It All Started With a Cobweb

 God likes to speak to me when I take trips and He also likes to use common things to show me His concepts. You know, those moments when He taps you on the shoulder and says “Pay attention to this.” These are the most recent things He has shown me.

The Cobweb 

 It all started with a cobweb that I saw one morning leading up to our most recent trip to Florida. This cobweb went from the top of our second story open foyer ceiling to one of the first floor windows. The only reason I could see it this morning was because the sun was shining on it. It was apparent to me that this didn’t happen over night, but had been happening for some time. We were only aware of it now because it was being highlighted by the sun.

 How many of us have cobwebs building in our life but we aren’t aware of it until the Holy Spirit highlights it to us? These emotional and mental cobwebs may have been there since birth but now is the time for it to be illuminated to us so He can speak truth to the lie that keep it in place in our lives. He is showing it to us so that we can remove it.

 Ephesians 5:13 – But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible. (ESV)

The Dead Tree

 Later that afternoon we were driving by a local church and there were a group of men in the lawn next to the church and they were pulling down a huge tree. Obviously it was dead and had to be removed so it wouldn’t cause damage to the church if it fell into it during a storm or strong wind.

 There are things in our lives that were once useful to us as coping mechanisms but they are no longer serving a positive purpose and are now a threat to your future. They are the lies you believed in childhood but there is no life in them and it’s effecting you as an adult. Be bold enough to allow Me to pull them out before there is any damage. There is no room in your future for dead things. Sometimes we don’t realize they are dead. It doesn’t matter whether it was good seed that didn’t get tended to properly  and died, or bad seed that grew like a weed until you prayed that if there is anything unholy in you for it to die and it did. Whatever the reason, we must acknowledge that it is dead and no longer an asset to your growth. We must go through the heartbreaking act of saying goodbye to what we have become accustomed to seeing in the landscape of our life. The lies have to go!

  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

  Get Ready to Fly 

 We went to Orlando on our latest trip. There was a really awesome entertainment business in Orlando called ifly. It was basically a huge wind tunnel that simulated a sky diving experience. We were so intrigued sitting outside the large plastic tube where people in jumpsuits and helmets would step into with an instructor. It was interesting to watch people lose their footing to become weightless. It was a whole new world for them. It took learning to move in ways that directed them in the direction they wanted to go in.

 It was especially  entertaining to watch the instructors who could do all kinds of flips and spins all over the tube! They could go the bottom and then shoot up like a rocket….defying the laws of physics for us normally. They knew what they were doing. They had spent enough time in that environment to know how to move in order to do what they envisioned doing. They knew how to use the opposition (wind) coming against them to do amazing things. The wind was their asset.

   Romans 8:28 – He works ALL things together for the good of those that love God, who are called according to his purpose.

 This is where we are headed. It is time for us to use the opposition that we face daily to propel us upward. We need to get use to moving like heaven and not like we are bound by the earth. It’s time to think supernaturally where the things that are impossible with man ore possible with God. We must stop being disheartened when the winds blow fiercely and realized that it is sent to make you stronger. It is your asset.  He is Your greatest asset. He knows where you are headed and can be trusted to get you there, but you must think and see differently. The way you have moved through this world up until now must change to align with His way.

 Isaiah 55:8-9- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” declares the Lord. “As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways tighter than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 Summary

 What I felt Him piecing together was that there are somethings that are in our lives that we have not noticed before- He is highlighting them now. Be courageous enough to look at those things and allow Him to remove what is taking up space or is spiritually dead in your life. Sometimes we need to look at where the cobweb starts in order to get it all. We need to go after the starting point of a wound or habit. He wants to heal our souls completely. He wants us to use the “opposition” in our lives to build strength and an ability to move in unusual ways. He is longing to teach you to move in ways that defy what is natural. He has made you to be supernatural by partnering with Him. He will teach you to do those things you have only dreamt about doing. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! It is only through Him that they will be done. This comes after the pruning to remove dead weight. He is teaching you to fly with Him!

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Shattering Assumption and Overturning Unjust Verdicts

One of the big things God is bringing light and correction to is in the area of assumptions and unjust verdicts we have made with superficial evidence that was planted by the enemy against others.

What is the first thing we think when we see someone? What assumptions are we making without a word ever being exchanged between us? Can these assumptions be trusted as truth? Do we care enough to ask for more information?

God is bringing His truth to the things we think we know about people and situations. He is exposing these blind spots because it affects the way we treat one another.

You know the saying “you know what happens when we assume… you make an ass out of u-m-e” is very much true and very much on His heart. He is not a God of assumption, He is the God of truth and love.

He is breaking down all the walls that divide His kids. The walls we erect when we see someone are huge ones!

What are we assuming about their life based on what they look like? What lies are we tempted to believe about the inner details of their life? Could these very assumptions keep us at a distance? Could the very color of their skin or hair cause an assumption to be made?

This is why testimonies are so powerful! Testimonies dismantle judgments we would normally make about someone. We now understand who they are instead of who we think they are! Testimonies make people real and relatable!

What I see happening is that He is using each of us to dismantle stereotypes to the people we have contact with every day. With every conversation, we dare to have we are dismantling lies we didn’t know we were believing about each other.

It does not matter whether those invisible walls are based on race, social standing, neighborhood, gender, family name, education level, politics, occupation, age, or church, etc…. He desires to shatter them all! He wants His kids relating heart to heart without dividing walls.

Please let’s stop assuming things about people without ever having a conversation with them. Let us truly love one another enough to ask for their story. Get to really know their heart and then you will be seeing them through God’s eyes!

He is challenging us to stop assuming and to be willing to overturn unjust verdicts we have made against others.

1Samuel 16:7- the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The New is Bursting Forth

I don’t think I’m alone in trying to understand how to move in this new season. In prayer I sought the Lord’s wisdom in what I was experiencing. This is what I heard…

As the new is bursting through the old it will feel like a butterfly wriggling to emerge from deep within yourself.

There is a holy rumble of the MORE being formed within you.

During this process your perception will change and the veil of deception, comfort and slumber will fall off your eyes. You will see things for what they are…the areas of compromise will be seen clearly.

There will be a fierce resolve to reject the status quo and go for that which is holy and that which is just.

The restlessness you feel is a good thing as you brings the wrestle needed to make a change. You must resist what has become comfortable. You must reject what has become normal. You must shed the old ways of thinking, seeing, and moving.

The new that is coming forth moves to the heartbeat of heaven. It sees and hears through the perspective of heaven. Be patient with yourself… everything is changing!

We must fully discard the “less than” so we can fully become the “more than.”

Choose Well…Love Well

I found myself deeply grieved by recent events in the news and as I was processing how we have gotten to where we are right now, these are the things I pondered.

When we make a decision from only a personal perspective we fail to see the bigger picture. It is not just a single act, it has a ripple effect on society and becomes culture.

“You do you and I’ll do me” has become a motto repeated from college campuses, family dinner tables, and even some churches. It seems we have lost the ability to look out for the greater good. It seems we have lost our love that looks further than what’s right infant of us and loves deeper than ourselves. It seems we have lost our heart.

It seems we have lost the ability to see the ripple effect of our actions. When I make a decision and think it only effects me as a person and what is in my best interest, I am being deceived.

When we replace absolute truth with relative truth, we lose right and wrong completely. This breeds indifference to other people’s decisions. We see it as “not our problem” and “not our business”.

We need to care about people’s decisions and love them enough to help them work through that decision. We need to get our heart back for others. When did we lose our love to the point that we don’t step in and offer a better way?

When we lose right and wrong as a society as a whole, we also lose the need for repentance in our own minds. There is no shame for what we do that is wrong because we believe it’s not wrong for us. There is no more guilt… no remorse…for anything. Everything and anything becomes acceptable. There is no need for a savior in a world that believes anything goes.

The truth is that it is OUR world. We create the world we live in with OUR beliefs, OUR words and OUR actions.

We must return to the truth that we are all connected and what you do and say absolutely effects me, it absolutely effects us. We are building our world each and every day. What are we building?

It starts with each of our individual attitudes and choices. Our decisions matter more than we understand. Our decisions must be rooted in truth, love and what’s best for all. Choose well.

Learn to Oppose the Opposition

We live in a time where it is too easy to be oppositional and confrontational about EVERYTHING. In prayer I have heard this… It is time to intentionally oppose the opposition! Intentionality will bring divine strategy and surprise victories!

 Intentional love… purity, honor, and humility, eyes of wonder.. kindness, gratitude, worship and seeking His heart…WILL BRING…Strategic insight and revelation… Strategic prayer and decree… Strategic momentum and movement!

It seems pretty basic, because it is. Sometimes we make things really complicated when they are actually really simple.

The enemy has been strategically intentional in trying to push you (to do or say things) through situations and your emotions. It’s time to be strategically intentional in pushing him back God’s way.

No more will we be moved or not moved by how we feel moment to moment! No more allowing situations to dictate how we feel and what we do!

You cannot fight this battle with the same spirit that is coming against you. You must figure what the attack is against in order to see the key to overcoming it.

We are told to be careful what we think about so guard your eye and ear gates! Don’t let anything in that will defile the clean hands and purity of heart He is wanting to re-establish in this hour.

  Phil 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.

You will see and hear much in the days to come that has the capability of causing deep distress, anger, and fear. Don’t allow anything to shake you to the point of trying to use the enemy’s own weapons against him. You do not overcome evil with evil. You do not return hatred for hatred. That’s not our inheritance as sons and daughters of the King.

  2 Corinthians 10:4-6 – For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience. (TPT)

If you are being assaulted by disrespect, hatred, no desire to pray or worship, strife and oppositional behavior, anger, sexual temptation, discouragement and hopelessness, envy, greed, etc., step intentionally into the kingdom opposite.

   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Whatever is being challenged, intentionally engage the kingdom opposite! It’s a holy push back against what is opposing you! Heaven is backing you up!

We must resist the corruption that the enemy wants to bring into our hearts. The enemy desires to make us cynical, suspicious, callous and cold-hearted. Evil breeds where evil is cultivated. We are called to cultivate the kingdom instead.

 Matthew 10: 16 – Now, remember, it is I who sends you out, even though you feel vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes yet as harmless as doves.”

 It’s not a denial of the bad that is happening in the world, but an intentional and strategic focus on what is good. It’s not being clueless to what the enemy is doing, but a conscious choice to focus on what God is doing! The fruit of the spirit is a weapon! If someone throws rotten fruit at you, throw back the fruit of the spirit!!! 

  Romans 12:21- Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The New Standard for the New Normal

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I’m thinking about colors this morning in my prayer time and how God’s purity and truth is white as snow while the world is filled with shades of grey (compromise).

I think many Christians believe adding more grey into their life makes them more relatable to the world and reaching more people for Jesus. I believe this only makes the world believe there isn’t much difference between us and that there is nothing to lose by becoming a Christian. We have told them about the benefits while leaving out the fact that we are called to die to self.

   **Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.**

The truth is they are called to lose it all. A true death to self. We seem to be missing this truth in much of our witnessing. We’ve traded our intended impact for the kingdom for relatability and friendship with the world.

**James 4:4- 4 You have become spiritual adulterers who are having an affair, an unholy relationship with the world. Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.**

He never called us to become grey, but to introduce the world to the One who can make their Grey a sparkling White!  He desires to give them a clean slate. It is only through the blood of Jesus that can turn us holy and clean that slate.

I’ve been reading the red parts of the Bible at the suggestion of Francis Chan in a video I watched recently. Jesus was not grey in anything He said or did. There was NO compromise made with the world. He loved well but He also called it what it was. He gave us the perfect example of how to be set apart yet living in this world.

Some of those grey colors in the world seem quite beautiful and even loving as in the belief that everyone goes to heaven or there is no hell. It is deception at it’s finest.

Jesus on the earth was so full of both love and truth that He drew people to Him without having to compromise a single bit on the truth of who He was and who He represented. He was so captivating in His convictions that people desired to have what He possessed. They desired both the love they saw and also the truth they heard. That is what we are called to do. It’s who we are called to be.

I challenge each one of you to ask the Holy Spirit where you have compromised truth out of a desire for relationship. Ask Him to forgive you and to give you clean hands and a pure heart and the holy boldness to walk through this world in absolute purity in thought, word, and action.

It was Jesus who said that looking at a woman lustfully was as bad as adultery and that harboring hatred toward your brother was as bad as murder. He was raising the standard of what was ok and not ok. He is reminding us of that standard in this season. What was ok in 2018 will not be ok in 2019.

The more I ponder this word I believe it goes hand in hand with my other recent post about a new normal being given to us. The new standard of living causes the new normal to come. The new always has a higher standard. We must not be afraid to be set apart because the set apart is actually the way to the set up. We must keep loving well without compromising truth.

Call in Your Investors

I was pouring out my heart to the Lord during my quiet time this morning. As I listened for His response, I heard Him say “Call in your investors. ”

What an odd thing to hear. I’ve always prayed and waited for those who are supposed to be in my life to divinely appear into it. This command challenged me. I have never prayed that boldly before. Someone had recently prophesied that I would start praying prayers that would scare people by their boldness.

As I pondered this line which seemed to be a command rather than a prayer, I wondered if it was ok to do such a thing.

I started to realize that many have supporters and followers, but what is lacking in the body are those willing to help you do what God has called you to do. The investors. The mentors. The fathers. The mothers.

Everyone wants support but who is willing to actually invest (take an active part in, to sow a part of yourself into) the development and training of the person themself? I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about investing with your time, wisdom, and no how.

I’ve spent my life investing in others and it’s been time well spent… with good people… wise investments. Not looking for anything out of it other than for them to become everything God created them to be.

I have also had quite a few throughout my life invest in me for a season and I am forever grateful to/for them. Right now there seems to be a lack of mothers and fathers (sounding boards, advice/wisdom givers, accountability holders) for the ones who know they are called to be mothers and fathers.

Have we really gotten to the point where we won’t invest unless it benefits us some how? Do we still do things simply out of love and simply because God asks us to? Is being obedient or being kind reward enough for us? Can we invest simply because we want to see another thrive?

We are in a time where the investors need invested in themselves in order for them to know how to invest in the next generation. We need your wisdom and “know how.” We need people who have been there and done that to show the way in a disciplining kind of way. We need to see up close so we can learn how to do what you already know how to do with ease.

I have always loved working as a team and I see that being the way of the future. We need each other in order to spur one another forward and grow each other up.

Many have puzzle pieces before them and some fit perfectly. You have a picture given through prophecy of what the final picture will look like once it is all put together, but the are vital pieces missing. We need to call in the missing pieces. Investors help you make sense of the puzzle pieces. They hold pieces that you need. They show you how to piece it all together. It will happen organically, relationally, and without a doubt supernaturally.

Call in your investors and dare to invest in others. There are those who desperately need what you know and the wisdom that you carry!