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

Hear! Hear! Chew the Meat, Spit Out the Bones!

Listen Grafitti Words are just words, groups of letters strung together, creating a sound as I speak. My sound displaces and shifts atmospheres with the potential to cause confusion and disruption or peace and clarity. What I bring forth flows from deep within me, revealing the true depth of my character.

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things (Matthew 12:34-35 NKJV)

Jesus spoke words infused with eternal glory, words of spirit and life. (John 6:63) Christ is in me; therefore my words also carry the sound of eternity into the natural realm. I am to be responsive to Holy Spirit to carry words of wisdom and to bring them out at the right time. I am to be response-able to speak words of spirit and life.

Listening as words are spoken to me, I weigh and discern their source. Who is speaking them to me? What’s their meaning and impact upon my life? I evaluate and look carefully (in the Spirit) at the person speaking them to me, discerning whether they are constructive or destructive to my well-being. Without discerning the source of the sound, I may be quick to label them as judgmental when they are essentially corrective for my good. Or, I can feel so good about them but they may be shallow, only ministering to my ego to feel good. I must learn to know the difference.

Chew the meat – spit out the bones.

Gulls ShoutingThe Internet can make me gun shy, afraid of speaking truth. Who wants to be blasted or raked over the coals, left for dead, bleeding and hurt because of words seeking to kill and destroy my dream or vision. I can internalize useless words spoken from evil hearts seeking to paralyze me on every front. This can leave me dazed for a bit, unable to receive anything, becoming defensive and angry or even fearfully withdrawing, losing my voice.

Chew the meat – spit out the bones and keep moving, getting stronger each day.

In my own life, I know that words sourced in love, despite being confrontational and challenging are essential for my growth. I must discern the difference. Not everyone has the right to speak into my life. And, I don’t let them but I am smart enough to know the difference between that which helps me grow and that which seeks to try to destroy me.

Chew the meat – spit out the bones.

Discern.
Evaluate.
Know.
Grow.

What I perceive as negative due to inner pain may be constructive criticism for my own growth. What I perceive as positive may enable me in my own dysfunction by someone just wanting to make me feel good. Discern the difference.

Jesus consistently said in Scripture: “He who has an ear to hear…………listen.”

3133347219_4c16658dd5_zOur ears have the ability to hear sound. Sound is transmitted to the brain, which interprets the signal. It’s easy to just hear sounds. I hear but do I understand? I can’t let everything said affect me. Taking it all in leaves me off-balance. I am tossed here, there and everywhere.

With the abundance of voices, sounds, and noise increasing all around me, I need to unplug for my own well-being. It is not optional, but essential to my life.

When we returned to the States in 2013 after living in Finland for many years, the first thing I noticed was the increased noise level in the United States. I may go into greater depth in another blog but for now I just want to say that the noise level I discerned was so high in many places. I was so sensitive after the quiet of Finland. It actually disturbed me. Background music, people talking so loud, 5-10 TV’s playing on the walls……………excessive noise with no ability to even communicate in some places without shouting. It appears to me many are talking, but not listening.

The volume is being turned up everywhere I turn. Excessive talking, words and more words, information overload, opinions, commentaries, constant news reports…….

Yet in the midst of it all, I still hear Jesus saying to me: “He who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying…listen.”

I read that the increase of background noise has the same effect on our hearing as fog does to our vision. You can’t see in fog and you can’t hear with excessive noise bombarding your life on every turn.

In excess noise, I see people becoming defensive, offended, fearful, anxious, worrisome, angry and more.

Hearing is linked to understanding. As a Christian, I am in the world but not of the world. Holy Spirit is given to me to help me discern as I listen. What is the sound behind the words, behind the noise? What is really being said? Is it truth or a lie? Is it deception or an illusion? Holy Spirit gives me understanding and perception in all things. That is why even though there is darkness and chaos in the world, I am in peace.

Greater noise – less understanding, more confusion. To me, in my own life, it is quite simple.

And He said, “ To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand (Luke 8:10 NKJV)

Mysteries of the kingdom, eternity invading earth, are revealed to those in Christ who have an ear to hear, not what they want to hear or perceive through earthly wisdom but in the Spirit. As the cry of deception, illusion and darkness get louder, I walk in the light as He is in the light and I see and I hear in the light of truth.

Holy Spirit develops my spiritual senses as I pursue a life of passion, intimacy, worship, and prayer in Christ.

This is a life and growth process for me. I sometimes take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back but I am always n a forward momentum, being conformed to Jesus Christ, not the ways of the world. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I let something in that hurts or disturbs me and it throws me out of sync for a time.

Words come at me. I discern the source. Is there truth in the words? I reflect, redirect, and learn. Sometimes I ignore, rebuke, and let them go. One step at a time!

Again there is so much to say about this but for now I pray you get the picture and it starts you on your own journey in Christ.

Debra 2In Christ,
Debra

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