Truth is…Truth is Not

Truth set in cementTruth is not simply what works.

Pursue truth anyway. Walk along His road where the air is clear, where you can breathe again.

To face Truth head on, look into His eyes. This is not ideological talk, without substance or form. This is reality. Jesus Christ. The passion carried in my heart to know Him and to make Him known. He’s real. When you seek Truth, He’s always there to reveal Himself to you, up close and personal.

If you have been led down a path of religion, I no longer question why you’re not interested in Jesus Christ. Religion bypasses intimacy and relationship in favor of anything else…anything but the simplicity found in Christ and His love for us.

He offers His path – security, identity, love, acceptance. I believe this is something every person’s heart desires, whether they know it or not.

It’s important to know what Truth is and what Truth is not. I’ll write a series of blog posts about Truth, what He is and what He is not. Keep in mind that Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the life.

Point #1 Truth is not simply what works.

Jesus gives us a choice. We choose to follow His heart not ours. We must decide walking with Him is greater than the pull of the world and all it has to offer to us. The journey does not promise a smooth path. There are lots of uphill battles as well as places where you can’t see far into the distance. Along the way, I discovered that He satisfied the deepest longings of my heart as I walked in sync with His heart.

When walking along this path, it’s easy to assume that if one follows Truth, it would somehow work. And, by work, I mean a flow, an ease to the movement of your life. It doesn’t always work that way.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I realized many years ago, He answered the deepest longing of my heart for significance. He showed me a way to walk right in the lowest time of my life – my marriage was failing, I was drinking too much, and the list of failures goes on and on.

He showed up with a promise. “I’ll never leave you or forsake you.” He called me to walk with Him. I’m walking with Truth, in Truth but this path isn’t what I expected. I say, “I expected”. It is though what He expected for me. This is a path in life, perfectly tuned to my journey.

Along the way, I questioned, “Is this the right way? Is He worth it?”

Many times, everything in me cried out to turn around, get off this path and opt out of everything.

His still small voice said, “Follow Me. I don’t disappoint AND I know what is good for you.”

Christianity is an adventure, a journey into relationship with Jesus Christ. Anything less than that? It’s called religion.

Truth is not simply what works. 

Truth is a journey in knowing Christ through all of life, wherever the journey leads.

Debra

 

In 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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