The Lord is my Shepherd

“Jesus was gentle and tender and true.  He was righteous but also stern and tough on phony people.” The Shepherd Trilogy by Phillip Keller

As I was speaking to God about what this statement means through the light of him being a good shepherd he showed me that the very essence of the word stern was to be uncompromising.  That he is uncompromising when it comes to the fact that he will not accept anything but the best for His creation and is unwilling to let us walk in anything but that. He is constant in His pursuit of us as the Good Shepherd.

He is tough, not easily influenced, as he stands firm on what he knows to be the truth.  He is unwilling to let us accept anything less than that truth, His best, for us His beloved.

So, we could ascertain then, Jesus was gentle and tender and true. He was righteous and uncompromising in his pursuit of the revelation of the truth, he stands firm in that truth unwilling to bend or allow any of us to walk in anything less than His ultimate best for us.

Many interpret Jesus as being tough and stern on people without viewing that through the lens of his ultimate love, care, and desire for us to fully embrace and be able to walk in all He has for us, with Him forever.  They have interpreted that toughness or sternness as permission for them to look down on those they oppose. Unfortunately, they take that view and use it to justify rudeness, belittling, and arrogance if you will, in their own behavior towards others.

Love is never arrogant or rude. Love is always patient and kind. The heart behind Jesus’ actions was always love, his desire was for us to be free and walking in the truth of who we have always been. He loved each and every person as he created us all in his image what he hated was the lies stealing away His best in their lives. The war isn’t against flesh and blood and often times it appears that is forgotten.

I sadly have seen many examples of this type of interpretation as justification of these very behaviors both online and in real life as these beloved’s misperception of Jesus’ intentions overflows into what they have come to believe their “job” and “right” is as His children. They have believed that it is their “job” or “right” to keep the rest of the flock in line, forgetting the foundation that it needs to be rooted in love. They have bypassed the Shepherd and have climbed over the sheepfold asserting this misgiven perception. (I get it, I really do, as there was a time in my own life that I also felt that it was my duty, or job to do just that. It was an exhausting job, but one that brought much self-justification and self-satisfaction but was ultimately dripping with pride and arrogance as I was unable to recognize that I had stepped out of the rest of my beloved. Oh, what little did I know.)

The truth is there is only one shepherd and anyone who enters the sheepfold any other way but the door is a thief and a robber.  Don’t get me wrong they can still be sheep, and part of the true shepherds precious flock but may simply not yet be understanding the reality that as a sheep our only job is to simply trust the shepherd and rest in his care.

Only the owner of the sheep has the rights to enter through the door of the sheepfold.  There is only one owner and it is his job and role alone to care for the sheep and that included keeping the sheep in line, and free from any danger.

The shepherd has the rights to ownership and authority and those of us who have willingly yielded ourselves to that care have joined our brothers and sisters in the fold of our precious shepherd. I use to believe that ownership and authority where bad things.

God has ownership and authority over me because he created me.  Yet he created me with free will so that I could choose to believe and submit to this truth or not.  Ultimately, submitting to his ownership and authority is resting in his care and provision for my own life. Ownership only means so much as the character of the owner.  Likewise, authority will look differently depending on the character of the owner. Our understanding of who Elohim is, and ultimately our intimate knowledge of the trinity affects our understanding and view of what that authority and ownership looks like.

If we believe that God is a tyrant demanding his rule and authority over us then we are missing what Christ came to show us in the flesh about the truth of His desire.

Ownership-The Good Shepherd offers us protection, care, health, healing, lack of worries, provision, fellowship, family, security, comfort, joy, happiness, guidance to the very best pastures and so much more. Ownership is me allowing myself to submit-to choose God, to yield my own lacking abilities to bring life forth to His, it is trusting that He, the one who dreamed me up before the beginning of the earth, who delicately knit me together in my mother’s womb and who has never left me can do it better than I can.

Authority-The Good Shepherds authority fends off the enemies and predators in our lives (at times even our own wrong mindsets and beliefs) He brings forth His life in us to the fullest extent as he has always intended.  Me yielding to the good shepherds’ authority is simply believing that He alone can care for me best.

He continually persuades us of the truth of His character so that we can understand what His desire is and what true ownership and authority look like under His loving care.

Psalms 23:1-The Lord is my Shepherd I lack nothing.

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.

Praise vs. Thanks

How it Relates to Worship

This topic is one that I have studied about a week ago. I was planning on doing it right after the one that I did on Worship. In between that, God had me not. I was fully prepared one day to talk about praise and thanksgiving and worship and how it all fits. God stopped me that day and told me to do something on Mommy Guilt, so I did that instead. I was mowing the lawn today and all of a sudden the Lord said, “Today is the day that we are going to talk about praise where you looked at that before.”

So, today we are going to be looking at praise and thanksgiving it is kind of  the second message in this series. The first that we did in the series of worship, and I have the feeling there’s going to be three talking about worship. I talked about that a little bit in the message before this one. I will kind of  recap here in a minute what we talked about. Then I feel that probably after this one, we will be talking about thanksgiving and what that looks like and thanks because I just touch on it a little bit here, the difference between what praise and thanksgiving is and what that looks like in our lives.

Praise is really what flows out of worship and we have to understand what worship really means to be able to understand praise. I would encourage you, if you haven’t seen my video on worship or read the transcript, to go back and listen to or read that. It’s only about 15 or 20 minutes and it just goes into a little more depth and background and documentation of the true meaning of worship. What that basically stated was that worship is recognizing and believing the truth of who Daddy is. It’s our spirit acknowledging its true heritage in knowing whose we are and knowing and receiving His life and His goodness and His grace and His truth as was shown to us by Jesus. I went into that a little bit more on my previous video but that’s really what worship is. Worship is recognizing and believing the truth of who Daddy is. It’s your spirit acknowledging its true heritage and knowing whose you are and knowing and receiving His life which He came to give us – His goodness, His grace and  truth as we can see in Jesus.

When we think about praise, we also can get that confused with thanksgiving or thanks. Thanks is actually different than praise. Thanks says, “I thank You” or “Thanks”. Whether you express it or not you are actually the subject of the verb in thanks.  Whereas in praise, the object of praise is the subject of the sentence. It would be God so He would be the subject of the sentence. It would be like, “He rescued me” or “He forgave all my sins.” We are not the object of that sentence therefore it is praise and not thanksgiving. There is a difference.

If we look at Ephesians 1:3, we can see that this is actually an example of praise and thanksgiving in one verse. It says, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Praise is what was first there because it acknowledged God, or the acknowledgment went to God who was the subject: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… That’s an example of praise.

Thanksgiving is what we see secondly in the sentence as the focus turns to the speaker.:  who has blessed us (Now the focus is on us) with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Praise focuses on God and who He is. Thanksgiving focuses on what God has done for us. That is the difference between praise and thanksgiving.

Hebrews 13:15 Through him therefore let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to his name. (Fruit here is the Greek word, karpos. It means everything that is done in true partnership with Christ. That’s what it is talking about here. So it is saying, “Through Him, through Jesus, let us continually (an account of or because of ) offer to God a sacrifice of praise that is the fruit, or the partnership with Jesus, of lips that give thanks. Thanks here means to speak the same thing or to agree. It is actually the same word as confess. When we think about “confess your sins, it means to speak the same as. So that is the fruit of the lips that give thanks or speak the same as, or  agree.)  to his name.

Through Jesus and not of our own effort or strength, but out of the overflow of worship, flows praise. It flows through Jesus of our knowing who He is and who we are and what He has done for us.  The word, fruit, here is actually the same word that is used in the verse, fruit of the Spirit. It’s also the same word that is used as, “I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me  produces much fruit.” That is the same word that we are talking about here in Hebrews 13:15. Fruit as everything done in true partnership with Christ.

Sacrifice is an offering. It’s a praise offering even when the world’s view looks bad… like things look bad through the worldly view, we can worship and praise because we are agreeing with Daddy, the truth about the situation. We are seeing it through His perspective and not our perspective. So even when we are going through a difficult situation, we can see it through Daddy’s eyes and we can give praise and worship and thanks because of the fruit of the Spirit that comes forth effortlessly out of us because Jesus lives in us and we don’t have to let the worldly perspective steal that away from us. We can trust in Him in what He is doing in our lives and what He showed us He did for us through Jesus.

I thought this was interesting: In the Old Testament, the sacrifice of praise would mean that a worshiper would bring a sacrifice which would be placed on the altar to be cooked for a communal meal, a meal they would all eat together. While the animal was being cooked, the worshiper, the one who provided it, would stand beside the altar and proclaim the praise to God. This would be the reason why everyone would eat from this sacrifice because they would recognize that God had done something for the worshiper because of the offering that they offered. They would then all eat the meal together because they saw that God had done something so they ate and gave thanks because the worshiper had been changed.

In the New Testament, Jesus was our sacrifice of praise. He placed Himself on the altar and told us to eat of His flesh. Those who eat from the flesh, understand as God had done something in them, changing their hearts and minds. It just reminded me of how many disciples He lost when He made that comment that said, “If you would eat of My flesh and drink of My blood!” they looked at Him as, “What are You talking about! There is not any way…” They thought He had gone off the deep end!

That’s just what He was showing me is that those of us who understand what that truly means to eat of His body and drink of His blood, are participating in what we know as Communion but  we are also participating in this praise offering because He offered Himself for us. It just kind of blew me away because as we are partaking in that, we are realizing and we are seeing that He has changed us. We are in agreement with, “Yes, Lord! You have changed us. You have changed my thinking. You have changed my mind.” I just thought that was really interesting. He also led me to 1 Peter.

1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that we should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;

“…that we should show forth the praises of him “ I thought that was interesting because the praise, remember, the subject is Him. So how do we show forth the praises of Him? The Lord just really spoke to my heart and He said that we are the praises of God! That we are the walking examples of God’s excellency and goodness. We are that living example showing forth the praises, or the excellencies, of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His light. I thought that was awesome to think of how He views us! I mean how can you not praise and thank and worship Him when He is so in love with us! That He sees us as His praise! I can just picture how we brag on our kids when they do something awesome. The thing I am thinking of right now is my daughter went to get her own Youtube channel to do broadcasting because she is really into Minecraft and she wants to start doing videos. Originally we told her, “No.” Then she put her mind to it and decided that she was going to write a proposal and present it to us about the reasons why we should let her, and educationally the benefit from that and how it benefits the family and how it benefits her. So right now I am praising my daughter. I am praising her for her awesomeness in coming up with something like that. God is saying, “That’s what I do to you!”

I can just hear Him turning to Jesus and saying, “Did you see what she did today? Isn’t that awesome! She is so awesome! I am so in love with her!” To even think that He would say that about us… like He is that proud of us that He sees us as His praise and He sings our praises because He loves us! In turn, it just blows my mind! How could I not praise Him! How could I not see how amazingly awesome He is

and just speak forth out of that revelation of His goodness, the truth of who He is! Just for praise, like  “God, You are amazing! God, You are awesome! You can do anything!” I could just go on and on! That’s praise. Thanksgiving is, “Lord, thank You that You love me! Lord, thank You that You took care of me today. Lord, thank You that You help me show others the truth of who they are and who I am!” Do you know what I mean… it just flows naturally out of worship.

Remember, worship is recognizing and believing the truth of who God is. It’s basically your spirit acknowledging its true heritage and knowing whose you are and knowing and receiving His life, goodness, grace and truth. That’s what that is. Praise God is the object of our praise and it flows out of us, effortlessly, because of the worship… we recognize and believe the truth. And out of the praise comes thanksgiving where we thank Him for everything that He has done. Amen! That’s what I have to say about that.

Lord, I just thank You that You are the object of our praise. I thank You that through worshiping You, through understanding, knowing and joining with You that not only does praise flow out of us as a fruit but from that praise, we give thanksgiving. I just thank You Lord! You are awesome! You are amazing! I just thank You that You continue to reveal more and more to us each and every day… in Jesus’ name!

 

Agape Love

God is Love

I got to attend another amazing fellowship last night at our home church, the Freedom Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan and it really got my spirit thinking.  I love it when Daddy challenges my theology in a way that I know he is growing me.  Last night we were talking about God being Love and what exactly that looks like.  We also were looking at our perception of God and what attributes we believed about him ourselves and why we believed those things.

Needless to say he revealed to me some things that I am believing about him that simply are not true, things I had been taught in the past that I had just taken as fact that were not the true representations of Him and His true nature and character.  This morning he lead me to 1 John 4, so lets start by taking a look at these amazing scriptures. Get your coffee around and get ready to dig in.

1 John 4:7-16

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Agape Love God love is so eloquently described for us in 1 Corinthians 13 which we will get to in a bit.  Love is from God, and Him alone, our ability show agape is not out of our own strength or accord but out of being given that agape love by God. We are only able to give what we have received as a free gift.  When we accept the Love of the Father are born of Him as it states in verse 7.  Those who do not truly know God can not bear Agape Love because it is not by our hands but God’s alone. God is love. He loved us so very much that the only expression of His love that would have been worthy of us, or equal to us was to come in the flesh Himself, as Jesus, so that we could live through him and not our own works and efforts. (verse 9)

It is in this Love, His love for us, not our love for Him that we can even love.  We love because He first loved us. (verse 10) He is calling us to love others, but we can only do that when we first have accepted his love,  it is from the overflow of his loved poured out on us that we can love in that way.  Love is a fruit of the spirit, it was never meant for us to bring forth in our own lives it was only meant for us to bear. John 15 talks about bearing the fruit of the spirit.  Bearing means to carry not to produce, a quick greek study reveals that truth. We can not create the real fruits of the spirit in our lives, trying to do so only brings about cheap imposters that will never fully last or satisfy.

Some read verse 12 as a to do list.  If we love one another than God will abide in us and his love is perfected in us.  What if however we read it as a showing of what happens when we abide in God? Than it would read more like, because God’s Spirit abides in us, his love is perfected in us, therefore love one another.

Why read it like this? Because just a few verses above this he says, “In this is love, not that we have loved God.” It’s not about us, it’s all about Him. Again, Love is not something we do it’s something we bear, it’s the spirit of God in us that gives us His fruit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, and Self Control). We know that we abide in Him when we have His spirit. (v13) Verse 15 shows you that whoever confesses (homologeó-to agree with, speak the same as) God abides in him and he in God. We come to know and to believe the love that God has for us as we abide.  God is LOVE, and whoever abides in Love (God), God abides in Him. (verse16) There is a lot more to say on abiding.  I’ve done a few posts on that if you would like to search for them in the search bar for more information.

1 John 4:7-8

Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God,because God is love.

Many of us know God but truly do not know Him, we don’t know who He is.  There is always more to know about God which is why relationship with him is so exciting.  Let’s take a look at 1 Corinthians now and get a better look at God.  These verses are about God love, or really God. They are a great revealing of some of the characteristics of God Himself.

 

God does not merely love; He is love itself.

1 Cor. 13:4-8

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
Love never fails.
If we replace Love with God, here is what we get.
God is patient and kind
God does not envy or boast.
He is not proud.
He does not dishonor others.
He is not self seeking.
He is not easily angered.
God keeps no record of wrongs.
God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God never fails.
Now go back through the list above and ask yourself, do you know that God? Can you agree with each of the characteristics of God as we can see above? Do you believe God is patient and kind? Do you believe God does not envy or boast? What about he is not self seeking, or keeps no records of wrongs?
As I worked through these last night I realized a few that I did not believe about God, a few that I realized I had some wrong perceptions about due to past teachings. For example, God is not self-seeking. I had some lingering belief that I was created to serve God, that he created me to worship him.  If he isn’t self seeking than those things could not be true.  I than had to look to Daddy to help me see the truth.  Why did he create me? What was the purpose of creating me?  He showed me that He created me to share life with me, to walk in the garden and talk with me, to experience intimacy with Him.  He did not create me to be His slave, He did not need me to sing His praises that was not his reason for my creation.  Do I sing His praises, absolutely but not out of obligation but out of the overflow of understanding how amazing he is.  Do I serve Him? Absolutely, but not out of trying to earn but out of my love for him.  That love that I am able to pour out because of the Spirit, His Spirit that lives in me.
What if you read that list and don’t believe that God always protected you? Or provided for you? Would you be willing to ask him to show you how he protected you, to show you how he provided from you? Sometimes we are looking for his protection and provision in certain ways and really miss what he is doing and did, if we ask he will show us.
God I just ask that you would reveal more of yourself to each of us today, that you would convince us of the truth of who you are.  God I ask that we would be open to being wrong in any of our perceptions of you so that we can get to know the real you.  God show us who you truly are, reveal yourself more and more to our hearts, thank you for the opportunity to know you. Thank you for your love for us, thank you for seeing us as valuable, show us what we look like in your own eyes. Persuade us. Amen.

Sabbath Rest

Elohim is our Sabbath

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God

Cease in the Greek is

Raphah (raw-faw) sink back in; relax; become helpless; let go, abate, to slacken

from the root rapha-heal, cure, cause to heal, repair, make whole, to mend (stitch by stitch)

Cease in Websters is defined as to stop doing

Know in the greek is Yada-to know, discern, have knowledge, perceive, be aware

Cease and know that I am God

Sink back and allow me to mend you stitch by stick and be aware of the truth of who I am.

Hebrews 4:9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.10 For whoever enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.

Remains=to leave behind, (passively remain)

Sabbath: the blessed rest from toils and troubles, the repose (state of rest, tranquility, staying in a particular place of Christianity (as a type of heaven)

Jesus left behind a rest so that we could rest from toils and troubles forever so that we could stay in his lap in this amazing state of rest.

John 4:38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

Reap in Websters is defined as: to get (something, such as a reward) as a result of something that you have done, to cut and collect (a plant, crop, etc.) from a field

We collect our reward in which we did not toil or labor but Jesus did for us.  We can collect our fruit because of his spirit in us.   We cut down the lies of our false identities when we rest in who he says we are and who he says he is and walk in the belief of that.

Let’s go back to Hebrews 4: 9,10 and look at verse 10.

V 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

Look at the first His it is capitalized signifying that we have entered into God’s rest. When we are in His rest we can

Photo Credit to Idy Stemaly

Photo Credit to Idy Stemaly

therefore also rest from our own works.

Works here is ergon (er’-gon) which means labor, doing it is from the root word ergo which means to work, toil, labor.  Sound familiar? Look back at the definition of Sabbath.

Sabbath: the blessed rest from toils and troubles, a state of rest or tranquility, to be kept in a particular place.

Praise God that the work is done we are righteous in his sight, and we can rest in His finished work.

Genesis 2:2-3 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Elohim is our Sabbath, he declared us very good and then he rested. Jesus came to remind us of our original design, that which included Sabbath rest forever.

I pray today that we can fully receive and rest in his glorious rest of the truth of who we were always created to be.

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Anointed

What does that mean?

Do you realize you are anointed? Well you are and that is amazing news! Don’t believe me? Good we should always be looking into things for ourselves and not just taking others words for it. I’m going to show you, however, with scripture that this is true of us, and Jesus. If you already do believe me, this is still for you if you have never dug into what being anointed means? I hadn’t fully before today and what I found was such a blessing to me I had to share it all with you.

What does anointing even mean? 

(From gotquestions.org/anointed.html)

The origin of anointing was from a practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. So, ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears because the insects would slide off. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.

I so love this beautiful view of Daddy’s tender care of us.

Let’s look at what the bible describes it as:

In the Old Testament Hebrew it means:

Anoint=Mashach (maw-shakh’) anointed, paint, to rub with oil, to consecrate

Anointed=mashiach (maw-shee’-akh), from Mashach, anointed, a consecrated person, the Messiah

In the Greek it means:

Anoint-chrisma (Khris’-mah) from Xrio “anoint with oil”, a smearing, referring to the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, guiding the believer into the fullness of zoe life. From the root word

Chiro-(khree’-0) to anoint by rubbing or pouring olive oil on someone to represent the flow (empowering) of the Holy Spirit. It’s the idea of contact to consecrate to an office or religious service to anoint. To show you are a chosen one.

Acts 10:38-how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

People and things in the bible that were anointed

  • Prophets-to proclaim God’s word (1 Kings 19:16)
  • Priests-to hold the position and carry out the tasks necessary (Exodus 40:13)
  • Kings-so they could rule (1 Samuel 16:3, 13)
  • The Sick-to be healed, there was no healing before Jesus became anointed. For more on this I encourage you to read Bertie Brits book Born from Innocence where you can see more about Jesus baptism made is possible for him to heal the sick. (Mark 6:13)
  • Objects-to be set aside deemed holy (Leviticus 8:10)

Jesus was anointed!

Matt 3: 15-17 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. (Consent here means to lay aside, let go, omit.  When we lay aside our old beliefs and believe what Daddy showed us through Jesus we are baptized.)

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Acts 10:38-how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

No one was allowed to harm God’s anointed (1 Sam 24:10; 26:9) So how did Jesus die? They Pharisees and Jews did not recognize Him for what he truly was. Why do we have death in areas of our own lives because we don’t fully recognize who we are and walk in it.

Let’s look back at the above list to better understand what that meant.

  • Jesus was anointed as a prophet to proclaim God’s word.
  • Jesus us anointed as a priest to hold the position and carry out the tasks necessary.
  • Jesus was anointed as King so he could rule forevermore.
  • Jesus was anointed to be set aside deemed holy.

Jesus knew he was anointed, he saw the dove land on his shoulder, he heard his father’s voice. We can see this in Luke 4:19 when he references Isaiah 61.

Isaiah 61: 1-3

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.[c]

So we know that Jesus was anointed but what about us? 

1 John 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

Knowledge here means to have seen or perceived, hence to know.)

We know we have been anointed because the Holy Spirit lives in us.  He is our constant reminder that we are anointed.

1 John 2:27- But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

John 14:16-And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

So we have been anointed and our proof is the Holy spirit in us and he will never leave us.

Let’s go back to our list again this time looking at us from our viewpoint.sheep-anoint

  • I am anointed as a prophet to proclaim God’s word.
  • I am anointed as a priest to hold the position and carry out the tasks necessary.
  • I am anointed as Son/Daughter of the King so I could rule forevermore.
  • I am anointed and set aside as holy.

Are there any of these areas that are hard for you to believe?  If there are ask Daddy what is holding you back from believing that truth about you.

You are a prophet of Daddy’s word, you are a priest who can dwell in the most intimate places with Daddy, you are a Son/Daughter a prince/princess because you Papa is the king. You have been set aside as holy.

John 10:14 I am the good Shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know me.

Let’s reflect back one more time on how that looked under shepherding as Jesus is our shepherd. Remember that anointing originated from a practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. So, ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears because the insects would slide off. Also at certain times of the year clouds of flies, mosquitos, and other insects would attack the shepherd’s flocks.

Jesus loved us so much he poured that anointing oil over us so that no bad thing would get on or under our skin but even more he did so to keep them out of our head because if they got here in our hers it would kill us.  He came so that we could have life, His life.  What an amazing parallel to the way that unbelieve and lies can come in and kill us with thoughts that are untrue about our original design.  Praise God that he is constantly persuading us about the truth of who we really are.  Praise God that we can rest in His work in us. Blessings.

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Rejoice!

The Joy of the Lord is our Strength

There are some days in this crazy life that I seem to need more strength, to desire more joy, to long for more peace.  If I could manifest it myself by speaking it forth with my words, or believing harder, or doing more you darn well better believe it would be happening, I’ve tried. But alas, that isn’t my job it’s Daddy’s, praise God for that.  So instead of trying to recite things over and over, or striving to manifest the fruit of the spirit in my own strength, I simply go to Daddy. I crawl up into his lap, snuggle in, and spill my heart to the one who knows me best.  Speaking to Daddy, telling him our desires, our needs our wishes for our lives is the very definition of one of the words used for prayer, the greek word proseuchomai.

This word means towards, exchange/ to wish, pray.  When I speak to Daddy throughout my day (aka pray) I’m exchanging my needs, my anxieties, my desires, my wishes with him. Some may say that I don’t believe enough if I have to go to him and ask him to help me and I say even Jesus prayed to daddy.  What am I exchanging my needs, anxieties, desires and wishes for there in his lap? I’m exchanging them for the confident expectation that he who began the good work in13510934_10154273703056649_2622201700011040852_n me will also finish it.  I’m exchanging my heaviness with his truths.  I’m giving it to him and trusting him with it all. I’m allowing him to speak truth into the deepest places of my heart that are so desperately longing for them.  I am allowing him to love me in every way shape and form and from there everything else fades away.  In the arms of my loving Daddy I am safe, secure, comforted, and loved. That my friends is what prayer should be.

I’ve heard so often that the message of Grace is a message to allow those who are weak to get away with sin. That is not what it is, “It is God fulfilling a promise to us of us sharing in his life with him. Adam believed he could attain that by his own works, people still under the law believe that Daddy’s life is only manifested because of their good works.” Bertie Brits

Many people said the same thing about Jesus, they felt he was getting away with sin.

The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34

At that time, John’s disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast so often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15Jesus replied, “How can the attendants of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast. Matthew 9:15

What Jesus was doing looked like disobedience to the Pharisees who like those under law feel that their behavior is what earns them things with Daddy. But that is not what Daddy says, daddy says Jesus did it all, there is nothing left but for us to believe.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

Fruit of the flesh, is the fruit of the belief of works, you believe that you yourself like Adam did can bring forth Daddy’s life in you by your own hands.

The Fruit of the spirit is God’s spirit manifesting those things in us.  We don’t chase after the fruit, we chase after the spirit.  When I curl up in my papas lap and allow myself to be loved by him and talk with him I am chasing after him.

Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) How do we get more joy? Do we try harder, confess it out loud more? No, we simply continue to allow Daddy to love us, we chase after our Papa, because he is chasing after us.

Hebrews 12:2 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

John 15:9 -10- As the Father has loved me, jso have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 kIf you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as lI have kept mmy Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, nthat my joy may be in you, and that oyour joy may be full.

12 p“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13

We cannot love as he is talking here, agape God love, in our own strength or effort. We can only love others as Jesus does if we first are able to receive his love, when we are so filled with his love it effortlessly overflows out of us onto those around us.  It is not something we have to try to do it just happens because we are so filled with him we can’t contain it all. He is calling us to remain in his love, to not again believe that we need to earn his love that we need to prove ourselves worthy of our love that we can simply abide in it because we are loved by him unconditionally, now and forever just as it was in the beginning. Our only work that Jesus spoke of while on earth was to believe. Out of the believing comes the abiding.  When we believe he abides in us we effortlessly abide in him.  He’s always been there we just didn’t believe it. He wants us to be filled with joy that he has always loved us, he is calling us to stay in that love just as he did on earth.  He never forgot who he was, loved by Daddy. We live by Jesus Faith his joy is in us and he wants our joy to be full.  This happens when we fully believe and realize who we our and receive our Daddy’s love for us.

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24

I pray that we ask Daddy to reveal to us the joy that is ours through our intimate relationship with him.  That he would uncover any lies that we are believing that are keeping us from living in that very life of joy. I pray that today we would rejoice in the Lord, as he continues to reveal his goodness and love.  As we begin to walk deeper in his glory (Good opinion of us).

The word Rejoice in the greek is Chairo. It is from the root words Xar and Xaris.

The root Xar means “favorably disposed, leaning towards” and the root Xaris mean “Grace,” literally to experience God’s grace and to be conscious for His grace. How awesome is that? Rejoice means leaning towards Daddy to experience his Grace.

Photo Credit Idy Stemaly

Photo Credit Idy Stemaly

Phil 4:4-8

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer (Proceuche-remember this from above) and supplication (heart felt petition arising out of a deep personal need) with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Lean towards Daddy to experience his Grace always, again I will say, lean in and experiences his grace. Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by Exchanging/wishing and with heart felt petition out of what you need with thankfulness let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, Brothers and Sisters whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Daddy wants us to dwell on his good opinion of us his glory he lead us out of the glory of works into the glory of Jesus.  He wants us to lean into him and tell him about all of our doubts, fears, wishes, desires and he will exchange them with his truths. He wants us to see just how amazing he is and how amazing we are so that out of our spirit effortlessly flows the fruit. Works come out of the fruit, please don’t hear me say that works are not evident but there is a difference.  One form is done by self-discipline, obedience, obligation, or even, guilt that is not the works he was talking about.  The other flows out of us effortlessly when we realize what a good Daddy we have we can’t help ourselves but to spread the news and love as he has those in our path. Blessings!

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God Was Always With Us

This morning I was just listening to a song by Jason Grey: I will find a Way and I was asking God about what the song meant because it was speaking to my spirit.  Daddy said Julie, I have always been in you.  From the moment that I formed you in your mother’s womb I was with you. We have never been separated. I said Daddy how can this be, surely this can’t be right, I was full of sin.  He then went forth and began to explain and bring verse upon verse to light for me showing me that he has always been with me it was merely my own unbelief that kept me from seeing it.  Below is my study that follows out of this conversation with my Abba. This was such a huge breakthrough in my life I pray it will be for you also.

What is our true identity and genesis? Genesis is our origin, creation and beginning.  How did Daddy create us from the beginning?

Genesis 1:26- Then God (Elohim-Father, Son and Holy Spirit) said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;

Genesis 1:27- So God Created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to the, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it….

Genesis 5:2-This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.

Image: An optical counterpart or appearance of an object, as is produced by a reflection from a mirror, a physical likeness or representation of a person

Likeness:  A person or thing that is like or the match or counterpart of another (Similitude)

Elohim (the trinity) made us from the very beginning in his image, as his optical counterpart, in his physical likeness. From the very beginning he was in us and we were in him counterparts in this beautiful love relationship, as we can see with Adam and Eve.

When did he choose us as his own?

Galatians 1:15-16 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me

Ephesians 1:3-4 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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

Before the creation of the world he chose us to Be holy and blameless

He chose us for himself before the creation of the world, this phrase only applies elsewhere to eternal communion of the son with the father. That is what it is saying to us here, we have that same communion with the trinity.

So why Did I not see it or know it?

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Photo Credit: Idy Steamily

Genesis 2:16-17 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat4 of it you shall surely die.”

How did we die?

We were no longer able to freely believe and receive God’s Zoë life for us because of our shame, we felt that we were alienated and separated. But the truth is we were not.

Col 1:21-22 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, [engaged] in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–

My interpretation: Once you were a non-participant (of God’s life) and an enemy in your own mind, engaged in toilsome deeds, yet now he has reconciled (changed from one state of mind to another) in His Fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him Holy and blameless and beyond reproach (Not to be called to account)

Paul Say’s “We have this treasure in earthen vessels. (2 Cor 4:7 RSV).

Our own unbelief veiled our minds to keep us from recognizing the image of God revealed in Christ as the authentic reflection of our original identity (2 Cor 4:4)

We didn’t believe the truth about who we were, the truth of our original genesis had been veiled.

Jesus came to remove the veil and show us our true identities.

Romans 6:4
We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.

When our old view and opinion died and we realized we couldn’t achieve Zoë life by our own labor, we died to that way of life and became alive again to our original genesis.

Romans 7:6
But now, having died to what bound us, we have been released from the Law, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!

“The incorruptible seed of sonship is as much in every man as the seed is already in all soil, even in the desert, waiting for the rain to awaken and ignite its life!” Mirror Translation

Matt 13:44 Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in an agricultural field. There is more to the field than what meets the eye.

2 Cor 4:4, 7 Paul says that we have this treasure in earthen vessels? But the god of this world seeks to blind our minds through unbelief (believing a lie about our true identity.

Num 13:33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

When Jesus spoke of the sinner he speaks of him as the lost sheep, coin, or son. The inscription and image did not disappear fromt the coin when it was lost. The son wasn’t not a son just because he was gone.  Mankind forgot what manner of man he was by design, man is the image and likeness bearer of his Maker; this is exactly what Jesus came to reveal and redeem in us.

“We may now behold him with unveiled faces as in a mirror and be immediately transformed in our understanding into his likeness. From the glory [opinion] of the flesh to the glory [opinion] of God. Legalistic religion kept the veil in place; the proclaiming of the liberating truth of the Good News, removes the veil. We only needed to know the truth about us to be free, it was always the truth we just didn’t realize it.” Mirror Bible

Phillipaians 2:4-6 To discover your own completeness in Christ frees you to turn your attention away from yourself to others! The way Jesus saw himself is the only valid way to see yourself. His being God’s equal in form and likeness was official; his sonship did not steal the limelight from his Father? Neither did his humanity distract from the deity of God.

We can see ourselves as Daddy has always seen us, and realize it has always been his desire and will from the beginning for us to live out of that identity. That is true humility.

Daddy I pray right now over each person reading this that they can believe and receive that they are made in your glorious image. That you will continue to persuade them until they can fully receive it.  I pray today that you would show them one way that you love them.  That you would speak to their hearts and that they would be open to hearing from you. Blessings.

 

 

 

Daddy Do You Love Me?

My prayer lately has been Daddy show me how you love me, help me to know how to receive your love and what that looks like in my life.  He’s been leading me back again to studying the 23rd Psalm lately. I’ve been pondering it again with fresh eyes through the finished work of Jesus. One thing is for sure David believed in who God was, he knew God and was confident in his knowledge of Him.

The Lord is my Shepherd.

David believed that Daddy would take care of all his needs. He being a shepherd understood the role of a shepherd intimately and he fully trusted God in that role in his life.  A shepherd is responsible for the welfare of his flock. He also protects the sheep from predators.  Shepherds are responsible for tending to injuries and basic medical treatment for their flock. The shepherd makes frequent checks on all the sheep at all hours of the day and night and assist ewes in the birthing process.

God is my shepherd; he takes care of me. He protects me from predators and those things against me trying to bring forth death. He tends to my hurts and needs, my injuries and sicknesses lovingly.  He is constantly aware of what is going on with me, every inch, every detail tending to me helping me in this birthing process that is bringing forth the new life that is already in me.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. 

Want here is the Hebrew word chaser it means:

  • Bereaved: be deprived of a loved one through profound absence, or death
  • Be abated: die down, lessen, decrease, diminish, fade, weaken, become smaller or less intense, lessen, reduce
  • Cause to fail
  • Have Lack

David understood and believe that Daddy would provide for all his needs, he believed that he would not be deprived of God’s love or be absent from him. He believed that he would not decrease or diminish in the Shepherds tender care.  He knew that he would not fail or have lack in any way. He trusted in his Good Shepherd.

That type of trust and belief can only come when we have intimate knowledge and relationship with Daddy.  When we fully know and believe that he is a good father.

He makes me lie down…96f5f3980a5b45cf7e39ce50e268a080

This part bothered me for some reason because I was reading it as he forces me to and that to me didn’t sound like love.  When I was thinking about it I thought can you really force a sheep to lay down? Is that even possibly if it’s a big one? Why would he make me? Where is the free will in that? But then the Holy Spirit unpacked it a bit more for me and it was beautiful.  A sheep lays down when they are fully sated, or satisfied. He was showing me that his care of me, his abundance of every good thing satisfies me to that point that I am fully sated. It is then that I lie down. I lie down, but I do so because he has filled me, so in essence he makes me lay down by his filling of me. Because he has tended and cared for me so beautifully I am fully satisfied and can lay down and where does he have me lay down?

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

Green pastures are cool and refreshing rest, they are delight and provision and the very example of God’s covenant of Grace with us. I’m so full of his goodness of Grace I lay down in this cool refreshing rest fully satisfied.

I also found it interesting that sheep cannot digest all they have eaten until they law down.  It is not until I lay down in rest that I can fully digest it all.

He leads me beside the still waters

Leads: protects

Beside: to on

Still waters: are waters of rest and refreshment, comforting, quiet

He protects me and leads me to the still waters, the safe waters or refreshment and rest. I found it is interesting to note that sheep will not drink from moving waters, mainly due to instinct because if a sheep’s wool gets wet it surely will drown as it sucks up the water and makes it heavier.

He restores my soul;

Restores=turn back, return

Daddy returns my soul to the truth of my being, he brings me back from my errors.

He guides me, leads me in the paths of righteousness (safety) for His name’s sake.

He returns my soul to the truth of my original design, leading me on the path of righteousness for his Glory. I am his Glory. Not because of anything I have done, but simply because of His love and grace. He chose me before I was even born.

I am the sheep, He is the Shepherd, all I am called to do is to trust and believe in Him.  Learning to accept Daddy’s love is looking a lot like learning to trust who he says he is so in return I can trust who he says I am.  It is seeing myself as worthy to be loved, worthy to be known, worthy to be cherished, worthy to be cared for by the creator Himself, the King of Kings.  It’s stepping into the role of Daughter, Bride, Righteous. It’s beginning to see the power that is inside of me, the keys he has given me, the territory that has always been mine. Blessings.

Luke 12:32

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.