Monday, September 7, 2009

Have you chosen to become God's Child?

To You God's Precious, Valuable, Important and Worthwhile Child,

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father through Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Lord is calling every person ~ every child of God to step through a gate / door; " a circumsized place" in our hearts to a new and deeper place of wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

 "I didn't die. I lived!
 And now I'm telling the world what God did.

 God tested me, he pushed me hard,
 but he didn't hand me over to Death.
 Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates!
 I'll walk right through and thank God!
 This Temple Gate belongs to God,
 so the victors can enter and praise.
 Thank you for responding to me;
 you've truly become my salvation!"
Psalms 118:17-21

God through his son Jesus wants to enlarge our vision of who we are in relationship to Him.  He wants to sweep away the old and bring in the new.  He wants to resurrect His Grace, Mercy and Glory in us because our spiritual vision is our future in Him.

"I am the Gate. 
Anyone who goes through me will be cared for~
will freely go in and out, and find pasture" ~ 
"I came so they can have real and eternal life,
 more and better life than they ever dreamed of."  
John 10:9,10B

I want to encourage each person to let go of the old and let God's Spirit rain/reign on you anew. 

Choose to allow the "dew" of the Holy Spirit cause a new root to raise up out of the stump of Jesse ~ our heart.  Allow the Spirit of the Lord, like dew, rest upon you and watch as He brings a new anointing of righteousness.

"Let my teaching fall like rain
 and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
 like abundant rain on tender plants."

       Deut 32:2

As God's children, we now have new parent's, in the form of the Holy Spirit within us.  Parents that will love us purely and never abuse us.  Parents that will always be there for us.

"A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse's stump, 
from his roots a budding Branch.
The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him,

The Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, 
The Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God.
will be all his joy and delight."

Isaiah 11:1-3

We are free to let the Lord love us, as we always, even before the beginning of time, deserved to be loved.  We can trust Him.  We can open our hearts and receive His love.  We can be a new creation.

When feelings from our past or fears about our future try to raise their ugly heads and rule our lives ~ we can rebuke them.  We can thank them for sharing & tell them that we have now invited our new internal parent to assist us in finding our way to God's Kingdom.

We are FREE.  To just willingly believe . . . To Trust . . . like a child would.

We are FREE to be all that God created us to be from the beginning of time without sin and without fear.

Choose to act on this fact.

... And the Old Man Became As A Little Child . . .
Madeliene L'Engle

He could not sleep.
The tomb was dark, and the stone heavy that sealed it.
He could not sleep for all the innocent blood he had seen shed.
He was an old man.  Too old for fears.
Not yet young enough for sleep.  He waited and watched.
Thrice he had spoken to him who had been sealed
within the tomb, thrice had the old man spoken,
he who was a disciple, but not one of the twelve,
older, gentler in all ways,
and tired, worn with time and experience and the shedding of blood.
He came from Capernaum
and after that his son
who touched the edge of death
was drawn back from the pit
and made whole,
the old man returned to Jesus and said,
"O thou, who hast today been the consolation of my household,
wast also its desolation.
Because of you my first born son died
in that great shedding of innocent blood.
Nevertheless, I believe
though I know not what
or how or why
for it has not been revealed to me,
I only know that one manchild was slain
and one made to live."

And the second time he spoke
when the Lord kept the children beside him
and suffered them not to be taken away:
"These are the ones left us,
but where, Lord, is the kingdom of heaven?
Where, Lord, are the others?
What of them? What of them?
And he wept.

And the third time he spoke
when the Lord turned to Jerusalem
and laughter turned to steel
and he moved gravely
towards the hour that was prepared
and the bitterness of the cup:
then the old man said,
"All your years you have lived
under the burden of their blood.
Their life was the price of yours.
Have you borne the knowledge and the cost?
During those times
when you have gone silent in the midst of laughter
have you remembered all the innocence
slaughtered that you might be with us now?
When you have gone up into the mountain apart to pray,
have you remembered that their lives were cut down
for your life, and so ours?
Rachel's screams still shatter the silence
and I cannot sleep at night for remembering
Do you ever forget your children that sleep?
When will you bring them out of the sides of the earth
and show mercy unto them?
I cannot sleep.
But because I have already tasted of the cup
I cannot turn from you now.
I, who live, praise you.
Can those who have gone before you into the pit
celebrate you or hope for your truth?
Tell me, tell me ~ For I am an old man
and lost in the dark clouds of ignorance.
Nevertheless, Blessed is he
who thou has chosen and taken, O Lord."

He did not speak again.

But he was there when the rocks were rent,
the veil of the temple torn in twain,
the sun blackened by clouds,
the earth quaked with darkness,

the sky was white and utterly empty.
The city gasped with loss.

Then, out of the silence,
the Lord went
bearing the marks of nails & spear
moving swiftly through the darkness
into the yawning night of the pit.
There he sought first not as one supposed
For Moses or Elias
but for the children
who had been waiting for him.
So, seeking, he was met
by three Holy Children
the Young Men
burning bright
transforming the fire into dew as they cried:
"Blessed art thou, O Lord God forevermore."
And all the children came running
and offering to him their blood
and singing: "With sevenfold heat
did the Chaldean tyrant in his rage
cause the furnace to be heated
for the Godly ones
who wiped our blood like tears
when we were thrust here
lost and unknowing.
The Holy Three
waited here to receive us
and to teach us to sing your coming
forasmuch as thou art pitiful
So they held his hand
and gave him their kisses and their blood
and, laughing, led him by the dragon
who could not bear their innocence
and thrashed with his tail
so that the pit trembled with rage.
But even his roaring could not drown out their song:
"For unto Thee are due all glory, honor, and worship,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now, and ever,
and unto the ages of ages, Amen."

And the Holy children were round about him,
The Holy Innocence and the Holy Three.
They walked through the darkness of the fiery furnace
and the dragon could see their brightness,
yea, he saw four walkers loose
walking in the midst of the fire and having no hurt
and the form of the fourth was like the Son of God.

And He saw the Son of God move through hell
and he heard the Holy Children sing:
"Meet is it that we should magnify thee,
the life-giver
who has stretched out thy hands on the cross
and hast shattered the dominion of the enemy.
Blessed are thou, O Lord God, forevermore.
O Jesus, God and Savior,
who did take upon thee Adam's sin
and did taste of death
(the cup was bitter)
thou hast come again to Adam
O compassionate one
for thou only art good
and lovest mankind,
Blessed art thou, O Lord God, forevermore."

So hell has shriven
while the holy children, singing
transformed the flames to dew,
and the gates of heaven opened.

Then, by the empty tomb,
the old man slept.

Most important, remember . . . it is always ok to be exactly who you are.

"God loves people who don't know how to be anyone but themselves; 
that is why he created children.  
And that's why He left a little child in each of us."  ~ 
(excerpt from . . . Stephen Farmer, 1989; Breaking the cycle; Our Generations Commission.)

"Because a loveless world," said Jesus, "is a sightless world. 
If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him ~
we'll move right into the neighborhood!  
John 14:23 (The Message)

Aha! ~ by jove I think I've got it ~ 
It is all about our being / becoming ~ WILLING ~ 
Yes, that is ALL God asks of us ~ to become willing to obey His teaching ~ He asks us to become as a child and willingly trust that what he said / says is true - because as Jesus says, 
"He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. 
The message you are hearing isn't mine. 
It's the message of the Father who sent me."  
John 14:24 (The Message)

"Listen to me, family of Jacob,
everyone that's left of the family of Israel.~ (that is You and Me)
I've been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I'll keep on carrying you when you're old.
I'll be there, bearing you when you're old and gray.
I've done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you."

Isaiah 46:3-4 (The Message)

Amen and Amen!

Blessings upon each and everyone of you,

Because His Unconditional Love and Mercy compel me,


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