Adjusting Perspective

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, …But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches in His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:1, 4-7 NASB

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
Colossians 3:1-2 NASB

The perspective of our thoughts and prayers will determine what we “see.” If we are looking from this earth’s perspective up then they will be earth-bound in nature and have much frustration in what we see as answered or not.

If, however, they are prayers and thoughts from the perspective of being seated in Him on the Throne, then they will have heaven’s perspective and are fruit bearing thoughts and words of life. I am struck in my heart with this truth. Oh, our Father is so gracious that He always hears us and always moves with us, but to finally “see” that my perspective makes a huge difference in how I approach my day-to-day thinking, prayers and activities is a burst of hope and power.

We must begin. We must begin to switch our point of view and open to heaven’s input. Otherwise, we are just repeating the obvious. At this point in my life, time is precious and I do not want to just be repeating what I have heard nor do I want only the thoughts of other people in my head. I want the life-giving breath of heaven’s view nurturing my soul.

Scripture is very important here. His own words are always honored and always engender and build faith in the unseen. We begin to “see” in our spirits and our minds the ways of heaven delivered in life through the pages of His book. This is a new world and one where I know little. So as we place ourselves where we have been told by Scripture itself to place ourselves – in Christ seated on the eternal Throne of Glory – thinking His thoughts and “seeing” His world – let us think and pray in ways that release all He is in our world.

This takes some time to adjust to in our minds, thoughts, and prayers. (It is in the category of “taking our thought’s captive.”) But begin with me and let’s watch our hearts rise in expectation as we talk with Him (I think that is what we mean by prayer anyway) about what He sees and knows. What a joy to relax in His love and acceptance here – above it all. It is not a matter of “work,” but a matter of focus and intent. Let’s believe the Word and put it into life as we love Him.

The Mystery

“Even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints; to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;” Colossians 1:26-27 KJV(ER)

I am constantly amazed and delighted with this passage of Scripture. The word “mystery” is simply a secret that has been hidden, but now is made available to all who call on the name of Jesus. This passage is endless in discovery as we read the Word. Almost every time I study it, read it, or just look at it, I begin to understand things I have not known previously. As the understanding grows, so does my excitement. As those who dwell in His heart as He dwells in ours so much becomes available to us in this new way of living. It is excitement over and over again in my spirit and in my heart.

This mystery of “Christ in you” is more than a statement, much more. It is the key to understanding everything in the New Creation Covenant (2 Corinthians 5:17). This Lord of ours has chosen to reside inside of each of us through the Holy Spirit. We have been made a son or daughter of our Father and have been created completely new from the inside out. The opportunities and consequences of that fact are eternal. Now everything is changed – my breath is His, His mind is mine, my heart is His, His heart is mine. Together we live and move and have our being.

We have known all along that we were not alone. But for years, many of us have worshipped a God outside of ourselves, not really related to us, and our requirement was to obey. I did not know the reality and the fullness of the fact that when He came inside, then the fulfilled law in Him was also in me as well as the motivation and the strength to be obedient. Beyond that, now the knowledge and strength to do the works of Christ Himself is in this body we call home.

The fulfilled law – that is what happened through Jesus’ life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to the Throne of Glory. He fulfilled it and He became it. When He came inside of us at our invitation, then that fulfilled law came as well. So as one of my college teachers said, “The Law did not change, but our position to it did change.” Now we do not try to “keep” it, because it is already kept for us and in us. However, we do confirm or establish it. Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law.” Our lives in grace and love confirm that God was right all along and the law is established as truth in and through us.

Trying to “keep” what is already kept, will lead us into legalism that can never be successful in our walk. We always fail that way. Some even refuse to understand their freedom and disregard the New Creation Covenant because of their stanch legal understanding of trying to keep what is already done. This mystery of Jesus inside us is the revealer of such false doctrine.

Holiness is not attained, it is a gift of grace through the presence of Jesus Christ. I think that understanding will find its way into another post shortly.

Thank you for reading and be very blessed in Him!

Glories Await our Minds and Hearts

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As I read my Bible portion for the day, I was caught by what the Greek OT (LXX) translates Psalm 51:6,

“For behold you love truth; the concealed things and the private things of your wisdom you manifested to me.”

That is a bit different from our English Bibles, and a bit different from my available Hebrew text. Yet the difference is in the call of the translators. I really like the fact that the concealed things and the private things of the LORD’s wisdom He shows to us.

We have other supporting passages, so my search took to me to Psalm 25:10 which has long been a favorite of mine.

In the NASB it reads,

“All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.”

The LXX renders it,

“All the ways of the LORD are mercy and truth to the ones seeking his covenant and his testimonies.”

Then the Hebrew,

“All the paths of the LORD are covenant loyalty to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

I love the Hebrew text here mainly because in it we get a sense of Him responding in like-kind when we respond in like-kind. In other words, the Biblical understanding of “covenant” is revealed as a sovereign action by our LORD to establish relationship based on grace. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” Genesis 6:8. Noah was selected because of His heart. It became then a mutual bonding in covenant loyalty. This is often overlooked.

Yes, I am letting you in on some of my study methods. I do have several outstanding language texts and am very blessed with the internet and all its very available resources in the languages — which I would like to know much better. However, my heart just warmed in the translation of the understanding of His covenant loyalty to me as I respond the same way to Him.

When we begin to receive the truth of the New Creation Covenant in Christ and receive the facts of the word, then we began to open to the impossible. There really needs to be a re-directing of our thought patterns in our relationship/fellowship in Him. The impossible just became possible and as we open to this truth our minds are re-directed to inclusion and not separation. He has included us in everything. He has shared with us in everything.

His aim is not that He would become our highest priority, but rather than we would enter into the “oneness” He has provided and then there will be no question about priority because we will be sharing everything. (This is a true understanding of Biblical fellowship in Him.) He wants us to sit with Him on His Throne (which is the same as the Throne in our hearts) and see what He sees — and that is beyond any understanding of goodness we can think or imagine. We struggle to discover language that adequate tells of His placement within us. He has fused Himself with us and now every thought and every action include both of us. This depth of sharing is uncomfortable at first, then when we realize it has actually become the answer we have been waiting for all along. Our love center is suddenly complete and we are empowered beyond anything we have dreamed to simply “be” in Him.

1 Corinthians 6:17 reads,

“But the one who joins himself to the LORD is one spirit with Him.”

The inclusion is total. No more do we relate to Him as if we are some stranger or in need of something. He has provided everything in this depth of fellowship and now enjoys the fullness of what He has purchased — our hearts. Then He begins to share with us the concealed things and the private things of His wisdom. Oh Beloved Ones, it is much better than we have ever, ever thought!

Someone will wonder, “But what about sin?” In this place of sweet fellowship, sin does not raise its name. Hebrews 10:1-2,

“For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?”

In other words, the sacrifice of the LORD worked.

10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days says the LORD: I will put My Laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,’ He then says, ‘and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.”

I recommend the reading of the entire passage, especially 10:1-25.

I have only said what this passage says. So let’s take the confidence and live within Him. This calls for true Biblical repentance – a change of mind. That is what the word used in the Greek for “repentance” means.

What absolute glories of His heart await our curious minds and hearts. Let’s allow these truths to be the re-direction of our thoughts and lives. Let the Son rise within our beings!

Oh Well!

wildflower (1)Beloved Readers, As you know, you did not get Conference posts as I had planned. I thought I had my iPad all set and connected to the blog as I had been able to publish with it here. However, it would not connect at all. So I just had to relax and let you not follow the conference with me. My apologies. I do not know why or what got in the way, and could not take the time to dig into the problem there. So….

The Conference was excellent, but even giving you the details of the sessions I attended would not adequately give you the sense of it all. I was able to visit with friends and make some new ones and be with our group. When you travel with a group, you have a way of getting to know one another more deeply. It was a very good time in our Lord Jesus! I am deeply thankful for the partners in ministry I have in Psalm 19 and in New Heart Ministries. It was a special time.

I have changed the header to daffodils as the miniature iris’ have ceased blooming and the other iris’ have not yet begun, but my daffy’s have. I love the spring flowers – my lawn has a lot of little ones. That means it has weeds in it, I know, but I mow them and bless them and they look like grass. Does a good work. Maybe someday I will have the time to dig it all up and put in new sod. Not this year – truthfully, probably not ever.

Thanks for reading, and I will be posting later this week – some studies. Stay tuned.

Blessings!

Embracing His Words

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“Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall all be fitted in your lips. That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to you this day, even to you. Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make you know the certainty of the words of truth; that you might answer the words of truth to those that send unto you?” Proverbs 22:17-19 KJV (adjusted)

In the last blog, we began to work with this passage, covering the aspect of “bowing to receive.” If you have not read that one, it would help to read it first, before entering this one. I have taken the KJV (which I love and use most of the time) and simply adjusted its “thee’s and thou’s” to make it a bit easier to read. The KJV is in the public domain, so that is very legal to do. (In the Institute course on Acts that we are presently teaching, I have done this with the entire book of Acts and placed it in the student’s notebooks. It then becomes our shared textbook).

“Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart unto my knowledge.” There are three things to note: we are to bow down and hear, then we are to apply to our heart. In the Old Testament “heart” often is used to indicate the totality of a person. Hence, mind and spirit – the total of a person is indicated here. No separation is made in this understanding. So we are to “apply” what we hear when we humbly submit to what is being said. Now the crunch comes. When I hear the Lord, do I then “apply” it to myself? It is a process and a progression. This requires an openness to change, to embrace what is being spoken and to submit to Him through His words of knowledge and wisdom.

So whether it is words of our Lord that are spoken to us by others, through His Word, or just in our personal time with Him, we are to be receptive and open to embrace them and allow them to become a part of our being.

Our walk in our Lord Jesus Christ is not just a mental acquiescence, it is an embrace of the total being into His heart. The Psalmist knew this.

Lord, we do bow, we do receive and we do open for your application into our heart and actions. May we be “doers” of your heart – not just “listeners.” We bow, we hear, we receive and we apply. Thank you for your supernatural ability in the Spirit to not only allow such to happen, but to be a willing participant in its action.

Sharing – The Ultimate Fellowship!

Here we are in the middle of the Fall season. It is a beautiful time of the year for us in Central New York and I love the brilliance of God’s display as I look at my yard and the mountains near our home. How marvelous His mind must be – holding such beauty within. So, I have changed the photo in my header for a few weeks. Join me for a cup of hot tea or coffee as we sit in my yard and enjoy His fellowship.

You see, John 17:20-23 tells us that we have been drawn into His fellowship in the unity of the Trinity. So when we get together – whenever and however that may be ordered – He enjoys the sweetness of the fellowship shared. We may be talking about whatever, still He is in fellowship with us in that. He never leaves us nor forsakes us, so He is always within.

Our tendency is to think our sharing together is just us. We meet the Lord in church and with church people and with church activities. The rest of what we do is kinda on our own and we work to please Him in it all. That is such “religious” thinking. We all do it. So there are no fingers being pointed here. I have been brought up short in my thinking about fellowship as I have read and re-read this passage in John. He really does share in everything we do, and we share in what He is doing.

We continue to think and worship as if He is outside of us and very separate. Yet, He has told us that He lives within us and we are His Temple. So this “separateness” we think and enforce as we continue to see Him mainly as separate and external, is actually very false. For He is so near and in and with. Never are we alone. Not only is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit a part of what we do, but the angels of Heaven are present to us as well.

Although the room in my home where I am writing this seems empty and I am alone in the house, as far as other people are concerned, yet my home is absolutely filled with the supernatural. May we begin to wrap our minds around the Word and allow His nearness to invade our being – mind, will and emotions. I think we will find a fuller and deeper peace invading us and governing us.

May we enter Lord into the truth of your presence, now and always in and with us. Never alone, never without,and always included. Think of what a deep knowledge of all this would do in us! It would transform our thinking and our fellowship! Join me.

We Turn Our Hearts . . .

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I have been pondering the fact of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us. Since the Lord Jesus has eliminated every definition of distance between us and because we have, by the fact of this indwelling, been drawn into the fellowship of the Trinity (John 17:20-23), what does the Scripture mean when it says to “Draw near” (James 4:8) since it is impossible to get any nearer?
I know we are all limited by our language, regardless of what language that might be. So the writers of our New Testament were also very limited by what they could conceptually place within a text. When it comes to pondering the things of God in the Spirit, truth is so marvelously grand, that our words fail in our attempts to share it. Remember in the book of Revelation how the Apostle John was always saying, “It was like…” simply because there were no words (regardless of his language) to adequately express what he was trying to convey. He was experiencing “picture” after “picture” in seemingly a rapid-fire movement (much like our short video’s today). So language failed him. So it is with us – we dwell in “It was like….” often.
I am thinking that the title of this post gets close to how we can effectively and progressively think and work. “We turn our hearts.” He is always with me and in me. However, I am not always tuned into His voice nor His presence. Oh yes, I know my Lord Jesus is here with me, but it takes an act of my will to turn my heart and my mind that direction. This is His plan. He does not force us to belong to Him, nor does He force us to fellowship in Him, once the birth into His family and heart occurs.
So to “draw near” would still mean, to “draw near” with the understanding that to do so simply means to turn my heart to Him and turn my ears and mind into a listening stance. We can always hear and always fellowship.
So Lord we turn our hearts to hear yours and to dwell sweetly within our home in your heart. Here we worship and share.
Next post: Sharing in His heart, or what we commonly call “prayer.”