Moments in His Presence (Everlasting Love)

Introduction:

I took some time to go through my journals to look for entries that might be encouraging to others who are seeking to understand their security and identity in the Lord.  I’ve titled these posts “Moments in His Presence”, because they flowed out of time spent wrapped in his love and listening to his voice.  I pray that they may encourage and bless you.

Everlasting Love

I love you with an everlasting love – a love that will not die and cannot be defeated. You live in me; I live in you. Come to the fullness of the understanding of our unity. I challenge you to fully open yourself up to my love. I demonstrated my love for you at the cross. I demonstrated my love for you through the Holy Spirit. This is enough, but I long to give you even more. The fullness of the Spirit is available to my children. Long for it, and pursue it. Seek and you shall find. I give only good gifts to my children. Take time to seek me – I am waiting for you, and am ever eager to meet with you. I love you in all truthfulness, all faithfulness – a love forever.

The Poor In Spirit

Can we look upon our own poverty –  our own emptiness and inability?  Earthen vessels easily broken and destroyed – formed out of clay and half-baked in the kiln – fragility in motion. An empty clay shell waiting to be broken, crushed by the world.  No strength to withstand the battering forces of the world.  The darkness concealed within released when the exterior shatters.

If we gaze upon and accept our total emptiness, poverty, helplessness, what is left?  What is the meaning of what has gone before –  a shadow, a dark turning of mere existence without purpose, direction, substance?

No! Jesus promised more than this.  He promised to fill the earthen vessel with his Spirit, His light.  The glory of God shining forth from every crack and imperfection.  Darkness banished and weakness replaced with His strength.  Divine destiny and purpose revealed.

Are we willing to admit our utter poverty to receive the marvelous riches of His glory?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3-10, ESV)

The Fields Are Ready

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Beautiful faces

Humble hearts

Hands created for love

Feet destined to follow Jesus

Meek spirits searching for answers

Eyes looking and wondering am I alone

Hearts troubled in the night longing for home

 

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Longing to heal their grief

Sweeping to and fro across the land

The Spirit sings come unto me

And the Father draws searchers

Look for the lost, the least, the alone

Set them free and bring them home

Love Letters from Jesus: Unity

entwined heartsI love you with an everlasting love.  A love that will not die and cannot be defeated.  You live in me; I live in you.  Come to the fullness of understanding our unity.  I challenge you to fully open yourself up to my love.  I’ve demonstrated my love for you at the cross.  I’ve demonstrated my love for you through the Holy Spirit.  This is enough, but I long to give you even more.  The fullness of the Spirit is available to my children.  Long for it, and pursue it.  Seek and you shall find.  I give only good gifts to my children.  It is not impossible to know me.  Take time to seek me.  I am waiting for you – ever eager to meet with you.  I love you in all truthfulness, all faithfulness. A love forever.

Baptism of Love

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Bookworm.”

I read an awesome book by Leif Hetland titled “Baptism of Love”. It has really made me aware of how much we need the Holy Spirit’s help to truly love. Jesus didn’t say that they will know we are his disciples if we refrain from choking each other. Nor did he say to tolerate one another. He said to love one another as he loved us. A very difficult assignment if we are walking carnally.

To truly love others as Jesus did is not something humanely possible. At least for me, it is not possible without supernatural assistance. Leif describes in his book, how he received the baptism of love by the Holy Spirit, and how it radically transformed his life. Loving the “unlovable” requires such a baptism.

My personal prayer is to receive such a baptism of love. I also pray that the Church (every denomination) will be open to believe in and receive more of the fullness of God and the Holy Spirit. A supernatural love, a supernatural life – that is normal Christianity.

Pursuit

explosionWhen God pursues man and man pursues God a phenomenal collision takes place, and in an exhilarating explosion a new creation is birthed in the spirit. When it happens, we enter the Kingdom of God.
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5