Luke 9: 23 and 29 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me... "Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray."
Last night Xaris asked me, "Mom do you know why I pray with my hands folded together?" She explained to me that her prayers go into her hands and as she releases her hands the prayers fly up to the heavens and into God's heart. Micah went on to explain that his prayers are between his hands like a laser! As he prays his prayers shoot out like the Laser in the Light Saber from Star Wars! Kids have a wonderful imagination that empowers them to believe!
God's ultimate Goal for us is that our mind is Renewed, transformed into the image of His son Jesus Christ. Did you ever wonder what that might look like? I believe Jesus wanted us to have a visual of a Renewed Mind.
In Luke 9 we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. about 8 days before the account of the Transfiguration, Jesus talks to His disciples about "Taking up your cross daily and following Him". On the Mount as Jesus prayed the appearance of His face was altered and His robes became white and glistened! (Lk. 9:29)
Could it be that Jesus was showing Peter, James and John what a Renewed Mind looks like in the Spirit?
It is a daily occurrence, a picking up of the cross that happens as we pray and meditate on the Word of God; a transformation happens that cleanses from the inside out. our countenance changes, our attitude changes and we become the Re-presenters of Christ here on Earth; that is we present Christ again. God said, "Here is my Son, Hear Him!" When we represent Christ on Earth renewed and transformed we become Sons and Daughters and God says to the world before us, "Here is my Son/Daughter, Hear them!"
The world can recognize the God in us, if we are renewed, transformed, transfigured! We will shine with glistening white robes and our face (attitude) will change.
May you find the exuberant Joy of the Lord today as you commune with Him.
Let's Make it a Great Day!
I see the hand that reaches in
Digging deep into my heart,
mixing the rich, fine loose soil
His hand toils the powder of my heart.
Pain surges as He examines the content
to find the things that hide, the things that
hold back and block the growth of the seed, like Pride.
I feel every touch and hear his heart that says,
"hold on, be patient, believe and have Faith".
I clamber within, resistance sets in;
I cry out in agony, "Lord, please, is it over yet?"
Finally I surrender as I see at the distance
the little seed He plants, the little seed He whispers.
Gently He folds in the now fertile soil and smiles in delight
as he sees the work of His hands and my future in sight.
Seed, Time and Harvest my dear",
His words ring gently in my ear.
Surrender into growth,
and see in you the Lord's Wonder. - by BrisyO
Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with it alone before God, and I must resolve to go through the hell of renunciation or rejection before Him. Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.
I should never say, “I will wait until I get into difficult circumstances and then I’ll put God to the test.” Trying to do that will not work. I must first get the issue settled between God and myself in the secret places of my soul, where no one else can interfere. Then I can go ahead, knowing with certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity, disaster, and defeat before the world are as sure as the laws of God. The reason the battle is lost is that I fight it first in the external world. Get alone with God, do battle before Him, and settle the matter once and for all.
In dealing with other people, our stance should always be to drive them toward making a decision of their will. That is how surrendering to God begins. Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point— a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for Hishighest— our best for His glory. - Oswald Chambers
There are moments in life that we face great opposition to the things we expected for ourselves, Times of suffering and trials. We wonder if this was God’s plan for us and why?
Jesus Christ had to endure such a time. When faced with false accusation and death He prayed to God and said, “Father, if it be thy will, take this cup from me.” He knew He had been sent to the world for such a time, but He was in anguish and like all of us, He hoped there would be a small window of opportunity for change.
What happens when God says NO? What do we do when His will is right there in that moment of suffering; moments like:
I can’t get past to the next grade level,
I lost a good friend,
My parent or guardian has abandoned me,
My friends are lying on me,
My house is being foreclosed on,
My spouse cheated on me, etc.?
Job 1:20-22 Then Job stood up, tore his robe and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will leave this life.” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yahweh. Throughout all of this, Job did not sin or blame God for anything.
Today I want you to take with you a very important principle to live by. It is a principle that will help you find peace and Joy in every situation that you are faced with; yes, even those dark times in your life, like Job and Jesus faced, those uncertain times can be turned into gladness! This Principle is the “Nevertheless Principle”
No matter what happens in life remember that all things work together for the good of those who Love Jesus. Even our darkest moments in life are serving to build and shape us. It’s telling our story to bring Glory to God in some way. Everything leads to a future and a hope.
Purpose for afflictions: Romans 5:1-5 to produce Character and Build our Faith
When you are in the dark, listen and God will give you a very precious message. -Oswald Chambers
When I call you in the scriptures draw yourself away with Me I am calling you to defy the expectations… yes even the demands of others, and find your solace (comfort) in Me.
Find the dictates of life; both small and great in Me.
The idol, and its temple of opinion and anger and self-aggrandizement of others, and what people are saying…. will fall says the Father.
I will not have you held in the indifferent consumptive habits of those around you.
You are not a commodity that they can use up, and dispose of like so much garbage. No more.
See yourself as I see you say’s the Father.
Run to Me. Find your security in Me.
The storm will come. They will protest and complain.
They will roar and threaten.
They will even invoke My name and demand you to return to the traces and harnesses of bondage to their whim and immaturity. DON'T DO IT.
I am ending that foolishness even this day and laying claim upon you by right of My Lordship in your heart.
It's "yoke easy, burden light" it’s time says the Father.
Rejoice in that celebratory experience of the liberty whereby this day this year I make you FREE.
From man’s opinion, and from self.
Pastor Nate Ortiz
As I read about being in the House of the Lord I was reminded of a prayer I made some time ago. I asked God to make our prayer room a place of refuge, a secret service room, sound proof and safe. A place where we can pray without fear of the devil hearing what’s on our heart and interfering in our affairs. At the time I didn’t know if that prayer was even correct but in Psalm 27 King David talks about a place where we are concealed from the enemy, a high place, a secret place where we are hidden from our foes; the Lord’s House, His Temple.
The Lord’s House is any where an Altar has been built. The Lord’s Temple is even within ourselves for our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
When we Build an Altar for God in our Home we can enter into a safe place at any time when in trouble. If we are not home and we have built an Altar in our hearts we can get to that safe place INSTANTLY where ever we are.
Have You Built Him an Altar? -Brisy O