Sonic Boom – Voices of Truth

1203783516_19b903a715_zI heard the Lord speak something to me many years ago that still rings true in my Spirit today. He said: “Sonic Boom”.

So what’s a sonic boom for those who may never have heard one?

When an airplane travels through the air, it produces sound waves. If the plane is traveling slower than the speed of sound (the speed of sound varies, but 700 mph is typical through air), then sound waves can propagate ahead of the plane. If the plane breaks the sound barrier and flies faster than the speed of sound, it produces a sonic boom when it flies past. The boom is the “wake” of the plane’s sound waves. All of the sound waves that would have normally propagated ahead of the plane are combined together so at first you hear nothing, and then you hear the boom they create. (www.howstuffworks.com)

The plane is moving through the air traveling faster than the speed of sound. This plane breaks the sound barrier and produces a boom when it flies past it. The boom is the evidence of the effect of the plane breaking the sound barrier. This sound is loud and penetrating. You cannot avoid hearing it.

As a little girl, growing up in Chicago, there were many summer days when I heard a sonic boom pierce the atmosphere above us and shake our house. I still vividly remember it, so much so that God brought the memory back to me today.

There’s prophetic insight here is we look close enough.

Sound Waves From MouthWhen voices of truth are sent forth by God, their words will flow from the heavenly realm, imbued with an eternal weight of glory. These words are light accompanied by sound, which will break the sound barrier here on earth and cause a sonic boom in the Spirit, which will impact the natural. These words won’t gather up before us, perpetually waiting for us to catch up. Instead, they will be energized with heavenly glory to move fast and furious into the earth realm so as to break through the natural course of events to impact the earthly with an eternal sound, an eternal reality.

As a company of people rise up to speak God’s words, words that are spirit and life, these words will be sent for a purpose from the eternal realm. According to Jeremiah, God watches over His word to perform it. It also says this in Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. NKJV

Like that airplane, our words of truth in Christ break the sound barrier of the natural realm and fly faster than the speed of sound and produce a sonic boom in the spirit. When one voice is speaking, there is power. When a company of people called to speak truth in Christ speak, truth will shake, and agitate and dismantle whatever is in its path.

We often see a myriad of voices in the Body of Christ today bringing forth a sound that is birthed on earth and carries very little impact in the spirit. Words compete for attention and actually hit up against each other constantly in debate and argument. Words flow forth to defend positions and to enforce doctrine. Words also flow forth that are nebulous and vague with little substance.

God will empower our words more than we can imagine if we listen more than we speak.  (Read the Vision).  We are learning. We are listening. We are waiting to hear and speak words that hold wisdom, grace, authority, and life. I believe that I am in these waters with many of you, counting the cost to follow Jesus Christ obediently and wholeheartedly with all love and passion. Speaking the truth in Christ or saying nothing at all!

In Christ
Debra
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Truth Knocks Us Off Our High Horse

img_7240Bam! A blinding light shines down. One “soon to be apostle” flies off his horse and hits the dirt.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Acts 9:3-5

Saul (soon to be Paul) resisted Jesus in every way. With all his religious fervor, he believed he was the defender of the faith, even to the point of killing Christians. Finally Jesus says, “Enough is enough.” It’s a day of confrontation.

Truth knocks Saul off his high horse. For someone who believes he is a defender of the faith, it’s a bit humiliating when God wants to reveal Himself as He really is, not as we desire Him to be. He believed he knew who Jesus was but apparently he didn’t.

What about us? Does God humiliate us at times to reveal His Son as He really is? Does He knock us down off our high horses of pride or self-righteousness? Does He invade our safe spaces where we cling to a Jesus who babies and coddled our immaturity? Does He uproot our offenses and pride catapulting us to the dust?

Of course He does. If you truly seek to know Jesus Christ, honestly seek to know Him as He longs to reveal Himself to you, you will be challenged in a radical encounter with Jesus. With a blinding light, He will expose areas of our life. Leveling out in the dust, we can choose to look up into the eyes of truth or walk away.

Hand reaching up

We desperately need a blinding light revelation today. Light that hits us and even knocks us down but then raises us up in clear vision to see Christ as He truly is.

In Western Christianity, we tend to construct a Jesus that is very one-dimensional, created to BE who we want Him to BE. He is love. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating an abusive heavenly Father that wants humiliate us without reason. But do we know Him? Do we know Him as He is?

Jesus called Paul to be an apostle with great destiny and purpose. He hit Paul head on, not playing nice or tolerant. Jesus loved Paul with an everlasting love. He had to do it this way. Revolutionary radical people are prime targets for God’s ferocious love to hit hard. Without encounter, many of us will not move in God’s direction. We will wallow in pride, self-righteousness without the light. We will even choose to stay in our own victimization of past hurts or abuse.

Can we accept this revelation of Christ? Is it hard to imagine that not only is He filled with grace but filled with fire? How about acceptance at the same time as confrontational, challenging us with our weakness to give us His strength?

Okay so many are saying? But that’s Paul? I’m not called to a worldwide apostolic ministry? Maybe not but Jesus will do the same thing for those called to be servants, housewives, doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, janitors, or gardeners. Each of us, in our own little corner of the world, needs a blinding light to invade our sphere of influence to wake us up in order to see and know Jesus Christ. To see Him not through the lens of religion or cultural conformity but through a revelation of Himself as we hit bottom.

All around us the church at large has deconstructed Jesus down to a nice guy, our friend, and our little created divinity called to make us feel good. He becomes our safe space. We create Him in our desire and image so that our lives need not be offended or confronted with Truth. This has created a weak, powerless church unable to walk in power and authority.

Being a strong, independent and somewhat rebellious individual, Truth hit me at the lowest point in my life when things seemed bent on destruction in multiple areas – struggling marriage and family alongside internal pain and sorrow. Truth hit hard with strong powerful love basically saying to me, “Are you done doing it your way? Why do you keep resisting and hitting back so hard?”

My marriage was on the rocks and I entered a time of depression. At that point, Truth entered my life to become my Lord and Savior with a multifaceted revelation of His love. Father. Savior. Friend. Redeemer. He revealed Himself to me soft and gentle alongside firm and strong.

But He didn’t stop there with just that confrontation. Truth confronts me all the time, even now at times knocking me off of platforms of self-righteousness and pride. Truth confronts because it’s very nature is to confront. Do you know this Jesus? The One who loves you so much that He will not leave you where you are but desires to draw you up and out of your messy life into His.

By mess, I’m not just talking about the obvious but also the hidden. Not just outward acts of addiction but inward struggles of grief, anxiety or rejection. Jesus is good, all the time. When He confronts us with a hard knock or gently surrounds us with divine love, He is good. And Father God is good. And Holy Spirit is good.

Truth knocks me down and then a good Father God picks me right back up again. He doesn’t like me to stay down, although down has its good points. Down allows me to reevaluate my life in Christ along with the humiliation of being down there for all to see. It’s actually good for me. It’s time to grow up.

In relationship with truth, we never arrive but are always on journey. He does not gloat over us in humiliation but He longs for us to give it all up to follow Him on His journey. God knows the way and like a good Father He knows what’s good for us and is relentless in showing us the right way.

Allow Truth to have His way with you. You won’t regret it. Jesus is the way, the truth, the life and no man comes to the Father except through Him.  Repent. Now that’s not a word that is politically correct, is it? But it means to change your mind and walk in another direction……with Him. Relinquish your life to Him. He is more than worth it.

Aren’t you tired of doing it your own way?

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

Truth is not always what the majority say is truth

CrossThe crowd cries out with vengeance in their heart. “Crucify Him!” A remnant of people look at Him, their hearts imploding with sorrow. They want to run from this insanity playing out before their eyes, but they can’t. Dedication. Adoration. Love. This keeps them in the margins, without power, yet feeling pain.

Truth dies a slow death, as a majority continues to demand vengeance. “Crucify Him!”

There He is. Their Savior. Their healer. Their deliverer. Bruised, broken and bleeding.

Truth is not always what the majority say is truth. Jesus is the perfect example. He stood in their midst, often silent, without defense or any type of provocation, no need to prove Himself. The religious condemned Him from the start just for being who He actually was, Truth Incarnate. He was in their midst, but they did not see.

Again it hits me. Truth is not always what the majority say is truth. I can be sure that when I choose to follow Truth, my eyes open to see Him as He is, to follow Him where He leads, and to know Him with eyes wide open. I can be sure that on this path, many will cry out for my own destruction if I stand against the grain of popular opinion or political correctness. To proclaim that Jesus is the way offends many who don’t want to acknowledge Him Savior or follow Him as Lord.

How do we who follow Christ respond to this vengeance? This attack against righteousness? Oh, do I hear you say that you have not experienced this? Then I would question what way you actually follow, what path do you walk, what Lord do you acknowledge.

All who follow the Lord truly follow Him into a narrow place of proclamation of His great love and mercy towards humanity will be persecuted. Narrow place? What do I mean by that? Not narrow in the sense of judgment and condemnation. Narrow in the sense of living a life contrary to the world at large. Living a life from a kingdom position sitting in heavenly places. To follow this truth will cost us everything – our lives, our reputation. Anything less than that is simply a watered down version of Christianity.

So many Christians stand in the margins, looking at Truth, grieved that it is dying in our midst, but out of a sense of being safe, secure, and comfortable, they stay hidden. But, for those who want to step out it will cost us.

Truth positions us in the crossfire of cultural insanity and political correctness. Don’t think for one minute that those who are with you now will not also cry out “Crucify Him” or “Crucify Her” tomorrow. Truth will always cost us something. It appears to me that it is often in the American church where Christianity requires nothing more than a verbal affirmation of belief while denying the power of life lived following Christ.

It’s time to come away from the margins, into the middle of the fray. To stand for Truth despite anything that would come our way. Don’t look for the majority to follow you. They won’t. Trust me. They won’t. To truly live for Christ in a deep personal relationship, you will be persecuted and looked upon as an anomaly by a majority who rule. Come out anyway. Stand for something or stand for nothing.

He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” He is the answer. He is the way.

To rise up in this revelation is to be revolutionary. Yet, we rise up, not in self-righteousness but willing to die so that His life lives in and through us. To live is Christ. To die is gain.

Truth set in cementTruth is not always what the majority say or what the majority want. In my opinion, we love to follow in the wake of other’s beliefs. Or, we create a god in our own image, with all the perks that come with this so as to live a life free of commitment and confrontation.

A shepherd boy named David stood for truth and because of this stood against Goliath when everyone else turned away. His own brothers doubted his character, mocking him because of his youth and lack of experience.

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did. 1 Samuel 17:28-30

Is there not a cause? Here it is again as I look at David. Truth rises up against a majority who see life through a different lens. This is life. I can give you example after example of those who stand in truth amidst opposition and persecution. I challenge each of us to stand for Truth, Jesus Christ. We stand in humility, grace and love alongside power, passion and conviction. There is a cost to be paid. Thank God, Jesus paid it with His own life.

The world is in chaos and truth is falling, falling, falling all around us. There is a way though – a way of trust, joy, obedience, love, hope, mercy, goodness, grace……..it’s all in Christ. To follow Him is to walk in truth in this life. The majority may disdain us, abhor us, ignore us and persecute. Yet, we walk in Truth. He leads the way.

Meditate on these words of Jesus.

John 14:6 (NKJV Strong’s,) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Matthew 16:24-26 (MSG) Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. 25 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. 26 What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

To Gaze or to Glance -That is the Question – Truth waits for your answer

EyeI look at Truth. Truth looks at me. What I perceive at that moment is just the tip of the iceberg. He desires to fix His gaze on me so that I gaze upon Him. To gaze or to glance? I prefer to gaze so that the depths of who He is expands in my life and I truly live, not exist, but live in Christ.

Gazing is not staring. Staring is mindlessly looking without comprehension. Gazing looks deep into His eyes to find myself for that is where my identity lies.

Sometimes I flounder in perception – those ‘things’ about Him that I know based upon my own fears, insecurity and doubts. Is He really that good? Is His love for me that strong and sure?

Gazing requires strength to look truth right in the eye, fearlessly – to know that I am accepted in the Beloved.

To know Truth starts with perception but it can’t stay there. Go deep and gaze. Right where you are – all your stuff, your fears, your failures. Gaze. That’s the key to life.

What at first glance is perceived must then be believed and received deep within our being. Perception of truth is not enough. To engage with Truth is the essence of life. That is when we truly live. Life in all its glory in Christ, the joy, the sorrow, the pain, and the pleasure…………Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Revelation in Christ is so deep, so wide, and so high. Imagine this. We stand on the shore of a vast ocean, so vast that the great expanse of its beauty and magnitude before us can be so intimidating and so fearful that we never leave the shore. That’s how it is with many Christians. They hang out on the shoreline of perception and that is all they want and need in Christ. That’s religion, not relationship.

Christ bids us to come and to walk upon the water with Him so that He may reveal Himself to us. His grace empowers our walk. His glory reveals His person.

My vision today.  I saw myself on the shoreline and immediately this verse was given to me. Today, I give it to you.

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Ephesians 3:8

This is an apostolic directive for all of us today. To preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus while walking in grace on a vast expansive ocean of revelation. To preach eternity while living in the now. To rise up from dormancy to awake in passion. Go right up to that ocean and step out.

Ocean Golden WaveHe opens up the way and with each wave comes revelation to those willing to seek Him. If we seek Him, He is gracious and faithful to reveal Himself to us.

Truth lays out a path right on the waves. In fear we step out but we must remember that there is no fear in love. So step out, even in fear for that fear will vanish in the presence of His glory. Holy Spirit is our compass, our navigational system that sets us out upon the waters.

We may look foolish. Okay, we will look foolish to those still standing on the shore, waiting. Waiting for what?

Truth is a mystery that is eternal reality. We find it expanded in step by step obedience and trust. He is our life in the here and now, the earthly realm yet we walk in eternity now in our hearts.

Truth opens up our eyes with light as we step out. Don’t run away from this light. Light shines in the face of Christ. Gaze at Him as we walk upon the waves. Don’t look down.

Remember Peter? When He looked at the waves, taking His eyes off of Jesus, he sank. Learn to gaze at Him in the midst of fear, worry anxiety.

We may want to go back to the safety of the shore but Jesus whispers, “Trust Me. Let’s go father out. Walk away from that place of safety that you’ve constructed within the parameters of your life. I’ve so much more to reveal to you.”

Truth becomes the lens of our life in Christ. He desires us to see with Kingdom perspective. The ocean depths prepare us to trust and obey.

These posts will lift you higher, away from earthly concerns if just for a moment so that you may see you are seated in heavenly places.

Born from above, our lives expand in harmony within heaven’s revelation of our identity in Christ.

How do I walk in this reality? It is my life, interwoven into my being. I’m not content with passive man-made Christianity.

Each morning,  I pray and meditate for about one hour with one of my French Bulldogs on my lap. Holy Spirit directs my mind and my heart in meditations for the day. Today, as I walked upon the water, He whispered this verse.

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

This confirms that in the depth of my heart, I accept adventure and journey in Christ. It is a life in the Spirit for I am born of the Spirit through salvation in Jesus. Who ever told you Christianity is outdated or boring? They either lied or have only experienced religion. Look again.

Debra And Chloe

 

In Christ,
Debra

Truth is…Truth is Not

Truth set in cementTruth is not simply what works.

Pursue truth anyway. Walk along His road where the air is clear, where you can breathe again.

To face Truth head on, look into His eyes. This is not ideological talk, without substance or form. This is reality. Jesus Christ. The passion carried in my heart to know Him and to make Him known. He’s real. When you seek Truth, He’s always there to reveal Himself to you, up close and personal.

If you have been led down a path of religion, I no longer question why you’re not interested in Jesus Christ. Religion bypasses intimacy and relationship in favor of anything else…anything but the simplicity found in Christ and His love for us.

He offers His path – security, identity, love, acceptance. I believe this is something every person’s heart desires, whether they know it or not.

It’s important to know what Truth is and what Truth is not. I’ll write a series of blog posts about Truth, what He is and what He is not. Keep in mind that Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the life.

Point #1 Truth is not simply what works.

Jesus gives us a choice. We choose to follow His heart not ours. We must decide walking with Him is greater than the pull of the world and all it has to offer to us. The journey does not promise a smooth path. There are lots of uphill battles as well as places where you can’t see far into the distance. Along the way, I discovered that He satisfied the deepest longings of my heart as I walked in sync with His heart.

When walking along this path, it’s easy to assume that if one follows Truth, it would somehow work. And, by work, I mean a flow, an ease to the movement of your life. It doesn’t always work that way.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I realized many years ago, He answered the deepest longing of my heart for significance. He showed me a way to walk right in the lowest time of my life – my marriage was failing, I was drinking too much, and the list of failures goes on and on.

He showed up with a promise. “I’ll never leave you or forsake you.” He called me to walk with Him. I’m walking with Truth, in Truth but this path isn’t what I expected. I say, “I expected”. It is though what He expected for me. This is a path in life, perfectly tuned to my journey.

Along the way, I questioned, “Is this the right way? Is He worth it?”

Many times, everything in me cried out to turn around, get off this path and opt out of everything.

His still small voice said, “Follow Me. I don’t disappoint AND I know what is good for you.”

Christianity is an adventure, a journey into relationship with Jesus Christ. Anything less than that? It’s called religion.

Truth is not simply what works. 

Truth is a journey in knowing Christ through all of life, wherever the journey leads.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra