Open the door! Pull back the Curtains! Let the Light In!

Freedom in ChristThe darkened areas of our lives, those places filled with fear, memories of abuse, sexual addictions, emotional destruction, substance abuse, alcoholism – all those places are like rooms yet to be opened in a house where Christ dwells. He sees them. We see them. We know they are there but we won’t confront their reality, let alone open the door to let the light of Christ into these dark areas.

Even as Christians, there are these dark areas or internal rooms that need the confrontation of divine love to be healed and to be set free. Yet, we avoid pain at all costs. We worry about what others will think.  We wonder if God can be trusted. We don’t like suffering. We want what is easy and we love what is fast and doable. But that is not authentic Christianity. That type of Christianity is tailored to a Western mindset.

There is increasing chaos and darkness in the world. At the same time, the glory of the Lord will rise in His people. It is essential that as Christians, we face our own darkened areas, submit to the Lord, and receive healing and deliverance  in order to shine brightly in the earth. Receive His love and allow Him to deal with our lives, to reveal and heal those areas that are hidden in those darkened rooms.

In those dark areas the curtains are drawn tight, held in place by shame, guilt and condemnation. The truth of God’s grace and mercy in Christ wants to flood the room with light but we won’t open those doors. Therefore, we remain in the shadows of half-truths and subtle lies perpetrated by the enemy, keeping us bound, not trusting God.

CrossJesus Himself calls you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. He calls you to be habitations of His glory, shining bright in His presence.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJVS)

There is a simplicity in Christ that is missing in the church today. It is hidden underneath layers of cultural add-ons that work in the world, fueled by man’s wisdom, but have no power in the church. We thrive on process – the unending path of needing more than Jesus – more conferences, more books, more seminars. In all of this, the Body of Christ is still immature and lacking in supernatural power and authority.

What would happen if we actually believed in the Gospel message, walk out the truth revealed in the Epistles, allow the Holy Spirit to lead and believe all that God gives to us in Christ? The church would rise up to BE in Christ instead of some other form and template.

To confront the evil outside of us with the authority and supernatural power of God, we must confront any evil within.  It time to grow up and allow God to change us from within. Going deep, not wide.

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As Christ confronts us in love at our deepest level, there is pain. We will suffer in the flesh, which always tries to maintain its position, avoiding any pain or suffering, but we will be alive in Christ, free and filled with greater measure of light and life.  Submit to His way. It’s worth it. Walk in the light, as He is in the light and the blood of Jesus continually cleanses us, empowers us and sets us free. Open the doors to the closed rooms. Let Him in and He will heal.

Quiet down. Get a journal, a Bible, a pen, a computer, the beach, the couch…wherever…just be still, know that He is God and the simplicity of the reality of Christ Jesus is real. I am not trying to oversimplify this in any way, but there is only so much I can say in a blog. I know pain is real. Yet nothing is greater than Jesus Christ. He is all in all. He is faithful in all things.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Everlasting Love – Quotable Living

tumblr_mry84sRfrV1soz382o1_1280I am not defined by what I do in life. The sooner I learn that, the better I will be. Years ago, ministry was driving me into a Christian template of doing it all and to be defined by its form or function. I was too serious and intense about everything, striving with perfect perfectionism. You know what I mean don’t you? God has gifted me with discernment and a strong prophetic gift. Yet, the gift took precedence over the person of Christ. Like an employee of the Lord, I felt on-call to perform at all times. I measured my success through how many people came to hear me speak, how many compliments I received on the accuracy of the prophetic gift, and even how many people came forward for an altar call.

Somehow I wanted to be important so I became intense in my approach to ministry. The drive that surrounded me flowed through my life in stress and conflict. Where was rest? Well, there wasn’t any to be quite honest. I learned a lot over the years. Doing does flow from being. Do it the other way around and you will never find that place of rest in Christ.

God formed me to be adventurous, passionate and on the move in life. I thrive on change in every way. Yet, to purge me of the DO I had to learn to BE. So the Father’s hand came down on my life and restrained me in order to purge me of all fleshly possibility in my own wisdom. I did learn the lesson and I continue to learn many lessons. Have you ever read The Harness of the Lord by Bill Britton? It’s a great read and it aptly describes my life, and quite possibly yours too. Please read if you have the time.

I do love our ministry, Rivers of Eden, traveling and preaching, seeing people healed and set free. But, when priorities get out of whack and doing ministry takes precedence over relationship with the Lord, you lose something in life. What is it that you lose? Well, here’s a story that I read in a book by Francis Frangipane. It will answer that question.

beautiful-morningMinistry became overwhelming and invasive in Francis’s life, taking his time and energy. One day someone in the church told him that they had received a prophetic word for him from the Lord. They wanted to give him the word in person so arranged a meeting. When the gentleman got there, Francis waited to see what the Lord was going to say to him. The gentleman came in, sat down and said, “God told me to tell you this, ‘Francis, I miss you.’” Selah.  

Jeremiah 31:3 3 “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.” NKJV