Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last night I felt super motivated to write and let the transparency begin again. Like my friend Nick, its been awhile since I've been on here blogging. I feel like I haven't had anything to say that would smack you in the face and change your mind.

God is so good though and even when you don't have anything to say or do he works. He is a mysterious God with amazing plans for all of us. We might know the plans at the moment but they will be revealed in quiet time with our Daddy. Today I decided to go on a date with my Jesus, yes a date. I am still on it actually but I felt led to write....hmm...he's good inspiration.

Right now I am being led to read Job. Wow! Its a tough one to get through BUT you must seek God's counsel and ask for Him to reveal his secrets and his nature to you. In Job he and his friends speak a lot about this life having numbered days. Hm...should that make us active. YES!!!!!!!! We should seek our God, commune with Him, be in His Presence, and find new and exciting ways to serve Him. Many people think that service is something that is time consuming and too much to do but its not. Serving our God is loving. He is Love, therefore, love will spill from us as we walk daily in His love. I've discovered that it takes almost no effort to serve Him...God could use you to give a simple word to someone encouraging them to have an amazing, give a simple smile to a stranger, or love on your friend with a hug. If we do things that pour out God's love them we have the right idea. Serving others is being there for them in their time of need and LOVING.

Do you see a common theme? Love. Does that sound hard? It shouldn't. If you have an intimate relationship with God where you are receiving His Love and Power then you should just drip HIS LOVE!!!!!

There is a song by Francesca Battistelli called "Forever Love." Its amazing. It says, "You are my forever love. You are my forever love. You are my forever love. You are my forever love. From the bottom of my heart I'll sing to you. From the depths of who I am I'll love you. With everything inside I'll run to you. All that I've become I owe to you..." It repeats a few times but isnt that amazing. FOREVER LOVE>>> We cannot comprehend eternity but forever God and I will be in life will be encapsulated with his love and if I daily surrender my life to His plans for me then I will be able to serve him eternally.

I love you guys and I know this is alot but I pray that God is blessing you and that you are having amazing weekend and that you have an amazing week filled with the Almighty presence of God our Papa. Spend time with him. Go on a date with Him. Fall in love.

Much LOVE!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The REAL Jesus...Do you know Him?

Tonight my friend Kristen and I were talking about Christ and how much of a role he plays in our lives. Of course every single thing that we do in our lives is to glorify the Lord as well as be in accordance to His plans for us.

In Galatians 2:20 it says, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

We must look at this verse and think about solely about the fact that Christ lives in us. When my friends and I were hanging out tonight we began talking about how many people are missing out on the real Jesus because they are lost in the rules and religious acts of the so-called "church." If we are the dwelling place of Christ then we have the same abilities that Christ had. Christ spoke that we will do greater things than He. If that's true where are they? God brought His Holy Spirit to us in Acts and since then the ever present God has sent us gifts. Paul speaks about the different gifts of the Spirit such as prophecy, healing, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, gift of faith, working of miracles, discerning of spirits. These gifts DID NOT die out once the apostles and past disciples were gone but are here today and ready to be released.

The question we all know that Jesus that not only brought us the gift of salvation but the Holy Spirit who pours into us and releases the gifts in I Corinthians 12 to us. WE MUST BE WILLING TO KNOW THE REAL JESUS! How can someone live there life just knowing what the Word of God says and not live it...and I mean truly wholeheartedly live it. Have an intimate and loving relationship with Abba. If we have Christ dwelling within us we should have the faith and know that we have the authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, prophesy over others, speak in tongues, etc. God gives us power and allows us to drip His love and power all over others....

I feel that God is wanting to wake a nation that is sleeping on His Word and not living it. His Word is filled with secrets and we must be willing to converse with him, dance with him, love him with all (the greatest command), and hear his voice.

Joel 2:28 says, "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pout out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, and Your young men shall see visions." <----this was spoken before Christ was even revealed to God's people...Why wouldn't it exist today?

I guess I cant comprehend how you can know about Jesus and not know Him. Memorizing scripture and learning the Bible stories is awesome but what fruit, what sustenance is that bringing you? Of course learning God's Word is important but why not ask Him to reveal his secrets to you? Why not yearn for the living and active God. People seem to pick and choose what gifts God still uses healing...well of course I believe God still heals....then why wouldn't God still prophesy or give words of knowledge and wisdom or speak in tongues....and all the other amazing gifts we can receive?

Its funny to me how crazy people think believers are who believe in LIVING AND ACTIVE GOD WHO POURS OUT HIS SPIRIT ON HIS PEOPLE TODAY! Why wouldn't you?

WOW! The Jesus that is described in the Bible, the Jesus that dwells in me who will use me to love on and drip on others so that they may come to know Him...that's the REAL JESUS! That's the Jesus we should be pursuing...

Then the question is how does one pursue Christ? You pray to him not give him a wish list. you worship him through your life and in praises and it your all. You seek His Word and the amazing secrets that are hidden in it. And finally ask for God to manifest himself to you in a new and exciting way...pouring His Spirit all over you that you may spread the His Love and Word to everyone around you.

I know this is a lot to take in...but the first thing you have to do is reevaluate which Jesus your serving and then once you figure that out serve the one who cleansed the lepers, healed the sick, raised the dead, and saved all of humanity from certain death...

LIVE OUT...Matthew 22:37-38...THE GREAT COMMAND..."Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest command."

Love HIM WITH EVERYTHING. =) Love you guys always and hope that God restores you and blesses you in amazing ways. Oh and also read Isaiah 61...its good stuff and speaks about that the Spirit of the Lord will do with His anointing...