Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not My Job, Mon!

We are to be adorned with our experiences in Christ Jesus.  The Truths we have experienced are to be so real in us, that they adorn our necks as if they were fine jewels.


It is not our job to convince anyone of The Truth of God's Word. That is The Spirit of God's responsibility.  Christianity vs. Muslim, Christianity vs. Jehovah Witnesses vs. Buddhism, etc.; even Catholicism vs. Protestants or "Born Again" vs. non-born again.  We are not to get into debates or arguments.
...avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and striving about The Law; for they are unprofitable and useless.         ~Titus 3:9 
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.  ~Prov. 26:4
When you speak from the heart about your experiences, with the motive of glorifying God Almighty, no one can argue against that. Your words will be adorned with grace.  If your motive is to prove you are right and they are wrong, arguments will ensue.

That's my little sermon for today, birthed from Betty's quote.  Thank you, my Wise-hearted Betty!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, February 27, 2017

...Until

Did you ever wonder about the "Disciple whom Jesus loved" - John?  Did you ever wonder why that was said only of John?  I used to wonder all the time what it was that made John so special that he was the one whom Jesus loved. What about the other Disciples? Did you ever try to love God more or be a better person so that the same thing could be said of you? I did.

...Until...
Jesus shows no favoritism.  John was NOT his favorite Disciple above the others. 
The only place in Scripture where we are told that John was the "Disciple whom Jesus Loved" is in the Gospel of John, which was written by John. 
John had a revelation of the Agape Love of God toward himself. He walked and lived in that knowledge.  John was declaring - speaking an affirmation over himself - every time he spoke or wrote, "The Disciple whom Jesus Loved". God's unwavering, uncompromising Love was deeply ingrained in him.  
Peter on the other hand, declared of his love for Jesus. "I will die for You, Jesus!"  In other words, Peter was saying, "That's how much I love You, Lord." Peter had no such revelation that He was deeply, intimatedly adored by God, Himself.
...Until...
Until he met Jesus on the beach after His Resurrection.
John already knew how much he was Loved by God.  That is why his relationship to his Lord was so intimate that he laid his head on his Lord's Chest at the last meal they had together; that is why he was given the awesome revelations that he had toward the end of his life; that is why he was given the responsibility of caring for Jesus' mother after His death.  That is why!  That is why!  He knew it's not about us loving God, but about God Loving us so intensely and adoringly.  
In this is Love, not that we loved God, but tht He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~ John, as recorded in John 4:10
That verse is the definition of Love. True Love. Agape Love - for you and me.
Every one of us can declare the same exact thing as John.  I am the Disciple that Jesus Loves.  But, do we?  Do we have a revelation of the depth, wideth, and breath of God Almighty's Love for us?
…Until… 

I, too, had a revelation of how much my Heavenly Father Loves me.  It’s not my love for Him that has brought about life-altering changes within me.  It’s not my love for Him that has truly allowed me to love the unlovable. No. It’s receiving His Love for me that has done all that.  It’s His Love for me that strengthened me to stand against my Goliath; to walk with my head held high; to smile in the face of my enemy. It's His Love for me that I have the courage to walk as a single person at this stage of my life.  I am the Disciple whom Jesus loves.

Don't you want to know that you know, that you know you are Divinely Loved and adored?  Don't you want to be adorned in that kind of beautiful Love as John was? Park yourself in the fourth chapter of John and you, too, will know that His adoring and adorning Love makes you a Disciple whom Jesus Loves.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, February 24, 2017

This Is Backwards, Isn't It?

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember The Words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~ Apostle Paul as recorded in Acts 20:35
Giving is better than receiving when speaking horizontally - man to man; human being to human being.  We should be known as givers - as supporters of the weak.

However, when it comes to our relationship with God - vertically speaking - the opposite is true.  It is more blessed to receive than to give.  We are to be receivers of God.  God Almighty is a loving, giving, generous God Who desires to bless and bestow goodness unto His children.  He desires for you to know how deep and intimate His Love is for you.  Personally, toward you.  

Believers say some prayers, maybe worship Him, maybe read their Bibles, get up and go their way.  They may have given unto God.  But, did they receive from Him?  

Do you sit still and get to know your Father in a deeper way?  Do you listen for His still, small voice?  Did you allow Him to encourage you?  Strengthen you?  Hold you while you weep?  Caress your soul as He whispers His tender Words of Love to you?

One-sided relationships are a misery.  God wants us to be blessed beyond measure.  A true Godly marriage is a horizontal give-and-receive between two people, who together as one, come vertically to God.  That is a healthy relationship.  And in case you need a word picture, if you take a vertical line and put a horizontal line through it, what do you have?  A cross. 

Abba does not desire one-sided relationships with His children.  He is an intimate, loving, caring, caressing God Who desires to meet all of our needs, especially the emotional ones.  He is not only our Beloved Father but the Husband each of us women wish we had.  

Allow The LORD God Almighty to be your source of joy, fellowship, companionship, intimacy, and love.  Early on in my relationship with God, I accepted Him as my Husband (Is. 54:5).  The result is a deep, intimate Love Story between Him and I.  I know Him, I know His voice, I walk with Him, I dance with Him.  I surely delight in Him and allow Him to delight in me.  How?  By receiving from Him.

If you don't know The LORD God in such an intimate way, I pray that you will let your walls down and let Him love on you.

Because of Him and Unto Him,



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Do-Over!

I was in the shower, worshipping Abba, and I found myself saying to Him, "I want to be able to express to others how much You ADORE us and that You ADORN us with Your beautiful Love. I want this new season, which is probably my last earthly season of life, to reflect - through my writings - the beauty of Your heart toward Your children." I suddenly realized it was time to put an encouraging word to rest. I have been writing"aew" in one form or another for over 30 years and has been very much a part of my identity.  But, it is now a part of my old life.

I cannot put old wine into a new wineskin.

I've been so blessed to be given a do-over in life, as well as a new mission statement for my writing: to create such a realistic picture through words, that all who read will desire to experience Abba's adoration of them and how His Love adorns them with a beauty that radiates from the inside out. 

I threw on some clothes and headed for my laptop. I wrote down these words: ADORED HEART. ADORNED HEART.  Suddenly, the Hebrew word "hadarah" (hade-a-rah) stood out to me.  I looked up its meaning. It means "HOLY ADORNMENT".  Confirmation.

And so my do-over journey begins.  You are welcome to read along and glean.

Because of Him and Unto Him,