“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36)

This concept just keeps coming back to me.  To persevere.  And to persevere is often a severe action and heart focus and mindset.   In some ways, such a foreign word to our culture.  But absolutely necessary for spiritual victory.

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From Heaven’s view, it has never been about Black vs White. It has always been about Light vs Darkness. Light reaches out across racial, cultural and economic distinctions, and Darkness uses these things to build walls. Light seeks justice, and Darkness seeks revenge. Light speaks hope and Darkness speaks despair.

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“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD — and He will delight in the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2-3)

One of the many amazing things about Jesus (when He walked this earth, back in the day), was that, in any given situation, He knew what the true PRIZE really was. He seldom responded to any situation the same. He was always listening to the Spirit, never allowing the external things to mislead Him. He never relied on a FORMULA, because He had true discernment which in turn came from the fear of the Lord.

“…if you CALL OUT for insight and CRY ALOUD for understanding, and if you look for it as for SILVER and search for it as for HIDDEN TREASURE, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:3-6)

Acquiring true DISCERNMENT requires the Fear of the Lord…and, like anything of real, lasting value and importance, takes a lot of effort (passionate pursuit!). But it’s so worth it.

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“One that loved not wisely but too well.” (William Shakespeare)

The test and defining reality of true Love and true Wisdom is Eternity.  It is good to comfort people with God’s comfort. But when we see someone struggling in sin and only give their life a hug and never dare to share the Truth, then we are actually enabling them in their bondage.  I call this “unsanctified mercy.”

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:6)

“And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

I am not saying that we should aggressively confront people or start out a conversation with the issue of sin.  The apostle Paul said that he wanted to be “all things to all men, that some might be saved.”  It is so important to meet people where they are, and to come along side them in their struggle.  But that is never enough.  At some point, we need to be God’s vessel for helping them move from where they are, past their sin, into the life and freedom God is calling them to.

“Instead, speaking the Truth in Love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

 

HUMANISM= the ultimate selfie.
THE INCARNATION = the ultimate photobomb.

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I was lying in bed one day, wandering somewhat aimlessly in my thoughts, when the Spirit clearly interjected a question into my mind: “HAVE YOU EVER HEARD A TRUMPET BLAST?” I thought “Hmmm, I’m not sure.” He directed me to the trumpet blast in Exodus 19. In this account, when the trumpet was heard, there were two very different and distinct reactions: The people who were not hungry for God trembled with fear and drew back. But Moses, who was consumed with hunger for God, ran like a bride running to her wedding, to meet with God on the mountain top (even in the midst of all the shaking and fire and smoke).

Later that same day, I received what I believe is a continuation of what God was saying. I ended up going over to some friends’ house and there was a guy there that I had met only once before. And when I saw him, he immediately said “I had a dream about you last night. In the dream, there was a scary, destructive flood, and because of this flood, you and I and others were forced up a mountain to seek higher ground. I saw you on this mountain lying face down, praying. Then Jesus came and placed His hand on your head and began praying for you, and your face began to glow.”

And then I realized that there were some similarities to these two revelations. When the trumpet blast sounded, Moses also went up a mountain, where, in the Presence of God, his face began to glow, as did my face in my friend’s dream.

WHAT I BELIEVE GOD IS SAYING IS THIS: All this refers to the things that are now happening in the earth in this season. A trumpet is being sounded. And we, like all people, have a choice – to either allow passivity and fear and depression and discouragement and unbelief to overcome and overwhelm us – or to allow the events in the world to push us “up the mountain” and closer to God.

And as this watershed event continues to happen across the planet, it will be clearer and clearer who is governed by fear and who is inspired by God, as the darkness gets darker and the Light gets brighter – and then those who are overwhelmed by fear and darkness will see the Bride, shining like Moses, and MANY will run to the light of Christ that they see reflected in her face. And this, I believe, will usher in the last great revival before the Bridegroom returns.

 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought with a Price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

When we first began this journey of faith, who knew how all-consuming this God of holy Fire and Glory and Love would really be?  But every day, it becomes more and more clear to me — He wants it all.

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