“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children”
Facts vs. Truth
So many times my eyes testify the shape, size and color of the facts around me. They are cold facts. Sometimes it’s my own body that is fighting pain and stress and many times it’s the loved ones around me that are struggling with terrible feelings of depression, illness, unhappiness, brokenness and sorrow. My eyes testify the nature of the flesh and it can be overwhelming and debilitating if I allow these facts to settle in my heart.
However, The Truth that testifies who I really am.. I am the righteousness of Christ and by His stripes I am healed. Every part of my being is already healed whether is physical, emotional, financial or relational. This is a TRUTH THAT CANNOT CHANGE. It may be a fact what my eyes see, but facts CAN BE CHANGED. This is the Spirit of power, love and sound of mind. This is the Spirit that is not making accusations about us but He is testifying to our spirit – remembering t that every single requirement that was needed to place us in wholeness again with God has been paid – 100% in full. Our identity has been restored.
I have never paid much attention to the parallel proprieties of the wind and the Holy Spirit. So I closed my eyes and I transported my mind to a joyful place for me at the beach. The wind can be furious or calm, it can move the water, it can soothe or stir up my spirit….and then I thought about God breathing the first wind into Adam’s nostrils and a warm thought embraced me: Could it be, that the air God first breathed into Adam, which not only gave him life like the other animals, but also gave him his identity with the Holy Spirit testifying, “this is My child” and he is now whole with his Creator? When I made this relation to the Holy Spirit I felt Inexplicable joy! The Spirit was once removed because of sin, but Jesus said it’s necessary that I go so I can send the Spirit. …. “and The Spirit came down in a mighty rushing wind… “
So, you might be facing some kind of facts and its own form of life, but I would like to encourage you today to let the Truth of the Spirit settle in your heart and we will hear the report that John the Baptist heard. “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them”. What an amazing TRUTH.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This is by far my favorite scripture that I have memorized even before I knew how to read it.
The past few weeks has been very spiritually and physically challenging for me. I confess I could not make myself read the Scripture, much less to study the word of God. Have you been there? I know a few of us have been under such a heavy attack that you don’t even have the words to pray anymore. All the petitions and tears and the memorized scriptures and the encouraging phone calls have come and gone and yet it seems like nothing has changed. Or has it…?
I remember a message I heard from a pastor preaching on Exodus 2:24. “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.” What he stressed about his message was that God did not hear a prayer but he heard the groaning and He remembered. I know sometimes, some of us are in such a painful situation that all we can do is groan, but I want to encourage you because the good news is that our groaning can be heard as if it was a prayer.
So yesterday during Sunday school the Lord reminded me AGAIN that we are not like the Israelite without mediator during their time of slavery but that His Son has groaned all the groaning and suffered all the suffering so we can hide in His shadow and rest. I believe to rest is a decision we make regardless of our physical or emotional state. God did not rest on the seventh day because he was tired but because it was a principle. So I remembered the Psalm 91 my dear mom forced us to memorize and I rested. Some of my circumstances remain the same but the principle in which I stand is solid and unchangeable because of the finish work of Jesus Christ.
“The weapons we fight with are the not the weapons of the world.”
One of my pastimes is to read about wellness. I just love to read how the body works, and how God has left us with such vast quantities of plants and minerals to promote health to our body.
This week I was reading about how viruses and bacteria do not cause illness IF your immune system is working properly. I was also reading our SOAP for this week about the weapons Jesus has empowered us to fight with.
Just as the body has a built-in army called our immune system to fight the enemies we don’t see, the Lord has also given us a “spiritual immune system” with weapons to fight an enemy that is also invisible to the human eye. The Lord has equipped us with:
The Belt of Truth that keeps our “core” together and intact. The Breastplate of Righteousness that protects our heart from this deceiving idea from the evil one that we are destined to die as a sinners. The Gospel of Peace that prepares us to go forward leaving His grace imprinted on others as we journey. The Shield of Faith that repels the arrows sometimes called circumstances that try to deny the power of God in our lives. The Helmet of Salvation that seals our mind and gives direction to our destiny, knowing that one day the helmet will be replaced for a crown. Also,The Sword of the Spirit, that enables us, through His word and prayer to have an open door to heaven where we commune with the Holy Spirit, who sustains and edifies us. It keeps us strong
Let’s encourage one another to keep this system working properly. How is your “immune system” today?
“Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel— 6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate.”
As I was reading this Scripture I could not but help see the observation God made about their language. Ezekiel not only had to speak the word of God but sometimes he had to act upon vision as a visual aid to the people.
One of the primary reasons I came to the States was to learn a new language in such a way so I could translate and interpret English into my own native language. In a process of learning, my American teacher would act it out some crazy things so our class could fully comprehend her.
My teacher did not deliver her lessons based on our ability to listen. She delivered her lessons based on her ability to teach. Likewise, God didn’t deliver His message based on His people willingness to listen to Him but He did deliver the message based on His willingness to teach them.
Praise to be the Lord we serve a God that is willing to communicate to us.
I am amazed every time I learn about the depth of God’s word. So many times we read His words so lightly that we miss the personal teaching straight from His mouth.
I will never forget when I first met my husband and we felt in love. He wrote me a letter expressing the depth of his feelings and he said something I will never forget: “Luciane I feel that the scales of my life are even out now”. He was trying to tell me that all the unfairness, injustice, unforgiving, and disappointments in life were then lighter because love was overflowing his life. During the season of “falling in love” we can easy forgive because LOVE is not forsaken.
I believe with God it’s the same way. When we first receive His love everything in our lives is more balanced. And for while the reflection of HIS love shine in all we do because our heart overflows with compassion and brokenness. Love is in charge, love is ruling. However as we grow older in love, we fall to the comfort of security once conquered by LOVE and all of sudden LOVE is no longer ruling anymore. Instead LOVE becomes a shadow of its conquered heart.
I believe that is what God is saying to Ephesus and for us. Remember when love was ruling your life and repent from walking only knowing that I am your love and let I that is LOVE rule your heart again.