*note: from this day forward, I will continue be inspired by the book “My ALL in ALL,” by author Robert J. Morgan, but will not be coordinating the scriptures based on the way they are laid out in the book. I will be presenting them on what the Holy Ghost presents to me through prayer.
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling: (5) One LORD, one faith, one baptism, (6) One GOD, and Father of all, and in you all. (7) But, unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of CHRIST.”
(Ephesians 4 vs 4-7, KJV)
As I have remarked before, the word “all” is a word that is used to include everything and everyone. In the book of Ephesians, Paul is asking that we seek unity among us.
Unity in our churches, where disention is often brought upon by a differences of opinions “hidden” among the population of members.
In our homes, arguments, and bad feelings can lead to a breakdown of our families.. The very place where we go to seek comfort and refuge can now be a battleground.
But, how does that happen? Satan likes us to be ALONE, separated from our FAITH, hidden in the DARK, outcast.
How can we fix this? By praying for unity, talking over problems, keeping feeling out in the open, not hidden in the dark.
If the God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is no longer the Head of your home, and you have replaced Him with unrest, you are no longer acting in the unity that Paul is calling for.
….one body, one Spirit, one LORD, one faith, one God, one Father who is: above ALL and in you ALL.
Pray for this..and I will see you tomorrow!
I thought this might really bless you. It is a song from the movie of the same name “Alone, Yet Not Alone” sung by Joni Erickson Tada
I though this might bless you:
This song is featured in the movie Alone Yet Not Alone, ready for release June 13th, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.aloneyetnotalone.com. This beautiful rendition of the song Alone Yet…
Judgment * jUdGmEnT * JUDGMENT
There are so many views on this word. The vista of this word in my life has just changed. The current view of judgment in my heart comes from these scriptures.
- Judge not lest you be judged. ~Luke 6:37
- The same measure I use to judge is the same that will be used to judge me. ~ Matt 7:1-3
- I am to give an account of myself. ~Romans 14:12-14
- Judgment must begin with me. ~1 Peter 4:17
- Who am I to judge my neighbor? ~James 4:12
- Judge fairly and rightly, not by appearances ~John 7:24
- There is a day of judgment when I will have to give an account of every word I have spoken. ~Matt 12:36-37
- God judges no one for He has given all judgment into the hands of the Son. ~John 5:22
- Jesus came to judge the world. ~John 9:39
- Jesus did not come to judge the world but to save the world. ~John 12:47
Some things are very clear and I understand and others are in the process of being revealed to me. So my view of judgment changes as the Lord grows me. Recently I had a growth spurt.
1 Corinthians 6:2
2 Do you not know that the saints (the believers) will [one day] judge and govern the world? And if the world [itself] is to be judged and ruled by you, are you unworthy and incompetent to try [such petty matters] of the smallest courts of justice?
3 Do you not know also that we [Christians] are to judge the [very] angels and pronounce opinion between right and wrong [for them]? How much more then [as to] matters pertaining to this world and of this life only!
God’s plan is for me to judge and govern the world. In fact, His plan is for me to judge the very angels by pronouncing between right and wrong. He also says I am the judge of the world, itself. WOW! How do I train for this? For I know I don’t have this ability in this moment. You can bet I am going to need lots of practice to be able to do so.
As I meditated on this I begin to see something. Perhaps, my idea of judgment is not the same as God’s idea. So of course I had to ask for His definition of judgment. Here is transcript of my heart conversation with God:
Me: God, I know your judgment is extremely different than mine. Please help me understand.
God: In the beginning I created man to make judgments based on my word, what I shared, what I taught, what I spoke. Adam judged based on my Word. Then when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, their judgment base changed to one based on human logic. Instead of judging based on Me, my infinite wisdom, my love, my peace, they judged based on their perception of right and wrong. Their actions no longer were propelled by my Word but by their idea of what was best or what felt good. Their judgment became limited and skewed because they could not see as I do. Neither do you.
Me: I understand. I see this kind of judgment in my kindergarteners who are always making judgments without maturity or wisdom. They judge only by what they think is right or feels good. They often hurt others and themselves because of this poor judgment. I can see how that impairs them. I can see how it limits me.
God: Then when I made a covenant with the Israelites they could not keep it because of this faulty base of judgment. They could not ever be as right as I am. Giving them my law showed them that, yet they still judged and that judgment often lead to death. That is why I do not judge based on right or wrong. I always judge on love. Jesus was and is that love. I covenanted with His blood to absolve your sin and to reset your judgment seat. To bring you out of a life based on right and wrong. To restore to you the ability to live your life making judgments that honor and glorify Me.
Me: I get it! When I depend on Jesus to help me renew my mind, my judgment shifts from right and wrong logic to His judgment. He teaches me how to judge. This is how I learn to trust in the Lord with all my heart, by not leaning to my own judgment of right and wrong. You want me to learn to judge your way. I love how you judge! Help me to learn your judgment.
God wants us to judge. He wants us to judge like He does. This requires that I learn how He judges. He judges with truth and love in Grace. This is the measure I am to use in judging. This is how I am to judge myself. This is how I am to judge others. Oh my! Did I just write that? Yes I did! I can’t see how I am to judge the world without judging others. God has a plan for this. I can trust Him to teach me His judgment.
His judgment acknowledged man kind’s sins and gave a fool proof plan for redemption that can never be revoked or repealed. His judgment brought total healing, total restoration, and total peace. His judgment includes absolute truth with steadfast love and mercies that are new every morning. His judgment included complete and total forgiveness. This is the kind of judgment I want to learn and practice.
I set my heart to learn His judgment by letting Him prepare me to judge the world, and to judge between right and wrong for the angels. Oh how I love your judgment Lord!
This week I found my self facing many conflicts. I just wanted to sit down and forget pressing on and pressing through. I felt as if my path was conflict to conflict instead of victory to victory. What a perfect place for the enemy to set up the perfect conflict scenario.
This conflict come quickly and unexpectedly. It riled up my emotions to where I almost was foaming at the mouth with anger. It was the plan of the enemy meant to harm me by causing me to lose control and say and do whatever I wanted from an emotional perspective. If I would have asserted my rights I would have lost this relationship and a very big part of me. All I would have had left was my pride but nothing else. All the work I had put into this relationship would have been gone. Still in that moment, I was so mad that I almost didn’t care. All that seemed to matter was vindicating myself. I almost allowed myself to free form anger. Almost!
I stopped to seek the Lord, He showed me what the cost of my pride would be if I asserted my rights. Truthfully, even then I didn’t want to humble myself and lay down my rights. I was so mad. That is when the conflict between what I knew was right and what I felt was right reached it pinnacle. I had to really set my heart to obey. I asked for help to obey. Help to humble my heart. That’s when I began to receive His reward for me.
1 Cor. 3: 9-15
9 For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s [b]garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.
God is always my co- conflictor if I turn to Him. He knows what needs to happen in every conflict I face. He is willing to help me. I am His field and He is continually at work in me. This is so reassuring to me as I know I need lots of cultivation. God is not going to get exhausted working in me or frustrated or disgusted with me and stomp off. He is faithfully working in me. This epic conflict was in His plan and would work for my good if I would just stop and seek Him with it. As God’s garden, I am capable of reproducing His seed in my life. His fruit should be abundant and evident. This conflict was just such a moment of harvest. What fruit would be bore? Would there be a good harvest from my actions or a tainted one?
10 According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
God has given me His Grace to skillfully build the relationships in my life, including the one I have with myself. I must not get careless or lazy and slap out words or thoughts even in emotional upsets. I have what it takes to have Godly relationships, which is Jesus as my foundation. He is my special endowment for my task, which is whatever relationship He places in my life. With Jesus as my foundation, I can connect with all people and still be stable and well-balanced. Even if the other person is attacking me. What the other person does or doesn’t do, says or doesn’t say, cannot affect the firm foundation of Jesus in my life.
12 But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done.
His grace building ability shows forth in my person. It cannot be hidden. It is my job to build and during that building, the fire always comes. If I let His Grace be the master builder in my heart, then there is no thing which I am working on, that will be destroyed. This conflict situation became impassable the minute my emotions rose up to be vindicated. There are some things in my heart that are highly flammable. Yet, His grace takes the most impossible situations and makes them possible and passable. His grace made a path through my volatile emotions.
14 If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.
15 But if any person’s work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire.
Every conflict, has one of two outcomes, reward or loss. By and through the Grace of God this conflict brought me reward. The fire came and He brought me through it. There have been many times I have faced a similar conflict and come out with only loss. This time was different because I let Him Help me.
Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
This test was a trial meant to destroy my relationship and part of me in process. Yet, as I went into it, I went with my heart humbled before my God not bowed downed to my emotions or my rights. Jesus met me there and walked me through it. This conflict had no power over me. It was hot and I was hot but I lost nothing. In fact I gained the reward. I honored God and He honored me.
This test showed the quality of my work in letting Jesus truly be the Lord of my life. I always profess Jesus but today I got to show Him. I am not ruled my emotions, circumstances or people, I bowed down only to my God. My work survived this fire and hopefully, by His grace continue to do so.
What do I allow to define me? This question was brought to my attention recently in two distinct ways.
My husband, whose father died when he was six years old, was sharing with me about his bible study group. The topic they are studying is how to be a Godly man. Part of that process is looking at your past and recognizing places that lacked. Sounds good…and is good as long as you don’t get stuck in the past on things you can’t change or don’t understand. What came out of this conversation between my husband and I, was that my husband’s whole definition of himself was grounded in the death of his father. Every part of his life was perceived through that loss.
A little later in the day, my 12 year old daughter and I were talking about the dance she is preparing to go to. I laughing said, “I wonder who is going to ask you to dance?” Her reply shocked me. “Oh, no one, mom. I already know that.” When I asked her how she knew that, she replied “Austin (a boy at her school) told me, I am not the kind of girl that boys crush on. So no one would ask me to dance.” She had let a pre-teen boy’s opinion define her. In doing so, her perception of herself was dimmed.
Both my daughter and my husband have definitions of themselves that are not based on God’s definition of them and thus not the absolute Truth. Our identity can only produce what it is rooted in. My husband lost his father, that is true, but the truth is that God is his father and my husband is no longer father- less. As long as he thinks he is father-less, he will produce in his life fruits of being father-less. This is not his heart at all. As he allows God to teach him “fathering” he becomes well fathered. The truth for my daughter is God designed her and has just the right boy, in the right time to crush on her.
How we see ourselves determines how we live. If our self definitions are based on experiences, they are unstable and crooked. Experiences are essential to us but they come from us and are limited in their ability to define us. We must allow His truth to permeate our souls and “hang us straight,” so that the picture of who we are is accurate and clear. So we become His masterpieces, not the work of mere experience. If we let Him, He will take the lines of our lives that are dark and tormented and turn them into beauty. So when we look at ourselves we see the beauty and His grace, not the torment and loss. We must invite God into those life experiences that were so traumatic for us, that make us feel like victims and allow Him to make us victors. This is so hard because to our minds and souls the situation is too powerful and we had so much experience being its victim it has become an entrenched habit of thinking about ourselves. He has so much for us and we receive so little because we allow ourselves to exist according to our definition of our experience.
For me, this way of thinking has changed my life. I am not defined by abuse; I am defined by God’s care of me. I am not defined by lack; I am defined by the provision of God. As I allow God to teach me to look at my past, I am empowered in my now. I am stable and grounded. My identity has found a sure foundation. Sure, I face hard things, but always my rooted definition of who I am is grounded in who God says I am. When emotions from past traumas try to rise up, the Holy Spirit has been disciplining me to take captive my thoughts to His word. This then, helps me focus on Jesus and gives me the victory every time. It is God’s plan for His truth to be reproduced in my inward being…my soul and emotions. He wants me to know and understand Him with all that I am.
Look at the definitions in your life…are you defined by your parents divorcing, alcoholism, rape, neglect, bullying, abuse, or death? It is my prayer that as you have read this, that God would begin giving you a fresh vision, a new definition for that traumatic moment. That God’s healing redemptive hand would redefine those hurting and wounded places, so that you would have a new identity, become His new creation; an identity that begins and ends with Christ and produces the fruit of the Holy Spirit. One grounded in His power and His ability to be your all powerful God who never fails, is all sufficient and who loves you, approves you and accepts you.
Attitude of the heart is everything…
Things you regularly say are clear indicators of the attitude of your heart.
Pointing out the faults of everyone else won’t erase your own.
We all are guilty of it sometimes, but if we aren’t careful, it will take over our heart. We are at war with the spirit of this world…gotta stay alert and keep each other encouraged.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice” Ephesians 4:31″Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Lord, today I ask that you give me grace to allow your Word to penetrate my heart…and cut away the uncleanness that’s in it. Help me to speak only words of encouragement. Help me to live by example in Jesus name.
You know every day we do this common task…getting dressed. Hopefully. We learn how to get ourselves dressed from an early age. Boys are the best…because most are color blind and don’t care if it matches or not. Girls are all about the colors and getting attention. We grow up and appearance is the key to acceptance with people, places and power. We are taught as adults that certain colors represent personality traits and how to dress to win approval. Gain is more important than humbleness. Status is to be achieved above honor. What to say, how to think and act to stand out in the crowd…the worldly behaviors and tendencies.
Today, we have so many self helps out there that teach us how to come back from unhealthy behaviors, habits and destructive thinking. Could this be because when these authorities began back in the days talking, teaching and endorsing their theories…they now realize it was built on sand? They have discovered they need to rectify or correct somehow this humanistic reasoning? Again, do we really want to go forward with shallow truth only to have it sink in future generations?
We as believers in Jesus Christ have a solid rock to build our lives on that will not sink and that has proven to bless generations with the truth of His covenants. It is key to tell you that it is a covenant that God has honored to bless His people. We are His people, too. Despite what you have been told or even believe. You and I are here on this earth because past generations have lived and died to bring His promises to future generations. How? Through the word of God and through the prayers lifted up to Him. Life is the only act of regeneration. What your present or prior beliefs might be, it is subjective at best. It is self empowered, self based and self justified.
Now, to some what I have written might be fighting words. But I offer no apology. But I do offer the Cross of Jesus. The ultimate act of love for you and me. The gift of truth and salvation. The opportunity to have a personal relationship with Jesus. The way to dress your mind with the mind of Christ. The words of promise. The scriptures in the bible to redeem what the world has screwed up. Salvation is as simple as saying…”Lord, I believe you are the Son of God, forgive my sin. Thank you for saving my soul. Come into my heart, I commit my life to you.” Done. He is there to stay, in your heart. Now, use the word of God to direct your path. He is a faithful God and it is His grace that will work out every situation for your good. Trust Him and step out each day in faith. His Holy Spirit will teach you in all truth…an everlasting truth. Use it daily. Dress your character with the Word of God and you will obtain more than you ever thought possible in your life! Stay faithful and God will show himself faithful to you. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. 2Corth. 5:16-18
My Devotion: Philippians 2:1-11
You are a loving friend to the friendless. We can come to you when we are lonely and you will listen tenderly like a father to the fatherless. When false teachings have failed us, your Holy Spirit will show us your truth in the Word, lifting our hearts and minds to soar as an eagle. Praise your name. Praise the name of Jesus. We can live in freedom because Jesus bore it all on the Cross on our behalf, so we can have life and have it more abundantly. Thank you for continuing the covenant to the generations. amen