Monday, January 30, 2012

listening to the voice of truth

God's spoken to me about so many things the past few weeks that I have wanted to write about but since I've been on this new shift it has been very difficult to find time to write. Hopefully, as I get adjusted to married life, I will be finding some more time to write :)

It is absolutely amazing how much the blessings abound and how much spiritual attack one can come under at the same time. I come to new, and deeper realizations about how much God loves me and how deep and complete His grace & forgiveness are and at the same time-the voice of condemnation and doubt will try to drawn out the truth more than ever! But, all that means is that the enemy can't stand the awesome truth God is revealing to me. I WiLL continue to listen to the voice of truth, the voice of the Spirit of Christ. I WILL continue to depend 100% on the grace of the Lord. His grace is everything. His grace is life. I live on the favor of the Lord-the unmeritted favor of the Lord given through the merits of the Lord Jesus who poured out His perfect, precious blood on the cross to demonstrate His love and wash away all of my sins. There is NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus! Submit to God and RESIST the Devil! Hide in that secret pavillion of God which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus, I take shelter in You. YOU are my fortress! I will not be afraid. If I fear, I will fear the Lord. The fear of man bringeth a snare! God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a sound mind.

The Lord has come to set us at liberty. We are in a time where the winds of change, want to bring us into new depths of bondage and oppression, where from religion to Obama-freedom is under attack-but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. And JESUS-is the God who sets the captives free! Who brings liberty! Who breaks the bands of wickedness. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. This must be your DAILY battle cry if you will conquer the lying messengers of Satan who want to bring you back into bondage. You have to be the spiritual version of William Wallace who shouts FREEEEEEDOOOMMM and fights for freedom :)

Fear is the big opponent of freedom. Doubts and fears, will keep on coming whether they come from your flesh, the world or the Devil-whether they seem to be heard from within or without-regardless. You gotta fight and just call out the lies. The best way to be free from a lie is to say it out loud. You can call me a cook if you want to, but when some voice in my head thinks something like 'ah, Micah you're such an idiot.' I tell it to shut up and stop lying to me. I'm a child of God and I am done putting up with all of that. Even if the slavedriver is really just myself, I refuse to live that way-my thoughts themselves need to be renewed-I must renew my mind by the power of the truth of God's Word.

God is my Father. I am made in His image. I am made to bring Him glory and pleasure. I am made to serve Him. I am made to know Him. I am made to fellowship with Him. I am not a slave but a son. A servant? Yes, for sure-a serving son. A slave? No. I heard some guy on the radio preaching that we are God's slave. I find that to be such a repugnant, misrepresentation of our Holy, Merciful, loving Father. He is our Father, not a Tyrant. He looks on us with love and compassion. Even when we go through profound trials and testing-He IS NOT cruel or detached-He has our GOOD in mind. All things work together for good. Have the faith to believe that. God bless!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Only Person You'll Ever Have To Be

I've been thinking about the heart. We know it is called desperately wicked and deceitful in Jeremiah. I don't know about all of you, but I have been warned so many times by the careful, the level-headed, the wise, the calculating, and the rational-to follow my logic, not my heart. Now before you blow a gasket ;) there's some wisdom in that. Your emotions can get way too far ahead of you, your thoughts can become clouded, your judgment impaired. So when we're told to follow our thoughts first and not be led around by 'the heart' it isn't totally wrong, but it isn't totally right either!

There are also many Scriptures that tell us we will be given a new heart and be made new creatures. We are told in Psalms that when we delight in the Lord He will even give us the desires of our heart. Now, would God want to satisfy the desires of a desperately wicked and deceitful heart? No. God wants to bless your good heart. Your loving heart. Your new heart. Your pure heart. Your beautiful heart. The precious shed blood of Christ washed us (the born again)completely clean and creates in us a clean heart (check out Psalm 51).

There is a sneaky heart, that will trip you up. A heart that has bad motives. And a twisted agenda. A heart that lies to itself. Don't live from that heart.

But there is a time to follow your heart. Follow your heart when it fills with compassion for your neghbour and love for your mate. Follow your heart when it breaks for and longs for a closer relationship with your Creator. Follow your heart when you want to find an adventure and do something new! Live out of your good heart, and enjoy it. Enjoy being who God made you to be. Don't cross-examine every good thing inside of you and demonize it-reject the evils of the flesh but embrace the goodness of the Spirit of God inside of you that gives you life.

Wouldn't it be a shame if we missed out on all of these good desires and holy pleasures that God has restored to us because we were too afriad and our consciences were so weak and confused? Don't let the fears of religion be used to the Devil's advantage. A good, healthy examination of your inner self is good-and it is the Scripture that divides the thoughts and intents, so just ake sure u stay in the Word! But do not sell your birth rite of freedom under false notions of self-denial or humility. Deny evil. But accept the good and have the understanding to know the difference! This is my struggle and I pray that myself and all of you reading this will be able to succeed in this little battle. We have so many treasures given to us. as it says in 2 peter 1-we have been given ALL things which pertain unto life and godliness. We have what we need allready, inside of is in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It only takes some love and faith to access it ;) You don't need to beat yourself up and you don't need to go thru religious duties-you just need to have the faith to believe.

LORD< please help me, Father, Abba, to just go ahead and be the person that You made me to be. So many times I become scared or distracted. So many times I've picked up the yoke of bondage and put it on my neck and walked on in self-imposed slavery-Lord, You've allready offered me freedom and liberty. Help me to understand it and accept it so I don't get entangled again in the yoke of bondage. God please help me to be at PEACE with myself and who I am, BECAUSE OF the cross. Let Your Christ live in and through me. Help me to live by faith. Open our eyes, Jesus. Amen.