Flying Blind

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. (Isaiah 9:2)

If we lose sight of what we feel that God once gave us, we alone are responsible; not God. The vision may be lost due to a lack of spiritual growth or through ignoring insights that God has been continually putting right in front of us. These usually show up in issues of everyday life. Continually presented and often dismissed or disregarded.

We can find ourselves flying blind disregarding these “instruments” and before we realize it, we are lost in a fog or storm and no longer have our bearings in relativity to the sights and sounds that surround us. As an aircraft has a compass and altimeter to course correct through warning instrumentation, your vision and senses can become impaired and obscured through self determination that what you think you see and hear is correct and on board with that which actually surrounds you.

You have a compass and it is not advisable to continue to disregard “the instruments” when you are warned of impending danger.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

What will happens when God begins to break through your blind spots and you find that you are being challenged by “compelling messages” in the details of your daily life? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. (Mark 4:22)

Perhaps you have tried so very hard to make your life work and it has left you numb, distraught, discouraged or confused. Perhaps our dreams and visions can become self directed for so long that we believe we can fly by our emotions and feelings and disregard the instruments and come out okay?

Remember that God provides you with His compass so please don’t keep trying to fly blind. It is not too late to trust the “instruments” God provides you and allow him to course correct so you are safe and can recover what may feel like has impossible to navigate.

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Sowing seeds of Love

As the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep of the earth in the beginning, God brooded over the deep expanse of the waters that were void of expressive life as we know it. A deep formless darkness encompassed the waters.

Then God spoke. At the sound of His voice life was given birth. Light came forth.

God created man in His image or likeness. So for those of us who have been born the second time of water and the Spirit, so that they can enter the kingdom of God are those who may inspired to press into what follows. (John 3:5-8). That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

We see the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

At sound of His voice every thing moves and everything is quickened.

In Ecclesiastes 3 we find an illustrative point to direct us.

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

The Spirit of God is always speaking the Word of God to us constantly in every moment. The question to ask ourselves is “am I listening to what God is saying?” What is He saying to you right now? Specifically what are you hearing?

It is apportioned to be either given out or applied.

To whom do you feel drawn to reach out to at this moment? Who comes to mind?

Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for we know not what disaster may happen on earth. We do not what may be about to occur in our own life and to those to whom our focus is drawn to.
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope. (Job 7:6). At some point our lives here on earth come to an end through some means or another, That is a given.

If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.

Life happens to us all and we know not the number of our days.

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. If we merely wait around, you know; “ I’ll just wait and see what happens first then I will decide what I will do with what God is speaking to me”. We have all said that at one time or another, haven’t we?

If we wait for circumstances alone to dictate the direction of our lives we will likely fail to plant our seed if we wait for a more convenient time or situation. What about that one person your life could touch or impact right now? He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

What has God put into your hand? How thankful are you for that?
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

The Spirit of God is moving anew and afresh in this hour.

For God so loved that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Are we choosing to live for eternity or are we distracted and caught up in the business of primarily living for the things of this temporal life? What I mean is are we focusing on what can change a person’s life by pouring the Word of God into them? Sharing your testimony from what God has and is doing in you? Or just being an instrument of God to reach out and extend his love?

How do you and I “so love”? I feel so compelled to love “as
God loves”. Is that attainable? I long to press toward this and yet…seem to fall so far short of it.
Yet right now my heart so cries for such. Perhaps you identify with this? When the heart so yearns and you find myself asking; but God…how?

Look unto the author and finisher of our faith.
Allow Him, now to who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, through Him we can.

My prayer is that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend the call of the Spirit of God upon your heart and to endure and to run the race set before you and finish well.

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are “white for harvest”. Oh so ripe those fields are and becoming even more so.

Are we hearing? Are we listening and are we responding?

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The Bride and the Battle Cry

Those who have known what it is to have walked through a great darkness such as a prolonged illness, affliction or having suffered great loss are often those that experience a great measure of light through Jesus that opens the eyes of understanding in a pronounced way.

They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death
Upon them has the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2)

In the midst of the valley of the shadow of death, there must come the dismissal of all fear. (Psalm 23)

I will say you never forget the many tears shed in the midst however when you come out of it and you will, there comes such a measure of joy that you will never be the same again.

It so radically transforms you to walk in an place of illumination gained from coming from such a dark place that when you come across another that is in the midst of such a dark place there arises within such a vehement righteous indignation that you are overcome with such great compassion that one can not help but earnestly contend for the faith being called upon in the midst.

I was not planning to write about this. It is very difficult for me to do so because it is so recent for me having experienced this yet the zeal of the Lord compels me right now more than words can say. I have experienced such great deliverance that only Jesus can do. He is the only one you can look to; there is no other.

We need to understand that we have an enemy who hates us; Satan who is out to kill, steal and destroy determined to stop us at all cost. His time is short and running out. There is a necessity to understand his divisiveness of his fierce determination. When the enemy has gone all out to sift as wheat the very essence of life out from within, then Jesus sets you free you are so free indeed!

I want to say that right now it is so essential to cry out to the Lord not just for yourself if you are where I speak of but to earnestly contend for the ones on your right and left that may be there. I feel God is saying it is time for a roar to arise from deep within to war for one another in the Body of Christ, the Ekklesia like never before.

A time to go to prayer and intercession. This means taking the Word of God and standing upon it, decreeing it, praying it and going forth weeping bearing precious seed and it is without doubtless that you shall come forth come bringing others with you as they too obtain their deliverance. (Psalm 126) This is a clarion call to prayer that is so being cried out for now. Please consider answering it!

This multiplies the nations into the Kingdom of God according to Isaiah 9. Go read it.
The increases the joy exponentially. Where is your joy level at right now? The joy level of someone you know? An absence of the joy of the Lord may well indicate a darkness problem.

They joy before the Lord according to the joy in harvest,
And as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

As Jesus has broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.

The church, the bride of Jesus is called into battle. The battle cry is sounding. A mighty army called to arise!

Do you need deliverance? How about some to your right and to your left? We all know some don’t we?

This is speaking to someone. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon him as He is near.

The Kingdom of God will be brought about not by human ambition,
but by God. He is getting ready to bring in some amazing resources into the foray among nations. He is asking his church to align in newness of this season.

The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.
Everything in this prophecy of Isaiah 9 is being accomplished
by God’s zeal. It does not hinge on man.

God causes the people who walked in darkness to see a great light. He brings joy to that desolate nation or individual. He causes the instruments of war to become fuel for the fire. He is answering the cries coming out of that place of desolation. I can attest to it from my own experience. I did not realize how much I needed deliverance…until I did. It then came out of place of brokeness and humility. That which has become expended has to end before the new can begin.

God does it by means of the moving of Holy Spirit.

When Isaiah says, “God’s zeal will do it”, it’s the same as saying,
“God’s Spirit will do it”.

The Spirit of God indwells every son and daughter of the King.

People are hearing the voice of Jesus and feeling the touch of His healing hand.

Take a hold of that outstretched hand, will you?

Will you partner with him as He asks right now?

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Let us forget not His Benefits

The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait upon Him. It is through His mercies that we are not consumed within the happenings of life that can challenge us. They are new and fresh every morning and His faithfulness never fails.

In the freshness that He brings into this new day, choose to embrace His many benefits. What are some of His benefits? In Psalm 103:2-5 we can see that He forgives all our iniquity, heals all our diseases, redeems our life from the pit, crowns us with steadfast love and mercy and satisfies us with good so that our youth may be renewed like the eagle’s. We can then mount up to meet many of life’s challenges with His help and blessings. I encourage you to claim these benefits. He who the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). Be set free by receiving the benefits he holds for you.

You have one opponent, Satan. He wants nothing more than to keep you distracted from these benefits. You have ONE champion; Jesus however, who is interceding for us through whom we are to TRIUMPH. “Never” forget that.

There is new choice fruit that God desires to be brought forth this season into your life. Fruit that comes from who “God” says that you are. Choose to let go of your old identity that has been simply defined by your past and your perceptions thereof and let it go and allow it to fall into the ground and die.

“Unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24) “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child will not enter it at all. And He took them in his arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them. (Mark 10:15-16)

Sweet contentment is found in the loving embrace of the Father. Rapturous heart to heart and spirit to spirit flow of the Fathers love is offered in each and every moment. Seek the one who knows you through and through.

Waiting will cultivate patience and humility. Jesus said “For without me you can do nothing”. (John 15:5) Blessed are all they that wait for Him. They that wait upon him shall renew their strength and mount up with wings as eagles and in our weakness is His strength made perfect in our lives. More often than not this process takes some time to walk out. So trust in the lord with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all of your ways and He will bring it to pass. Trust His process. Commit your way unto Him and He will bring it to pass.

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Walking out in Faith

Perhaps today or in recent days you have been hearing a specific message word from God that is speaking directly to where you are in life right now. Maybe you are not certain what to do or go with it.
Sure, many of us have been or are in such a place.

An opportunity to step into or exercise our faith awaits.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
(Romans 10:17)
God, of His own will brought us forth by the word of truth that we might be the kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18)
It is through His Word He brings us into our very best through Him. Firstfruits were the very best of the crop brought forward as an offering in the Old Testament in thanks to God for His provision. So we want to be our very best for God, right? The desire to take a step towards that is more than likely present; in our giftings, talents and abilities as well as financially.

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19)
The Word coming to us is sure and confirmation and follows if we are attentive and listening for what God is saying. Then taking steps in faith trusting God for what He is saying can follow.

Light will always shine into the dark places of our life. Light dispels the darkness though the darkness itself comprehends not. We cannot see when hemmed in by darkness. We must allow the light of God’s Word to pierce through the pockets of darkness in our lives and penetrate that which that may be keeping us stuck in certain areas of our lives. Until the dawning of clarity comes one must persevere.

Do not give up! They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and shall mount up with wings as eagles. (Isaiah 40:31)
It may feel as though or seem like nothing is happening or moving.
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Where is your level of joy at right now? The absence of that joy may well indicate a darkness problem. Are you weighted down or are you leaping like the deer?

I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint. (Habakkuk 2:1)

Bring your complaint before the Lord. He is ready to listen.

And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith. ( Habakkuk 2:2-4)

Get clear on what God is saying. Can you try writing that out? Can you communicate it into words? God’s timing may be different than what we may have in mind. Yet it follows through from beginning to end as Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last, alive forevermore, (Revelation 22:13)

The just shall live by his faith and…faith without action following is dead.

Walk wisely redeeming the time because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16). We are meant to be moving, advancing forward.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

How much are we allowing for this process in our lives?

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By Faith

Do you find it challenging to believe for that which you cannot yet see in the tangible reality of the moment? I’m sure most of have been there. The Word of God says that “now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV)”.
Do you remember what is was like as a child to so hope and to believe for something that you were willing to keep dreaming and believing “until” you could begin to feel as though you were touching the fringes of the garment of experiencing that? I’m sure most of us played “make believe”, haven’t we? God wired us to be highly creative as we are created to be “in his likeness”. He gave us an imagination to aspire to great achievement in and through Him. So where are you placing your hope, trust and assurance right now? “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Right now in the essence of that which God framed and spoke into existence through His Word is written… a story for each and every one of us to walk out. (Psalm 139:16).
Then life shows up and with it the turmoil of growth and various trials as part of the mix and out of it our true passions do surface and are in readiness to come forth. Will we apply these? Faith is not pursuing what I alone can see in the physical but rather trusting what God sees in me and what He has to say about me. It is so much more than me trusting in what I know I can do. I choose to let go of the familiar and what I am comfortable as a premise for what I believe I can achieve. I choose to stretch into what may feel may be beyond me and yet unseen. It does not matter what I have been and done. What about what is calling to me right now? My commendation shall come from stepping into the Divine story that God holds for me. The conviction of things not yet seen… as impetus in which I press into. I truly do not want to miss out on that adventure. So what is it going to be? I want to encourage you to determine to be driven by your God-given passions and apply all the gifts and talents he has given you, while allowing Him to aspire and fuel you with new vision, which is endless and fathomless. Our minds cannot begin to grasp the fullness of all of that. Yet step by step it can unfold in clarity and achievable action. Without faith it is impossible to please God and we must believe that He is and that He rewards those that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6). Exercise your faith and may there be stirred up within you the gifting placed within. Be one who an overcomes the giants and mountains in your life, for if God is for you and He is… then who can be against you? Jesus said “to be of good cheer for I have overcome the world”, in the midst of trials and testings, He is ever present. Here’s the deal; our faith is so very key here in the unfolding of God’s very best for our life. This it where it all begins so will you believe and trust Him today?

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