Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

I woke up one morning with the word collide on my mind. This was the spelling I imagined, but I felt God say no, spell it like in the word kaleidoscope. I became very curious about the word kaleidoscope and  was led to look it up. The word kalos in greek means beautiful. Edios means form and scope means to see. As we know a kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose objects [bits of glass]. When light enters, it creates a colorful pattern due to the reflection of the mirrors.

Here is the analogy that came to me after doing this research. We are the bits of glass, Jesus is our mirror and God is the light. When we are born again, God’s light shines in on the broken pieces of ourselves. As we take on Jesus’ sinless state by believing in Him, and taking off our sinful state, Jesus becomes our mirror. God calls us to become like Jesus, so we mirror ourselves after Him. When we do this, God doesn’t see us in our sinful state any longer. Now then God sees us as Jesus, the beautiful form to see [kaleidoscope]! Just as the pattern in the kaleidoscope is moving and changing, so are we, growing and maturing. Our goal is to keep reflecting Jesus and God says it’s beautiful as Jesus is beautiful! We are beautiful in the eyes of God!

Becoming Fit For God’s Army

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When people talk about an army I tend to get scared because it means war and fighting. I avoid  confrontation at any cost! But, I want to talk about fear and share some insights I have learned from God. I will be using some scenes from Alice in Wonderland, the movie, to help illustrate what I am saying.

First, I want to address the fact that there is war and killing in the Bible. This used to confuse me before I was saved because I didn’t understand why God would allow it. Well, God hates sin! He will tolerate it for a time but if the people don’t repent and turn from it, God has to justify sin. He is holy and just. On the other hand He is love and mercy. God has given us free will to choose which side we will be on. The price of sin is death. It says in Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Our measure of goodness can never measure up to God’s goodness. That’s why He sent Jesus, to redeem us from our sin.  When Noah was instructed to build the ark it was because God found no one else except Noah who was faithful to God. He was the only one who acknowledged God. God allowed the flood to cleanse the earth. He cleansed the earth of evil! God chose Abraham for the same reason. Romans 4:18-22 tells us it was Abraham’s faith that counted him as righteous, which means right standing with God. God promised many nations would come from Abraham. People who would worship God and belong to Him. They would be His family. After this promise was fulfilled these people who belonged to God became known as the Israelites. They eventually backslid and came into hardship. They lost focus, which led to sin and put them into bondage. Our main focus needs to be God first. Hold Him high, honor Him, follow Him, trust Him, obey Him! He is looking for this type of person to be on His side.

Whether you accept it or not, we are in a spiritual warfare. There is a battle going on in the spiritual realm as we speak. The battle is about our salvation. The war is about whether we will take salvation and then go a step further and actually make Jesus our Lord [commander]. This war is going on inside each one of us, every day. Which side will we choose? Our day to day choices through the day are what determines which side we are on. Who ever we are yielding to is the one we are serving. God is in the process of building His kingdom and searching for soldiers to fill it.  One night I found myself in a spiritual battle in my sleep. When evil is face to face with you and you really feel what evil is, it can be very frightening. This is what happened to me, but I felt God saying to me,” Don’t give up!” I learned that in order to have courage , you have to face fear. If there is no fear then you can’t experience courage. When you stop and pray during a moment of fear and ask Jesus to be with you and know that love casts out fear, suddenly you know you aren’t alone. I like to think of it this way, we are in the trenches of life, right? God is the General on high. The Holy Spirit could be like our walkie talkie to communicate with Jesus. So, when I make contact with Him, I feel like my commander is right in the trenches with me.

Now my illustration using Alice in Wonderland. In the movie we see Alice oblivious to the fact that she is a champion. She learns from the scroll that a day is set for her to fight this creature. She doesn’t feel prepared and doesn’t even want to do it. She denies her destiny, she fights against it. Some of us may be doing the same spiritually. God is calling us but we keep resisting, making up excuses for why we can’t fight for Jesus.  We are champions on the inside, but we keep our destiny at bay because of fear. When Alice told the Madhatter that she wasn’t a slayer, he said she had lost her muchness, on the inside. He remembered her as being full of life, nothing was impossible, when she was a child. Could this be why the Bible says to have childlike faith? A child’s perspective is different than an adult. See, when Alice was a child, she could do anything, but now that she is older, she is questioning what really is possible. We have to get our muchness back!  Maybe not in the way we hoped but in a different way, God’s way. Sometimes difficulties have to be experienced in order to face fears. If we can get through the small stuff, then eventually we will be able to slay dragons as well. You have to believe the impossible before it can happen. That’s faith. Alice remembered something before slaying the creature. Her father told her to think of six impossible things before breakfast. She thought of six impossible things while facing the giant creature. They were things she THOUGHT were impossible but experienced them and knew they were real. So, she knew if those things were possible then it was possible for her to slay the creature.

Just like Alice, we are up against a creature named Satan. Are we going to hide in the foxhole, or will we take a stand and fight for Jesus! It is the destiny of every christian to be in God’s army. We are on the battlefield and God calls us to be His champions. Just like the scroll foretold of Alice, God has already called us. Will we keep resisting and not fulfilling our destiny? Or will we allow God to work inside of us and regain our muchness! Don’t settle for just making it in to heaven, become a soldier for Jesus and march victoriously into the kingdom of heaven knowing you gave it your all and you fought the good fight of faith!

 

 

Survive or Thrive?

One day these two words came to me and I decided some further insight was needed. I felt that it would be beneficial to know the difference between surviving and thriving and living for God’s kingdom. I think of surviving as something wild animals do. They live outdoors, always looking for food and shelter. Unfortunately there are some people who are living this way, just surviving. Matthew 10:31 tells us we are worth more to God than many sparrows, so I know God didn’t intend for us to just survive. How many times has some one asked us,” How are you doing?” and we respond ” surviving.” Well, I don’t know about you but I want more! I want more from my life than just looking for my next meal and wondering if my needs will be met. I remember something Jesus said about the life He gives. In John 10:10 Jesus said, The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. See, Satan wants us to just survive and not really live. He wants us to be caught up in our own survival so that we can’t focus on anything worth eternal value. Have you seen the show Survivor? You can see from watching this show what surviving does to people. It turns them evil and then adding the love of money to it and they are doomed!  But Jesus said He came to give us life to the full and to enjoy life! In order for us to do this we have to be thriving! And how do we thrive in life? We follow the Holy Spirit. It came to me that if I am truly following the Holy Spirit in every step I take it, He will lead me to the life that is full and I will enjoy it because I know I am in the will of God! Jesus wants us to enjoy our life and to thrive! When we are thriving we can then focus on other people and overflow His blessings to them. This is called Kingdom living.

Reverence, Worship and Praise

These three words are what comes naturally after being born again. Once we are woken up to the fact of who God really is, when we know without a doubt that He is the one and only true living God and He loves us, we begin to have reverence for Him. Reverence is a deep respect for Him. Then, as some would not realize, comes worship. We tend to think singing to God is worship, but as we reverence God there is a feeling that comes and it’s called worship. So, as Kim Walker once said, we worship God in our heart and the singing is a manifestation of the worship we feel.  So, singing is praise! Praise is the expression of reverence and worship.

God showed me several scriptures in the Bible having to do with reverence and worship. Scriptures that tell us if we will do these things God will do something in return. First of all if we want to have wisdom we begin with reverencing and worshiping God. Psalm 111:10 says,  The [reverent] fear of the Lord is the beginning (the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet) of wisdom;
A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord;
His praise endures forever. If we reverence and worship we are in God’s will and He will give us wisdom. As followers of Jesus, not only do we want knowledge but most importantly we want His wisdom. When we possess wisdom we have insight and understanding that mere knowledge can not express. Knowledge of something isn’t the same as experiencing it. When Jesus imparts wisdom to us we are experiencing His presence. When we follow the Holy Spirit we are living in wisdom.

When we reverence and worship God we are actually serving Him. If we ever doubt that we are serving,  just look at your heart and see if you are reverencing and worshiping God. As it says in Psalm 2:11, Worship the Lord and serve Him with reverence [with awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder];
Rejoice [yet do so] with trembling. When we are serving God and in His will for our lives we then put ourselves on the path where all blessings flow. Blessings include provision. Psalm 111:5 says, He has given food to those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence];
He will remember His covenant forever.  God notices who reverences and worships Him. He will provide for them and never forget them. 

When I read about people in the Bible such as Abraham, Jacob and David, I like to think we are like them only living in a different day and time. This scripture tells me that this is true, Psalm 61:5, For You have heard my vows, O God;
You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name [with reverence]. We can have assurance that if we are reverencing and worshiping God as they did, that God is with us too. God is looking for people who will honor Him, put Him first!

And lastly, when we reverence and worship and then praise God, it keeps Satan away! I had a dream once where demons were messing with me and taunting me and I heard the Spirit of God tell me, evil can not inhabit the praises of God!  When we are actually praising God, evil can’t be present. That is comforting to know that evil can’t penetrate the praise we give to God! Luke 4:8, Jesus replied to him, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’”  This was what Jesus said to Satan when he tempted Jesus.

So, no matter what we do, keep worshiping and praising God! It should be like food is to our body. Do it all day, every day! Keep your head up and hold hands high!

 

We Are The Grand Band

Recently we were at a band concert at the high school where my son plays the trumpet. As we were waiting for the concert to start an interesting thought came to my mind. The band was on stage before the conductor came out and they were all playing their own tune, doing their own thing. But when the conductor came out they were all at attention and quiet waiting for their instruction . When the conductor conveyed what song to play they were all in unison playing the song and it was magnificent!

Here is what I thought: God is the conductor of our lives. We need to sit at attention quietly each day and wait for His instruction on what we are to do for that day. When we start going our own way and we don’t listen to God we begin playing out of tune. When God, the conductor of our lives comes, we stand at attention and listen to His lead. We then begin to play out our life in unison with others who are following His lead and when we do this it produces for Him a marvelous song of praise that is music to His ears!

Life Song by Casting Crowns

Empty hands held high
Such small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonightMay the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to YouLet my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

Lord I give my life
A living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be Your hands and feet

So may the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Let my lifesong sing to You

 

Time

On December 28, 2011, this word “Chronos” was brought to my mind as I was waking up. I had never heard of it and was curious to know the meaning. So, I looked it up on the computer and found out the Greek meaning is time.  Our time, meaning the time continuum  that we live in. Then I found the Greek word “Kairos” which means God’s time in eternity. Chronos is sequential time  and karios is the appointed time and purpose of God. The time when God acts. God interacts and enters our time according to His perfect will. This is why living with God is so exciting! You never know when He will intervene in your life and witness a miracle!  Imagine two hour glasses side by side. One has sand going through it,  while the other does too, but it also has blue and red balls passing through. The plain sand [chronos time] is  a life without Jesus, no kairos moments. The other has sand which are those regular days, but it also has the red and blue balls that represent kairos moments where God intervened and miracles were experienced.

I watched a movie once called In Time with Justin Timberlake. Everyone had clocks embedded in their arms. The clocks started to countdown when the people turned 25. At that moment they began living as slaves to time. Instead of working for money they worked for time. Everything was based off time instead of money. If the clock ran out, they died. So, because of this they were always giving time away to each other, sharing their time if some one was low, spending time wisely and always watching time so it wasn’t wasted. I learned from this to use my time wisely, give time lavishly, share my time with someone who needs it, and to remember I have 24 hours a day to do what I need to do, what God has called me to do. I won’t waste time doing what I want, but what God wants so that He may be glorified! Our days are counted by God and what we do with them will be accounted for. The things we do with a pure heart, the things led by the Holy Spirit, will be the moments that won’t be burned up. Those moments last forever.

My mom had a dream about a book. It was red with gold letters and the title was Some Time in Time.  I had a revelation that the book represents all the time we spent on earth doing what the Holy Spirit directed us to do.  At the end of a christian’s life there will be accountability. The scripture First Corinthians 3: 12-15 says   If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. The scripture is saying   you have be saved by grace by just believing in Christ but the one who builds on that belief, the one who follows the Holy Spirit, they will have a reward. This reward is then given to Jesus because in reality it’s Him doing the work through us. The book was red with gold letters. Red represents Jesus’ blood, His redemptive blood that redeems us. Gold represents wealth. So, the work we do according to the Holy Spirit is valuable to God.  Trust and obey what the Holy Spirit leads you to do because every little step matters to God. Philippians 1:6  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Romans 13:11 says And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. It is now for us, in this moment to believe. God is always in the NOW. This is how the Bible applies to us NOW.  How will you spend your time? For your own glory or God’s? 

Who Needs a Physician?

Jesus said in Luke 5:31 that it is not the healthy who are in need of a physician but those who are sick. He is saying He came for the ones who know they need Him.  When we realize and become aware that we are “sick” [our sinful state], then we see that we are in need of a savior. Until we grasp this truth, we will keep living a lie. The lies of Satan will prevail and when we come to the end of it, our lives will be all for naught. We are born under the curse, a spiritual sickness. Satan wants us to believe there is nothing wrong with us, we can handle it, we got this under control. But in reality if God isn’t in control we are headed down the wrong path and that’s the path of sin. Doing things our own way, which is sin, leads to death. It may not be physical death at first but it will be a death of something in our life.

The path to salvation, the healing of Jesus’ blood is only the beginning. Once we receive Jesus as savior, we then have to make Him Lord. He heals our sinful state by giving us His sinless state.  God doesn’t see us as sinners anymore, but He  allows us to have weaknesses. As Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10  or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  We may think once we are saved our life will be easy, but Jesus specifically said we will have trouble but to be happy because he has overcome the world! Our weakness is what God uses to keep us dependent on Him. Without it we could get prideful and slip into thinking highly of ourselves and that we are in control of our life. This thinking causes us to forget God. If we can’t see God working in our lives we will think it’s all our own doing.  If we are made to stay aware of our weakness, we keep looking for God’s strength. He said that His strength is made known and perfect in our weakness. So, we need God continually! Bless our weaknesses because that’s what keeps us connected to God! Our weakness and God’s power infuse together to make our connection. This produces the joy of the Lord which gives us strength. The joy of knowing we are living in God’s will, the joy of knowing His presence is with us, the joy of knowing” He’s got this” and the joy of knowing that when we die one day, Jesus will be there, and not only to take us to heaven but to also tell us we lived a life with meaning and purpose. When we choose God’s way, Jesus,to follow Him, we can’t go wrong.

Aspirations

Last January 2015 I came across this word aspiration in a book called Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. She suggested instead of making resolutions to make aspirations. Resolutions are like making rules for yourself, eventually they will be broken. Aspirations are something more, an acknowledgement from the soul. As in the definition I gave above, it’s a hope, desire, goal, longing, yearning to achieve something. It also gave the definition , the action or process of drawing breath. So in making aspirations I am giving breath to my soul. Because God is giving me these revelations to write about I have to express them in this blog because if I don’t it would be like holding my breath. Eventually I will die inside because I didn’t share what God breathed into me. I pray His breath is felt by you when you read anything on this blog. It says in Job 32:8, But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.  And as Joyce Meyer says in my Everyday Bible Amplified version,the most important and final aspiration is this: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. This was taken from scripture Philippians 3:13, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I recently heard a sermon by Steven Furtick about goals and he cited this scripture after I already had come across it and gave me a deeper meaning. Not only is my final aspiration to go forward but he also pointed out that reaching forward is also my aspiration. To keep reaching toward the prize, Jesus. This is all I have to do.