Being One

bible-lightbulb-photoshop“I do not ask for these only, however, but also for those believing through their word into Me — that all might be one, as you, Father are in Me and I in You — that they also might be in us that the world might believe that you sent me.” (John 17:20  IG Version)

My heart often turns to these passages in John 17. I need to work with this one before we can turn to those that follow. You will notice that the translation is my own. I am just correcting (or in this case clearing up) a word usage that I feel is important. That word is underlined and while it may not seem to be important (as the word can be translated “in”) it contains a concept that gets overlooked in the dynamic of these verses. So thank you for bearing with me.

Jesus is praying for His disciples just before His death and very preciously includes us in that prayer. In this verse He began to reveal His heart regarding all of us. The word “into” gives a good meaning to it all because it is not a just a mental “believe.” That is an invention of our western culture. In the Hebrew understanding it is impossible. If we truly “believe” (Greek word can also be translated trust, have confidence in, and contains all those meanings) then our entire person is involved in the oneness of that action. Paul’s words to the people in Athens were, In Him we live and move and have our very being.” He was speaking to unbelievers. So just think what awesome things are ours as believers when we purposely place our persons “into” Him.

This is how this “oneness” is a reality. Notice that our call is not primarily to be “one” with one another, but to be “one” in His person. That makes us one together. Our oneness together is a by-product of our being one in Him. Trying to accomplish this in the flesh will never create what is talked about here. Actually, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church that beautiful Pentecost day 2,000 years ago, we were made one in Him. It is not our work to do it, but to acknowledge it and live its truth.

The “oneness” His is praying for is our life in His that makes us a part of the oneness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is in that placement that we are a huge billboard advertisement that Jesus is real.

“If you then were raised with Christ, desire those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth. For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then you also shall appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 MEV

This “hidden in Him” is a product of being one in Him. Being one in Him makes us one with the Father. Now you may say that you already knew all of that, probably so, but I believe we need to understand it much more deeply in our beings. When we turn to the Lord in prayer, we have in effect joined Heaven’s table of sharing. It is a family thing – we have gathered with our family – we are in His likeness – around the table of “one.”

In Him, I am accepted and empowered. All religious forms to make me “closer to God” drop off as unnecessary and useless as I join where I belong by the nature of my oneness in Him. He lives in my being! What a marvelous freedom. It remakes the very essence of prayer in our beings. It is such sweetness, acceptance and joy.

Think about this and open to its reality in your being. It is so sweet. More next post. Thanks so for reading.

When The Water Rises

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“When The Water Rises” was my topic last Friday evening when Psalm 19 Ministries gathered for our regular fellowship. We have been studying Philippians, and the Lord impressed me with a new way of “seeing” what Paul was sharing. The entire first chapter has several very important themes; prayer, thanksgiving, fellowship and on and on. However, as we began the study a few weeks ago, I was impressed to see the victorious nature of Paul’s thoughts as he moved freely in the Holy Spirit to bless these supporters. (1:7; 4:10)

We had just finished Ephesians 6 with a study of God’s armor we are to wear. Now in Philippians we are studying how that all works. How do we live in our “real world” in a constant state of victory? I believe Paul has given us keys all through Philippians just how these choices are made.

(Both of these lessons are available on our web site and on YouTube. In our site just go to video’s. The latest one is the first one listed. On YouTube, just search for Iris Godfrey and about 80 videos will appear. Pick the one you wish to watch).

You may watch them to understand the #10 mindsets I found. I am certain there are more. What I want us to understand together today is that He works with us to bring us into victory and continues with us in participation to keep us there. Victory doesn’t just happen without our participation in Him in some realm and we cannot be there constantly without an even deeper measure of participation with Him. He moves on our behalf, of course, but even that is hinged in my willing, cooperative heart in His.

We, as believers, have for many years sought the action of a God who lives outside of us to act upon us and upon our circumstances in order to create change. Well, He does that, but He is not just outside of us. He changed all that when the Lord Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit into our hearts and upon our lives on that beautiful celebration day of Pentecost – 50 days after His death and resurrection. He forever changed the situation between us by eliminating every definition of distance between us. He has chosen to live within and in fusion with all who call on His name. What an absolute wonderful miracle that is.

But now we are challenged to come away –  beyond all of our ingrained religious thinking and focus on sin that is there, and truly accept the freedom He has given to us through the marvelous cleansing of His blood. (Hebrews 10:1-10) It is more than I can take in, but I choose to enter that place of total acceptance and rejoice in Him – in His temple – me. Awesome! I pray you enjoy the teachings.

Blessing you!

Our God of Covenants

New Institute of Biblical Studies Course! I have studied the covenants of Scripture for years and have found that the entirety of the Word of God is built around an Eternal Covenant – composed of all the others from Creation to the Second Coming and beyond. This is a new study and we are primarily observing from the Word the revelation of the nature of our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through each unfolding covenant. Many do not understand what a “covenant” is. This will be explored Biblically. The entire a class will be an experience in great discoveries from the Word of God.

Plan now to join us. You may sign up on line at: psalm19ministries.org. If you are not in our area and desire to study with us, we will work via email and video after each class. We do not have the availability to do a protected live-stream at this point. However, it will seem like you are with us even though you will be able to study when it is convenient for you. Pray about it and sign up. It will be worth the time and investment as your fellowship in our Lord Jesus will deepen and expand.

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The Mind-Set of Victory

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This Friday evening we will gather for our regular Friday Fellowship Meeting. It is a time of dwelling in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ as we worship through music, Word, prayer and fellowship. We have just finished the study of Ephesians and the Supernatural Armor given to us. (Available on our web site ). Now we will turn to Philippians and learn how we live in all areas of life in that armor.

Join us for the time. It is on Live-Stream beginning at 7:30 (we are not equip to properly record our music worship time). Do join us (either in person or Live-Stream) and drink deeply from the well of the Holy Spirit.

Making It Real

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As I watched a group of precious Christians almost fall apart as they experienced difficulty together, my heart heard these words, “Without the reality of an in-depth relationship with me, personally, they will crumble. A corporate experience that thrills and encourages will help, but cannot do the heart work that I can do, one-on-one.”

Making our walk in Jesus personal and intimate is not something that can be faked – at least not long term. We can look good for a while as we skate around doing much in our “time with Him.” However, sooner or later, the facade will crumble and be seen as just what it is – a good-looking facade. We know in His love, He continues to love and hold us anyway all they while waiting for us to wake up.

Time alone with Jesus is the only thing that makes us “real.” It is not just our actions when we are with Him, reading, praying, studying, etc, all of which may be done with almost no interaction in Him. Our brain may be in gear, but our emotions and attention can be involved in an intellectual pursuit. All of those things are intended to engage us with Him, but so often they do not become a dialogue and instead remain a monologue. That is certainly better than nothing, but becoming real in Jesus so that He is able to make changes in us and share His heart with us, takes a determined effort to be quiet in Him and listen to understand. We can do this when reading, praying, studying etc, but must make an effort to engage Him as we do so.

Music is often a help, but if leaned on and used too often, we do not engage Him in silence or other activity. In other words, our time in Him becomes dependent upon music or some other circumstance.

He calls us to come to Him, lay down any burden and then rest in Him. He so longs to talk with us and share. When we really get to know Him, as He shares, our knowledge of the Word becomes enriched and explodes with life and meaning. Without His sharing, we work with words, holy words, in a way that informs our brains but ends up having almost no power in our lives. He makes the difference. My interchange in His heart makes the difference. His thoughts on matters – matter. Yes, the Bible gives us His thoughts and must always be read and studied. However, He wants to give us the personal commentary on those words. What a difference it makes when I hear them from His heart in His heart.

I feel like I am going round and around one simply point – let’s get with Him! It is that simple. Let’s do it and *allow Him to know us and us know Him so sweetly that nothing can move us from Him.

*”But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, ….” Galatians 4:9

“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father. And I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” John 14:21 MEV

Beyond Obedience #1

Jesus-Laughing“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age….” Titus 2: 11-12 NIV

There has been a theme moving in my heart and mind for several days, and it’s time I allow it to flow from “theme” and “concept” into the reality of words.

Most of you reading this blog know that a few years ago the Lord Jesus began uncovering our New Creation Covenant through His Word to me in a way I had never seen. This has revolutionized my way of viewing His work and has revolutionized my whole concept of being in “relationship” with Him. So that is where all this begins and where it will end is in Him, through Him and because of Him. There is no end only more and more and more of Him.

My thoughts will take several blogs to relate, so I urge you to keep reading with me. We often talk about our “relationship” with Jesus. This is OK for beginning steps, but the word “relationship” as we use it, is not what our New Testament uses; our Lord uses the word “fellowship” or “koinonia” in the Greek. This word means “fellowship, joint participation, communion, partnership, sharing in, spiritual fellowship, fellowship in the Spirit.” I think you can readily see and sense the difference.

We have many types of relationship in our lives; some are close and others far away. It does not imply intimacy. Where “fellowship” in the New Testament defines intimacy in the Holy Spirit. When we became Christians, our Lord Jesus came to live inside us. This is very personal. No longer do we try to appease a God, who is angry, hard to please and very distant. He comes to live inside us and in our spirits. We became one Spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17 “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” NKJV) His love is how His nature is defined, and that is the response we give. It is mutual loving, intimate fellowship. We all know this, but somehow most of us then revert to trying to please a distant God.

Indeed, every definition of distance was removed when Jesus came to live in us. He shares our lives intimately and deeply. As we become very aware of this a number of things change.

Let me list a few. Instead of prayer to Him, we have a conversation between intimate friends. Instead of trying to get closer to God by prayer, fasting, reading the word, etc… our lives become a delighting in sharing in all He is on a daily moment by moment basis. Instead of trying to receive, we begin to release Him through His power in our lives and our world. Instead of always expecting to fail, we become delighted in watching Him work wonders through us as we honor His work in our total redemption. Instead of trying to be obedient, it becomes a participation in life with Him.

The focus is changed from law and trying, into grace’s empowerment to be. What an awesome Lord we have! He loves us and rejoices over us continually. Let us join Him in the joy and the laughter during our day. I don’t think we can imagine how much that will bless Him.

 

 

Thinking Beyond The Norm

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(The following is a devotional written by one of my dear friends and partners in Psalm 19 Ministries, Diane Hernandez. She writes as the Lord urges her and sends via email to those who request them. This one I thought exceptionally good so asked for her permission to use it here. Her pen name is Lady Di. Enjoy.)

At a conference I recently attended, Mike Cavanaugh, a very well-known speaker, and author smoked up a storm with his message on ‘church fights’. He even suggested we google it and see what pops up. I took a liking to his message, which he titled,

The Petty Caustic Church.”

As believers, we all know so well how satan hates the brotherhood of the Church. He so despises the Cross, that he feels threatened by us when we accomplish things through the Holy Spirit. He uses every wile and weapon he can dig up from our past to make us bitter and offensive towards each other.

Sin can easily come in like a lion crouching at our doorstep ready to use any one of his powerful tools (pride, envy, and anger) to take us down. When he comes knocking he has no intention of bowing down to the Cross; he begins to weaken our flesh and bend our knees to him.

When brother rises against brother, there is a heavy cost to pay. There is no winner; everyone loses out. The impact is so great that it fulfills satan’s infectious, destroying nature as we take part with him and his plan. I have come to learn that when I bow my spirit with humility, generosity, and longsuffering the door closes to elevating myself. No longer is there a need to have everything centered around me, a wanting of a certain level of respect when others come my way. Pride rises when we have been easily offended, feel entitlement belongs to us, and we are owed something. This weapon of satan is highly infectious and can be compared to leprosy which is filled with pride and highly contagious.

“The Uzziah was angry (through his position granted him privilege), and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense; and while he was angry with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead.” 2 Chronicles 26:19

The moment we think we are owed respect, that is pride, and pride opens us up to infection.

When our worth is measured by what we have achieved it contributes to envy, it becomes pride. It demotes us. We must learn to fight God’s way by being generous, not just with material items but with ourselves in love and kindness. We can kill this vampire, this sin of envy, by stabbing it and driving a stake of unconditional love and kindness through its heart, breaking through with generosity.

When we become angry and fit with rage, we have no awareness of the consequences. This opens the door and brings on demonic attacks, tears walls down and leaves no protection against the storms of life. Being totally out of control, slamming doors, slamming books on tables, harsh words, and pointing the blame open the door to the devil while our patience and longsuffering become diminished.

The fruit of the Spirit is revealed through patience and longsuffering! It takes a gentle heart, with kindness and forgiveness to hold ourselves back while the Lord works things out. We just need to get out of His way. We are comforted by the Word in spirit of any hurts or pain we may feel, His plan is still in tack.

Lord, our eyes are on You. We are being restored, through grace, to a better state of life in the days ahead. So we release our souls to Your will and our ways to Your ways as your faithfulness brings us to Your love and peace. We are united in Christ into one brotherhood. Petty disagreements and disputes must be set aside for the greater good. One body united in Christ Jesus! Our desire is to think beyond the norm that the world presents, helping others become restored to a better way of life in You.

Lady Di