Who Are You Listening to?

QuestionsHere’s a bit of creative expression today. I am writing this because someone desperately needs to hear this.

Reaching out.
Reaching up.
Looking around.

Desperately seeking someone to tell you that you matter, you belong, you are loved.
Trying to find anyone that can affirm you.

But who can affirm, define, or confirm those deepest parts of your BEING? Only God. Not a nebulous God somewhere out there, deep in the recesses of the universe. He is a God that is upfront and personal. One who knows you through and through. He is a Father.

You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalms 139:15-16

This good Father sent an awesome Son, Jesus Christ into our world, into time, taking on human flesh to be able to understand our struggles and trials in time. Jesus experienced pain, sorrow, and persecution – all in time. He understands our lives here on earth. And, He understands that IN TIME, our only source of acceptance and affirmation is His good Father.

Jesus Himself went to the Father to seek direction, affirmation and guidance in the power of Holy Spirit. As He is, so am I. If Jesus Himself heard the Father’s affirmation upon His life, we need the same thing.

The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” Mt. 3:16-17

God split the heavens with a loud resounding voice and proclaimed, “This is MY Beloved Son, in whom I AM well pleased.” Have you heard God say this over your life? Listen carefully and you will hear. 

When you go here and here and everywhere, or when you look up or down or all around, what are you finding? Are you hearing God affirm your life in Christ? What are you listening to?

Fleeting compliments from those who see you through the lens of their current perspective?

How about words of support and encouragement from friends who truly know you after years of relationship?

Each of these may sustain you for a bit but they both pale by comparison to the ONE who knows you through and through, down to the deepest part of your being. We need His words to us in time to impact our lives right here, right now.

There is a place in each of our lives where our feelings and struggles are hidden from man but deeply seen and protected by God. In this place, we cry out for acceptance, belonging, and unconditional love. This is the cry of the human heart, a cry waiting to be filled only by God Himself in Christ.

People struggling to be heard and to be seen, desperately wanting to know that they matter in this moment of time in which they have been born.

For such a time as this, YOU have been born. It is not by accident. It’s this time. You are in YOUR TIME. Do you know that? If God wanted you in another time, you would have been born into that time.

ClocksYou belong in YOUR TIME, which is NOW.

The ONE who fashioned and formed you in your mother’s womb hears the cry of the heart and explodes within your life with divine love.

Identity and Purpose is found IN CHRIST. He is the way to find YOU, why you are and where you are…NOW in this time. You can’t find YOU until you find Him. Seek Him with all your heart. Follow Him closely as He leads you on a discovery and adventure in your unique creative expression in the life of His Son.

Look around. Listen carefully. That which we so easily grasp onto in order to define ourselves or to find meaning in our lives, slowly evaporates in this forward movement of time. That which IS will quickly become that which WAS and when you discover that, you just keep seeking and chasing after the wind. There’s a better way.

You, dear one in Christ…YOU are eternally sealed with Holy Spirit, seated in heavenly places in your glorious salvation.

What a beautiful word! Salvation…it brings us into identity, purpose and destiny in Christ. It draws us into eternal love and significance.

God knows you. He loves you. Simple and true. Don’t overcomplicate this. Don’t over analyze this. Run into His arms right now. He waits to hear the inner cry of your heart in time….now.

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

Lean In Close…Really Close – God Whispers

Park Bench - MeditateNow there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. John 13:23

Lean in close to hear God’s whispers. I listen. I’ve learned to listen. I lean in close to hear, blocking out all distractions around me. I am intentional about spending time with the Lord, to listen.

He whispers and His words engage my faith filled imagination to dream with Him during these times of intimacy. These are moments in my day that are larger than life in the natural. They are eternal moments that call to me in the now, speaking from eternity to my spirit, my true identity.

God whispers. My spiritual senses quicken to gaze into another realm. I see what can’t be seen in the natural and hear an eternal sound. There is this other realm where I live move and have my being. My natural earthly life seeks to compete and dominate the whispers of eternity. I won’t let it. I lean in close to the One who loves me. I lean upon His breast and hear His whispers, filled with life and love and mercy and goodness.

Do you lean in? Do you take time to spend time in quiet with God?

Eternity never forces itself upon my life, seeking to make itself known. God whispers and I respond. I am in Christ. I am formed to engage and live from an eternal reality. I know that my identity as a Christian is within my spirit, not my flesh. I walk out in the natural who I am in the spirit. I realize that time spent seeking the Lord is time spent knowing eternal life, knowing Jesus so that I may live in the natural in righteousness, peace and joy now.

Sensitivity in the spirit is learned as we spend time in His presence. We hear and respond to the gentle whispers of God to come apart and spend time with Him. There are divine impartations in His presence, spirit to spirit.

This is necessary. The world tries to fill deep voids within their hearts, seeking what is real and what is true. The world seeks spirituality, hungers for supernatural. Many are led astray unless the One they seek is Jesus Christ.

On the other side, religion seeks practicality, bringing it all down to information rather than revelation. It sucks the very life out of life, forming us into robots and clones that can quote words without knowing the life of the Word Himself.

So where does that leave us? Neither in the world nor in religion……in Christ.

123120605_7e855fd3ef_zHis voice quiets my soul and increases my sensitivity. God will not compete with the noise of the world. His whispers create a realm of glory in which I am enlarged and expanded in my knowledge of Him.

God whispers. He calls. He draws. He calls me to come, to BE with Him for no other purpose that to rest and abide in His presence.

Choose moments in the busyness of your day to get away, alone with God. His life and His love stream into the fragmented places of our daily lives, pulling us back together into wholeness. It is time and busyness that tries to pull us apart.

Seek Stillness.

Seek silence.

Daily, as often as you can.

Practice His presence wherever you are in your day.

When He whispers, respond.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28

Debra

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ
Debra