A Higher Vision 02/04/16

Hannah sat next to the temple. The high priest supposed she was drunk and implored her to leave the temple stairs. Insisting, in her deep pain and tears, she begged, stating she was not drunk.  WE know the rest of the story.

But Hannah was a type and shadow of the Bride of Christ pleading to bring forth a man-child. Yes, it seems that people fight over what is ‘ the real’ fruit or gift of the spirit… Some even ask, “what (exactly) is my ministry?.What a small point compared to the individual who wholly/holy seeks intimacy with Jesus. No longer shall such a one wonder where their place in ministry is; rather this lovely soul has been called to administer Christ-with creative force to bring forth from that which is not; move mountains; wield the sword of the word; and walk upon the voice of many waters.

Look at Jesus, that your vision may be made much greater.

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Are you Alone? 1/31/16

Are you alone? …Jesus cried….”Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”…..

There was one cup Jesus accepted. There was one cup Jesus refused….
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42.  Jesus accepted the cup from the Father as He prayed in the mid-night hour in Gethsemane which in Hebrew is interpreted to mean ‘oil press’.

Yet, while at Golgotha, Jesus was offered another ‘cup’ (a wetted sponge on a stick). The ‘cup’ was gall. It is said that vinegar was mixed with gall (gall, being a mixture of wine and poison). But this cup Jesus refused- which was offered by the hand of the world. “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.” Mat. 27:34.

This comparison reflects well, the expression Jesus cried on the cross just prior to His leaving this world….”And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”Mat. 27:46.

God offers a cup to you from which to drink. The cup He offers is His own blood- that you may be free.
The world offers a cup to you from which you may chose to drink…yes, there is wine…but it is seasoned with bitterness ( vinegar), and poison (meant to kill, steal and destroy your life)

One of the most bitter human experiences is being alone and isolated by your own kin and especially from the Lord. This human angst is with us all. We each were born for a hunger for God, Jesus the Christ. It’s embedded in the soul from the original fall. It’s allowed to be there because the Will and design of God were predestined. Why? Because He made us and knew us before the foundation. His plan for salvation was ready before Adam was formed (the first son). Often, Jesus claimed He was the “son of God and son of man.” His claim is often over looked. His claim stated that He was God in the flesh. His claim was two fold: “I AM God in the flesh,” and “I have subdued the fallen; and given My own sons a high place at my right side- eternally.”

How do the fallen deceive the Sons of God? …A whisper….The fallen attempt to convince the Sons of the same lies whispered to the first son. But a second son was spoken about by the prophets. Jesus.

He came as a man, “son of man.” He came as God in the flesh, the sacrifice for His Sons-that the fallen might remain nothing more than a shadow.  Alas, our long waiting since the time of the first son was accomplished – His total perfected and completed plan.

Isaiah 55:11King James Version (KJV)

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
You and I were a word He called forth.

So, when the enemy of your soul tells you that you are alone or isolated,  when you or I cry,  we can be comforted by drinking of the blood of Jesus. Jesus didn’t cry on the cross, “Father, Father- why hast thou forsaken me,” for His own sake. God in the flesh cried as the ‘son of man’ to restore our identity. His willing life He laid down to bring us home to Him – that we may be perfected.

The world will always offer temptation (wine), vinegar (bitterness) and poison.  But Jesus offers eternal life with Him: peace in the spirit, life ever-lasting, and an unending abiding with Him; the I AM; the true maker and creator of your very being.

The story of Jesus did not end with the expression of man.  If so  He would not be who He said He was.. .”Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”.

Instead He defied death. He ripped the keys from hell and the prince of the earth. He came back. He took His life back up. He showed His sons His power….and the power He shares with us, His Sons.

Be Blessed…. we are never alone. Jesus paid a precious price for you and I to know that we can know Him personally and walk with Him.
God bless you.