One thing that many believers and lovers of Christ struggle with is trying too hard to please God. These people that do this are not totally in the wrong. Their heart motive is correct- they want to please God. The only thing that is wrong is that they lack understanding concerning how they please God. God is pleased with submission and relationship; not periodic gifts or occasional acknowledgement, he’s not even pleased when someone uses all of their strength to give Him a gift they think He would want. The problem is that what they are offering God originates in their flesh. It is their effort, their ideas, their strength, their will. Submission is what pleases God. As soon as you are submitted to God, all of His power, His love, His grace, His mercy can be made manifest through you. The only thing that is worthy to be given to God is something that originates from His spirit. That is what God is searching for, men and women who live according to His spirit. If you have been filled with the Holy Spirit; God is in you. And if you submit yourself to God’s spirit in you; your life will be God’s will manifest on the earth. As long as you truly love God with all that you are, you will always be pleasing to God. Your love is enough for God, but He will not settle for some of it, He wants all of it. When you truly love God you will do anything He asks of you without a question, but you must love Him more than anything else. Peter, without a doubt loved Jesus but when it came down to it and his life was endangered, he abandoned his love for Christ because it was of lesser priority to him than his love for his own life(Matthew 26:33-35). Because Peter had not been born again yet, he lived according to the flesh . A man that lives according to the flesh can be very fickle. Peter sure felt like he loved Jesus when everything was going right, but he sure didn’t feel that way when things were going wrong. In the flesh you live by feelings, in the spirit you live by faith. Unless you submit yourself totally over to the spirit, you will deny Jesus throughout your life. Give Him your whole life and He will give you His whole and complete life more abundantly. He wants all your love and affections. Will you give Him what He really wants?…(you)
Will you be?
Will you stop striving and just be? Stop striving in the flesh. Stop contending to be My child. For way too many are “working” on being My child. Either you are or you’re not. Have I not said, you are adopted? Have I not said, Christ is the first born of many brethren? I say, it is not about works. It is not about works of the flesh. I said, come to Me in faith. Come, rest in Me. Trust in My spirit to lead and to guide you. Just follow the leading of My Spirit. He will lead you. He will guide you. He will teach you all things. I say focus on Me. Focus on your relationship with Me and be, be My child. Do not forget, I correct those I love. So just trust Me. Allow Me to do the work and be My beloved child. For I love you so much sayeth the Lord.
Is it empty? Is your sepulchre empty? For lo, you are to be crucified with Christ. The old man has passed away. I say, you have risen with Christ. So, let the dead bury the dead. Why look for the living amongst the dead? For you are alive. Old things have passed away. All things have become new. For know this, it is no longer you who lives but Christ who lives in you. So walk as you were meant to be. Crucify the flesh and walk according to the spirit. For all will see, there is nothing left in you but Me sayeth the Lord of glory, the Lord God Almighty!
One thing that keeps coming to me is this scene in the movie the Passion of the Christ. In this scene Jesus is on His way to Calvary struggling and he collapses. His mother Mary sees him fall and runs up to him. In that moment Jesus looks her in the eyes with such authority and uttermost love and says such a profound statement; a statement that would have an impact and shape the rest of eternity. He says “See mother I make all things new!” As we enter this New Year we need to keep this ever before us. He made ALL things new.
As we enter this NEW year we have much to be thankful for. First of all we are all here and have an opportunity to bring God glory through our lives. We are created in the direct image of God. Genesis 1:27 KJV- “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Jesus came and displayed what we are called to live out. We need to let the love of God resonate through us and transform us so that the newness that Jesus paid for may be manifest on this earth through us. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We must see ourselves in that greater image that God designed us in and are called to resemble and manifest. Romans 8:11 KJV- “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” We are His children called and ordained to live a perfect life set apart, holy, and blameless. Joshua 24:15 KJV-“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
We are blessed to be entering yet another year. This year the year of 2018 is going to be a profoundly different year than any other year thus far. God wants to pour out His glory on all flesh, on all people. God’s end time revival will flood this nation and the world once again. It all starts in the hearts of His people.
Revelation 21:5 KJV- “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
Shout! Shout it out! Shout with a voice of triumph. Shout with a voice of praise, for the enemy has been defeated. Let the whole earth hear and tremble at My voice. For My spirit has come and flooded the earth. My spirit has come upon all mankind. Lift up your voice, sing songs, hymns, and melodies of praise and worship to Me. For I have called you up. Yes, I have called you out of the dust and the dung. Raise your voices oh My children and let the whole world hear. You are victorious. You are My child. You are children of the King seated at My right hand. Shout, shout I say. For you are mine and the enemy is under your feet sayeth the mighty Lord of glory, the Lord God Jehovah!
Has it dropped?
Has it fallen? Has it dropped? Have you allowed My glory to come down? For lo, I look to come down. I look to and desire to come down as a thick cloud, to cover My people. Will you allow Me the opportunity? Will you give Me the place to dwell that I so desire? For remember this, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Allow Me to drop down upon you. Let Me cover you with My glory. Let Me fill your hearts with My presence. I tell you this, as you humble yourself before Me, I will come and dwell and abide in and with you. I will come in unto you sayeth the Lord.
Have you tapped into it?
Tell Me, what have you tapped into? Have you tapped into My spirit? Have you tapped into My glory? Have you tapped into that well that never runs dry? For I tell you, many have began, yet they stop short. They never fully tap into all I have for them. Many never realize they have been grafted into the vine. They have never realized they are a part of Me. I say to you, come, dig deep. It is time to tap into all I have for you. For the moment you do, all will flow forth. Yes, tap in. allow Me to pour into you. Allow Me to flow through you. Allow Me to flow out of you. For it is My great desire for you to tap into me and become all I have planned and purposed for you sayeth the Lord.
The only way holiness is possible is by faith. In God’s holiness you are saved from sin and the bible says “we are saved by grace through faith.” This means when you release your faith, grace comes to do the work. In this article I want to talk about faith and the way this affects the fruit your life bares. In multiple articles I have talked about believing in the work that has been done in you. It is very important to understand that the way you believe determines the fruit you bare. The bible says, “you know a tree by its fruit.” What you believe is where your root is. If your believing is off, you will have a dead and/or perverted tree and an unhealthy tree will produce unhealthy fruit. So, if you believe that you will always fail and amount to nothing, your life will reveal that…your life would reveal that you don’t care. If you believe that you are destined for greatness and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you…your life will reveal that. People who believe this are unstoppable and constantly grow. This is what is required of a believer…to believe in Him. There are many people who believe that they will always mess up and ultimately fail…It’s no wonder they mess up and fail all the time. They believe they are “an accident” waiting to happen. They may not even want to mess up but they have believed a lie and given up the truth of God’s word for a lie. At all times we have truth and a lie set before us. The bible says, “set before you is life and death therefore choose life.” The truth about you according to the bible is, you are “holy, blameless, beyond reproach,” “saved,” “set free,” “healed,” “delivered.” You already are. So, what will you choose?…Will you believe the lie?
Where have you placed it?
Where have you placed your faith? Have you placed it in Me? Have you placed it in My word? Have you placed it in all I am? For many have placed their faith in other things, in other areas. For I have said, I have given EVERY man a measure of faith. Yet much of it has been displaced. For I tell you, faith is the gas that drives the vehicle. Allow Me to build up your faith. For know this, the more you use, the more will be filled up inside of you. Just as the cruse of oil multiplied, faith will be poured out and multiplied. Just continue to use your faith. Use it in Me, in My word and in My spirit. For it pleases Me and gives Me great joy to see you walk in My faith sayeth the Lord.
Where have you spent it?
For lo, every man has been given a measure of currency. Where have you spent it? The currency is time and faith. Where have you spent it? Many of My people have spent their currency upon other things, things that amount to nothing. For I tell you, once your currency is gone, it is gone. For many spend their time on that which is unfruitful. Many put their faith in that which is dead. I say, spend your currency wisely. I have put hopes, dreams, visions and My plans before you. Will you seek Me and put forth your time and faith into it? Will you invest into your relationship with Me first? For when you do, EVERYTHING else will fall into its PERFECT place. So I say, invest your time in Me. Put forth your faith into action and watch it grow, for I am God and I do not lie. Invest in Me and see all I do. See the increase in every area of your life sayeth the Lord.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
What will you allow?
I ask you this day, what will you allow room for? Will you allow room for Me? Will you allow room for My word? Will you allow room for My Spirit? For lo, many who desire Me, they have made room for Me. They have allowed Me to clean their threshing floor. I say to you, allow Me to come in and abide in and with you. For lo, there are many who make room for so much and so many besides Me. They are full and there is no room for Me. I say, take the time to make room for Me. Let Me come in unto you. I will show myself to you. I will dwell in and with you. I will cause all that is not of Me to be removed. I will cause all the chaff to be consumed. Make room for Me and I will do great and mighty things in you. I will fill you and change you and make you My own sayeth the Lord.
We must make sure we have room for Father, Son and Holy Ghost in our lives. We have to be fully available for God to work in and through our lives. We need to be totally empty of ourselves, the flesh and the world so He can totally and completely have room in us to do what He needs to do. Will you make room for Him today?