When Jesus says something then it’s true, this is a concept that merchants dismiss. Listen to Him once again please….
“He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” ~ Luke
Remember it’s always today, so today as you read this allow Him to speak into you, to anoint your heart, for in Him you are free…
Rejoice you have The Lord’s favor, (always have & always will…all ways).
Jesus is fun, He digs Life, and He digs…you!
as we awaken to who we are and who Jesus is to us…all of us there is a deep need, and longing for true Love.
when we look to Him we see He is our everything, a faithful friend, elder brother, Father, Lover…and mother.
as His body comes together in Him it’s His desire that we collectively and as He leads individually express this motherly aspect of Him. this is not based on gender, for we are gender neutral. He will provide and equip His saints as He sees fit, we must be responsive to His heart.
His heart and home is like a mothers kitchen, always open, always ready to serve a tasty meal.
“Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, that person is My brother and sister and mother.”
“Our heavenly Father wants to put us together according to the life of His Son. Flesh and blood cannot accomplish that; only the Father can. He wants to put us together in such a way that the gates of hell cannot prevail against us.”
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[Note from Pam:] I have been waiting for some insight into what to share next on Jay’s blog, and it almost seemed by accident that I ran across the following portion that he had written inside one of his books (which is available for free download here). It seems timely on more than one level, and I hope you find it resonates to your spirit as well.
“Three years into the original writing of this manuscript, the Lord seemed to be resisting its completion. My impression was that He was saying that the way of life suggested was too theoretical when compared to the reality in which I was then living. It was as though He was saying that I needed to find out experientially whether these things were so. The last four years of its completion were spent in an intense search. I had been “… looking for…
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Whole lot of shakin goin on…
There is a shaking underway, and this shaking will be relentless until The Lord gets what His heart desires.
His desire is to be The Shepherd, Pastor, Minister, Priest, and Lover for His people. In this He will express His deep desire for intimacy, and oneness with you and Him. In this He will build you together with other saints, other Living stones. His workmanship, and beauty will be expressed, and it will all be so beautiful, natural, and beyond your wildest imagination.
How does He build His house? Rest & Trust is His Way
He alone is the builder, and this building is devoid of any and all of the systems of man.
There is a cry that fills His creation, “Come to me…” in this coming to Him He provides us His rest.
In His rest trust is developed, inward trust, trust not in the flesh, but trust in Him and His Spirit. This is often accomplished in the ‘desert’, we may be somewhat isolated, but never alone, somewhat unplugged, but always connected to Him. During this rest, and trust He builds us inwardly, and crafts us in His image, His likeness. There we find over and over we are His and He is ours.
Treasure this time, rejoice in this time, it more valuable than gold, and better than any previous time in your life, relax, drink deeply from His well. Rest in Him He will lift you up.
Trust and rest lead to…Love
As The Lord builds you inwardly, spiritually, and intimately He will start laying other saints on your heart. Don’t try to figure this out, don’t try to fit in, or to fit someone in. Just as before this is the work of His hands. You will become connected, with who ever He desires, this connection can come from anywhere, people you know, or ones you don’t know…yet. Relax He knows what He is doing, and it will over time be abundantly clear who these saints are.
Embrace and esteem these relationships, they are precious, and rare. Allow Him to have His way in them, allow Him move you, to express your heart to each other, He is The Lord of all relationships, and He will fit you together. In these relationships you will find true Love, Love that is from above, Love that is pure, and true, Love that is expressed through the One who is Love.
Second only to awakening to the Love and Life of Jesus Christ, is the awakening to who you are connected to in His body.
The Cross, and His Home
In this beautiful work The Lord is accomplishing you will find that the cross is essential, here we find that as He builds you, there is less of you in you, this is an ongoing process, relax and rest, and trust, its His way.
There is a death that happens here, it is a death to that which is not true, pure or uplifting. This will come as He is more fully revealed to you, and just as you embrace His Life and Love, we must embrace the death that is associated with His cross. Don’t try to figure this out, it will come, and there is always a resurrection following this process, and everything looks different after this resurrection. Life always proceeds or is the outflow of this pruning.
The cross has two planes, vertical, and horizontal. As He builds you up in the vertical plane, (the first commandment), He will add to the horizontal plane (other saints). This is a ongoing cycle, and it is very beautiful, and messy, and tearful, and deeply significant, trust Him He knows what He is doing. Embrace Him at all times through this process, keep your eyes on Him, this is His deepest passion for you, to build you into His body, house, and Kingdom…Rejoice!
Rejoice!!! I say again Rejoice!!!
“And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.…” ~ Hebrews 12:26
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28~30
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34,35
“you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Peter 2:5
Unless the LORD Builds the House A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
~ Ps 127
To embrace True Love is to embrace Truth, Truth & Love are One. In Him we find redemption, renewal, and restoration.
He sets us free from all that is not Truth & Love and welcomes us into all that is Truth & Love.
He is The Way
The Truth is The Truth, He through The Holy Spirit reveals His Truth.
Truth is and ocean, Truth is a fire, Truth is Life.
Truth and Love are One
To Love is to Love Truth, to have Truth we must Love.
His Life leads us deeper and deeper into speaking The Truth in Love.
1 Corinthians 13
Amplified Bible (AMP)
“If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It’s is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).
But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood by God]
And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three;
but the greatest of these is love.”
I’ve heard where some will devalue Love, that it’s a portion of Jesus Christ, but they want the fullness, or bigger picture.
In my life, and the walk that I’m on in The Lord I cannot find, nor has it been revealed what is lacking in Love.
Paul seems to have the same perspective, and his perspective was revealed to Him by The Lord.
I urge my fellow saints to drop the theological, the judgmental, the denominational, the spiritualism, the us vs them, and any other practice, and simply seek to know Him and His Love. To seek who you are and how deeply you are Loved, ask that it may be revealed to you the depth and beauty of His Love for you.
Then ask Him for the ability to live this out in and through His indwelling presence.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~ Jesus
your brother in Love