Courage Needed – Heads Up In The Darkness

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It is required now and in the days ahead. Light in Christ flowing through our lives into the intense darkness all around us. This requires courage and conviction to rise up in Kingdom Reality.

To KNOW that we are in Christ and He has overcome death and the grave.

To BE Christ in the darkness knowing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.

To MOVE in Him with intentionality and purpose, not shirking back in fear.

Wherever there is darkness, the smallest bit of light will overcome it. Truth brings light into the darkness. Do we know this deep within us? Or do we adapt to the shifting shadows in the hope that no confrontation or challenge will come our way? The days ahead will challenge our beliefs on many different levels and this will require courage on our part to rise above the chaos.

The simplest things will provoke provocation and anger in those around us.

To stand up in the reality that Jesus Himself said:

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

This is a radical statement, and one that will be contested on every side. Many will proclaim our arrogance in even saying it. Many will say that we are outrageously presumptuous to even think it. Yet, the fact remains……Jesus said it and it is truth.

Living it out. Walking it out. We fear neither death nor shirk from life itself. Life moves us out in courage and boldness. We know that we ARE seated in heavenly places. We ARE hidden in Christ. He has overcome death and the grave. That makes us courageous.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

To know Him – that sets a path in the darkness. No need to fear. No need to worry. There is a light there as we walk in faith. His glory is increasing throughout the earth.

For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you………..Is. 60:1-2

Wherever you are today, rise up in the knowing that He is Lord. Be still and know this to navigate the waters of persecution or mockery you may be facing. Be still and know this to go through times of chaos that challenges your faith, hoping to pull you under or knock you out of the race. Be still and know He is Lord. It’s about to get real folks!

Debra And Chloe

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Truth Staggers Down The Street

Truth is lost in the midst of cultural noise and political correctness. Words blast their way into the atmosphere on a daily basis. They continually try to change our minds and destroy our thought processes from seeking what is real, what is true. Words are a vehicle by which truth is moved along so if you distort words, trying to change their meaning from what is originally intended, it is easier to control people through deception, dilution and distortion.

Words Words WordsThis is not a new thing. If fact it is an old thing and I only need look at a verse in the OT to speak truth into this very problem.

Justice is beaten back, Righteousness is banished to the sidelines, Truth staggers down the street, Honesty is nowhere to be found. (Isaiah 59:14 Message)

Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14 NKJVS)

There is an attack on truth through the use of words that seem to be ever changing, evolving to bolster man’s political agenda or partisan way of life. Look around if you can and find truth in the midst of chaos. It is lost amidst word mixtures and word distortions.

The only way to navigate the treacherous waters ahead is through the only truth that exists to be found. Christ Jesus.

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

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. (John 14:6 Message)

Truth in Christ is true in any matter, under all circumstances in perfect reality. If one does not know Christ, one cannot comprehend truth. Truth in Christ in me is a life renewed with an excellent mind, able to perceive truth in the midst of deception. I am in union with Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit and in my life there is a perfect expression of Truth as I live, move and have my being in Him.

Many see Jesus as a lunatic for saying this pretentious statement in John 14:6. Listen to what C.S. Lewis says below.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity.

Truth Will Set You FreeA battle rages for truth. People desperately desire truth. Truth is in Christ. Truth is Christ Jesus. Truth is found in Christ and the outflow of His teachings, His person, and His oneness in the Father. That forms the simplicity of my life, the way this blog will flow and the prophetic nature of speaking forth hope into a chaotic future that exists in the world apart from Christ.

Prophetically speaking I would say that confusion rules the atmosphere in this present day. Yet that is not a reality for those hidden in Christ Jesus. We are able to see and to hear beyond what is being shown us and far beyond what is being said. We hear truth beyond words that seem to bolster political agendas or foster partisan belief. There is a sound behind the sound when one is discerning to truly hear. God will reveal His heart to us and through us in Christ.

Look no further than the simplicity that is found in Christ for the coming days will toss us back and forth on the winds of change if we are not anchored in the truth of the divine words of Scripture. Make no mistake, we desire to see hope restored and peace reign in our midst but this is an impossibility apart from Christ ruling and reigning in the power of His kingdom that dwells first in the heart of His people and flows out in its necessary power…..now and in the days ahead.

Hope is restored. Peace is maintained. Lives are lived contrary to the prevailing atmosphere of humanistic logic and wisdom. How can one find this? How can one live in direct opposition to fear, distress, and hopelessness? In Christ. Rise up and live above in heavenly places, where we are seated in Christ Jesus.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJVS)

This is a simple way to start the New Year prophetically speaking. We must disregard the extraneous things pulling on our lives on a daily basis.  They only seek to take us into a reality bound by fear and distress. There is a better way, a more excellent way and those who seek Him will find Him. The promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

Start today. Spend time alone with the Lord. Learn to hear His voice and respond to His overtures of love to you. In this time set apart we will develop a hearing ear and discerning eyes to follow Him in the midst of the coming storms. We will walk in peace and hope and love despite anything that tries to come against us, uproot us or destroy us.

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:1-3, 7, 13-14, 23-24 NKJVS)

Debra

 

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The Battle Over The Spoken Word

There is a battle taking place over the spoken word.  People are picking and choosing their words so carefully to avoid offense and yet, offense is stirring on all fronts. When we pick and choose our words so very carefully, we actually can dull or dilute their meaning so as to leave them with little or no effect.

Voice Not An EchoSo often we speak and before we finally get to the point, we hide our meaning behind so many qualifiers that it’s hard to actually find the point. These qualifiers (excess words) serve to only diffuse the truth in an attempt to make everybody happy and satisfied with a sense of entitlement.

Too many games being played as people try to stand for all things and actually in doing this, we stand for nothing and the beat goes on. Speak the truth.

Speak the truth at all times or say nothing at all. And don’t fear man…….walk in wisdom speaking the truth found in Christ, at all costs. It’s actually worth it. We feel good inside when we know we have not compromised our core beliefs. Walk in wisdom also. That gives a double benefit in not only knowing when to speak but what to speak, the right words. .

Truth Will Set You FreeWisdom weaves a path as we speak truth. This path can be through the minefield of public opinion which will annihilate you with opposing words if you challenge any sacred cow. This path can be accusatory as people think your words are not loving enough, kind enough. Wisdom weaves a path and it is not easy but as I said, if you stand for everything, you stand for nothing. How desperately we need truth speakers that don’t hesitate to sound forth what is  necessary for these days.

What is truth, you say? Truth is embodied in the person of Christ Jesus who actually said that He is the way, the truth and the life. People are aghast, at times, at the brevity of that statement and what it truly implies. Truth? One way? Christ?

Yes. He said it. He meant it. It’s often said that to say something like that, one must either be a lunatic and liar or a truth speaker. I believe He is a truth speaker and my life centers on this truth. Jesus Christ.

There is a path of wisdom in speaking truth but even when spoken the best way possible, offense is on the rise, stopping up the ears of those who refuse to hear any side but their own.

DebraIn Christ, Debra

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