Creative Expression – Words of Spirit, Words of Life

Here’s a post I read on Facebook. “When believers face discouragement and problems, they are not staying close to the Word of God.” Add that to my list of religious sayings. Or at least I believe it has some religious undertones behind the words. I might have said this years ago. Okay, I probably would have said this years ago with great religious fervor.

SeeDo I believe this statement above?  I do not believe that the Word of God can be used as some sort of mantra without the living Spirit of God flowing through the Word. When one is in the depth of pain, discouragement, or depression, just reading the Word of God may or may not help. Yet, when one is in this depth of pain, and goes to the Word, to have the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, revealed to them by the Spirit of God, then it heals.

If I am in a depth of pain and discouragement and pick up my Bible to read, where does it lead me? It is words on a page that may be no different from reading a self-help book. The Book is not life. The Living Word, Jesus Christ, is life. He speaks words of spirit and life. What I am saying is that to say something like that with religious undertones puts a person under bondage, indicating that they are not reading enough, or praying enough or worshipping enough. That is ridiculous.

There are times in a person’s life when pain is evident and real. Weariness settles on a person, the best of Christians, the most studied of Christians, the most church attending Christians. There are times when the weariness settles in and what is one to do? Those are the times when rituals and traditions don’t cut it. Those are the times when you need the tangible presence of the Lord Jesus Christ to reach down and touch you, manifesting the beauty of His presence right where you are, right there.

It is at those times when love conquers your heart and you know that all will be okay. The Living Word of God speaks to you. He could say:

“Be still my child and know I am God.”

It is at those moments when love conquers your heart and you just know. Running to a book without a revelation of the person, the Living Word, and without the Spirit of God is ridiculous. I am learning, as a Christian for over 30 years, that I actually know nothing to very little at times when facing the complexity of the human condition. I just know Christ, and Him crucified. I am still in process and learning, so I am watching my own words very carefully when I speak. My way of doing things is often blown out of the water. I learn that my pat answers for the questions that humans are facing in this day and age often do not serve to penetrate the depths of their heart tensions. I know Jesus.

What am I saying? Not to read the Bible? No I am not saying that. Not to trust the Word of God? No I am not saying that either. Well, I guess at this point Jesus said it better than me.

“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want (John 5:39-40 Message)

Words do not heal. They are just words. Jesus heals, the Living word, who speaks words that are spirit and they are life. Words that flow through our lives, one to another, when they are spirit and when they are life, heal and set free from Christ in us the hope of glory. I am learning that I detest pat religious answers. It just shows me that the person giving these pat answers may be ministering for the Lord, ministering around the world, have seminary degrees, read the Word inside and out and yet…perhaps they need an encounter with the Living Christ. Just some random thoughts today. Any comments? I just want to keep asking. I sense some of you have things to say.

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

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Creative Expression – Time For Some Action, Don’t Ya’ Think?

“Words, words, words, I’m so sick of words. I get words all day through, first from him, now from you. Is that all you blighters can do? Don’t talk of love burning above. If you’re in love, show me. Tell me no dreams, filled with desire. If you’re on fire, show me.” My Fair Lady

Words Words WordsEliza Doolittle sang this song in My Fair Lady. She basically says “If you’re in love show me.” She confronts her beau’s excessive words which express his love for her, by exclaiming that words alone won’t cut it. There is not enough expressed and manifested action to back up the words. Like Christianity in many ways, don’t you think? At least that is what I think for my life today in my own Christianity.

Let me continue to connect the dots for you in this blog post. Follow along by reading this verse.

20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. (1 Corinthians 4:20 NKJV)

I have been on one heck of a journey in my Christianity. Haven’t we all? After years of performing in religion and more years after that, I run from so much word based Christianity that I can’t see any movement of the Spirit. In case we have to remind ourselves, Christianity is formed in the word (the Living Word) and the Spirit. Both are necessary to be formed for a life in the Spirit. The kingdom – talk and walk.

I read this post by Sarah Bessey yesterday and I saw so much of my own feelings in it that I want to share it here. I loved her post. We may differ in many ways but the foundation of her thoughts seem to line up with my own beliefs.

I lost something. I am getting it back. I have been saying that for some time now but each day things get clearer and clearer to me.

Facebook is glutted with excessive words. So I went down my feed and simply unfriended many people, not out of anger or any emotion. I just don’t see the point anymore. There are so many words out there. Grace people, prophetic people, evangelical people, and more and more. As I have said before, my weariness in all of it has reached a point where I just want to be free from it all. Hence the need to purge my list and to be me, even if me is the only one listening to me or reading me. That’s good enough. I am not blogging to convery some irrelevant ideas but to share my life, walking down a path of life, that is taking me somewhere in Him, Jesus Christ.

Since when has Christianity built up on words and words alone? On understanding or needing to be understood? Since when has truth been deconstructed to a message packaged to meet the needs of people or to make them feel comfortable or more secure? Since when? The life of Jesus was so messy. He walked around making everyone feel uncomfortable but yet so unconditionally loved if they would take it.

I love life. I am a passionate adult. I was a passionate child. I am giving up all justification and explanation as to why I feel the way I do about some things. That hinders growth. That is also for treatises, or discourses and this is but a mere blog. I am a woman of the word and I seem to avoid speaking of my experiences or my life in the Spirit because I still fear that I will seem flaky. Hey, I am quirky but not flaky. And the way I see it, I am in good company with many other quirky people in Scripture.

What happened? I remember some years back going to Italy and just walking the streets of Rome, praying, praying and praying led by the Spirit. Or what about that Detroit trip that I took years ago where the Spirit led me into places and meeting people that made me feel like I was in the book of Acts. There were many more trips and so much grace and glory. What happened?

I feel this constant tension in me that I am learning to live with day by day. Great tension blog.

I still feel that I am being deconstructed to get to the basic of Debra’s. Great deconstruction blog.

I am leaving all the camps. The grace camp, the evangelical camp, the Baptist camp, the Pentecostal camp, the prophetic camp. I am not starting my own. Haha! I am detoxing from it all and looking at Jesus and learning of Him by the Spirit in this season. I am not anti-church. We are looking for one right now, a community in which to share our life and to bring life to others.

Why leave the camps? Because it’s the same ole’ same ole. All these grace guys….just that. All the guys…..need I say more. No woman. Hmmmm, I’ll stop there. God will make a way to get past that stuff. I love them.

The prophetic camp. I still love them. I am part of that quirky stuff, seen by many as detrimental to the health of all Christianity. Yet, I won’t be part of the incessant crying out for more, devaluing my positions and experiences in Christ.

I am generalizing, not judging, all of this but I know you get the picture. I feel inside myself there is still a tension, a God ordained tension, breaking the membrane of my limited vision and helping me to see again with new vision. I am fighting to find my voice amidst a world with lots of noise. It is essential for me and you to find our voice. What if we don’t? Well, I guess then I can spend my life on Facebook liking all the iconic people who simply say one sentence and get 100-500 likes. I can become a groupie who may only parrot ideas rather than voice internal conviction. A bit of sarcasm perhaps? I don’t mean to, but it is true.

I am not fighting for individuality at the expense of peace or rest but I am seeking my brand in Christ. I am seeing myself in Christ alone. That is not contrary to grace or an add on to dilute its message. Had it not been for grace, I would not be at this place of awareness? I am living in tension, yet in rest.

Just a bit more of my ramblings here. Tension is a good thing. Tension blog again. I am not at war within myself. It’s just so darn easy to fit in… and to be part of a rising template of clones. I can’t do that and yet I don’t see myself as rebellious. I am in the fight of my life, in a good way, of course.

I was called to be a prophet. I did not want to say that out of shame, guilt and condemnation by others. So, in not at least saying it at times, I lived in a loss of identity, trying to latch on to anything but not really fitting in. Yet how can I deny that night and that experience, that voice of God to me? I can’t deny that experience of being called as my reality.  Today is my breaking out, not breaking bad. Haha- could not resist that.

I am called as a prophet but I have no platform to speak so I speak to myself, declare to the heavens, and write. II walked through wilderness training, being healed and set free in many ways. I have walked one step close to a line of humiliation and misunderstanding most of my life. The fight to fit in has almost killed me. Where does this take me? Well just saying it sets me free to be who God called me to be. I am a Debra in Christ, not Debbie, Deb or Deborah. Great post here below.

Onward and upward.

In Christ, Debra

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