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Light unto our Path

 

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In our walk in our Lord, we cannot see far, yet we can see far enough, far enough to keep walking into Him.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet
            And a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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Sunflowers

Reflections of His Nature

The Heavens declare His glory, and the earth reflects His Nature.

O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! Psalm 8:1

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Jesus Christ

 

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Cleaning House

Out with the Old, and in with the New

I’ve been going through the gospel of John, and this morning seeing something that lies beneath the surface of the written Word.

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. John 2:13. Here we see Jesus at the beginning of His ministry making His way to Jerusalem for the Passover. What is intriguing about the wording here is it is referred to as “the Passover of the Jews”. This observance had become infiltrated by mans religious nature, and our Lord expressed His displeasure. Moses saw this day in different Light, ‘Then on the fourteenth day of the first month shall be the LORD’S Passover.’ Numbers 28:16.

Zeal for a New House

And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;
and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” John 2:14~16

As Jesus entered the Temple His zeal for purity, truth, and understanding was expressed physically. Demonstrating His zeal for the will of our Father. What we see here is Jesus clearing out the old traditions of men, and expressing Truth on a higher plane. His Word is for us today, and it is vital we see this inwardly, and understand our Father’s heart with new insight.

The Temple is symbolic, and can represent more than one point, but here we need to see that it represents our thinking, our interpretation of the Word. Each of us have incorrect understandings, traditions based upon inaccurate teaching, or the need to move into a deeper walk with our Lord.

We need a fresh start, one based upon a revelation from our Lord. Our ‘house’ needs to be cleansed of the old, and made new, our spirit must be washed by His Word. From this we will see Him in new Light.

Repentance is release, releasing us from what has bound us, and freeing us to move into a new, clearer and uplifting walk in our Lord. Repentance is often for what we are not yet. There is something very healthy in seeing ourselves as He sees us, and drawing nearer to Him, clinging to His garment, wrestling with Him until we receive more of His Life. There is always more, much more of Him to see, our old ways must be overcome by His Living Word. From this we see more clearly, and love more deeply our Lord and His Way of Life.

“His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” John 2:17

May we embrace the Lord with increased zeal, to have our “house” truly become a house of prayer. For this is exactly what Jesus expressed to the Woman at the well.

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23, 24

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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The Meal

Diet and Nutrition 

There is a heightened awareness today regarding our health, reading labels, avoiding processed foods, and finding new ways to eat healthy meals. This indeed has merit for we have all heard “you are what you eat”. This concept has a deeper meaning, and one that involves Life.

True Food

During the time Jesus walked this earth he used an example, one that filled a physical need, but carried a deeper meaning. This was of course the feeding of the multitudes from a few fish, and a little bread. From this event He gained a following, the problem was they sought Him for the wrong reasons, they were after the free meal. Our Lord had a different intent.

After this event there was discussion among the religious minded, they were seeking confirmation, but only when it matched their religious perspective. The Lord was very clear that He was far more interested in expressing Truth than filling their bellies, or assuaging their fragile psyche.

What the Lord was expressing is our need to consume a understanding that is beyond our human reasoning, to eat and drink a meal that has eternal value. A meal that we find only in Him. Here we find the spiritual nutrition to understand Life, and it’s mystical meaning.

“I am the bread of life. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6: 48~51

 

The physical creation is but a shadow of Truth, and in this discourse the Lord was speaking of a realm of Life that we can enter, abide in, that we find true nutrition.

Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6: 52~58

In our submission to His Lordship we find that He is true to His Word. In His Faith we can see this meal, it’s as if each day He sets a table before us, one that is perfectly prepared for us. One that is prepared in the greatest Love, for this is His Nature.

A meal is of no value unless we consume it, and it must be eaten one bite at a time. A good meal is one we enjoy, savoring the flavors, the complexity of the ingredients. And that not only satisfies our hunger, but fuels our bodies.

David understood this, he was a man after our Fathers heart, and his word, is for us to understand.

” O taste and see that the LORD is good;
            How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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“Go and Do”

Asking and receiving Mercy comes with a requirement.

To see the need of mercy, and to find it like a deer that pants for water, is to taste of the Lord and to drink of His goodness. In and through this we then more fully comprehend the meaning of Love.

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” “The one who showed him” mercy, replied the expert in the law. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36, 37

For Love is the very Nature of God, His desire is for each of us to become channels, expressions of His very Nature. This is what the entire creation is awaiting.

 

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
Romans 8:19

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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Good?

As Jesus walked this earth He was referred to as “good teacher”. His response was “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but One, that is, God.” Mk. 10:18

Today we throw the term good around with little regard for what it truly means. What the Lord was expressing was that mans nature is anything but good. Rom. 8:7

We are not good enough, we are born with a defect that can never become what we want. What is needed is a Spiritual transfusion, His nature becoming our nature, this is only found in our submission to his Lordship.

This same point is emphasized in Isaiah.

 

 

“They will come to say of Me, ‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him and shall be put to shame.

“In the Lord all the offspring of Israel will be justified, and will glory.” Isa. 45: 24, 25

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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Why?

Acts of Faith

Acts chapter 4 describes a battle that the early disciples faced as the Living Word was coming forth through them. Healings were demonstrating the power and effectiveness of the Word being made flesh. The results from this were expressed in two different ways, and therein lies the story for us today.
The event that is recorded in Act 3 is one we all have knowledge of, there was a man who was lame, unable to walk, as Peter and John passed him by the man cried out for alms. The man was accustomed to begging for compassion, what he received is symbolic for each of us.

“And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.

But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!”

And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”

And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.

With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.”

Acts 3:2~7

 

Learning how to Walk

The man from his natural birth was afflicted, and unable to walk, he in this affliction understood he needed help, and was seeking help. This is a vital point; he knew that he needed help. When Peter and John saw this man they were moved by the power of Life that was in them, and spoke Life, not from their human reasoning, but from the Living Word that was within them. “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” The results of this are for us today to see and hear in our spirit, to look beyond the literal or historical lessons and to allow the Lord to bring His Word to Life within us. Yet there is more to this story, and there was resistance from the status quo.

“As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them,

being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening”

Acts 4:1~3

Here we see symbolic language, indicating the internal battle we all face as the Living Word is heard in our spirits. There are forces that are symbolized by the “the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees” that must be overcome not by our will or power but by His Spirit. This is vital for us to see in order for us to walk in the power of His healing, resurrections form our dead ways, and walk in a realm of Spirit and Truth.

“On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem;

and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent.

When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people,

if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well,

let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health.

“He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply.

But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another,

saying, “What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

“But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.”

And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” Acts 4:5~18

The response voiced in Peter was the Lord ministering to those with ears to hear vital truth that we must grasp. The ruling authorities were confronted, and we must see the same is with us. This is an all-out offense to our natural thinking, or understanding. This is the establishing of His Lordship within us, and the Living Word becoming our source of Life. This what our Lord is looking for, people that will allow through grace His will to be established within them.

 

 

“But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;

for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened;

for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM,

who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ‘WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS?

‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.’

“For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,

while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:19~31

 

What we must see it that just as the elders, rulers, and Sadducees resisted the Lord and His Lordship in the exchange with Peter and John, this same condition in various ways exists within each of us. And we must allow the Word of God to speak within us boldly, shaking us free from the bondage of our captors, the false perceptions, and vain imaginations.

This is all about the body of Christ coming forward, and expressing His nature here and now today. When we take stock of the volatile condition of the world, it is absolutely clear there is a need for the rightful rule of our Lord. Man the corporate and individual does not know the way to Peace. This is expressed on all levels of man’s existence. This is the role for the many membered Body of Christ to come forward, and to establish His rule here today.

Today His Voice is spoken, and just as David spoke in his day, the same is true for us, why?

“O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM,

who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ‘WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS?

‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.’

Lord we hunger for your will, and your Life to fully become ours, we believe in your Word Lord, may it be so, may it be so.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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