Independence Day

Happy 4th!

Thrilled to be in a free America and very grateful for the sacrifices other people have made in order to keep us free.

Freedom always requires sacrifice. If you pass up responsibility, you pass up your freedom.

The grace of God is a free gift via the responsibility that Jesus took in walking a blameless life and dying for our sins in our place. That death means we get access to His character. We are no longer bound to our lower natures. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” “There is therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free… from the law of sin and death.”

So, now as free people, what do we do?

We design our thought patterns; we design our lives; we design our finances; we design our health; we design our friendships. Do you want money? Stop spending it. Do you want to develop your talents? Risk, learn, fail, love, promise to enjoy your every waking day. David said in the Psalms: “Teach us, Oh Lord, to number our days.” While we are taught to count, we are taught to enjoy.

You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
Ecclesiastes 11:9

While you enjoy your life to the fullest, remember that God does instruct us on how to live.

He is Alpha. All knees will bow to Him. He is holy. He is Good. He is love. He died for you to be able to conquer sin and death in your own life and to have “LIFE and Life abundantly.”  He has an order for how life is supposed to work. This includes marriage, this includes finances. He’s not afraid of your brain and your ideas. Come, take your 40 billion neurons and reason with the Creator of the Universe. He’d love that. Come on. Do you think your brain power intimidates Him? Not at all! We are to be fully functional creatures and that includes the use of our stellar brains.

So, Jesus is the ultimate Judge. At the end of the age, all that you have done will be weighed. Do we step on the scale with Jesus? If we do, that means that we give all things to Him. “We are not our own, we were bought with a price.” “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and in all of your ways acknowledge Him….”

Part and parcel of being a part of Him is to be with Him–to walk by His standards, His ways, listening to Him and clear biblical teaching. “Build yourselves up in your most Holy Faith.”

That also means He is interested in your development as a human being that understands their boundary lines. One who understands that they are an individual as well as a part of a community, the Body of Christ.  One who develops themselves economically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically… and one who is able to rightly divide the Word of God from the perspective of The Alpha.

For it is the grace of God that teaches us to say no.. and it’s the grace of God that teaches us to say YES. For.. for every promise in Christ Jesus there is a YES and an AMEN. Amen is sort of like: so be it. Or, if you like Capt. Picard: Make it so!

“Bless Thou, Oh Lord, the works of our hands.”

He is a good Father. He will correct you when you are wrong; He will bandage you when you are broken; and He will let you know when you are driving down the path of destruction. Trust His Word. Trust that He is Good. He loves you so much that He gave up His own walk for you… for His Father.. for what was right. And the Father gave up His own Son.. for you. The Father chose you over His own Son. Yes, that’s right. Now, choose you this day… choose…. to walk after His steps. Whether you are rewarded only in Heaven.. set your eyes on the things above. At the same time, put your hands to the good work here. “Whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lords.”

 

Psalm16: “…4The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips. 5The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.6The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.…”

The Lord is your inheritance. And at the same time, go get your mountain, Caleb! Remember Caleb in the Bible? Remember that even though he was older, he conquered and tackled his land? GO GET IT BOY! GO GET IT GIRL!  Love, Amy

 

 

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Foxes on Fire

Song of Solomon 2:15 says: “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”

What little foxes are in your vineyard ruining your crop?

Jealousy, comparison, lust, condemnation, anxiety: these are all things that ruin your livelihood. The enemy of your soul would love to cripple you. He would love to take a bat to your knee caps and get you from being a powerful threat to an incapacitated, broken down person with a victim mentality… with a defeated spirit.

No Way. Take that bat back to the little foxes who would take away emotional food/happiness/ mental well being/ provision for you and the children after you.

Pick up your bat. Go hunting. Love your vineyard. Song of Solomon also says: “my vineyard is mine to give.” Remember, your mind is your own. Your life is your own. Let’s take care of our vineyards/minds.

Condemnation is Satanic. It has nothing to do with God. To indulge in it is to allow the robbers into your temple. You know what Jesus did about that. He went outside and cut him a switch. Shut up. No way. Yes…

What is your switch?

For God has not given me a spirit of ________ fill-in-the-blank but of love, power and a sound mind. A sound mind.

He came that we may have life and life abundantly. And that means fellowship with Him and that means wholeness. Recharge those batteries with His love, with the fact that He adores you, died for you, and indwells you.

And, He gave you the keys to live free. It is for freedom Christ set us free.

 

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Open Up Your Mouth

A Fire shut up in my bones….

But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

Proverbs says that passion is rottenness to the bones but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. God wires each person with a unique expression of Himself. He put us  in charge of running the earth. We are the vice regents and as such we are set on a course of pleasing Him. He is pleased to see us fulfilled to our highest potential. What are you holding back? What is it that God has been building in you? How do you express your love for God for other people?

Be #singleminded and focused. Get where you are going. Step by step. Don’t despise small beginnings.. because you aren’t small. You’re 10 feet tall.

 

Go you!

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The envy of them all: Mirror, Mirror.. who is…

I’ve never deeply struggled with envy or jealousy. So, I approach it with a sort of alien perspective. But I have been hurt by the envy and the jealousy of my friends. These are people I have respected very much and over years. However, those areas of dysfunction in their souls were spots that effected me and summarily wounded me. Therefore, I wanted to know what the Bible says about jealousy and envy. I also want to know how it works, what fuels it, and how to re-route it in order to convert that unhealthy passion into a healthy passion/energy in order to serve a healthy purpose. That conversion of negative energy into a positive energy is pivotal in maintaining friendships, community, and also good “emotional hygiene.”

Using your energy for good: How it’s supposed to work:

When I see someone has accomplished a fete I would like to accomplish, I get this intense interest in the person. It can prick my “HEY, I WANT TO DO THAT TOO” but it doesn’t overtake me. Because,  it’s not a comparison; I allow it to become a admiration for the effort put into the accomplishment. And then that, in turn, encourage to conquer my next goal. So, I allow that person to spur me on to good works (Hebrew 10:24). God has called me to be the captain and designer of my garden/life and to do it with Him Daily: “I was a craftsman daily at His side…rejoicing in the sons of men” (Proverbs 8). He has called us in Genesis to have “dominion” over our gardens/lives.

Competition:

There is a healthy competition. There is a healthy admiration. It’s called: a heart of plenty.

How it’s not supposed to work:

The heart of plenty that knows how wide and how deep the love of God is for them and for others; the heart of fear of knows only scarcity and lack which is a spiritual death for them and others. For example, it could be a fear of losing to someone else. Oftentimes, the heart of lack doesn’t have a clear understanding of the sovereignty of God in their lives and where their own boundary lines fall. “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places” (Ps.23).

God is a generous father:

God isn’t a  god of scarcity. He isn’t the “keep away” god with you as the monkey in the middle. However, on one hand, it’s so good to learn to fall in love with contentment and gratefulness. With the other hand, it’s good to hold onto moving ahead and knowing that God has plans for you to be on the cutting edge of life!

God is more than happy for you to get married. Get married! He is more than happy for you to make money: Make money! Prosper! Have children. Hearts full of fear and poverty limit the resources and the power of God by setting themselves in as god. That god isn’t a fun god surely he/she has limited understanding, resources, etc. Putting yourself in as “god of your life” happens so subtly, that you don’t really know it’s happening. You may even be reading this and think: I totally agree. I’m glad I’m not like that. Surprise! Let the Holy Spirit convict your heart and bring anything to the forefront.

Is there an area of surrender? Is your heart tugging at you?

Neither envy and nor deception with its layer after layer of self-justification, doesn’t come from the Father of Light. It comes from the father of lies. And those lies will become so delicious to you that you will suckle them and feed them and eat from them so that they become who you are. A person conveying death. You will no longer walk in a spirit of unity and you will no longer walk in a spirit of fealty to the living King of the Universe, but you will walk in the spirit of pride (a false matrix/universal order) and you crown yourself king of your own universe. That universe will become dark and gossipy and bitter and slandering and envious and it will all seem more and more and more logical. You’ll have stories to back up the bitterness. You’ll have stories to back up your paranoia and jealousy. Why? Because sin is deceitful.  It’s scatting like a crooning sensual jazz singer making up that crap as it goes.

And you cry: “sing to us a sensual song!” You are like children. You are neither adult nor mature when you give into these things:

“They who compare themselves to themselves, they are not wise.” Actually, you are foolish. Why’s that? “The foolish man says in his heart that there is no God.” The problem that you have is that you have dethroned the ONE true God. He no longer has the right to convict you of sin as you are too busy looking at the log in your brother’s eye.

When you begin to fix your eyes on other people’s stuff or other people’s relationships, other people will then become the rod of comparison or measuring tape for what you should or shouldn’t have and you will begin to want to have dominion over them instead of your own garden (I’ll speak more on ‘what is your own garden’ later). You will want to control them. Dominate them. Congratulations, you now have an idol. Yourself. You are the object of your affection, you are the object of your attention. You ask yourself: what am I getting? What is being take from me?  You are now the little angry god of your life. Why does that happen? Where are your eyes fixed?

There is only One who is Holy. There is Only One who is perfectly whole in everything that He does, and in every character quality. He is spotless and blemish free and without wrinkle. Perfection. He’s the One who is worthy to Open The Scrolls of the Book of Life. There is only One True God. It is not you. If you doubt that, please let me examine your life with you… I promise we can find areas of complete failure and lack of completeness and wholeness in your life. “The human heart is desperately wicked above all things, who can even know the depth?”

Humility is understanding where you are in the universal order. And that is, God is God and you are not. You are a mere mortal.

Every day, you need forgiveness. Every day, you need to forgive. If you do not, you are not participating in the well of Life. Here are some verses for you: “he/she is like a tree planted by streams of living water, whose leaf does not wither, whatever he/she does prospers.” “I would that you would prosper even as your soul prospers.” “May the eyes of your heart be enlightened in order that you may know how wide and how deep the Love of God is for you.”

A person with the mindset of plenty is a mature adult who lets their soul go to the watering hole and drink. A mature soul breathes the fresh air of the Bible and let’s their soul be comforted by the Holy Spirit who renews us and helps us to renew our vows to Love Him Most. $$$That’s where are “plenty” comes from.. from Him! We run out!!!! Come on, gang, don’t dry up and wither like a vine without water and therefore no fruit. The fire of your lusts will burn down your whole vine and you’ll have nothing left for you family, nothing left of your life. Don’t be foolish.

A person with the mindset of lack says: “that person is sucking up all the air in the room and they are taking mine too.” This is simply not true. There is plenty of air in the universe. Their souls are not full. They have not jumped into the watering hole. They are a “dry and weary land where there is no water.” “SPEAK TO THOSE DRY BONES!” Set up guideposts to remind yourself to JUMP IN and DRINK!

You can choose: don’t renew your mind, you don’t renew your soul and your own passions set your vineyard on fire, or you water take your mind to be renewed, you renew your should and you surrender all of your passions to Him.

I listen to Christians every day that spout death like a fountain on one side of their mouth and on the other side of their mouth, they spout wisdom. But if they are spouting death: gossip, slander, bitterness, envy, jealousy, strife, sensuality: then their heart is not right before the Lord. It is not functioning correctly. And soon enough, they will be caught in the snare that the enemy happily sets for them. Actually, they set their own traps for their own walk of faith and they bind themselves with their own sinful nature.

This Earth is born to entropy and as sparks fly upward so we are drawn to disfunction. So, let us lead our hearts to surrender to this passion: “therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Joy set before you: A Dad’s love:

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

You are daughter. You are son. You are forever connected to Him. That’s the reason he trims the trees. That’s the reason He prunes the vine. He *is* the vinedresser. He’s the Gardener. This is His Earth. You are His earth that He breathed on in order to bring you to give you life in order to Him to be able to walk with you. His heart will not stop.. like a restless sea.. until all of the nooks and crannies of your heart are fully surrendered to Him. He corrects so that He can be even closer. So that you, glorious you, can be even brighter. Even bolder. Even stronger in the Love of the One who died for you, his daughter, his son. Come on now, don’t you know that all of us have fallen short of the glory of God? Which one of us can fold our arms and stand far off from Him when He’s right there– reaching out–falling in love with us every minute– the people He died to fall in love with every minute and fell in love with so that He laid His life down for us and died.

It’s those special people in the Bible that catch our eyes. The Davids, the Enochs, The John The Beloved: “The One Whom The Lord Loved.” We are all of them. We are caught up without death and able to walk with Him. We are in our fields and alone in our work when He delivers the bear and the lion to our hands. We are leaning on His chest… listening to the sound of His Heart. May our hearts match the rhythm of His great big heart for us, His bride. God bless us… every one.

Fix your eyes and lay your heard on His shoulder, still your soul like a weaned child. Wean yourself from your temper tantrum of jealousy. It’s childish. Your Creator extends His Hand and invites you to grow up. Grow On. Grow in love with Him so that the seed and fruit you bear is a rich, fruitful offering to Him.

Amy

 

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inviting guests

I broke my foot while staring at the stars.

I am here. I have this huge man boot on and am still showing houses.

My last client had a cast on his left foot and I on my right. We hobbled around looking at houses together. People would stop and stare. The first look would be: “aw, look at that poor lady.” The second look would be: “oh, my goodness! Two handicapped people!”

We made up a story: we were training together in a martial art and we kicked each other’s leg at the same time. He actually broke his foot on a ruck march landing squarely on a stone.

We wrote and offer 50k under the asking price. It is a foreclosure. We’ll see.

Stars are shiny. I’ve got it worse than an infant staring at a ceiling fan. So, it’s decided. I will make my way to my new house and find a deck with a telescope somewhere.

It’s been hard. Then they found out I had arthritis in my two front toes on my broken foot. Said it looked like an old injury. I’ve been telling people it’s because I’ve been kicking too many people in the ass. :)I fractured my fibula near the ankle. I remember that because I call it “the fibber.”

So, it’s been a long week. Had a friend remind me to “invite the Lord” to come and be with me. Good reminder. Come, and be with me, Lord. While I navigate my business on crutches. You are not only the Provider but your are The Provision. You are the fish and the loaves. You are the Lamb that was slain. Obe One, You are my only hope. 😉

I invite you to invite the Lord to hang out with you this week. Be your strength. Be your hope. Be your shiny star and your smooth path. And hope.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Morning Call to Fruitiness

John 6:43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered.

I was told to write a gratefulness journal. So, here goes: I’m grateful for love. I am grateful that He continues to teach me, lead me, sing to me. Love is patient. Kind. No envy. No boasting. It keeps no record of wrongs. It is kind. Only rejoices in the truth.

And the truth is:  We are to put on compassion for one another as if we were sinking into clothing. At a certain point, kids are able to dress themselves. Their attempts at dressing come out awkwardly at first and then they start to figure out how to dress with style and with an eye for the occasion.

For grown Christians, every occasion is the right one to clothe ourselves with the fruits of the Spirit. We can be “fruity” without being nuts. 🙂

Check out Colossians 3. This verse uses the ancient Greek word ἐνδύω which means: “to put on, to sink into (clothing), put on, clothe one’s self.”

Colossians 3

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on ἐνδύω a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
 
1- ἐνδύω Means to sink into or to clothe oneself or array as if it were a beautiful garment. Picture sinking into the perfect PJs. You have to yield to the clothing. Yield to dressing yourself. 
 
 

Helpful Steps to Fruitiness:

1- Forgive one another:

One of the course setters for my life has been: “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ.” If you set your mind on the things of heaven, it orders your priorities. If someone slights or insults you in any way, you can remember that He counts you. You are valuable to Him.  And that you’re working for a reward that isn’t here. It’s just not here. What about the eternal value of the soul that is insulting you? What about the value of your soul- that sweet-smelling fragrance before the Lord? Forgiveness comes easier when have an eye on the sovereignty of God. What does the Lord want from me?

Forgiveness comes easier when you are fully shielded by faith in Him.

2-Pick up your shield of Faith: Being shielded means that your life is hidden. Your identity belongs to Him alone. What He says about you is the truest thing about you. He has hidden you in the folds of His garment (Colossians 3:3-4). He has protected you and He has a name for you that no one else knows (Revelation 2:17). How can they truly insult you? Don’t you know that you are different from the biological shell that transports you around this round globe?

Your inner-man is the person He crafted to stay for eternity:

2 Corinthians 4: 6 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Attitude Adjustment:

3-Know who you are: built to last for eternity by THE CREATOR. Know that you are hidden with Him. He alone owns and knows your inner man truly.

4- Yield to God’s sovereignty; yield to His purposes. You were called into one Body. You were called to be a part of the Body of Christ so clothe yourself …sink into the fluffiest pajamas ever: brotherly love. Christ calls us to unity. If Christ calls you to do something, are you going to tell Him no? If you have felt unsafe with Christians, Christ will help you find your inner balance of interacting and putting boundary lines down until you are fully clothed with His shield of Faith. Sometimes, we lack the “skin” that unity requires. We need healing. Sometimes it has nothing to do with the Church. Sometimes, it has to do letting our inner selves be strengthen by Him so that we are sound enough to be around other people. Baby steps.

And aside from that, there is being salt and light to people who are called to be Christians and are what I call: “pre-Christians.”

Each person around the world, no matter how jacked up they are, could really use a sister. Could really stand to have a brother. If you can see that… past all of their issues or weirdness or even inappropriateness… then you might catch a glimpse of what it means to be salt and light.

5- Be sober. Be alert. Be aware that the enemy of your soul would love to sift you and drag you down the drain pipe of whatever temptation is around you.

A dear friend of mine said: “The only difference between us and unsaved people is that we know Jesus.” Otherwise, we are the same but to whatever degree we have yielded our inner and outer man to be renewed:

“Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him….”

Christ as the great equalizer:

He brings a “renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.” Don’t look for overnight change in people. Think of it as an investment for years and years down the road.

6. Rest assured that you can rest assured in Him. He has you in His Hands and all the details of your life. I hope this helped you. This is about growing into Him- into the organic armor of the Lord: the shield of faith helps you love people. The shield of faith allows you to be part of the community that God sovereignly placed in your life and a part of the community that you chose. All of the different communities require faith. Faith for them. Faith for you. Faith in Him.

7. And peace. Anxiety is another thing that will ROB you blind. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

What does it mean to let the peace of Christ rule in your heart?

βραβεύω

is the ancient Greek word for “rule” used in the above verse and it more fully means:

  1. to be an umpire

  2. to decide, determine

  3. to direct, control, rule

That is associated with

βραβεῖον

the Greek word for prize:

  1. the award to the victor in the games, a prize

  2. metaph. of the heavenly reward for Christian character

That word is used in these verses: 1Co 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? G1017 Run in such a way that you may win.

And also in Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

So press on. Be the winner. Be the victor. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ.” If you are a Christian, you are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:20). Honor God in your heart. Let your inner man yield to the Sovereign God’s order. Set (direct) your mind. Let the peace of God umpire your mind. Set up guideposts or markers. Gentle reminders. 

And be thankful. 

“Since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

Ps. A part of letting the peace of Christ to ump your heart is this: “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Practice fruitiness. Practice peace. Practice regarding God in every moment.  At whatever point you are not regarding Christ in your decisions as The Commander, you have become foolish.

Psalms 14:1 “The fools says in his heart: there is no God.” The ancient Hebrew word for fool is Nabal. The root word of nabal (fool) is nabel which means: to sink down. to sink or drop down, languish, wither and fall, fade.

Interesting that we have two different types of sinking. 1- we relax “sink down as into a garment” or “put on”  God’s sovereign plan for us to be in unity with the Body of Christ and becoming renewed in the knowledge of our Creator. 2- Or, we sink dow, drop down, languish, wither, fall, fade into death.

“There is a way that seems right unto a man but the end therefore is death.”

Either way we die to ourselves. We die and become hidden in Christ, who is Life Itself, eternal life. Or, we die and wither, languishing in an eternal death. Your choice.

“Choose you this day.” We have the prerogative and the command to choose from our Creator. His sovereign plan includes choice. Who you hang around, who you date, if you argue, if you fight for your own rights so much that you become argumentative and unpleasant for other people and yourself. “It is better to live on the corner of a roof than with an contentious woman.” Or, in another translation: “it’s better to live on the corner of a roof than in a wide house with a brawling woman.”

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Colossians 3:

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

8.The Daddy Issue: We don’t do these things for the sake of people. We do them as unto the Lord. Meaning: we do them because He is worthy. He is good. He is holy. He is love. He is worth it. He is our Dad. He will reward. There is no favoritism. “Do not be deceived, what you sow you will reap.”

“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors….”

9. Rely on Him. Don’t rely on your own strength. Or the strength of your friends or money. Rest. Be patient. Keep an eye on the prize. Sink down into the fluffiness of His rest on a daily basis. On an hourly basis. Moment by moment. Rest. It’s the state of your inner man that knows his Sovereign. It’s the state of your soul that knows that your eternal placement as a son or daughter of the Lord is already secured. You have your eyes… on the prize.

Philippians 3:14-20 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ….”

In closing: Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ.”.

The prize is Him. Genesis 15:6: The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. The prize is walking in your inheritance now “on Earth as it is in Heaven” that unbroken communication between you and the Lord. Knowing what His will is and moving toward it. We are yielding, resting, watching, waiting and then acting on His call. His voice. What is the Lord saying?

He’s saying: “stop grumbling among yourselves” and “as Beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as I forgave you, so also should you forgive others. Beyond all these things put (sink into) on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Merry Christmas, Beloved. Merry Christmas to the Body of Christ. May we press on to ‘grab a hold of’ that which Christ ‘grabbed a hold to’ for us.

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