Jesus did not spend his days obsessing over Caesar! He was about His fathers business. The next president is not going to determine the spiritual direction of this country… The church will! For good or bad. Saints doing nothing but fretting over the times will never save a soul.
If you’re questioning in your heart whether you have an offense or not ask yourself this, “why do I feel the need to justify myself?”. Remember that love keeps no record of a suffered wrong.
Jesus never had to justify himself. His love actions proved that he saw the value of man apart from performance. Grace and truth, manifested through love will always be the test of our faith. Our ability to love in spite of the offense is what makes us Christ like.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in”… -Leonard Cohen
As a recovering perfectionist, I used to struggle with being perfect and doing perfect. All futile attempts. But my awareness of my weakness and need allows room for God to break through, to me and through me.
That’s how His glorious light gets in. Jesus clothed us in perfect grace, righteousness and belonging and still extends the invitation to partake of kingdom life that is at hand daily when we look to Him.
Dispose all pride of self and place confidence in Him who will build something more beautiful than you could have achieved of your own. In your weakness, He is strong. It’s where the supernatural, wisdom, strength, and breakthroughs are attained. The resurrection, repentance…life. Realize that you don’t have to be perfect to be found perfect by Him and to live greatly. Beauty spills out of people who offer themselves and imperfectly rest on a perfect savior.
His perfect light, shining through imperfect vessels. – Cessna Kelley
I came not to baptize with water, but with Holy Spirit and fire – Jesus
Many say they want the baptism of Holy Spirit, but many do not understand the fire. The Holy Spirit empowers you to manifest holiness through the fire (trials and suffering).
A great illustration is Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego! They were literally baptized in fire because of disobeying the king who commanded them to bow to his god. Because they would only bow to the true God (Jehovah) they were thrown in a fiery furnace.
They chose to walk in holiness and become living sacrifices to the Lord. Because of their love for God and making him Lord of their life, Jesus came and manifested himself in the furnace, making himself Lord over their circumstances.
Holy Spirit was never promised to us to make us comfortable but to comfort us and empower us in the middle of our fiery sufferings. In these moments our hearts are made manifest and we see what we really believe. Many in America would never die for their Jesus because their Jesus is a formed theology made in their image. We want a Jesus with a lamb on his back not one with fire in his eyes.
There is a baptism of fire! It is a glorious thing. This refining of the heart and purifying of the soul. We need Holy Spirit to overcome…not just so we can roll around on the floor and have a good time. If the times of refreshing of rolling on the ground do not produce holiness then all you have is a emotional experience.
The Father wants not just a bride who is spotless and holy in the spirit but one who walks out the faith producing fruits of holiness in the soul and body. I see so many trying to find the right method or trying to think good thoughts about Jesus…but all those actions fall short of the glory that comes through encountering his presence.
If the so called good news your hearing only boast about your identity apart from denying yourself…it’s false! We are to boast only of the Father and Christ.
If the focus is all about grace apart from faith…it’s false! Without faith it is impossible to please God.
If everyone is included in his death, burial, and resurrection apart from believing…it’s false! All have died with Christ but not all have risen into eternal life.
If hell is none existent or just a place of refining till repentance…it’s False! God created hell for the devil and his fallen angels and man chooses to accompany them because he choose darkness over light.
The Holy Spirit is not here to make you drunk, wacked, wasted, high, and any other fleshly adjective you can come up with. He is here to reconcile your heart and body into Sonship. Falling in his presence is revelatory. Heaven is invading you with Gods goodness to take you into greater levels of repentance.
God is love and his love is holy. He hates sin! He desires his people to be love and their love also to be holy. That means love is not a casual slap on the back or even a quick judgment. It’s a ministry of reconciliation!
It all starts with “God is Good, and your mercy endures forever!” Seek him. That means get off your phone, turn off the tv. Choose relationship and stop trying to multitask God in your live and then question while there is zero power flowing into you life. Today make a choice to choose Jesus. The only way, truth, and light!!!