Lack of Knowledge is Destroying US

Ephesians 4:18-21 gives biblical insight into what we are seeing taking place in this hour:
…18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus…”

Indeed, truth is found in Jesus Christ.. in fact, he himself IS the Word of God. He is the way…The truth…the life…and the only way to God. But are we, as a people, being destroyed for lack of knowledge? Knowledge of Him? His ways? His thoughts? He is himself The Christ, the Anointed One, who returns soon to reign over all the world. Why not obtain the knowledge of Him and His Ways now? 

Read the verse of warning in this graphic…

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Do we, the USA, a Christian Nation, dare follow the same pattern and lose our blessings from God?  Is this already happening? Have we rejected knowledge? Have we forgotten the laws of God? Has our glory now turned to shame? And Will He forget our children?

Surely, a house divided against itself cannot stand…and prayers are needed for this “divided” nation. Yet, not only our prayers, but the giving out of Truth. Lies are quickly dispelled when truth comes in, just as darkness leaves when a candle is lit. The more truth that is revealed, the more light we live in….the clearer we can “see” the truth for ourselves.

Many protestors, and I don’t just mean public ones…but ones on Facebook, or wagging their tongues in criticisms in the schools and workplaces, or even talking aloud to their own TVs in private, need to be given some of the Word of God in relation to what’s going on in our land. There is a need to be still now and listen. Some of you maturing believers realize knowing the Word really “simplifies”your life.. This doesn’t make you “simple” , as in simple-minded… On the contrary, it takes away confusions, and striving, and fears. It is wonderful to embrace the Will of God. It is true freedom, which everyone longs for, but is looking for in the wrong places. Confusion leaves! Doubts cease their intrusions! Fears lose their torment!  Peace comes! All…from knowledge of God…and embracing God’s ways and thoughts.

If you’re saying inside to yourself, ours is no longer a godly nation, it is a democracy, and the other people will tell us what’s what…let me tell you something: Christians FEAR NOT! Now is not the time to be timid in regard to “standing” in our faith…and also standing in our backing our government leaders as instructed in Romans 13:1-5. GOD MAKES HIS WILL VERY CLEAR…as you will see…and these verses apply to President Trump and all our elected officials:

Romans 13:1-5  All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. 2 So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged. 3 If you do what is right, you won’t need to be afraid of your rulers. But watch out if you do what is wrong! You don’t want to be afraid of those in authority, do you? Then do what is right, and you will be praised. 4 The one in authority serves God for your good. But if you do wrong, watch out! Rulers don’t carry a sword for no reason at all. They serve God. And God is carrying out his anger through them. The ruler punishes anyone who does wrong. 5 You must obey the authorities. Then you will not be punished. You must also obey them because you know it is right.

There…is simplification…knowing God’s will in the matter, whether a Trump fan or not! …you trust God and obey your President. You don’t oppose him. You do right yourself, and you need not fear him or any decision he may or may not make.  Note, obey authorities, yes, policemen, and then you will not be punished…by man or directly by God’s discipline! Honor all your leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. Your vote was your choice. God saw it. Now leave it alone. There. Simplified. Whenever you want to judge or condemn or gossip about leadership, be silent, and pray. Prayer according to the Word activates the power of God, and He then steers the hearts of our leaders according to our pleadings. Or if you are particularly passionate about something, and it is in accordance with Gods word, then perhaps you are called to get personally involved in that area of politics, or your church, company, etc.  Protesting without a plan is not doing anything creative. It is very destructive.

Yes, this obedience requires faith in God. Yes, it requires knowing Jesus. And yes, you will need the Holy Spirit living within to instruct you in this hour. But all are available and ready to be received even this moment. Jesus is the gift that includes all others: wisdom, joy, peace, love, forgiveness, discernment, power, peace, freedom from addictions, healing of wounds, freedom to captives, etc.    Now, Just take him into your life as your Lord! It’s a wise choice. And you’ll never be the same again.

You see, the World, including the LGTB community with all its plans and protests and good-sounding words, doesn’t matter! The government, whether it makes a right or wrong choice, doesn’t matter!  Hollywood with all the “beautiful powerful people” doesn’t matter! All lives matter, not just black lives matter! And a women’s right is not more important than Gods right to his own creation! Evil always divides! Why do you think there are divorces, and church splits, and quarrels of many kinds? Believers, its us, and what we will do in this hour, that matters!! We rule and reign With Christ, even now, and it’s what WE DO that will dictate what God does with Our Country…because friends, the USA is His Country and He wants us to now stand up declaring IN GOD WE TRUST.

And isn’t this “standing up” to be done individually? As in letting people know in our words and deeds that we love Jesus and obey God? And in prayers? And in our own repentance? If God changes each one of us, then collectively we will become a greater light in this darkened country. Truth will be seen and heard. And love can break through the deceptions! Isn’t this better than fighting, bickering, protesting, etc? Let’s see what God says.

He declares in II Chronicles 7:14,  “If MY People, who are called by My Name (Christians that’s us! ), Will humble THEMSELVES, and PRAY, and SEEK My Face, and turn from THEIR wicked Ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, and WILL forgive their sins, and WILL HEAL their land.” BELIEVERS, NOT PROTESTORS, WILL DICTATE WHAT GOD WILL DO WITH THE USA! Believers, not unbelievers, will dictate what God will do As far as healing our land and its divisions.  And God’s power is great, and He is able to preserve the individuals who GIVE CHRIST THEIR LIVES, even if the lukewarm believers will be spewed out along with the evil ones who may be judged as that healing of our nation takes place. The word says not to fear if brought before magistrates on account of his name…he will give you the words and help that very hour!

Let’s just look at immigration for a moment…a very real divisive thing at present. There are way too many who are looking only at the surface of things…and if we look at portions of Europe and how Muslims have destroyed these countries’ culture and way of life, we will realize that prevention of troubles is a good thing. When immigrants are allowed in to USA, it is a choice for them, yet they must, before coming, embrace American law and American culture, and not carry out hidden agendas pressing upon us their sharia law and false religion.  There IS a spirit of anti-Christ loosed upon the world! It is pervasive and includes way more than just Muslims. Anyone who wants to be free of being told what to by God is part of this spirit that pervades societies worldwide. We must honor God and Christ who established the USA and gave us Our Land. It is NOT UNloving to keep immigrants out who pose a real threat.  We are not killing them! We are not destroying them. Wisdom and Love for our nation and its peoples simply dictates “protection!”. Those concerned about protection of the Muslim faith can make a choice to go over to the Muslim countries and love on them, embracing “their land’s rules and their faith”. And those immigrant applicants who desire to embrace the values and laws of our land can be properly vetted to do so. The Muslims here, who are your neighbors and friends, should be loved on in Jesus’ name, even while standing up for the Christian faith. The desire of God is that they be grafted into his family by faith in Jesus, and loving one another is essential for this to take place. They chose the USA, so they can live in a way as to embrace the law of the land, but if they can’t compromise with Americans because of “their faith” let them return to their own land.

Please pray, for the masses in our country are being deceived!! And the Bible declares that one thing that can destroy his people is Lack of Knowledge. It is absolutely LOVING what Trump desires to do! If you the head of a large family, and your wife and own children, natural or adopted, lived in your house, would you let a group of people into your own house, who desire to destroy you, and your women and children, raping or devaluing them if not killing them, and bent on destroying everything you worked for and your way of life? Destroying your right to serve the true God? Of course not! LOVE REQUIRES PROTECTION! Trump is being used in answer to Christian’s prayers across the land …the part of the Lord’s Prayer that Christ Jesus taught us to pray which declares, “Deliver us from Evil …for thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever, Amen!”

But I hear you say, but what of love for “them”? and I respond, what of love for “God”? Do we desire to hand over our nation to His Enemy? To be a friend with the world is to be an enemy of God.  Satan reigns over false religions and The World, and these anti-Christ systems desire license to do evil. Whether it be The LGTB communities, abortion-rights activists, Hollywood, or just a society who no longer fears the Lord… do they not realize that if Muslims take over the land it could mean their distruction too! None of them have God-given wisdom…so they side with each other? Makes no sense for a gay man to hold a love sign for a Muslim to come in, when Islam wants that gay man dead, does it? No wisdom. Women’s libers who want to abort, do they not know Muslims would kill them for that sin? Neither fears God or they would be honoring him with their lives. Yet, I think that deep down all of society knows lawlessness is not the answer. It is preserving love and respect, and truth, that is important. In fact the love chapter of I Corinthians 13:6 declares that love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.” Somehow that part of loves definition does not get repeated amidst all the love talk out in the world. With this definition of love, are even believers aware of the simplicity that gives to our decision making? If something is not of of his righteousness or his truth it is not “real love“. Love is of God. God is love. So he has the right to define it. And by his definition, love does not rejoice in unrighteousness. And love does rejoice with truth. So can you be saddened and outraged by the sin around you, and still be in God’s love? Yes! Can you be without joy when you see people lost in deception? Yes! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Cry out to God and beg him for the deliverance of the nation, your communities, your family, your self. The poor in spirit know their “need” for God’s loving interventions.

And Believers don’t be afraid to stand.  In the Bible we read often that God intervened and the evil armies/nations destroyed one another, while those trusting God were delivered. I myself am going to ask God to protect us as a nation, yet that might not mean that we won’t have internal wars going on. I only know that one day we all….individually, and as a nation, give account to God who reigns supreme. Many have access to bibles to give them God’s will ..they just don’t desire to follow it or to know him. So sad, too, for God gives everyone love, acceptance, and value, as they do embrace him. He empowers the believer to do His Will, and gives righteousness, peace, and joy though his Holy Spirit that comes to abide within any true believer in Christ. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. Warnings come nonstop, for grace has been restraining his anger at those who are living in defiance against him. He’d rather draw sinners and those deceived presently to him, to SAVE THEM from their sin and his wrath to come upon the nations in the end. Get into reading and studying God’s Word….read it…come to Jesus and learn of him…and your peace will come when you come to abide in Jesus.

As the verse in the graphic says, what CAN “destroy us” is the Lack of Knowledge…knowledge from the word of God, and not only factual carnal knowledge.

USA, Let’s Pray for our leaders… not wag our tongues in judgment or ridicule…

Pray for truth to be realized and that the darkness of ignorance dissipates…

And be at peace, while the world shakes around you, God is giving the USA opportunity to be saved, under Christ’s name. I am confident that God is in control and will hear the prayers of His People, no matter what the masses who act in ignorance and under media control do. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This kind of fear refers to our respect, awe, and submission to God because he has the power to destroy both body and soul. He is so great, he laughs as the heathen nations rage in defiance against him! We must not fear man, who can only destroy the body. Let’s get our focus on trusting a sovereign God and aligning our own individual lives up with His Word and His Will. Amen?!

Friends and family…the safest place to be…is in intimacy with The Lord. Here are a few favorite verses in a favorite Psalm of mine:

Psalm 91:14-16

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

My Part: set my love upon the Lord (not only affections but obedience and attitudes); know his name (in other words, who He is!) , call upon him!

His Part: I will deliver you, I will set you in high, I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you, I will satisfy you with a long life, and show you my salvation.

We have the EASY PART 😀…. And God? Well, His promised responses are way awesome! What a divine exchange!! Each one of those who can do the “My Part”, can go into an unknown future KNOWING God will do “His Part.” No Fear! Just Trust! Amen?!

Prodigals, it is time to return...to your Father who has opened arms. Please…hear me…Reread this scripture I began this blog with… and choose you this day whom you desire to be like… those of this darkened world? or those who desire to belong to Jesus, who will soon be the supreme ruler over all the whole world? In confusion?  The truth is IN JESUS! Run please to him, for your future depends on it, and he will forgive and receive you, and everything he has and is becomes yours. How wonderful!

Google the lyrics of Joy To The World if you have a moment. Yes, the one we sing at Christmas! It begins, “Joy to the world. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room!”  The Holy Spirit has prompted me to be singing that song at the piano recently, all the verses…even after Christmas. Could he be declaring aloud “He’s Coming Again Soon!?” “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love!” Perhaps I am only one of many who are declaring it so from my lips during worship.

To close…I pray,

“God, please hear the cries of all your people…see into their hearts…know their thoughts…”

and yet I hear you suddenly reply back to me… “Let the people hear My Cries, see into My Heart, and know My Thoughts!”  

And we reply humbly, yet excitedly…

“Yes Lord. We will come TO YOU And seek your face.”

 

 

 

Written by Beth Ann Smith, February 2, 2017

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Lay Hold on Eternal Life

Jesus The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Revolution requires Revelation. Are we living a normal life, when we could be living a divine life?  Is all the world dwelling in darkness because we haven’t laid hold on a particular truth we ourselves are called to?  We  all are actually “called to live it” and “are to confess it“…and are to “keep this commandment without spot, blameless” until Jesus comes!!…So please, loved ones, allow me to begin to tell you…just what God is showing me…it is just “the beginning” then of what He will then begin to show you! Please read every single word–I don’t want you to miss out on something God will reveal to you personally. 

This week, while reading scripture, I realized there was a phrase repeated… so I took special note of it…and began to meditate on its meaning…

So, read it yourself. I’ve typed it here. Do you see it?

I Timothy 6:11-21

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

Note that Paul says, in verse 12,  “Lay hold on the eternal life” … to which you were called…I Timothy 6:19 emphasizes the same phrase, “lay hold on eternal life“.

See in Verse 13-14 we are urged in the sight of God and Christ to “keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing.”

 

To fight the good fight of the faith in the Christian life, and especially in the Christian ministry, we need to lay hold on this divine life and not trust in our human life. Hence, in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, the eternal life is stressed again and again. Please take time to see this for yourself: (1 Tim. 1:16; 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:1, 10; Titus 1:2; 3:7). Go ahead and google a glance at these scriptures if you’re on the internet.

We have been called to the eternal life of God. We were born of the human natural life, but we were reborn of the divine eternal life when we were called by God in Christ. Romans 6:23 tells us that eternal life is A Gift…”But the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Other scriptures also tell us that we are saved through believing, through grace, and not of works, so no one can ever boast. So laying hold on the eternal life is an invitation that can be accepted by all men of all nations, as they come to understand just what that means.

Verses 11 and 12 of our I Timothy 6 text, are a marvelous summary of how a man or woman of God, who is in Christ, ought to live. Living the divine life means we pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and meekness; we should fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life.

Paul specifically says, in verse 12, that we have been called to eternal life. No other book in the New Testament speaks of “the eternal life to which you were called.” Do you realize that you have been called to eternal life? This eternal life does not mainly refer to blessings in the future, although we do lay up treasure in heaven. To be called to eternal life does not mean that we have been called to enjoy blessings in heaven. We are to enjoy eternal blessings even now…here. Eternal life should be our life today, a life for our present daily living. And it will direct every single choice in life we make, after we lay hold of it.

Many believers in today’s world have not fully laid hold of the truth we are going to illuminate today. I am especially concerned for those dear saints who have been distracted from the eternal life to which we have been called and who have become preoccupied with other things. We have been called uniquely to eternal life. This life, the divine life, is actually the Triune God Himself. You and I have been called to eternal life, and now should lay hold on this life, live this life, and have our whole being transformed according to this life.

First we must identify what the scripture itself says IS eternal life. In other words, what is the definition of eternal life:

John 17:3 “and this IS eternal lifethat they know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Does that definition say, oh, it’s a life in heaven…or, it’s for the future…or it’s life after death. No!! It is “knowing” God and Jesus! Knowing like in “Intimacy”!! Oneness! Eternal life is ours NOW! Lay hold on eternal life. It is a life of oneness with the Godhead.

This other verse comes immediately to mind: “He that has the Son hath life …he that has not the Son of God has not life.”

Let’s look at that in context…

I John 5:10 -13:

10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

God is the best witness ever! We can TRUST Him, though God knows it’s difficult these days to trust anyone else, and He says here, in no uncertain terms, that there are not other ways, or other gods, or religions that lead to eternal life. Eternal life is in Christ Jesus.

Read and declare aloud verses 11-12 above until you get it deep in your spirit…and better yet, until you can say them by heart to anyone you are called “to witness to” in the days and weeks ahead. The whole passage can be shown them, as you yourself lay hold on eternal life, and share this truth with others!  The divine life can be lived as you and I abide in the Father and in the Son. Eternal life is our focus. HE Becomes our life. We have eternity within us now. Fear need never overtake us…ever…again! And look, see 14 and 15 of the I John 5 passage: the asking and receiving comes confidently when we realize our position eternally in the Godhead. We abide IN THEM even now. We are ETERNAL even now, a gift, for when we received Jesus, we received eternal life. Praise GOD!

As we glance down to I John 5:20-21 we see this amazing passage as well:

“And we know that the son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols. amen.”

Interesting too, is the verse tagged on to the passage above. Almost as if it didn’t belong there. Yet, We will keep ourselves from idols…i.e. all that would interfere with living in light of eternity, anything that God and Christ, in us, could not participate in, with us. We will be mindful of what we have been putting in front of God, priority wise. We want to know God and Christ… not some untruth or falsehood…and as we abide in fellowship with the Godhead through the Holy Spirit, we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. In many areas of our life, where we may now be bound in sin, or living a normal life rather than a divine life, laying hold of eternal life, will open up increasing revelation from the scriptures in so many ways.

Look here at this amazing scripture of truth, right in line with what I’m tell you above:

I John 2:18-29

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Oh that we would grow in revelation of what eternal life is, within us, nowtoday…and how knowing we will live for eternity, in the Godhead, will empower us to be overcomers amidst a world overrun with the antichrist spirit. It will make us bold as lions! It will fill our mouths with praises to Our God! It will cause us to love like Christ! To have our land abound with signs, wonders, miracles, giving, sharing, loving our Eternal Life! Making our God and Savior glorified among men! Yes!! May the Lord strengthen and empower us to “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify the Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

We can definitely fight the good fight of faith, if our heads can wrap around this awesome truth…That he who has the Son has life, and he who has not the Son of God has not life.

Man of God, Charles Spurgeon, is quoted as saying this:

You, poor Sinner, as you go after your follies and amusements, may the call, “Lay hold on eternal life,” come to you until you shall obey it and quit such trifles!

And you, Christian, when you get into the world and are tempted to make gain by sin, while you will suffer loss by righteousness, may you hear a voice say, “Lay hold on eternal life”!

And any of You…When you who get the “cold shoulder” and the rough side of men’s tongues, when you begin to think that you cannot bear it, may you hear the voice saying, again, “Lay hold on eternal life.”

Cling to that, for God, for Christ, for eternity, for Heaven. The eternal life is the only life worth living! God help you to live for it always and, if you do, it will be of His own Grace—and to Him shall be all the Glory, forever and ever! Amen.

And I, Beth Ann Smith, say, “AMEN!” I can’t put it any clearer than that. The scriptures I have shared were given me by the Holy Spirit, whose job it is to reveal that which God and Christ have to give us. Accept Jesus! He loves you and gave his life so you can have ETERNAL LIFE… a life of eternal fellowship with God your creator, and Jesus, who IS Eternal Life. The Life is IN HIM. Without Him, Jesus, you will not have life. It is actually that simple.

Because we have ALL sinned… it’s important again, to realize, that Eternal Life, is the gift we are given, within the gift of God’s Son. It is the BEST NEWS on the face of the planet! And if you ask Jesus and Father and Holy Spirit into your life, and receive Eternal Life…then you will be the HAPPIEST you’ve ever been, no matter what chaos the Devil, who knows his time is short, will try to throw at you.  Only thing has to happen concerning a gift… you must receive it.. and live IN IT… you must LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE, and no longer live your “normal life” ever again.

I close with sharing these two verses, once again: I John 5:11-12

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in His Son.

He who has the Son has the life;

he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE

Written 11/2/2016 Beth Ann Smith.

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NEW SONG – We Magnify Your Name Lord – Psalm 34

*make sure the cc button is clicked on, as you view this, for it will show the lyrics as I sing them, at the bottom of your screen.

This is Beth Ann Smith. This song was given me in One Day – October 27, 2016 – and I believe it is for such a time as this. First the piano part, while worshiping at the piano in the morning time. Then the lyrics, when I went to the Lord for them, for I heard the first part (title) in my spirit: We Magnify Your Name Lord. Upon looking those particular words up on my bible app, Psalm 34 scripture came up. The lyrics, after reading it, just came forth. So, realizing this song was “given”, I believe, “for such a time as this”, please take a listen and come back to worship with the cc lyrics any time you’d like!

Psalm 34.. It is an amazing Psalm! …so I believe God would have me also share it with you, to read, after you listen to the song.

Psalm 34 (KJV)

34 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

 

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I Am The Daughter! (A Parable for Christian Women)

I AM THE DAUGHTER

The man is the Sovereign King over the whole earth. He has many subjects under his authority, and they are expected to obey his every command without question.

He is awesome in his power.

But you know, the man is also a “Daddy”. He has a little girl who he refers to as the “apple of his eye”. She goes into his presence and plays while he is conducting the affairs of the government which is upon his shoulders. Once in a while she’ll come up to him and ask him a question, and he will interrupt what he is doing to answer her as gently and clearly as he can so she can understand. As he goes back to his work he is ever mindful of her near him, looking to make sure she is not in danger or in need of anything. Once in a while he has to tell her to “watch out” or “don’t do that”. She asks “Why Daddy?” and he tells her why and it’s because he loves her. Oh yes, she is sometimes naughty and needs to be corrected. But his discipline is a sternness that doesn’t even have to be too severe, for just a look of displeasure from her daddy crushes her and she knows in her heart she never wants her daddy against her even for a brief moment. This is so different from his other subjects because they obey not out of love as a girl for her father, but they obey simply because of the consequences of disobedience. Therefore, the King has to punish them severely, for this is the degree it will take to deter them from their own will to his. Oh yes…what grace and loving kindness the King has for his daughter! Though proud of her daddy, she is not proud in herself. She simply enjoys her daddy’s presence and begins watching him at work. Perfect love has cast out all fear in her little heart.

As the little girl matures, she walks in the revelation of love she has received from her daddy, but now she is getting glimpses of just who her dad is: He’s the King! She begins to notice his awesome authority over all the affairs of man, she begins to see his great wisdom in all things, she begins to see his sovereignty and his justice. She begins to delight in these things as she sees his mighty judgments go forth over the whole earth. She begins to note his strength and power. And you know what, she begins to GLORY IN HER FATHER! She begins to praise him when she’s with him for these new things she’s discovered. She says, “Boy, Dad, that was amazing how you changed that man’s life by giving him that advise! How did you know that’s just what he needed?” And her “little girl discoveries” cause her to have such joy she thought not possible. She had known her father as the daddy who kissed her boo boos, played with her, provided for her every need, and tucked her in at night. In other words, she had known and loved him for what he could do for her. Now she was knowing and loving him for WHO HE WAS! She began to see his control not only over her and her brothers and sisters, but over the whole earth. He commands and it’s done, he pronounces a judgment and it is carried out, he gives pardon and no one can judge. She notes that he rewards his faithful ones, he fights and conquers his enemies, he was perfect in everything that he does. She realizes it is his great love that dictates everything his authority carries out. Wow! I think this is what she gloried in the most! She knew his great love and his heart first (this was her foundation) and so now as she was discovering his power, strength, and
sovereignty it did not cause rebellion or fear. Rather, it brought a clearer picture of the many attributes her father possessed, making it all the more easy for her to trust him fully. Oh how she GLORIED IN HER FATHER!

Then one day, Father came to her and said to his daughter, “I’d like for you to go out into my kingdom and do some of my work for me using my authority.” She didn’t have a lot of confidence in herself to be sure, but she knew the great authority of her father and didn’t question his wisdom or right to ask her to do this for him. Father gave her his ring (signifying her right to make decisions in his name; authority was given), his robe (to walk in his righteousness not hers), and sandals (to let others know she was a family member, not a slave). He gave her his instructions, which he trusted her to follow because he knew her love and devotion to him. Oh yes, he knew her heart, her motives, everything! He wanted to use his little girl for he knew she could accomplish particular missions for him that his sons could not. He gave her the assignment to reach hurting people, for he had put into her heart a passion for souls and a desire to heal broken lives so that they could be reconciled to their King without fear. His enemy had played a number on these broken ones. They blamed the King for many of the problems. He wondered if they would accept his daughter.

Because he knew the danger he was putting her into, he dispatched “bodyguards” from the palace to follow her and keep vigil over her. Oh yes, most of the time she was very mindful of this protection, but on occasion they would watch from afar and so she sometimes forgot their presence. She always knew her Father’s heart was with her though. Oh how she loved him. She wanted to do just what he told her to do! She wanted to please him in all things…in private or in public. She was pure of heart. He knew she was ready, for he had tested her in many things prior to sending her on this great mission. She learned from her mistakes, confessed her wrong doing sometimes without even any discipline, and she walked humbly before her father. Never did she mistake who HE WAS and who SHE WAS. There was no comparison! Her only dream was to make him happy and maybe begin to display some of his attributes in her own life for she liked what she saw!

Her Father, the King, was proud of her accomplishments, protected her from harm, and was there for her to come home to whenever she became discouraged or even injured by her enemy. She’ll always be “His Little Girl” who can get a hug and embrace when she needs it. She’ll always be “His Little Girl” when she is distraught over the enemy making headway and he assures her of his sovereignty and power to take things in hand. But she is being forced to grow up into the things he wants for her to walk in. He wants her to carry his authority! You see the main problem she’s coming up with is the fact that the enemy does recognize her authority and attacks, but the people she is going to, to help, still don’t see her authority, so they aren’t listening to the King’s instructions given through her to them. She is frustrated by this, therefore is tempted to quit her work and just stay in the palace with her Father and let the enemy have his way. Of course, she is convicted in her heart of her love being so much less than her Father’s love for these people. She also knows quitting would cause her Father to be disappointed in her.

She decides to go boldly to her Father about it, and lay it all out before him…everything!:
“Father, I must have really fouled up. The people aren’t accepting the authority I have in you, and so they are not heeding YOUR WORD to them. They attack me along with the enemy, and I am so grieved… not for myself, but for the fact that you are unable to bring freedom to them unless they heed YOUR WORD of instruction. Oh Father, I now appeal to you as King! I am your ambassador and I ask for a mighty judgment to go with me that they see YOU, and that I do indeed carry out Your instructions, not my own. I’ve even tried living among them so that they could see that I bear your resemblance. At their insistence, I’ve tried to change my tactics, delivery, etc, but still they do not listen. I will come to you to intercede for them cause I know that you are able to bring reconciliation and truth. Please Father, what will you do?… not to vindicate me although that is a heart’s desire of mine…but to get them to listen TO YOU?

The Father responds to his daughter by saying that he has not only sent her, but other sons and daughters as well, to speak to the people. “Daughter, you may not realize it, but there are some who really do want my freedom and truth, and they ARE listening, so do not give up on this, your assignment. They will come to truth, and I will unite them against their enemies.”

“It is not because you are a women, for they have rebelled against your brothers that are telling them the same word from me too. Their rebellion is against My authority, and the result of their enemy’s oppression over them. You see, they are ravaged and know not my voice. But I see and love them still, and I will strengthen you my Daughter. Do not give up on this mission, my will for you right now.”

His unfailing love and forgiving heart over her “failure” is always assured. Even if she “fouls up” or “losses faith in herself’. You see, He, the Sovereign King, is not threatened in the least by her failure. He can step in at any time and take matters into his own hands! And HE KNOWS IT! Therefore he is loving and patient with his sons and daughters as they do his work. He delights in his daughter, especially when she stands tall and in pride says, “This is what my Father says.”

The people watch her go back and forth to the palace and have even heard her converse with her father when he has come near, but they are angry toward her and attack her of pride. They choose not to see that she is pleading for their reconciliation and desiring only to stay in intimate fellowship with her Dad. She knows she is nothing apart from him.
Although she is just learning how to represent her Father, she knows him intimately and therefore knows his heart on a lot of issues. She is aware of his thoughts, his commands, his will, etc. And yet she doesn’t know everything about him, so when a question comes up that she doesn’t know his heart on, she goes to him to ask. He has no reason to not tell her his wisdom, and in fact encourages her to ask by giving her his word that he would give it! He certainly won’t be bothered by her asking him.

The question arises. What if she would misrepresent him on something? Out of carelessness? Or because of not knowing his will because of failure to ask? What would be her father’s response? She decided to go to him and ask him what his judgment would be. He met with her in his inner chamber and told her that he could undo any damage, and that he would surely forgive her. He knew she wasn’t perfect. But he also adds, “Regardless of how you represent me, remember I am sovereign. You are my ambassador. Carry my authority, and know me and my heart. You are a part of me, and I will back up the authority I have given you.” She knew she’d never have to worry about making a mistake if she herself walked in submission to her Father, and that even if she suffered for doing right, she would have his approval which was sufficient. But she also knew that if she purposely went away from his will or instruction, then she would suffer under his judgment , so she could be brought back to obedience and submission. This certainly put a determination in her heart to heed his every instruction, ask for his judgments, his timing, and his strategies about everything. It would easy for her to humble herself before her Father because he loved her so and she knew no pain in doing so. It was more scary to humble herself before a people who hated her in the first place. What would that do to her already big problem of them not yet recognizing that she was doing her Father’s will? She asked her dad about this scorn: He said, “Whether they respond to your humility or not, I WILL… and if they do not eventually accept the authority I give you, I myself will step on the scene to make sure all will know you have been representing me all along! I will not allow the suffering to continue forever, for my love for the people is just as great as my love for you. I will bring them to know me and my ways. “

The Father cautioned his daughter to listen to his instruction and meet with him often in his inner chambers so she would know his strategies, his plans, his heart. There she could speak to him for the people too. She knew she was to stand in the gap as his ambassador. And as she did this, His love for the people became her love for the people. She was amazed at how deep her love for them was, regardless of how they treated her when she was with them. That mattered not! What mattered to her was that they be reconciled with her Father, so that he could bring them liberty from the oppression of their enemies.

The thought came to the daughter: “What if I would someday willingly go away from my Father, the King, and choose not to do the hard work for him as instructed?” (She shutters at the possibility.) But then she becomes so aware of all she has as his daughter….the riches….and she knows she will never depart from him. The riches of his love, his presence, his wisdom, his comfort, his provision…yes even his discipline and judgments… are too great for her to ever go away from! He has captured her with his love! Her foundation is solid! She is able to enter His Rest as she realizes he has complete control over her…AND over everyone and everything else! She will take this thought captive if ever it reels its ugly head! SHE IS FREE!

The Daughter has her Father’s word that she will be given HIS GLORY after a time, IF she learns to walk in her Father’s Love and Authority. There will be a COST for her to do this. But, if she listens and obeys and lets his words permeate her very being, she herself will become like her Father. He will be pleased to “see himself’ in her…She is already his flesh and blood, but what she becomes is her gift of love to Him. He desires her perfection and will help her every step of the way!

She is His delight, and He is hers!

A NOTE TO MY READERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN THE FAMILY OF GOD:

Daughters: Remember you were adopted when you accepted Christ into your life, and you are Father God’s daughter now. I hope that you will see yourself as the daughter in this parable and realize “who you are” and “the riches ” you have been given. Let the Father love you to wholeness before trying to do his work. May the Father free you to serve him wholeheartedly and with fullest abandon. This is about becoming free to walk in the authority God your Father will give you to do HIS WILL and Further HIS KINGDOM.

YES, Daughter He NEEDS YOU! And even more importantly, HE LOVES YOU !

Sons: Please let the Father have his way in your sisters too. There is much work to be done. Do the work of the kingdom side-by-side. Do not be jealous or envious or threatened by your Daddy using his daughters. He will want to use YOUR sons and daughters too. Every wife is also the Father’s daughter…remember that. Do not stand in HIS WAY of using that daughter who may just happen to be your wife too. She is God’s precious gift to you, but He owns her, not you. Release her unto her FATHER, the SOVEREIGN KING, then you too will be liberated!

Only as Father can use ANY son or daughter of HIS that HE chooses, will the KINGDOM ADVANCE and HE BE GLORIFIED!

Sons AND Daughters, REGARDING AUTHORITY:
Note: This revelation doesn’t mean not to submit to your authorities. (Don’t let the enemy deceive you.) True freedom comes under our authorities, with God always the highest authority.

That’s why men, do not oppress your wives. She will feel oppressed and suffer greatly if there is a great difference between your authority and what she believes God is telling her. She is commanded to submit to you…so YOU are the one who will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give account as to whether you hindered her, or encouraged her, to fulfill HER FATHER’s WILL for her life. And remember daughters, your Father will honor your obedience to your husbands, for this is clearly His will for you. If any authority is blatantly wrong in the sight of your Father God, do you not know that HE SEES? He will protect you and, in his time, will bring deliverance. Or he will give grace and strength to submit to the suffering God has allowed by your submissiveness to Him.

As far as authorities as church, pastor, mission, ministry, etc. It is of the utmost importance in these end times that you are careful who you follow. You must first know your God before you can make a right judgment. But a good rule is: Whatever leads to Intimacy With My Lord, GO FOR IT! Intimacy brings joy and peace and rest for your soul, for with it comes the knowledge of both the loving kindness and the severity of your FATHER GOD!

May He Bless You and Give You DEEP REVELATION TRUTH from this parable, as He has given me. And let’s pray for and encourage each other…as we walk as brothers and sisters, loving our Father with all our heart, soul, and mind…so that we CAN have HIS LOVE in US to love our neighbor as our self….that his kingdom may be on earth, and his will be done in us, as it is in heaven.

 

—Given to me in His inner chamber Beth Thomas 09/30/97

(Now named Beth Ann Smith, and released publicly 06-24-2016)

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The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Jesus The Gift That Keeps On Giving

I was pondering today, the fact that Jesus is the Greatest Gift that can be given to anyone. And He offers himself to all mankind. He will give Himself to any person, from any culture, from any nation, who is open to receiving Him as Their Gift. A gift that is free, which only has to be “received”.  Yet a gift that will change a person’s life totally and completely.

I have received Jesus as My Gift, and He has neither been a gift that I tossed aside, nor one that I did not regard as valuable, once I received Him.

In fact, to most of us “Receiver Believers”, He is our most cherished gift ! One we would never give back, or give away, ever!!!  Am I right?

Yet do we stop to ponder the gifts that are ours within the Gift of Jesus?

 …and the fact that He IS The GIFT that KEEPS ON GIVING ?

I have been thinking on the gifts I enjoy, daily, because of Jesus being my Savior, and the Lord of my Life… my Received Gift.

It’s like opening a present, to find another present…opening that one, to find yet another present…opening that one, to find still another, all throughout my life.  Amazing! Thrilling! Oh friends, you simply must ponder this…

Here is but just a glimpse of my list, that I have rejoiced in. Perhaps you can add to it, many more gifts, but this will at least get you pondering about what I mean:

  • His Love
  • His Presence
  • His Wisdom
  • His Comfort
  • His Provision
  • His Listening Ear
  • His Forgiveness
  • His World’s Beauty to Behold
  • His Acceptance
  • His Family
  • His Salvation
  • His Healing
  • His Life – Eternal Life
  • His Discipline
  • His Guidance
  • His Peace
  • His Judgments
  • His Protection
  • His Word of Truth
  • Hope for Tomorrow
  • A Eternal Kingdom to Dwell in, not dependent upon my Nation’s Destiny
  • Multiplication of What I Give To Him
  • Eternal Rewards
  • Relatives that died that I’ll see again some day because They Believed in Jesus and await me in heaven
  • Knowing God looks after my children and grandchildren when they are grown and go off on their own
  • Knowing He is in control when things are out of our control
  • Security in an insecure world
  • Knowing I belong to Him and He belongs to Me
  • His Promises

I know this list could go on and on, for Christ is simply the gift that keeps on giving…

So…Don’t know what to offer someone on your Gift List? Offer them Jesus!

I’m quite serious!!!

Share HIM… give HIM to them… so that they may receive THE GREATEST GIFT in life: CHRIST JESUS!

Yes, a gift must be received, to have it be a blessing. So pray daily that God will prepare the hearts of those “you’ll approach” before you offer them The Gift, of Him. Our prayers going up, that the Spirit may draw them, and your forethought as to how you can present people with This Valuable Gift, will make them more likely “To Receive Jesus” too. Share with them the gifts that are within Jesus, and open their eyes, so they can “imagine” what’s awaiting them within their Own Gift of Him!

Oh that Eyes would SEE, and Ears would HEAR, even amidst all the commercialized hoopla, or depressing news evil brings to this world, the fact that CHRIST, IS INDEED, WITH US… alive and well…giving us everlasting gifts, valuable gifts, gifts that money can’t buy!

HE GAVE HIMSELF… TO BRING YOU ALL THESE GIFTS…THAT ARE FOUND…WITHIN HIM.

He comes again, triumphant, as our King…to Give us a Home Eternal !

ARE YOU REJOICING? (Smile)  I SURELY AM!

I HAVE the gift that keeps on giving TO ME! 🙂

His name is Jesus.

And I VALUE HIM…enough to give Him myself, in appreciation.

Do you know what? No one can take THIS GIFT away from me.  Hallelujah!!!

I shall Hold Unto Him, and Not Cast Him Aside… for I truly like this Gift that KEEPS ON GIVING to me.

A recommended scripture to read after reading this article is: I JOHN 5:11-15

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Turn and Return To The Lord

repentanceGod is asking NOW, that those who speak his son’s name from their lips, would be LIKE CHRIST….for scripture says of the true Christian, “By their fruits, you shall know them.” There has been a gradual “turning away” from Christ and the truth of the Word of God, even by those who “say” they are Christians, and the Spirit of God would like to have eyes opened to just how much we all have become desensitized and unaware of this shift “away” from God.

The Spirit of God inspired A SONG that I wrote and recorded that really illuminates this condition of His Church…and Father is asking us to be “reconciled” back to Him by a turning or returning back to Christ, and a following of His Ways in our everyday living.

Please, no matter who you are, after reading this blog, PLEASE TAKE A LISTEN… for this song is meant to shed light on hidden places of the heart that God sees, even though others may not.  Light dispels the darkness, so there need be no apprehension to listen through the song…rather, a feeling of being set free will come as you yield your heart to the Spirit of God. He gives this promise, “Draw nigh to God, and He Will draw near to you.”

THESE TWO VERSES from the Word of God are to bring YOU encouragement that the Lord stands ready to receive your repentance, and to abundantly pardon that which the Spirit may speak with you about.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord and HE WILL HAVE MERCY upon him; and TO OUR GOD, for HE WILL abundantly pardon.”  Isaiah 55:6-7

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“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, NOW  is the accepted time; behold, now IS the day of salvation.”  II Cor 6:2

Take a listen to this song and hear its message:

To repent means “to turn” … we turn away from revealed sin, and turn toward the Lord… He then empowers us to overcome. It is “A PROCESS”… so be humble and yet give your repentance 100%. Keep throwing your sin back on the altar of grace until you are “FREE” from it, for Christ did not only FORGIVE your sin at the cross…he FREED you FROM SIN at the cross. You have only to appropriate this power in your life.  How?  By totally abandoning yourself to Jesus. The Spirit of God is then given to lead and guide your life.

Why is this message important RIGHT NOW, TODAY? Because you have “A KINGDOM” available to you… to live in and walk in TODAY: The Kingdom of God.  Then, no matter what happens to “your country”, be it the USA or another country of the world, there need be NO FEAR, for your citizenship is in the Kingdom of God. God will soon send Christ for His Church, which is made up of believers everywhere, and the true believers will no longer be here. And when later we return with Christ, we will have HIM “reigning supreme over us all”! So, what better future and hope can there be than that? (smile) The thing is, God is to be reigning in all of “us, His Kids” RIGHT NOW, if we will allow him to have that authority in our lives. We each have a FREE WILL to choose to live for Christ. It is time for “The Church” to exercise its free will to radiate His Glory through our obedience corporately too, as God steers people here and there into their destinies and true purpose.

TURN — OR RETURN — TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  He is the ONLY WAY to the Father (GOD). You will be left behind if you are not “ABIDING IN” CHRIST. Plain and Simple.  He doesn’t take people who have divorced him, even if once married to him, to share His Life. Liken it to a normal marriage…Have you abandoned Him? Have you gone away from your first love? Or are you living as ONE FLESH? Or are you just in a house together, pretending to others that you love Him? or are you in “Close Intimacy? (Only you can answer…but “do ask yourself”…and don’t assume all is well.) Truly…If it is not likened to a marriage, then why does Scripture use the word adulterers and adulteresses, to describe those who have chosen the World and its ruler Satan over Christ, the lover of their soul? Who gave everything to be wed to His Bride, the church…

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

IT IS TIME TO TURN, OR RETURN TO THE LORD, IF YOU ONCE KNEW GREATER INTIMACY WITH HIM. HE IS READY TO TAKE YOU IN HIS ARMS AND ABUNDANTLY PARDON…HELP YOU TO OVERCOME SIN… AND GIVE YOU JOY, PEACE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHICH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

 

To Respond is simple.

Accept Christ Jesus, asking Him to take over the Lordship of your life, and receiving the salvation His Blood shed on the cross to purchase for you. The Spirit of God will come live within your life, and speak to your spirit, which is now reborn. Heaven is your destiny if Jesus abides with you now.

OR return to Him…and His Word…if you had once made him your Savior but never have quite given Lordship of your life to him.  “Submit to God, Resist the Devil, and He will Flee from You.”  Don’t GIVE UP… The Lord will NEVER give up on you, but TIME IS SHORT and the window is closing. TODAY IS THE TIME. Grace is giving you this message, for one of the greatest gifts of grace that God has given man is the ABILITY TO REPENT and be met with open loving arms of the Savior.

Tomorrow may be too late…. So please heed whatever is going on in your spirit man right now…for the Spirit of God communicates within to your spirit. And as I release this blog, I am praying for YOU to respond to make Christ “your” ruler, whether you’re just coming to know Jesus or have walked as a Christian all your life.

I am going to be responding myself… for the Lord is always and forever going to be encouraging me to draw closer and become more attune to His Voice, more aware of His Word, and more obedient to The Truth. The Truth will set us all free. Hallelujah! We can all be thankful that He loves us SO MUCH!

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PLUG IN …for it’s IN and THROUGH Christ IN You

 

A Believer’s Foundation for Power is Love.

PLUG IN to the revelation of Jesus’ love for you. We must work FROM God’s love, not FOR God’s Love.  John, the disciple of Jesus, is an example. He loved Jesus, because Jesus first loved him, and he had realized this.  We, today, are also told in I John 4:19 that “…we love Him, because He first loved us.” This…John’s personal revelation of Jesus’s love FOR him, as a friend closer than a brother, caused John to be the ONLY disciple who was able to go to the cross with Christ. He had the love within him to “involve himself” in that which concerned Jesus. Why was he there? Because he loved Jesus! The bond between them was LOVE, not duty, servitude, or expectation. Christ knew that John’s same love toward him would go outward toward others, and his mother was considered one of those others.  Christ, in fact, in turn, entrusted his own mother to John. John 19:26 says, “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son, and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  Interesting to note, that John is the one who is writing this narrative, so truly he had revelation that he was loved BY JESUS. This is why he LOVED Jesus. In John 13:34 Jesus, in fact, gives the command to all his followers: “…that you love one another, AS I have loved you, that you may also love one another.”  In looking at this verse another time, I realize he could have just said, love one another as I have loved you. But notice, added to this are the words, “that you may”.  The language of empowering. Then I perceived that this is indeed the secret of our “ability” TO Love. This ability to love outwardly comes from an awareness and experience of Jesus’s love for us individually first. He who knows me best, loves me… so I can then risk loving others, no matter what the cost. Do you think John thought of the risks associated with him being at the cross with Jesus? OR… Do you think he thought of Jesus’s need to have his friend’s support during his time of pain and suffering? I believe he saw both, but the latter, his desire to be there FOR Jesus, caused him to die to self-preservation. He wanted to LOVE Jesus back… Not only receive that which he needed FROM Christ. I believe this is the same motivation that will reside in martyrs during these end times. We will stand up WITH Christ! We will become desirous to be in defense of Christ’s honor, and fellowship in His sufferings, for we LOVE Him and believe in all He lived for. We understand that it is His Life which gives us eternal life, so we will not Deny Him.

I think of even small ways we may show our love for Christ. For instance, when I’ve heard a person swearing by using the Lords name in vain. It bothers me, not because I’m judging that person for using bad language. No! …it bothers me because I love Jesus so much!  I hate hearing His Name so dishonored. It’s a love FOR Jesus that activates my righteous indignation. Yet it’s also my love FOR Jesus, and knowing Jesus’ love FOR that person, that keeps me from losing my cool and being unkind to that one who speaks his name in vain ignorantly. Love for Jesus is demonstrated in both reactions…the internal and the external. My love for Jesus may cause me to be silent, or sometimes cause me to kindly say to that person: “Could you refrain from using Jesus’ name that way, for I love Him dearly. He is so worthy of us all giving honor toward His Name.”  When I’ve spoken that lovingly and respectfully to coworkers in the workplace, my coworkers in turn respected my love for the Lord, and did not speak his name in vain…at least in front of me. Love went full circle. They realized I wasn’t judging them, but I was LOVING Jesus.

LOVE is the foundation for all God and Christ did, and continue to do in our lives

Laying his life down and enduring the CROSS was Jesus’s “demonstration” of his love for you and me… and God’s demonstration of love was to give His only son for us all. So too, our love for God and Christ comes from the true revelation of the Cross. Thus making the cross the centrality of Christianity. There is no being a Christian without the cross. The blood spilt by Jesus was necessary to buy us back from the Kingdom of Darkness and place us into the Kingdom of Light…an act of pure love and great grace. Once IN the Kingdom of Light through acceptance of Christ into our lives, we abide there in the intimacy of relationship…the relationship of love, which motivates our lifestyle and responses and focuses in life. We experience LOVE everyday as the Lord answers our prayers, gives us knowledge of Himself, and fills our lives with blessings and goodness.

A Believer’s Knowledge of God and Christ Activates Faith and Power

Jesus REVEALS God’s “good” nature. Col 1:15 states that Jesus is the “image of the invisible God”. He is “the radiance of the God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature”. Hebrews 1:3. Jesus showed us all that God wants to heal us, not afflict us. Jesus’s main ministry of love was to heal people and to deliver people, destroying the works of the enemy in operation. If God has the ability to create us, Jesus revealed He also delights to recreate…or to make us whole. A man BORN blind was healed and his sight restored. Why? To bring glory to God. So why didn’t God just make him with good eyes to start with, we question. And I wonder…Was the demonstration to show us that Jesus can change, and re-create, for he is God too, that which God has already formed? He who was born blind could now see. Hebrews 1:3 says Jesus upholds all things by the word of His power. A storm was allowed by God, the disciples becoming fearful, but Jesus could command and calm the storm. He could change what God did already. Those born a certain way could be reborn? physically and spiritually? People could be made whole if they call on the Name of Jesus? This is the mighty power of our Jesus, a power given to him by His Father, God. Do we realize Christ is not the suffering man on the cross still, but that he is ALIVE, and intercedes at Father’s right hand for you and I, for he has been in bodily form and knows man’s weaknesses and sufferings?… thus bringing change to what God may have already allowed to take place in our lives? We believers have the love and discipline of a Father AND the love and the grace of a brother? And we must not forget the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, and the one who dwells WITHIN the believer. He takes what is of the Father and the Son and gives that TO US. Without HIM there would be no power or ability to be Christians. The Godhead operates in complete ONEness…in agreement…in unity…yet are distinct in their operation. The Son surrenders to God the Father, and we surrender to the Son, and the Father exalts the Son, and the Son exalts us. And the Holy Spirit empowers all this operation and plan, and He is himself God!

We, as believers, must allow the Spirit of Christ, within us, to operate… Then we ARE empowered…and the Kingdom of God comes within and advances outward.  The Holy Spirit is all about the principle of “in and through Christ.”  Believers who focus on their own ability or inability will always fall short of a supernatural lifestyle. It’s not about us… it’s about Him, Christ in and through us, via The Spirit…referred to as the Spirit of God… the Spirit of Christ. We must be baptized in the Spirit… in other words, totally surrendered and immersed in His power, realizing he is a person, and God himself, dwelling within our spirit. He is Spirit, and speaks to our individual spirit, thus making the intimacy of relationship within possible.  We must invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. We ask for Him. We surrender to Him. He takes what is of God and Christ and reveals it unto us in REALTIME. It is not history.. it is in the present. It is a relationship taking place on the inside and walked out on the outside. Yet the Spirit doesn’t speak of himself, he speaks as Christ. Christ is alive in us through His Spirit…the HOLY Spirit. This is how we distinguish him from other spirits. He IS holy. He will speak in alignment with the Word of God. He will never contradict Christ, for he is Christ’s spirit. Why did Jesus have to ascend into heaven before his Spirit could come to man? Because a man’s spirit resides in his body until he has died. Jesus’ spirit resided in him when he walked the earth. Now his spirit can live in us. Jesus had to become fully spirit to then have us, who are IN HIM, to be ONE WITH HIM in spirit. Believers we are spirit, and we worship HIM, our Lord, in spirit and in truth. The reason we lose sight of problems when we are truly worshipping, is that we become as one in spirit with Christ. Our flesh gets out of the way. And God inhabits the praises of his people. It is truly glorious. The Spirit of God takes the word of God and gives it meaning and interpretation. Just as lovers exchanging a love letter; …it’s the man and woman involved who understand the language of their letter…with its nuances and innuendo…not a stranger reading it.  A particular sentence could mean many things, but because one person loves the other person and knows their heart when they say the sentence, they will have the true meaning of what is meant. So too, it is this way with the Spirit interpreting the word of God for Christ’s lovers.

PLUG IN

Now, very important, we ourselves must experience relationship with the Godhead, to be used to bless others, do good deeds, heal and deliver, and do the works of the Kingdom.  Jesus must be abided in, and He in us, to be walking the walk and talking the talk.

  • It has nothing to do with my works, it has everything to do with HIS Work through me.
  • If I focus on my ability or inability, nothing will take place. I will fall short, because without Him I can do nothing.
  • I participate with Jesus and he gives me the honor and privilege of working WITH Him.
  • My job is to believe that God is really good at his job! This gives faith. We all have been given a measure of faith.
  • I must PLUG IN. As a branch adheres to a vine…nothing in itself giving it life, or power, or ability to produce fruit. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. Whoever lives in me, and I in him, bears much fruit… however apart from me (cut off from vital union with me) you can do nothing.” (I John 15:5) 
  • The Lord showed me personally today that a more modern way to think of this is to think of ourselves, as believers, as a USB plug-in, for most of us know how those work. Like a USB plug-in, we have no power in ourselves, yet put into a power source, it is usb driveable to receive from its source, and transmit that power, or information, to another. Interesting about a USB drive… it can plug into all that’s inside the computer and have full access to it. That vital information can then be copied down into the drive, and then that USB plugged in elsewhere to convey that information. (Perhaps this is what my article is doing for you…taking what I have received, by plugging in, and now conveying it to you! ) I have a fan platform that my usblaptop sits upon. It is run by USB plug alone.  When plugged in, the fan runs…but only if the computer is on, for its my source of the power. If it doesn’t stay plugged in, it will not run, for there is no other power available for that fan to run on.
  • Do I need power myself, or to give to others?… as with the USB plug?
  • Or do I need Wisdom and Revelation for myself, or to give to others?…as the USB drive?
  • Which USB plug should I activate?…and for what purpose?
  • May we realize we have BOTH available to us as believers. We can choose to receive. We can choose to give out.
  • In fact, we even have USB charging stations now, don’t we? Where we can power up more than one of us USBs at a time… Maybe this is what “fellowship” and “church” is all about.

I hope you can see with your mind’s eye what I am trying to share. It is the principle of IN and THROUGH Christ. We must be IN Christ so that he may work through us. That which he activates in us then is able to be activated toward others. Let me just share a quick little writing that I did as I was meditating on this:

  • Jesus’s peace IN me, allows his peace to be given out THROUGH me.
  • Jesus joy IN me, enables his joy to shine out THROUGH me.
  • Jesus’s character IN me, allows his nature to flow out THROUGH me.
  • Jesus’s love IN me, allows his love to work THROUGH me.
  • Jesus’s healing in me, allows his healing to flow through me, that others may be healed.
  • Jesus’s faith activated in me, allows his faith to flow out through me to perform miracles.

In other words I must ALLOW his work IN me….so that He can work outward, through me, toward others.

It starts with me, myself, plugging in. Ideally, I will ABIDE in Him…not unplugging and then plugging in, etc… But remaining in him.

If I unplug to plug in to others, as a USB would do, it is temporary, and then I must be careful to plug back in, so I can receive power or wisdom myself. If we keep plugged in, however, we can keep the power flowing onward.

Now for a final spiritual picture…using technology as an analogy…becoming more like a Bluetooth than a USB! (*this will make little sense unless you’ve read this article up to this point)

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I believe this should be the goal of every believer: our reaching maturity in Christ…i.e. we stay linked up and plugged in, all the time!  Let me explain. For those who may or may not know…a Bluetooth is a device that is paired to another device. The two become as one. They access the same controls and do the same things. It’s direct. It’s real time. For example, my cell phone here at the house, is paired to my home phone system via Bluetooth, enabling me to get cell calls throughout the house, from where various phone handsets ARE PLUGGED IN.  So, with a louder ring, I can hear the incoming call and not miss a call, and so that I can grab a handset in various parts of the house too, so that I don’t miss a call. All phones are plugged in and paired up.  Well friends… if we are paired to God and Christ via the Holy Spirit ….at all times abiding…we are become as a Bluetooth device.  Our listening to God and our reaching out to others will be at the same exact time…real time.  We don’t have to wait to act. We don’t have to pray about the will of God for days…we will instantly know His mind and heart on a matter. We will hear His Voice and know his Will right here and now…linking people together in purpose…and in power.  We aren’t plugged in sometimes and unplugged at other times, as with a USB. Modern day has given us this “picture parallel” of Jesus’s prayer of John 17…”that they may be one, just as we are one… I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected in unity… so that the world may know that you sent me…and loved them even as you have loved me.”  

My dream is to have us all mature, communicating as being linked Bluetooth devices… paired to the Lord.. AND to one another, that indeed WE may be ONE. Never a missed opportunity, never missing the voice of God trying to get in touch with us.  Our intention and aspiration, so that the world will see Christ Jesus in operation, giving us power and wisdom and authority in His Name …and that He would be given the glory due him as such an awesome Lord and Savior!  Christ IN us, the Hope of Glory…the mystery hidden until now!  And that all would see God, as all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present, and as Love… His power holding us all together in his wonderful and amazing purpose and plan: the plan of redemption and grace, and restored fellowship with our Creator!

SO, to summarize in one sentence:

Let is all be alert…and allow Christ to operate IN and THROUGH us!  That Jesus’s own prayer of John 17 may be answered!

It takes us, in cooperation with The Holy Spirit, to make this answer come about, staying PLUGGED IN to Christ! That He can do His Works THROUGH us….

IN and THROUGH !

Written by Beth Ann Smith, October 31, 2015 (Colossians 1:25-29) http://www.theimageofchrist.com

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