It’s about a timeline!

Not even Solomon in all his splendor!

Not even Solomon in all his splendor!

Many saints spend a lot of time going through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John trying to judge their next move in any given situation, i.e. the “What would Jesus do?” scenario; not realizing that those four books are part of the Old Covenant; with the exception of the crucifixion, his burial and Him raising from the dead. Now without taking a sober look at these books, and at least attempting to ask the Lord what He was getting at in them, a christian life can lead to endless guilt trips with fresh promises to do better; only to find yet another tinge of condemnation for not measuring up. People end up with well-adjusted flesh, but it is still flesh and confidence in it. Many today that hear brothers and sisters talk about grace make the very same assumption that was presented to our brother Paul in Romans 6, concerned that what he was implying was that now we can just sin our pants off and it is ok with God. Hence the need for understanding the timeline and just what happened in the New Covenant that Jesus ushered in by HIS death, burial and resurrection.

We were listening to a teaching of Andrew Farley at his Sunday service, and he gave me one of those duh moments I just love. (Not really!) He mentioned the verse that has been so blown out of context, that it is no wonder many saints don’t really know what the heck is going on in their relationship with God. He mentioned the one where Jesus told the disciples to teach all the things He commanded them to all who would hear, and apparently they did. However, it does not come out sounding like the synoptic gospels are read, but void of many of the things that ARE there. Have you ever noticed that? Personally I had an inkling, but for whatever reason it just really hit home today when he mentioned it.

This my brothers and sisters is why understanding that a new timeline has been introduced and that everything in the Old Testament needs to be understood from a pre-cross perspective, and redressed as Jesus actually taught using the law lawfully while He was under it to bury the self-righteous, and make way for the heart towards God that is honest and realizes completely their need for reconciliation. I mean I find it very sad that if you ask an average pew sitter what the New Covenant is, 9 times out of 10 they will simply say that Jesus died, and although that is true, it is not the end all. Being distracted by what would Jesus do from the gospels keeps us handicapped and infantile, rather than bringing us to maturity followed by peace and rest.

What am I saying? I am saying that if you read what the brothers wrote in the epistles, never will you find them telling the fledgling brothers and sisters to cut off body parts, or ask God for forgiveness, or all of those difficult things Jesus mentioned in the gospels. Why? Because everything changed after His resurrection! A new era and walk with God came into being, and that was an exciting yet confusing part for the first century christians too. The God of the universe taking up residence inside a dirty old sinner like me, well I never! But it is true, and that is the gist of the epistles my friends! Our brothers Paul, James, John and Peter were doing the best they could in listening to Christ from inside them and trying to make it clear to us that we are new, dearly loved by our Father, and reconciled forever and secure in Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price to make it so. I’d say it is high time that we take another look at this whole thing in an honest and patient way; and for the love of God, make a concerted effort to stop beating each other up with weak and beggarly passages found in the Old Testament that were never meant for your everyday Gentile anyways. The only things that we can really glean from them as Gentile believers is that the Jews could never live up to the standard and neither can we, so let it fade already will ya’?

For this saint, it is now a time of learning how to stop, listen and let the spirit guide me into how to answer someone who may still be trapped in the lies of What would Jesus do, in hopes that their hearts will be open to discovering that He is in them, ready and willing to tell them what they should do personally.

I want to share a verse from the gospels that may just sting a heart, (I hope anyway), and it can be found in John 9:28. The context is dialogue between the religious leaders and the man born blind who had his eyes opened by Jesus. It is quite comical to me, but the profound remark they made is that they were Moses’ disciples. What my friends came through Moses?

Skipping over to another part of John, Jesus is speaking to His disciples and tells them this: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. What came through Jesus? Who’s disciple are you?

Peace out…..Lisa

P.S. Differentiating between believers and non-believers is an essential part of understanding what the saints of old were getting at in the epistles as well. But that is another blog that will be on the horizon. Please don’t misinterpret what I am saying here, and that we treat non-believers different to the point of looking down our nose at them. For God so loved the world and desires that we all become HIS disciples, not mine or yours! Love ya!

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Can we comprehend?

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His spirit in the inner man. That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~ Eph. 3:14-19

What an amazing scripture to wake up to this morning! We were reading our friend Ralph Harris’ book last night, “God’s astounding opinion of you!’, and the chapter about aliens have landed is a very touching chapter our brother shares with us about how he deals with His children; and well this is the verse I woke up to. In light of all the chaos that has ensued on facebook and the internet at large, I am grateful to my Father for reminding me once again what His main goal in my life is; and that is to comprehend with all the saints just how amazing His love is for us. But how do we comprehend together what the height, width, depth and length is if all we are still talking about is how much we are still sinning? Could it be because we have not finalized the cross and realized our death, burial and resurrection WITH Christ and have not received a new heart? I mean, this is a difficult and somewhat brutal question to pose, but I am trying to comrehend why someone cannot get off of the hamster wheel of a performance driven life trying to please God when He is actually tickled pink about you! Speaking in human terms, and if you have children, do you withold love from your kids if they don’t act right, and lavish it on them when they do? What affect do you think that has on them and you when they do things that they don’t really do but do it anyways? Are they scared, or do they just give up? 

I say all that to say this: Our Father is not just some holy character that we read about in a book. Sometimes I wish that everyone I know could have some kind of love catastrophy happen so that the only one left to show them the real love they are looking for is our Father! This what happened to me the day I was reconciled to God, and thank God I didn’t have a bunch of regurgitated old dusty doctrines of men to hinder what He gave me that day! The love and renewal my spirit needed my whole life was presented in an instant, and man how grateful I am for that. Many things have been introduced into my life since then that tried to confuse and frustrate what happened that day, but I now understand that it is my Father who wills to do for His good pleasure and that I can rest in the fact that He is the ONLY one who WILL finish what He started IN ME!

Does my behavior always match up with who I am? Of course not! But neither does yours, and that is the mechanism by which together we can comprehend what is the height, width, depth and length of His love for us is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So how about we stop bashing each other because we sin differently than each other, and instead start digging into the incredibly deep well of discovering just how much we are loved by Father, who Christ dweling in our hearts will testify to, and go love someone as you are loved. The following verse I have found to be one of the most difficult passages to fathom because all we see is flesh! However, that is why it has been a matter of life and death to lean so heavily on the spirit of life in Christ to teach me, lead me, and guide me into really seeing it for what it is! It is not a ritualistic chant that I use with an “I think I can!” at the end of it, but part of my new life as a minister of reconciliation and a new and better covenant that He has made me sufficient in. Thank You Jesus!

“For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY, BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW! Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, THAT IS, that God was IN Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the WORD of reconciliation. Now then, we are AMBASSADORS for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST’S BEHALF, BE RECONCILED TO GOD. For He made Him who knew no sin TO BE SIN FOR US, THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.” ~ II Cor. 5:12-21

This is a never ending journey of learning how to be lead by the spirit, but it is amazing. I encourage you in the love of Christ which is an amazing place to start, and HE will finish the good work in you He created before the foundation of the world.

Lovin you in Christ …..Lisa

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Works ALL things together for good?

The whole earth is full of His glory!

The whole earth is full of His glory!

This has got to be one of the most popular scripture people quote in times of pain and suffering in order to be comforted, and I must concur with those that need to truly be comforted. It seems that the depths of this verse is a bright spot for many who are willing to be trained by the sufferings of this life. Sickness and suffering are an integral part of being human, and like it or not, 98% of us are going to have to deal with it in some way, shape or form. It is through such times that our Father is ready and willing not necessarily to take it away, although sometimes that may happen; but to be an anchor and a rock to steady our feet, give us strength to endure in times of trouble.

Something I have also been discovering is how He uses these times to shape and mold me into the person He designed me to be. I have got to be one of the most inconsistent and procrastinating people I know; not to mention incredibly selfish and lazy. Please don’t panic and think I am in a pity party about it, I am just honest with myself, and how else am I going to see how He changes me if I am not. Anyway, through the illnesses and pains my husband has been suffering, after three plus years of dealing with it, I can finally see some of the things my Father is working together for good on a real level.

For example, my selfishness has dropped it’s intensity by leaps and bounds thanks to getting the opportunity to be concerned with my husband’s well-being. Now this is not a way I would have chosen to teach me this, but I have never been one to learn things the easy way. Am I saying that God put this illness on him, NO WAY! What He does do is use our everyday situations to an advantage of pulling things out of us that we would not have otherwise addressed on our own. I mean it took me over three years to see that He was addressing this issue in my life; and the realization came one day when I was driving quietly to work.

This is the incredible beauty of having a living relationship with the Creator of the universe, who is madly in love with us and only wants to walk and talk with us on an intimate level because of that love. I personally have lived this scripture and it is no longer a convenient little chant I use to think I can, think I can! Lessons take time, and that includes listening to the spirit of life talking to us in that intimate way. He lives in Me and has full access to my heart mind and soul, and I am completely His to do with as He wants. I can rest assured that it will always be others centered and in my best interest whether My mind that is being renewed likes it or not!

Just wanted to share what I woke up to this morning, and He would not leave me alone until I wrote it! Someone may be blessed by it I hope; I know I am!

Grace and peace….Lisa

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I like being controversial! Let my people think will ya!

The following is a note my husband wrote, and it is as controversial as it is true! It is way past time to stop burying our head in the sand and pretending like everything is ok. We can still have positive thoughts in the midst of reality, and we should. Although one may not agree with this writing, it would be ok if you want to discuss it as my Father has brought me to a place to be able to listen and give other room to process things that may be foreign or new to them. A little debating usually leads to more discovery and depth; which in turn provides wisdom, knowledge and learning. My amazing husband has been a wonderful instrument of learning for me both physically and spiritually. It is my honor to share his writings and hope anyone who wishes to engage in reading this will see the love for humanity written between the lines. Peace and grace….Lisa

Rabid dogs, America’s elite and economic terrorism!

As long as America’s leadership fails to police itself by allowing its political and corporate elite to both physically and financially terrorize the world, America will also fail to win over the hearts and minds of its youth. So that no matter how much lead it slings at any one situation, it will only succeed in opening the very gates of hell. If you teach your children to be rapacious and dishonest, you most certainly will achieve your goal! For they will grow up just like you! And when you grow old, or get weary or tired, they will then turn and devour even you.

According to Core Logic, (see footnote), since the financial crisis in 2008, approximately 4.9 million foreclosures have been completed against the American people trying to live the American dream. Families with young boys and girls that watched their parents go off to work every day just to come home beat at night; only to find to their horror that everything they worked for would soon and abruptly be jerked from under their feet. These kids watch the news with disgust as the bankers not only failed to be prosecuted, but walked away with tons of cash! Wake up and smell the stench my friends! These are tomorrows ISIS recruits! I know, I know; now we are going to get sophisticatedly moral and say that certainly even these parents could teach their kids not to go off the deep end because of another’s offenses! And I will say quite simply that there is nothing sophisticated about injustice or wrath! They just breed one another like a rabid dog bite produces rabies. Shall we consult a disease now with kind and moral words; or do we eradicate it through punitive action and put the dog down before it bites another?

Authors note:

The plutocratic fox is in the hen house my friends, and if we continue to accept these regimes as they are, we will continue to suffer the consequences; which by nature will represent the death of a democratic republic and our nation as we know it! And if we continue not to prosecute our political and corporate elite for crimes against humanity, the hatred we are currently experiencing from other nations will only increase with the ferocity of a raging lion. This is not the time to be politically correct! We the people need to incite our high courts and prosecutors to step up to the plate! God speed my friends.

Commentary by:

George Lucian Miller

P.S.  I do not support terrorism of any nature!

Footnote: http://www.corelogic.com/research/foreclosure-report/national-foreclosure-report-january-2014.pdf

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Is He really like that? One saints journey through the book of Genesis

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I recently posted a question on facebook asking people if they have ever read the bible without help from anyone but the spirit of God? Not too many takers, but I decided I wanted to. Seeking help from man has only served to confuse and bewilder me, not to mention getting a distorted view of who my Father actually is and how He feels about humanity. I will attempt in this blog to give you my summation of Genesis, and what you do with it is up to you. I have had enough of traditional teaching, and I am weary of my Father getting a bad rap due to folks not even trying to understand His position as Father of what is now going on 8 billion people. I am NOT saying all recognize Him as such, but it surely is His desire, and He is well qualified for the job should one CHOOSE to see Him as such.

I dove into Genesis with a different heart this time; one that was desiring to see His side of the story. He has been given many names from the book of Genesis; from genocidal ego maniac, to a heartless evil dictator who is so bloodthirsty no one is safe and you better be afraid, be very afraid! Sorry, I just did not see that this time.

Then you have all the saints that people long to emulate because of their faith or their bravery; in hope that God will see you as He saw them and your relationship with Him will be as amazing. Whereas their lives are good examples of many things, I am still not them, and my desire is to have my own personal walk with Him in this century. Besides, you have to admit, things have changed since the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord has taken place; something they only got a hint of.

I urge you with all the love in my heart to take another look at the book of Genesis through the eyes of love and the Holy Spirit. He showed me that when Adam and Eve ate that fruit, He wasn’t angry or disgusted and all of a sudden needed to kill something. Things changed because now they were afraid of Him and ashamed because of their nakedness. Not only literal nakedness, but nakedness of their spirit in not having the true capacity to distinguish right from wrong, but having the overwhelming desire to. It is a trick bag the enemy is still using if it is not understood what that might look like on a personal level. The original fall definitely needs re-examination; sadly enough though, many are just too lazy or whatever not to take a look at it from His perspective.

I am not writing to complain, so I digress. The story of Noah is another example of seeing something confusing about Him; whereas His label of genocidal maniac is derived. A closer examination of the story, and there are key elements that can turn that view around. One only needs to see all the horrific atrocities that have taken place on this planet at the hands of man, i.e. Hitler, Mua, etc., and the story of the whole world being violent can be easily understood. Realistically, as far as I am concerned, this story is a huge reason to be grateful that He did step in, as man would not have made it. I mean look around now people, and see what man is doing to each other! Anyone with any kind of thinking mind can see that without a new heart given to them by God, it is continually evil. I bet many are thinking ‘why isn’t God stepping in now?’, a question I cannot answer. Either way He gets the bad rap; and it breaks my heart and His I am sure! Anyway, He had to save Noah so our Jesus could come; and praise the Lord for that.

Abraham has always been a legend to many saints that have put Him on a pedestal of pert near deity; but I think Abraham would have rejected that position. What I got to see about his relationship with our Father was one of relaxation. He never discussed what a filthy rotten sinner he was, (I am not saying he didn’t think he was sinless, so relax), but I saw a relationship my Father wants me to have with Him. A life lived walking with Him devoid of a sin conscience; free to make any request with only expectations of mercy to come from a loving and merciful God that is quite comfortable talking and hanging out with us. To be called a friend of God is an amazing concept when you see how afraid most of humanity was in the Old Testament; and just as they probably did then, many folks just cannot see such a holy God being a friend to a bunch of dirty old sinners. If one wants to look at Abraham, if I may suggest trying to look at his friendship with the God of the universe, and see why God deemed Him the father of faith and His friend.

Jacob’s story is a very interesting one because He didn’t really even believe in the beginning, yet God continued with Him until ultimately He was won over by the threats and terror of the Lord, NO? But by the love and faithfulness of His God. Although Jacob eventually stated that he was not worthy to have help from God, our Father was always there with him in open dialogue. (Kinda blows the theory about God not being able to look upon sin ya think?) It is amazing to imagine that even in my darkest moments in life, full of error and bad decisions, God was still with me, knocking on the door of my heart, wanting to help me get out of the messes I got myself in just like He did for Jacob. Like I said in the beginning, it is not the people I went looking for, but my Father; and Oh did He show Himself.

Joseph’s story probably gave me the most troubling yet the most hopeful view of God in the book of Genesis. Sometimes I long to live back in the Old Testament times because there were no TV’s or internet and such, and if you ask my opinion, things were much more natural and full of discovery back then. Especially when it came to discovering God. The story of Joseph showed me the side of God that busted through all; well let me be honest and say most of my unreal expectations of Him. With all the TV evangelists and their name it and claim it garbage, this story will help any spirit-filled saint find a path to real freedom by releasing those unreal expectations, living in reality and finding help in a time of need rather than an out; which at times ultimately results in bitterness and discouragement or complete rejection of our loving Father. Our circumstances do not change His care and and concern for us, but instead offer opportunities for learning how to trust Him in a deep and meaningful way. You can’t say He is the same yesterday, today and forever, then tell people they don’t have enough faith because they aren’t healed or rich or whatever! If you would have told that to Joseph, what do you think he would have said? Our Father is not a genie in a bottle as some would paint Him, but He really does work all things together for good, and what that may look like in the 21st century I cannot say; however, it is something I desire to trust and participate in.

My conclusion to this amazing first book is much different from times past as I can see my Father in a whole new light. It is important for me to put blame where it belongs and to remove it as well. Our Father is not what many people see Him as, and unless the spirit of God in Christ comes to live in you and lead you and guide you into all truth; it is very likely one will continue eating from that tree He said not to eat of. Instead, partake of the tree of life which is now here in Christ, receive a new heart and new life, and be amazed by what He does in that new life! Jesus said, “Behold, I make all things new!” And He did! There is no fear in love, and if God is love then how can people know that if all they see and hear from the believer is fear rather than love. It is so important for the saints to be reconciled through the New Covenant which is that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again to bring in a new will; and with it, new life! One that has the spirit of the living God on the inside! No temples made with hands, for you are His temple and He is happy to be living there! Stop settling for less than His best precious ones!

As for this saint, it is my spirit led desire and ministry to preach nothing but reconciliation and the New Covenant because HE has made me sufficient in these things, and that is the gospel! The cloud of witnesses did this with what they had then, and all it consisted of was living by faith. They did not carry around a burden of saving the whole planet but lived a life of love and hope; unafraid of a Father who loved them first.

“We love Him because He FIRST loved us!” ~ 1 John 4:19

“And we have know and believed the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” ~ 1 John 4:16

Peace, grace, and love saints…..Lisa

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It ain’t called faith for nothing!

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Recently I have been very depressed and sad. Naturally I run to Poppa and ask Him, “Why am I feeling this? Won’t I ever experience that peace that so many tout all over the internet? It seems I am sad more often than I am joyful, why? I am completely devoted to You, and yet it seems you are not helping me, why? Why? Why? Why?

The only answer I hear is it ain’t called faith for nothing! Careful examination of the word faith and you will find the biblical definition of it to be things hoped for and things not seen. He never promised me a bed of roses, and I would imagine as I grow older and my husband does as well, we will suffer more things in this tent called the flesh. On a positive note, I can see that as my outer man grows corrupt with age, it is producing newness in my inner man just as He did say it would happen. Sometimes faith is all I have; and as I lay in bed at night crying over the situations of life, it is the morning I discover fresh love and faith!

I still have pain over the break up of my church family and the incredible lack of love they showed us over questioning their theology and common teachings. My daughter has her own life in that church still, and could basically not give a rat’s ass about me either which stabs me to the core. I sometimes feel like I am messing with her perfect little life by not being that model grandma she would like; but how many times do I have to be stabbed in the heart because my grand kids could also not give a rat’s ass about me as they do not know me from all the other millions of people they come in contact with on any given day. Sure they know me as gramma, and actually run up to me and hug me for which I am grateful; but that is the extent of our interaction. I cry many nights over that situation, but at the same time I am happy for her. Weird huh? I ain’t looking for sympathy, just getting some thoughts off my chest ok!

Anyways, I just woke up this morning wanting to write and spill some of my heart. I started reading the bible over again now that I have a better understanding of the shadow and of my Father who is love. I will have some things to post on that journey soon. That is another sad situation because so many are rejecting Him due to letting man interpret who He is for them rather than the spirit which is ready and willing to teach them about Himself! I see Him moving to correct that and I am excited about it. Again, it ain’t called faith for nothing, and as I walk by faith, He shows me things I would not have otherwise seen. More is yet to come. Thanks for listening to my rambling.

Grace and peace…..Lisa

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You can learn a lot from a garden!

One waters and one plants, but God make it grow!

One waters and one plants, but God make it grow!

Oh man it feels so strange to have de-activated my facebook account in order to spend time with Poppa and my hubby. My hubby is still a bit under the weather so it’s mostly me and Poppa, and I cannot believe how I have missed Him. Amidst all the noise and business of life it can get quite difficult to hear Him, but regardless of what some people say about actually hearing His voice audibly, I do.

He has been reminding me of His crazy love for me and how happy He is over the decision I have made to shut off some of the distraction. See, my husband and I have spent a lot of time at our house because we no longer attend a church building, and finally it is ok. It took a long time to say that because I miss the brothers and sisters I grew up with in my first 5 or 6 years of being in the faith. I will admit there is still a tiny sting to be gathered together with them at times, however, as I look back on how my life has been, it has been a series of people coming and going, leaving memories here and there to smile about. Funny how my Jesus is able to turn around what some would see as a bummer, and pull good out of it. He does things like that if we are looking.

So already as I was pulling up my plants this morning from the fall planting, I had a funny revelation about other peoples walk with the Lord. See my onions were in the ground for way longer than they should have been, and the carrots looked pretty pathetic on the surface! To my amazement, as I pulled the onions, for one thing there was about 60 of them lol, and starting trimming them, I noticed that even though they had been in the ground for too long, they smelled and looked healthy as could be, and I marveled at how Poppa sustained them even without regular water and food. They had thick roots that held tightly onto the dirt as I pulled, and were perfectly content in the ground they were living in. The carrots were a surprise with every pull! There were about 70 of those too, not counting the ones I didn’t get out due to the stalk breaking. I figured they were content staying in the ground and will become fertilizer for the next things I plant there.

So what did I take away from all that? God is the grower of things, not me! If things were left up to me to grow, everything would die because I am so inconsistent with the watering and the feeding and such. Especially add some health issues and bad choices during those times, and it is a recipe for neglect and just plain desertion. That is why I am so glad that Jesus has taken away my responsibility for the salvation of the whole world. Understanding that He is responsible for reaching His kids through His spirit, and relaxing into whatever tidbit of involvement I get to participate in through Him is a huge weight off of my shoulders. He will grow things whether I water and feed or not, and that my friends is something we can count on, so rest won’t ya!

Just pondering!….Lisa

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