan us.

Fire is the greek word Pur, meaning Holy Fire, Gods Spirit in us buring away all that is not true. Isn’t that an amazing revelation of God’s vengeance? His Holy Anger against a system of death that was stealing Life away from us.  What a good father.

 

Jesus came to burn away the old law system. He came so that we can have life and have it abundantly, he came to put the system of death to death. Praise God.

 

Check out Part 3 Tomorrow

 

 

Life vs. Death part 1

Proverbs 18:21-Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

When I use to read this verse under law based thinking I would read it as a command, a command for me to follow. A command and a warning to control what I said, to make sure that what I spoke was life, so that life would be brought forth by my words. That I needed to make sure that my words lined up.

What do we see in how I was viewing this verse? A lot of I’s, what I must do, what I should do, do, do, do.

Under grace I see this in a different light.  I see this as a light, illuminating the truth. I see this through Jesus. Can you see Jesus in this verse?

Death means literally here, to die, to kill, to destroy

Life here means to have life, sustain life, revive, keep alive, give life

To Eat of its fruit is the Hebrew word parah meaning to bear fruit, be fruitful, bring forth fruit

Is it bad to love your tongue? Depends on what is coming out of it.  Death or Life. Those who love the tongue will bear its fruit, whether it be Life or Death, destroying you or sustaining you.

Romans 7:5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.

The fruit of death is explained above, it is works of the flesh, aroused by the law, it is separating ourselves from life by trying to get life by our own abilities and works. We are literally working for the fruit of death.

The fruit of Life, is seen in Jesus.  It is His very spirit inside of us, it is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.

How do we know if we are speaking death or life? By the fruit.

Matthew 28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Are you tired worn out, burned out on religion? Jesus is our Life and our Rest.

Please watch this great video by my friend Greg Henry on the fruit of death, here.

Death and Life in this verse doesn’t mean that we must watch what we say and control what comes out of our mouths. It means that we can see what is truly in our hearts, what we truly believe, by what comes out of our mouth. It is the illuminator to what we believe and are trusting in. We have a choice, we can either believe and walk in Faith in what Jesus has done for us which is LIFE, or we can continue to attempt to earn life through the strength of our flesh, DEATH.

If we look at this verse and think it is a call for us to control what comes out of our mouth that is grossly missing the point. Anything that takes the focus off of Jesus and what he has done and puts the focus on us is an invitation to Death.

The main point is as believers His Spirit is already in us, we have God life literally living in us. We either believe it (life) or continue to try and earn it (death).

What fruit are you eating from today?

Abba I just ask that those, who like i did, see this verse as a call to do more would allow themselves to simply rest in you.  That their eyes would be turned off of themselves and back to the amazingness of you and all that you have accomplished for us.  That they would see LIFE as you see it, that they would believe that you have done it all. That in that belief they could put to rest their laborious toils to earn what you have already freely given and simply walk in the truth of their Life with you. I pray that if this uncovered the fruit of death in their lives that there would be no condemnation or shame or guilt, that they would see this simply as your instruction and training, your call to freedom.

Hebrews 12:5 And have you forgotten the exhortation (encouragement and comfort) that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline (training) of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved (exposed)by him.

This verse is of great encouragement when Abba shows us areas that are not producing his fruit in our lives.  He loves us so much that nothing but his best for us will ever do. Here is my version of Him speaking it directly to our hearts. Blessings.

Beloved, have you forgotten the encouragement and comfort that is yours in me? Do not lightly esteem my training of you, nor grow weary when I expose that which is brining forth Death. ~Abba