To Know the Lord

There is this fascination with knowing my ancestors that results from never really knowing anything about anyone beyond my grandfather Warren. So imagine my delight when I recently found a family tree with Warrens several generations back! Not only that, I found a very distant living cousin as well. I still don’t know about those who came before me. I just know their names. I could spend much time trying to glean more information but I’m quite happy to know that my grandfather had a grandfather and I know his name. I don’t know them – but I know something about them. I have no inheritance from them and gain no personal benefit from them. I just know their names.

Oh beloved, as you look at your earthly family tree, you may not see everything you like and you may not know many generations personally. You can spend your whole life searching, researching, filing and gleaning information, but you will never know them personally. It’s alright though because you can know about your ancestry of faith. You can know all about the God who saved you. You don’t just have to know about Him, you can know Him personally. It’s in the learning to know Him that you will experience your greatest fulfillment. There is a great inheritance of the faith that is yours. And as you learn the names of the Lord – Savior, King, Lover of your soul, Sovereign One, Healer, Redeemer, Banner, Friend – you will find yourself full of wonder at all He is! 

God wants you to know this morning that He is the Great I AM. He has poured out His truth for you to partake of, pour yourself into and live for always. He wants you to know about yourself as well. You are redeemed, you are chosen, you are a joint heir with Jesus. As an heir you have access to everything regarding your Heavenly Father! You’ve been chosen for this generation to see what God is doing in the earth today and participate. You’ve been chosen to know the fullness of the Lord – and to live in that light. Your destiny is not in your past – your destiny is in today! When Jesus went to the cross and rose from the grave He set His seal upon you – giving you permanent, eternal access to everything.
God loves you and He’s for you! Stop looking back at who you were. Stop allowing shame to shape your heart. Allow the Lord to pour His lavish inheritance into you as you learn to love yourself the way He loves you. Give Him glory and honor as you live in the Light of who you are in Christ!

Job 42:5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You.

Ephesians 1:7-8 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us…

John 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Hosea 6:3 So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.

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Big Fight- Bigger Winner

Our son and I had a big fight yesterday morning. It was a knock down drag out. 

Thankfully we were fighting together against an enemy my son has – a wasp. He’s very allergic to stings so it was almost comical as we ran around the house batting at this nemesis and even knocking something off the wall. He fell in the floor once avoiding the dive bombing of this evil little flyer. Finally, after we had exhausted all efforts I found him sitting on the floor and disposed of him once and for all.

Oh beloved, you and I are in a big fight. We have a big enemy and he wants to sting us with his poison of unforgiveness, unbelief and unwholesome activity. He’s after you and me with all his tactics. Alone, you nor I would win a single fight. 

But you beloved, have an inside Winner within you – Holy Spirit! And you have faith friends who will fight the enemy with you and on your behalf. This is the greatest confidence you have – that all the wiles of the enemy are useless when you fight in the Spirit and war in the heavenlies. You have a divine destiny to battle in the Spirit and win in the faith. Yes, you might fall occasionally, but God is always with you and He never leaves you languishing – He always picks you up and sets you aright. Overwhelming victory is yours – through the pain, anguish, fear, and more. Whatever the enemy throws at you is useless against the power of the Only Living God!

God loves you and He’s for you! His hand is on you and His Life is within you. The enemy couldn’t hold Jesus and neither can He hold you. Rejoice that you are fully equipped, spiritually armored and miraculously anointed and appointed to live in the Light of All Spiritual Truth!

Colossians 1:11 -12 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

Ephesians 3:10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display His wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

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Rounding the Bases of Life 

Our 7 year old grandson made a home run last night. It was a stop and go sort of run. He made it to first base and the other team overthrew the ball so his coach urged him to keep going. Then he rounded second and headed for third. He almost got tagged by a player and ran back towards second. Again the reprieve of an overthrown ball and he went on to third after all. Finally, the coach and the parents too urged him to run on home. He was elated! We all hollered his name out loud as he sat in the dugout with the biggest smile, his hand on his chest as though he was about out of breath!

Oh beloved, baseball and life are a lot alike. You are running the race of faith. God is watching over your every move. And the enemy will overthrow his strength time and again. In the heavenlies the angels are cheering and the Lord is urging you on. He speaks enthusiastically with every word. You’ll never hear Him speak down to you or threaten you as you try to make it. He always encourages, equips, reconciles and restores. And even if you get stopped here and there in life, God will pick you up and urge you on. He gives fresh fire and renewed energy as you wait on His signal to live and move through life. Even when the enemy seems to have won you are the winner. Christ in you the hope of glory and the reason you know you will make it. Holy Spirit anointing gives you the urgency to remain steadfast no matter how many other voices are speaking. 

God loves you and He’s for you! Listen to the Lord alone! Take His cue for the bases of life. Rest when He gives you rest and know that your life is a home run of faith no matter what as you live in the Light of His Power for Living!

I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 71:16 I walk in the strength of the Lord God. I tell everyone that you alone are just and good. TLB

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, since God in His mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.

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Those Gifts!

Every gift our 6 year old granddaughter received was her favorite! As each package was opened she remarked that she adored it, it was wonderful, it was something she always wanted. Once she opened it and said “I love it!” And then she said “What is it?” We all laughed. She lit up the room with her praise and thankfulness. She did receive things she had asked for, but other gifts were things she hadn’t thought about. Nevertheless she loved them all. Everything that came to her was unwrapped and enjoyed. Her joyfulness was contagious and sincere.

Let’s face it. Not everything life unwraps is what we wanted. Harsh things happen. Sometimes we can say I deserved that. Other times those things just appear out of nowhere and we don’t want them. 

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this day that although He may not send you everything that comes your way, He is able. He is able to give you joy in the midst of the suffering. Peace in the midst of the storm. Rest in the midst of the conflict. Love in the midst of rejection. Forgiveness in the midst of the trespass against you. You may not want to give thanks FOR it, but you can give thanks to the Lord in the midst of it all. What now looks like a sure death will be revived. What looks like a blunder of worst proportions can be redeemed. Your destiny is not to live from one sorrow to another. Your destiny is to let your praise ever be on your lips and your trust ever be in your heart – for the Lord is with you wherever you go and whatever you encounter. Don’t waste another moment regretting what you cannot change, but pour out your heart in thankfulness right where you are and your atmosphere will change and your joy will be full.

God loves you and He is for you. This power for living grows stronger as you rely on God’s precepts. And the Lord Himself gives good gifts to His children. Yours by birthright –love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Eternal life, heavenly perspective and Holy Spirit empowerment, scandalous love, radical forgiveness and holy calling. Regardless of your present situation or what life has unwrapped you are stronger than that and you are walking free of the baggage as you live in the Light of His unmerited Mercy and Grace!

James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

I Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Ephesians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

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Your Faith Is Of Highest Value 

Thieves are still at it. As I wake up this day I am reminded of all the copper that has been stolen out of new construction as well as abandoned homes and even out of a ballpark. The inner workings of the light stripped out while people are unaware. The high value of copper makes this a very good deal for the thief. 

Oh beloved, the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. His desire is to steal the inner life of your faith. He wants to rip the stability of the Light within you by casting doubt on God’s Word and on your prayers. But you, beloved, are stronger than that! You have an inner Voice that speaks warning to your heart and gives you conviction when the enemy is trying to steal.  

Your faith is of the highest value! It is priceless! This great faith that has been installed within you by salvation is a gift from God. You are full of all the promises of God and the Light of the world – Jesus – shines through your life without compromises. Just stay on the alert for your enemy is seeking to pull your life down and ruin your life. Be strong, be alert, be watchful! When you feel the truth is draining away begin to praise! When you hear the enemy’s voice starting to pull out the hope, peace, joy and more begin to worship! Speak the Word of the Lord out loud! You have an inner alarm system, the Holy Spirit and He will guard your heart and mind! Your destiny is not to lose the power within you from God Himself but to increase in it! 

God loves you and He’s for you! Thieves are always coming around, the God is everywhere! He will guide you, protect you, watch over you and keep you safe always! Trust Him this day and ask for a greater infilling of Holy Spirit as you live fully aware and fully secure living and shining brightly the Love and the Light of the world which is Jesus! 

Ephesians 5:18-19 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord

Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being NIV

Colossians 1:11-12 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the Light.

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