Subliminal Sounds – Constant Noise! Help Us Holy Spirit!

Have you noticed that there is an undercurrent of noise that constantly tries to invade our space, divert our attention and distract our focus? There are powerful subliminal messages that exist all around us. And, they don’t let up one bit.

Here are a few.

Stay in the mix!

Out of sight, out of mind!

Adhere to these statements from any subtle sense of insecurity and rejection and bam………you live by the flow of social media and current trends in a never-ending cycle of trying to BE on a journey of success, breakthrough or destiny.

Note to Self: You are EnoughMy life has taken this incredible turn today as a sense of ennui (that’s boredom and just plain weariness) settled on my life over the past week. Usually I would run from it. Stand up straight and head into the storm. Make it happen. Don’t quit.

But today…I am tired which has given me lots of time to simply BE in the presence of Jesus Christ where I discovered that I feel a bit lost in time.

If I succumb to the pressure of being in the mix and fearing that out of sight brings me out of mind which means that I will fall flat into oblivion and obscurity again, I will create my own flow helping me to be SEEN and HEARD. Heaven forbid! The pressure is unrelenting – blog more so you aren’t forgotten, tweet more so that you are out there, Facebook more posts to be a presence on line.

No more! I decide today, enough is enough. I decide rather than anyone else. I have my voice, a LANGUAGE OF BEING that flows from me like a river, Rivers of Eden to be exact.

All morning, I left the demands of a schedule and worshipped. In this beautiful process, there came intense Christ–discovery of the glorious one who is in me, Holy Spirit who syncs me with creativity and adventure, and Father who loves me. Selah. Selah. Selah.

Passion is overflow – contagious, resounding with words of life, attractive.

Self-promotion, trying to be in the mix – this leads to desperation and desperation is simply not attractive. Desperation seems to want to pull you, force you to listen.

My language of being…in Christ flows through me. I want to BE like Jesus when He said:

The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit–word, and so it is life–making. (John 6:63 Message)

 …the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 NKJV)

It is appropriate that this happens right now at my release into preaching again. It allows me to rest in Me and in Christ in Me, giving what I know I have – His revelation flowing through me – a language of being with words of spirit and life.

What about you? Don’t follow trends or cutting edge concepts to BE something you are not. Flow in your language of being for God has created people out there waiting to hear you, not someone else speaking through you OR not a sound of desperation flowing from a place of insecurity or doubt that you are enough. You are enough….and so am I!

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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The Journey Part 3/3 – Grace To Navigate These Times or What Now?

Jeremiah 29:11Fear can grow in me when I choose to be present looking at reality as it is, not as I want it to be. Is it a fear of being in the moment? How about a fear of fading into the facts of the current situation? What to do?

Faced with a situation that just IS I can panic and run away. There are more ways to run than I can imagine. I can run emotionally into denial, not accepting God’s way for me, even as it involves a measure of pain. I can run physically away, changing locations or moving. I can even run away spiritually, not wanting to look at God, thinking He doesn’t have my best interests in His heart. Look around, lots of people are running aren’t they?

Faced with a situation that just IS – I can also sink down into discouragement, feeling lost and trapped. I live life from a subdued place of hopelessness, thinking that it will be like this forever. Thinking that nothing will change, I resign myself to suffering without purpose. There is always a purpose to suffering.

Submit to the process. More importantly submit to God’s hand holding me in a place where I don’t necessarily want to be. His ways are good, right, purposeful, meaningful, justified and filled with love and grace. Like a good Father, He sees the end from the beginning. He knows process is essential for growth and maturity. Since when is Christianity all about ‘me” anyway– my desires, my wants, my needs? There are numerous verses that support suffering in this mix called life. Life is kaleidoscope of it all – joy, peace, suffering, freedom, pain, hope, mercy and love, lots of love – shifting and changing as we journey through each season.

Jeremiah was speaking to a people intent on getting out. He said, “Settle in.”  At this point, there are very few choices. Obey God, even when you can’t see the whole picture. Don’t fight the process. You will end up constantly stressed and strained in life. Jeremiah did say, “Settle in.” He also went one step further than that. He said “Bloom where you are planted. Live. Love. Grow.” (My words.) Not only submit to God but also submit with joy. Ouch!

So what now? There are three ways that work for me when I don’t want to do what God says to do but I love Him so I submit to His plan. He’s a good Father. So, settle into the present and trust Him. It’s all about seasons. Seasons change and this one will too but there is something to learn here and I don’t want to miss it. I can’t always get what I want.

So, in the day-to-day how do I go about this?

Be PresentBe present in the moment, in submitting to the way, His way. Don’t dwell upon the ‘what if’s’ or ‘what was’ – look at the ‘what now.’ Doors will open while walking in the present moment. These are hidden doors in the Spirit, doors that open as I mature in wisdom and grace. They are readily available to all of us but many simply don’t see them because they refuse to submit to these times of refining. Jesus encountered many opportunities on His way to the cross – the woman at the well (John 4:7) and the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20), to name a few. His life was filled with a keen sense of seeing through moments of time with the eyes of eternity. At these moments, while in submission to His Father’s will, eternity invaded earth. Be present. Allow Holy Spirit to draw us into the present where creative opportunities await where heaven will invade earth.

IMG_5508Focus on the Way, the person of Jesus Christ during this time. Focus. I may be unsettled but His way for me is sure, filled with light and life. As I walk in sync with Him, like the guys on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24), my eyes will open to SEE. Just walk and listen. This is a great time for listening. I don’t settle into passivity, apathy, or inertia. I settle into Him and He is moving in my life. Day by day, He shows me how to navigate the NOW by establishing my coordinates in the Spirit. He gives me wisdom concerning this time, if I listen. He leads the way and I follow. The next season is on the horizon. I keep my eye on it while being present. Time differs for each person. Don’t look at anyone else. Look at Him. He knows that NOW is part of my process into my next season. Just keep walking. Focus establishes hope again and hope does not disappoint. Hope grows and passion stirs in each step of our journey. Don’t run, don’t fear – submit to the process.

Be Real IMG_5508Be real. He can handle it. My emotions go up and down along the way. I am not robotic or cloned. I still question, get upset, and cry. Religion confines me to clichés. Here in the now, clichés are broken in an atmosphere where my authentic life is developing. I can’t say what I don’t mean. I say what I feel to a Father that loves me and does not disregard my weakness. In my weakness, He is strong. I don’t like this. I’m not happy. Isn’t there another way? I’m angry. This hurts. I can’t handle the pain. Keep walking. Express your emotions to Him but don’t let them stop you. If they are so intense, just lay down on the floor and let it out. He can handle it. He’s our Father.

There are seasons in every Christian life. In these seasons, we draw deep from the wells of our salvation, giving it new depth and meaning that enhance our life’s purpose in the coming days. I can’t say that each step on this journey has been easy. Just yesterday, I was in a ‘mood’ wanting out, wanting to get away, wanting life to be a bit different. Then after brooding for a bit, I began to worship and talk to the Lord. He was right there with  me things changed over the course of the day.

So how long does one find themselves in this place of settling? I don’t have an answer for you. I wish I did. Unlike Jeremiah’s day, I don’t think it will last 70 years. It could be a season of a few days, a few months, or a few years. He knows. Each of us is quite unique and different. Just trust Jesus in the process. The purpose of process is rooted in relationship and intimacy in Christ and there is no formula for that. Be present. Be focused. Be real.

IMG_5568In Christ
Debra

Hidden? Prepare To Be Provoked

Einstein WomenWhen I am hidden (and it is for a season) I must discern the times. Discern = to separate, to perceive, to recognize. To discern the times, I look at this season through the eyes of eternity. I perceive its purpose in my life. I separate the truth from the lie.

Eternity’s sound: I am hidden in plain sight to prepare me.

Earth resounds with a lie: I am disqualified, hidden forever in obscurity because, let’s face it, I can’t cut it.

Hiddenness is a good thing. It’s a place to breathe, to rest and to gain a clear perspective. All around us, there is a tension between what heaven says and what the earth realm says. In the earth, tension is rewarded, busyness, business, and moving, constantly moving. In the eternal, rest is the greatest commodity. Resting and hearing the heavenly directive to move as Holy Spirit opens up the path. I choose the latter way, even if it hurts at times.

Discernment is critical in the season at hand. How do I perceive all of this? Being hidden in plain sight. Is what I am going through from God’s hand or someplace else? Is it a time of preparation or provocation from the enemy? Well it’s both.

I am reading Steven Pressfield: Do The Work. He talks about ‘resistance’. The resistance that comes from the universe itself each time we undertake to live a creative life: it’s all around us. I prefer to call this resistance by a name: the devil. Do what you like with the term or concept. Many may laugh at this or discount it but that does not negate the reality of evil to try to subvert and destroy our destiny in Christ. To a Christian, the enemy is real. His purpose: to steal, kill, and to destroy.

The enemy ALWAYS seeks to get you out of God’s timing.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 NKJVS)

Jesus knew this and discerned this. He stayed in sync with God and in the timing of heaven. Yet, the enemy was ALWAYS, in some form, attempting to pull Him out of His eternal path. Jesus often said, “My timing has not yet come.” Stay in time with the sound of eternity and we will reach our destination.

Hiddenness move into our time to prepare us. This preparation runs side by side with the provocation of the enemy, which I blogged about in the last post.

Don’t give in to the accusations, which only serve to hinder your forward movement in time. In the midst of being hidden, while being prepared for a moment of breakthrough into greater responsibility and authority, remember we have to focus on the big picture that is before us. We then take steps, day by day, one at a time, to get to that place in the Spirit that is ordained for us to walk out in the earthly realm. How many get out of sync because they want to break out, come out prematurely? Not a good thing.

There is much preparation being done for breakthrough before breakthrough. That is why I can declare breakthrough and not yet see it. Behind the scenes is where so much is going on. I have to believe that. I do believe that for my God is faithful.

That is why I must discern the time, the right NOW that is leading me away from the past into the next step, the future. It is not a good thing to get bogged down in what happened in the past. I can look at the reality of what happened in the past and take it personally as an indictment against me and the reason as to why I am standing in this hidden place. I place condemnation upon my life because I am being chastised for what I did or did not do in the past.

Hiddenness in plain sight is a promotional time for me, even if I do not quite get it or see it. It is. Even when the accusations hit strong and hard, even when I am at the edge of not being able to take being passed over one more time. What keeps me going? It is Jesus and my love and passion for Him and His plan for my life. I submit to His restraining hand…totally blind and perhaps in the dark in my own understanding about the time. I submit out of love. No other reason. I love Him and I know He loves me. It is in the hiddenness that His love reveals itself to me, strong and sure. His love. Not as I understand love to be, but a love that is sure and real. A love that prepares the way in front of me (even in the darkness) in the midst of provocation and says, “Keep on walking.”

Thanks for following me in this blog. I am writing as I am walking and seeing, one step at a time. I don’t know where this is heading but I trust Him. Will I look like a fool if nothing works out and yet, I am writing all of this? Well, that may be one way to look at it but I can’t look at it that way. I know it will work out and this testimony will build all of our faith.

Question? Comments? I would love to hear from you. Are you hidden in plain sight? In your job, ministry, day-to-day life? How does it make you feel? Do you see it as a time of preparation or a time of disqualification? Comments?

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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