Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Manifesto

I am ONE with Christ. I belong to Him. I am crucified with Him yet not I but Christ liveth in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God! Jesus loved me. He loves me in ways that NO human being can comprehend, conceive of, imagine or understand. He loves me despite my sins. He NEVER leaves me nor forsakes me. WHATEVER the directions and trends of the religious, the camps, the groups, the denominations.....All I know is Christ, and as Paul said I'd rather not know ANYTHIN about anyone except to know Christ and Him crucified.

I was and have never been a part of one particular "Camp" if u will, I don't care about it. I even care less and less about me.  He must increase and I must decrease. I love, adore, live for and in and because of-Jesus Christ. ANY "Affiliation" that I may appear to have is only there because it is in line with what seems to be honoring to Christ. I don't care what you call yourself, who you are associated with, what your style is, how many of you there are, whether you're popular or unpopular, all I care is are you in Christ?

I am FREE because I am in Christ. Some folks only "Fellowship" with folks who look like they do, smell like they do, dress liek they do, and sound like they do, but I have communion and fellowship with ALL who are in the SAME Christ that I am in. And to deny the true body of Christ, would be to deny Christ which I cannot do. How can those who love the same God, hate their brethren? How can you hate, lie about, bad-mouth or have any real problem with someone who is just as Beloved as you are? Really, you can't. You'd know in your heart how wrong it was and it would make you sick. We are one body.

I know talk like that has been twisted by the enemy to mean something else, but let's not giv eplace to him. let's not lose ground and let him steal our blessings. GOD is big, reallly big. He is bigger than our little programs and ideas and preference. He doesn't ask our permission before He pours out His Spirit on someone. I will follow God's presence wherever it takes me, whether religious zealouts like it or not.

Jesus greatly frustrated the Pharisees of His day, and thos eof us in Jesus today, will also find that our joyful freedom is of great frustration to modern pharisees. But Jesus told the people their righteousness must exceed that of the pharisees if they were gonna make it into the kingdom of God. Do you know what you need to make it into that kingdom> ? The righteousness of Jesus. HE paid it all. He made the Way. he IS the Way. I love Jesus! I adore Jesus! I follow Jesus! And I don't say it in a divisive way-but I follow JEsus not man! Sure, if a man is following Jesus and he's ahead of me, and I'm also following Jesus and I'm behind him-then I'm following him following Jesus :) bhahahaha that's fine, but the truth is, i'm still following Jesus.

NOBODY has a monopoly on Jesus. He is available for everyone! You don't need a "priest" or a pope, a program, a big screen or a small hymnal-you just need the truth of God's own Word.

While the religious fight over whether they should use a big screen or a book, a clear pulpit or a wood pulpit, an old preacher or a young speaker-get the new look-from the Old Book-get the new look from God's Word. And guess where God's Word is going to lead you?---to CHRIST!

It IS ALL ABOUT JESUS! Don't let the religious lead you to believe otherwise. He is our only Hope, our only Saviour and He alone is worthy! Amen.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Keeping my Eyes on the Cross

Sometimes I look at my own behavior and I feel so discouraged about it. Sometimes I look at the behavior of others around me and feel dissapointed. The more I learn of Jesus, the more I realize how unlike Him we are :( And yet, I don't know that my feelings of discouragement about that are correct. I am getting a clearer look at Christ, yet I need to have the grace to see others as He sees them instead of seeing how unlike Christ we all are. The Bible says Jesus was moved with compassion on the multitudes, probably many of the same people that would one day consent to His crucifixion. But He wasn't eten up with anger and cofusion about it, He was compassionate. It break smy heart even now. How did you did that Lord?

I sometimes share my struggles on here, some may view that as not the greatest way to teach and edify and help others, but I think if I struggle with something, most likely a lot of us struggle with it. I mean, do you ever feel like it is so easy to love God and commune with Him when you're by yourself but then when it is time to share that love with others you get distracted, judgmental, hindered, confused, angry even? Yep. That's why living like Jesus isn't something everybody does, it's supernatural. Thankfully, God forgives us and uses these situations to teach us...and hopefully to teach us even more about His love, through forgiveness, reconciliation, humility and sometimes even taking a lil abuse and persecution for HIS sake. It is hard sometimes.

I don't have it in me to be like Christ. But in me, I have Christ, lol. I just have to let Him do what He does.

My joy is out the window when I think about humanity, and people, and how we act and how we treat each other and what we do-but my joy is overflowing when I think about Jesus Christ, and how He acts, and how HE treats us and what He does and who He is and what He did on Calvary! God, help me to keep my eyes on Your Son, and to constantly see others through Jesus' eyes. Please forgive me for not having Your tender heart towards others. Thank You Jesus that You forgave us, that you forgave me. I love you so much JEHOVAH God, my Father! Amen.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Falling

The more I have my eyes and put my faith in what Jesus did on the cross-the more the Holy Spirit is able to work in my life-and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty, therefore, the more I focus on the cross, the more I am free from sin's bondage.

Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Galations 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The life which I now live in the flesh I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD.

Despite all of the wonderful enlightenment I have had in my life about the love of Christ, I have had a few days where I was out of sorts. There is really only ONE reason for it. I get my eyes off of Christ and the power of His blood and onto people, situations, and details of life. It is easy to do, you can even have your eyes on things that seem good and spiritual, but if you get your eyes onto your own performance (self-rightouesness) even for two minutes, I let go of the ONE thing that brings victory and freedom into my life!

If you start to have your eyes opened to the wonder of Christ's love and then you fall down and screw up, do not be discouraged or doubt, just realize the answer now is the same that it was yesterday. Look and live-look to Jesus now and live.

There is NO hope for us in other people. There is no hope in programs, in religion, not even good programs and true religion, our hope is in Christ alone. Now I know it is easy to roll our eyes and say oh just what I need another ciche. But if it feels like a cliche to you, then believe me, you havent had your eyes opened up as of yet because there was a time when I also thought it was a cliche but it isn't. 

I'm not saying it is all in Jesus because it sounds like the Christian thing to say, I'm being quite serious.  The message of the Christian faith is found in the cross of Christ, in the Person of Christ.

Being buried with Christ and risen again with Him, is the way that we are touched with a Supernatural presence-the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, faith, temperance,gentleness, faith-will Overflow from your heart and life when the Holy Spirit is working in You. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ because of what He did by dying on the cross, shedding His blood and rising from the grave-you're imparted with the presence of God in the form of His wonderful Holy Spirit. You will see supernatural things happening in your life-filling you with joy unspeakable and full of glory, a love that is unchangable and peace that surpasseth all understanding! And this supernatural work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Lord is what causes changed lives, testimonies, great awakenings, bravery in the face of persecution such as Stephen forgiving those that stoned him, CHristians amazing bravery and heroism in the colliseum, etc.

The Victory and Liberty of Christianity that have set "it" apart from all else is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is by the blood of Jesus Christ and the word of our testimony that Christians overcome the Devil and his persecution and opposition. Peace.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

the destructive power of man's religion

I have been trying to find different ways to say the same thing in hopes that more people will come to understand some of the wonderful truth that I have been starting to understand. I want to pass the blessing around to other people and I want to magnify the name of Christ.

Tonight though, I have a particular "Issue" in mind which may resonate with some of you and may not be important to others, so this blog though still with the theme of the love of Jesus, may be a little 'different'

James 1:20 -For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 

The Pharisees, including Saul who consented to the stoning of Stephen-did evil in the name of righteousness. They abused God's people while THINKING they were SERVING God. How often God is misunderstood and misrepresented! How much EVIL has been done under the pretense of serving God! It is beyond comprehension, the misery, violence and sorrow that has been compounded by man and his religion!!

I am NOT a religionist. I do not support anything that is 'religious' Religion brings more evil than good. Some people think that because I believe in Jesus, and I go to Church, I must be a proponent of religion. Well, I will be the first to acknowledge that religion is often extremely destructive! And even, one of the most destructive ideologies of all time, even moreso than Nazism.....Communism,,,is a religion in itself. Though communists reject the Hebrew God, they worship the ideas and leaders of communism. Even when the doctrine is RIGHT-religion can be bad. But a relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord is NEVER bad! Following vain, supersticious ceremonies and dogma may cause serious destruction to a person's life, being a Friend of God-brings blessing and eternal life.

There was a time, not too long ago, when I was feeling dissilusioned because I have found VERY few groups of Christians that seem to be level-headed, balanced, sober minded and halfway normal. People seem to be liberal and flippant, or legalist and MEAN. I dont prefer either. And it was REEEALLy bugging me. But I realized, both of these camps, suffer from the same problem- ANd I, MYSELF, in looking to them for guidance and assurance was ALSO suffering the same problem-leaving my first love. I don't have ANY need to find the perfect Church, the perfect friend, the perfect group, the perfect preacher or the perfect teacher. ALL I need is the perfect Christ! If you look around at God's people, and you see all of their problems and issues, well-1st off, u may suffer from a critical spirit which comes from our sinful hearts, but 2ndly, a Church full of troubled, hurting people is a WONDERFUL place to minister to others and love others and thats what were supposed to do as Christians. SO don't even worry anymore about finding the perfect group or the perfect Church. All we need is the perfect Christ.

Having Christ in the proper position in your life, understanding that He is really ALL you need-is indescribably LBERATING! I dont have to fret & worry about people letting me down, because I know the ONE I really depend on can't let me down! I don't have to EVER feel envious or insecure, because the one I depend on is Always there for me! And this causes me to be less needy, insecure and easily hurt, and frees me up so that I am free to bless and minister and give to others! If my Supply is endless than I can give and give and give to others! My supply is Jesus. In myself, I can run out of kindness to give, but if I got love coming from the Spirit of God, it is inexhaustible.

Honestly, If you are INFURIATED by other people's failures and sin, you are NOT experiencing righteous indignation-more than likely, more likely you are in the flesh, u are like the pharisees and like many religionsts you're doing the right thing the wrong way or at the wrong time. I've been there. We all have. We are misguided sometimes. We get our eyes  OFF of Jesus and onto the "Things of Jesus" We leave our 1st love.

Are you angry, frustrated, critical and discouraged? "Setting everybody straight" is't going to make you feel better. But falling in love with Jesus will! Whether ur a liberal, or a legalist, whether ur old-fashioned or new fangled, you need what I need-you need what everyone needs-you need JESUS! Throw out the preconceived ideas-you dont need ideas, you need Christ! Some people think saying JESUS is the answer is a shallow answer. OH HOW PROFOUNDLY WRONG YOU ARE! WE ARE ! JESUS is the most profound, deep, eternal, sacred, infinite, beautiful answer you could imagine! SOme people wanna use a bunch of big seminary sounding words to express theological truth, but God revealed Himself in what ultimate expression-Jesus Christ-the Incarnate Word! JEsus is enough! Jesus is more than enough! He IS the truth.

Can you say that you are in love with Jesus Christ? If you can't, that is where the problem and the solution lies. NOWHERE else, laws, and actions, lifestyle-all of those things come FROM your relationship with Christ not the other way around...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

We Need This Message Of Love

Mankind has a way of muddying up, nice clean waters-and confusing issues. But God is not the author of confusion. I continue to see two sides of an endless battle in the world, in all ideologies really...and I realize, more and more, that I have no place in either side. I'm a stranger to this world in so many ways.

I am primarily concerned with One message, and that message is really a person. I have OFTEN been discouraged and distracted with how unworthy I feel to be one who speaks on His behalf. It is soooo difficult for me to sometimes discern between what is humility, what is false-humility and disguised pride and what is satanic guilt and lies. Either way, in a sense, none of it matter because the message is not ME, the message is HIM and if I keep my eyes on HIM everything will be fine, including myself as I am covered in the light of His presence and the cleansing blood of His Son.

My heart is heavier than EVER tonight, (early this morning) and I can't sleep. I have a deep, inner peace from God yet at the same time, I have a sorrow, and a burden. Where can I share this message of Christ's love which is so desperately needed? Why is it often ignored and misrepresented? What does God want me to do about it? I see so many people in need of this message but I know ONly God can make it understandable and real to them.

Christians, religious, non-religious, whoever-the message is for us all. This message is for every human being. It's for Pastors and teachers and teens and kids and senior citizens, it's for everyone, everywhere.

There is a God, a Righteous God-just as righteous as you've ever magined and moreso-but ALSO just as loving as you've ever hoped for and moreso! Your Creator, didn't do so by accident. You are part of His plan. He has a plan for you. Do you want to be part of it? He has made a way for you to have a relationship with Him, that disconnected feeling from God that you have can be healed. All you need to do is turn to Him and receve the precious gift that He gave through His Son. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he paid the price for Every sin so that you could be wiped completely clean and innocent in His sight, and EVEN become adopted into His Divine family as not only His creation but His child! All you have to do is be willing? Are you sick of sin and dissapointment? Turn away from your own ways and your own pursuits and jut trust in Him, call out to Him and put your faith in His Son because of what He did on the cross. One drop of the blood of Jesus will wash all guilt away!

In the "Holy Land," people are fighting and dying over a piece of real estate because they feel it has spiritual significance to them. In Ireland, protestants and catholics kill each other over what they think of a man in a funny hat who lives in Rome. In AMerica, people fight over everything and anything from the color of the rugs, whose singing the music, aw geesh, we could go on for every but the point is people are fighting over weird things......but ALL of that just fades away when you put it next to the message of Jesus. As a Christian, it all fades away when you compare it to having a Friendship with Jesus.

Call me a liberal, call me a fanatic. Call me what you will. But for me, it's all about Jesus. I'm caring less and less what you call yourself and what circles you run in. The only person it's really impotant to run with is HIM. I've been on all ends of this game. I've been a pharisee, I've been victimized by Pharisees, I've been a bit of a compromisor at times, But all that stuff is what Paul would call "Dung" compared to the excellency that is in Christ Jesus.

I turned off my radio, put the books down and opened up my Bible and read Romans 8 and realized what I'd been missing. GOD LOVES US! He isn't spending all of His time dissapointed in me, dreaming up new punishments and glaring at me. He wants to heal me. Grow me. Speak to me. Help me. He cherishes me. You say, oh Micah-you sure are getting carried away, you sure are self-indulgent, ur going liberal trying to make God sound sissy ; )  Well, the BIBLE says I am His CHILD, now how do you suppose a Loving Father treats His CHILD? Wouln't u say he loves him and cherishes him? And even moreso as God the Father is PERFECT-He'd love me even better than an earthly Father would, so it is fair to say, GOD Reeeaaalllly loves me. And He loves you too! Stop being afraid to approach the one who loves you and go to Him.

If you are in bondage in any way, whether by your own feelings or addictions, or by someone else trying to manipulate, control or guilt you-even your own gult can be used against you by the Devil. Don't listen to the Devil. Only Satan would want to keep you away from having YOUR OWN close, personal, happy relationhip with Jesus Christ the Lord. If someone wants you to think that you can't be close to Him on your own because you aren't good enough, flesh-blood or spirit, that someone is lying to you! Jesus wants YOU to know and love and enjoy Him. HE loves you so much more than you can even imagine. He created you. He knows you and He loves you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

the Son of God

I fall down, and then get back up and keep moving. I'm not perfect, lol. None of us are. But I continue to experience this walk with Jesus Christ and it is awesome. Nothing I have to say is "New." Though it feels new, because it is new as an experience, the knowledge and the message is something that was already there. I knew it was 'a relationship not a religion' and stuff like that but now I understand more what that means.

The LORD is a Person, He is an individual, not a principle, or a fact or a theory or a law. And Christians are supposed to know Him, to walk with Him, to be friends with God. DO you need a written guide to tell you the likes and dislikes of your wife? I hope not! I hope you actually know her enough to know her personality and what kind of things she likes. The same is true of Jesus, if you KNOW Him, personally, than you don't need a list of things He likes and dislikes given to you by someone else who knows Him because YOU know Him! lol

I just like to think about Christ, and who He is and what He is all about. I see Him and feel Him in His Word. I also feel Him in my heart. I know that the world, and the flesh and the Devil-scream and rage so loudly that sometimes I barely hear the voice of Christ, but I know it is there, and I need to be quiet and resist the other voices and listen for thst still, small voice. It is there. He is faithful. You just have to listen. ANd you hav to distinguish the difference between the voice of Christ and the voice of crazy preachers, teachers and know-it-alls. ONLY the Bible is infallible. If you realize that ONLy what the Bible says is 100% true, than you'll be able to accept ANYTHING the good Lord reveals to you as long as it is Scriptural. God will never contradict His own Scriptures, that wouldnt make sense.

But I'll tell ya, some preachers think that emphasizing the love of Christ so much is self-indulgent and "Liberal," well, I'm not liberal, but they're wrong. If you don't like hearing about the love of Christ, then take John the Gospel, 1, 2, and 3rd John and Romans 8 out of your Bible! Jesus DOES loves us beyond our wildest dreams!

The Gospel is that the Son of God, came to this earth and died and shed His blood and rose again to save us because He loves us! Jesus is at the throne of God even now-interceding for us! He loves us, He prays for us, His Spirit comforts and convicts and teaches us! Even His chastisement is for our GOOD and done out of love. Jesus is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Our God is a Father who is perfect and everlasting and all-powerful.

Ephesians 3:17-19 says,

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God

You see! God wants us to come to a deeper knwledge of all the dimensions of His amazing Love that we might be filled witht he fulness of God! How exciting is that! See! You don't need to listen to Joel Osteen telling you God wants to give you a new car to find a positive and hopeful message in God's Word! The Bible gives us a message of hope a message of faith, a joyous message, a message of victory! So all these Christians walking around wiht their doom and gloom and pessimism and defeat and pseudo-piety, I wonder what Bible they're really reading ? :) God is good, He isn't bad or cruel, He isn't detached or cold or numb. He is a Good God and a Good Father!

And it isn't as difficult as you might think, to come to a deeper more joyous knowledge of Him. you just have to turn of your Christian radio for a few minutes, and open up your Bible and read it. Here is a wonderful place to start, look up "Love of Christ" in your Bible, read everywhere it says those words, and BELIEVE what God's Word says. You'll never be the same. The love of God conquers all, Our God is Powerful, His Gospel is superior to all man-made and satan-made philosophies and ideologies, we dont need new theories or methods, we don't need high-intelligence or new rules or great leaders, we need the love of God, the message and power of the Gospel! Peace.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Incomprehensible, Extravagant, Infinite, Victorious, Eternal Love of Christ

If you go through duties and motions out of a sense of responsibility or lacking options, if u feel you know the truth, but you aren't on fire about it. I think...you are not in the center of all that God wants and desires for you. The Bible DOES say that we are not UNDER the law, to be under something implies that it ways us down, that it lords over us, that it is a burden. If the lifestyle you lead is a duty and responsibility, it is not the life God has planned for you-because we are not living responsibility, we are living a relationship. Many people are scared of this train of thought, why? because they're afraid it will lead to irresponsible, lascivious living----but I think the exact opposite is the case. Frustrated, discouraged, repressed people, are the ones who will fall into bad living, free, liberated, joyous, happy people, in love with The Lord, are not going to fall into the traps of sin. Because when you walk in the light as He is in the light....you can see all of the pitfalls and you stear clear of them, it is when you are not walking with HIM that you fall into the dark, unseen holes of life.

Why are you Afraid to entertain the possibility of spiritual liberty? Perfect love casteth out fear. You do not have to be afraid of the truth. Ever. The truth will make you free, and the truth is that there is a God, and that God created you, specifically, purposefully, it was not an accident. It was not an oversight, it was not on a whim, your very existance, and every inch of who you are and how you function, was conceived by the mind of God! And then, beyond just thinking of creating you, and giving you breath and a soul, He also, gave His perfect, Holy, Omnipotent, lovely, Matchless Son, the Saviour, Jesus Christ, to shed His perfect, innocent blood to save you from your sin, and guilt and shame and damnation, to make you not only His creation, but His child, His son!

People argue & worry and analyze about so many "Religious" questions. But the centerpiece of it ALL, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the fact that He died, shed His blood and rose again and was seen by many people-that He loves you and wants to redeem you, that is the most important. And it isn't just the beginning. It is EVERYTHING. SOme people think you come to this realization and then you just go on to other religious questions. No. Everything in life, all comes back to this one thing. Countless Believers who have never been to seminary, never been able to spend huge amounts of time in study, some even unable to read-have lived profoundly powerful lives in Christ by understanding ONE truth-Jesus. He IS the truth! If You know His love and thus love Him, EVERYTHING else will come into its correct order.

Divisions in Churches, arguments, petty problems? Completely dissapear if you have sincere Church members who love God with all their hearts and would NEVER put their own insecurities or needs above loving Christ!

Discouragement and dissilusionment vanish from the hearts of those who are overwhelmed, overjoyed and overflowing with the love of God, the love of Christ!

Materialism is gone when the chief love of the heart is the unseen Christ!

Selfishness and abuse and arguments in families are gone when the members of the family love Christ so much they cannot bear to be cruel to each other and they just love each other with Christ's love.

So many people have come to the sad, sad place where they think "God's love conquers all" is a meaningless, shallow cliche'. It is not a cliche' -It is the power of the Gospel! For God so LOVED the world! ! ! We have gotten away from the message of God's love!

God loves you more than you know, more than you imagine. He loves you more than you love your children! He loves you more than you love your parents, more than you love your husband or wife or boyfriend girlfriend, best friend etc. But this may not seem like a powerful message to you right now. Why? Simple. Because you haven't let yourself truly BELIEVE it! And hey, without faith it is impossible to please God, yes? it is all about what we BELIEVE. DO you believe? God loves you so much, but it doesn't really do you a whole lot of good until you receive it. You need to have faith, that's why the Scripture says by grace through FAITH we are saved. You receive God's grace THROUGH you BELIEVING (Faith).

If you believe God is distant, cruel, detached, uncaring and cold, you will live your life as if that is true, even though it is not true. If you Believe and know the truth, that God loves you, adores you and cherishes you and that Jesus Christ Himself intercedes for His children-you will live your life in that truth and be better for it!

I see soooooOOOoooOOOooo many problems in the American Churches today, division, lukewarm liberalism, heartless legalism, confusion, backsliding, prosperity doctrine, false humility, shame and guilt, confusion, materialism, immorality, pride, discouragement,....now we try to see what the core problem is, but it seems these problems come from all sides. Now we can address each problem one at a time and preach about them till were blue in the face, but you know what? We have been doing that for years! No, the problem isn't some new problem,and it doesnt have some new solution. The probem is we have left our first love, and so we are preaching new solutions instead of realizing there is only ONE solution to ALL of mankinds problems-it is the Love of God! It always has been and it always will be! The Word of God, the blood of Christ, the Ressurection, the preservation of God's Word, Holy Living, Accountability, ---All of these important "Issues" have one common, blessed source, the Love of God! But God commendeth his love towatd us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for the ungodly. Christ died for us because GOD Loves us! It all comes back to John 3:16! It IS that simple. We have just left our first love, and grown cold to the wonderful, overwhelming truth of John 3:16!

No Christian, who truly believes John 3:16, who truly has receieved the SPirit of God and been filled with the love of Christ, would ever dream of being involved in division, gossip, lies, immorality, liberalism, legalism and/or all of the other problems that plague the 'postmodern' Church! SO what do we do? Address each little problem and strive to fix it with worldly wisdom? No, we teach and preach through the power of the Holy Ghost-the love of Christ! Just like in the days of old!