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True Intimacy

Google search brings up the following:

in·ti·ma·cy
noun
close familiarity or friendship; closeness or a private cozy atmosphere

I don’t mind sharing that I’ve been married twice and frankly never experienced intimacy with either husband. Certainly people use the word intimacy euphemistically for sexual acts and that is not to what I am referring. I am referring to a true closeness between the core of who you are and the core of who another person is.

I have been privileged and continue to be so, in that I have intimate enduring friendships, some going back over 20 years now. But I’ve really been dancing with this whole concept of intimacy lately.

What does intimacy with the Lord look like? Maybe you, like I, have been hearing the sexual euphemism for so long that is prevalent in the American culture, that the idea of intimacy with the Lord sounds strange. But recently, the Lord revealed to me that without true intimacy with Him, we can never know true intimacy with a lifelong spouse.

Truly falling in love with our First Love and maintaining that, as our first priority, is the only way to fulfillment. Only then, can the true door to intimacy on all levels be opened to us in human relationships….

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.
Revelation 2:4‭-‬5 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/rev.2.4-5.AMPC

Christian Life

Imago Dei

Identity: What’s in your core being? Who do you resemble? What makes you who you are? Who do you believe you are?

For many of us, development of identity can be a very lengthy if not lifelong process. I submit, that if we do not know who we are, it is impossible to fulfill our purpose.

What informs your sense of identity? For me, I have to look at the Bible to get a picture of my Creator. I read in there that He created man and woman in His image. The Bible uses what might be termed personified imagery for the only true and powerful deity. But what if we stopped looking at ourselves and then trying to figure out God and instead read about and experience who He is so that when we look at our reflection and our actions we can see how much we resemble Him?

In the church, we always talk about how we are His hands and His feet and in the Aaronic blessing it discusses God making His face to shine upon us. The Word also says that He breathed life into man when He created Adam, that we are the apple of His eye, He upholds us with His righteous right hand and on and on the examples go.

I believe our actual physical structure as well as how our character and mentality are designed to be, are reflective of how God Himself is. The unfortunate thing is that it’s so easy to believe the lies that are whispered in our ears about who we are. When we believe the lies, it changes not only how we see ourselves but how we conduct ourselves and in turn how other people perceive us.

I believe the Lord would challenge us today to trust what He has written about us and to listen to what He whispers in the quiet place when we are alone with Him, the Only One who truly knows and understands us even better than we know and understand ourselves.

Identity is one of the keys to unlock your destiny!

Christian Life

Infiltration and Distraction

      in·fil·trate
      verb
  1. enter or gain access to (an organization, place, etc.) surreptitiously and gradually, especially in order to acquire secret information

    Have you heard it said, the devil goes to church to? I have. In fact, I’ve said it. Have you heard about witches running the prayer teams? I heard about that from a minister who was given Revelation and shared with the local pastor. The woman was speaking in some type of tongue and the minister commanded her to say clearly what she had been speaking and she was calling upon the power of Satan. She was a busy body who was sent there to garner information, infuse chaos and bring destruction.

    Definition of distraction

    Noun

    1: something that distracts : an object that directs one’s attention away from something else

    2: the act of distracting or the state of being distracted – especially : mental confusion

    If you look at the definitions of these two words, then you compare to what you see going on perhaps in your own life as a Christian or in the lives of others around you in the church, I think you will be able to affirm that one or both of these are occurring at any given time in or around you.

    As we are kept busy, or in a tizzy, we become ineffectual. if we don’t rightly discern spirits, through the Holy Spirit, there can be all kinds of demonic activity going on even within the church walls.

    I encourage myself and you to pause today and pray for discernment of spirits and laser focus on God’s purpose for your life along with the strength to walk-in and pursue it.

    God bless you!
Christian Life

Are You Baptized?

How often do you think about the Holy Spirit? What do you believe about the gifts of the Spirit? I’d like to revisit the second chapter of Acts.

AND WHEN the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place, When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].
Acts 2:1‭-‬4 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/act.2.1-4.AMPC

Some say that this gift is not for today. Some say that the Spirit will only give you utterance to speak in a foreign Earthly language as referenced in this passage. Some acknowledge that you may be speaking in a Heavenly language that is unknown here on the Earth. I’ve even had some individuals claim that it is satanic to speak in unknown tongues. I’m sure that since he mimics God so much, he probably has some version of tongues.

We use the term baptized in the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost in the church oftentimes with the evidence of speaking in tongues. To be baptized is to be all in, completely immersed, evidence of being decided.

The Holy Spirit is the one that gives us power to stand, to overcome. I know that many of us were raised in various denominations. But I challenged us to go directly to the Word of God rather than the tenets of men.

God wants to give us good gifts, the best gift of all is Himself. The Holy Ghost is part of the triune God of the Bible. What would cause us to reject the gift that He is trying to give us of Himself?

I would encourage you that strength comes more and more as you activate the gifts of the Spirit. It says in the Bible that the Spirit prays and groans. He knows what we need and can express in a way that doesn’t get circumvented in the logic of our mind as we speak in our own Earthly native tongue. When we pray and praise using the gift of tongues, we are infused with His power, given strength for the day and more aptly armored for the battles that we are facing.

Please don’t turn his gift away.

Christian Life, love

What’s in Your Mouth?

I work in a secular setting where I don’t have the breadth of freedom I wish I had to say all of the things that are so important to people’s souls. Certainly, the Lord has opened doors over the years and I am very thankful to Him for so doing.

But as I contemplate the Christian Life and our purpose, it leads me to ask what is in the mouth of the believer. I am noticing a divergence within the church. I think it’s important here to remind us of the scripture that says a house divided against itself will not stand. It is also important to remember that Jesus said if we deny Him before man He will deny us before His Father in Heaven.

I don’t know if it’s a trend but I suspect so. What am I talking about? I am talking about us trying to be so palatable to the world and so ingratiating that we blend in. We are a set apart people, the Word says. It says we are the salt and the light here on Earth and that a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. It also says if the salt loses its savor it is good for nothing but to be trampled under foot.

I find that some parts of the body are allowing Satan to come in full force. There is a shying away from words like Christian, holiness, Bible and even church. The Bible says come out from among them and be ye separate. If you have what I have and I’m not doing well, I will not seek you out for help because you’re in just as bad of shape as I am. But if you have something different, something extraordinary that is drawing me to you because I know in some way you will point me to the right answer, I will come running to you.

In the business world I’ve been told to dumb myself down. In my personal life I’ve been told the same. In the church world I’ve been told to not be so bold because I might frighten away those that are not yet believers.

But the Lord is speaking to me greatly about my identity, knowing who I am and coming out from the herd or the crowd. I really have to go the way of the ministers that are boldly declaring the new things that God is doing, which are in alignment with the principles of who He has shown us He always has been and always will be in His Word. In fact, He tells us in His Word He is doing a new thing and asks us whether or not we are perceiving it.

One such minister speaks about God calling him to be a forerunner and how it’s a very lonely and unenviable position in many cases. That reminds me of the Apostle Paul and the disciples that Jesus called, who worked alongside of Him and really were emboldened in a fresh way after His Ascension.

I am discontented and troubled within my spirit as I compose this. I am really coming to the point of realization that just as Jesus offended so many of the religious persons of His day and I am called to resemble Him, His warning is so correct that if they hated Him they will hate me too. And I am getting so comfortable with that idea.

The terrifically sad part of that to me however, is that there is a division that is going to be magnified in the church as there are both wheat and tare growing up together not just outside of the church walls but within them. Now of course I understand the church is not a building but I say it that way to draw a distinction between those that are truly a part of the church, the body of Christ, versus those that suit up, show up and do not know Him or even those that ultimately will walk away from a once held faith in Jesus..

Listen, it’s been said that you’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything. We are in a day and age of great wickedness and turmoil where those claiming to be Christians who are very well-known are judging and making statements completely antithetical to the Word of God, the Bible. Whose side are you on? Today is the day of salvation, God told us in His Word. We are not promised tomorrow nor even a breath in the next moment.

Right is right, not relative. Please contemplate that and ask God to speak to you and embolden you each and every day to speak what He would have you to speak even in the face of friends, family and enemies.

May you perceive God’s blessings today.

Christian Life, Compassion, love

Vision Obscured

He saw her the way God does. She saw him the way God does. Hopes, dreams, aspirations…

But, he never saw himself the way God does. And she never saw herself the way God does. So, there were years of pain and heartache, wanting to walk out from behind the walls but feeling paralyzed.

Without God goggles, they would never get it together.

But, one day, they cried out in desperation for new eyes, new visions, to replace the distortions of self that caused the pushing away of the most precious gift.

The walls disappeared and love reigned supreme. Healed hearts, united at last.

Christian Life

Hello Weary Warrior

Are you weary? Do you feel like the whole world is staring at you and either that you just don’t have the answers or you’re just tired of being in the spotlight? You want to lay down and rest but it just seems that everyone expects you to keep going.

Today, Jesus reminds you to rest, to hide in Him…Take on His yoke and burden which are easy and light.