Tuesday, November 29, 2011



When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.   -Exodus 34: 29-31

Could you imagine spending so much time with God that your face glowed? This is an amazing thought.
 How about to have communion with God so much that his radiance was reflected by you. 
Moses was unaware of the glory he shone. This is because he reflected it. He even veiled his face so that the radiance would not cause fear in the hearts of the people.

When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD. -  Exodus 34:33-35

It was believed that to see the face of God meant death.  Which is still true. While we are in His presence, we don't matter. 

This is something to be in awe just in it's self. 

What is even more amazing is that we can enter into His presence with confidence. He wants us there. A major purpose we exist, if not the purpose.... is communion with God. All else dims and fades while we are with Him. Emotions cannot explain  this. It surpasses situation and "feeling." 

To stay in His presence we must accept that EVERY corner of our darkness is exposed and dealt with. Places that shake us to the very core sometimes. All we can do is fall on our face before Him who is our portion to make us in His image.  An illustration I think about when I think of His Exposing and purification of our being:

Cockroaches. Anyone who has ever seen them knows exactly what I'm talking about. They HATE light. If you want to know if you have them, turn your kitchen light at night. The second the light goes on, the scatter. I've never met anyone who likes them and they seem to come if you have food(not always though!). Often you can catch one or two out and can deal with them, if you want to kill them you have to call an exterminator. God wants not only to turn on the light of our "kitchen" but every room in our house. Sometimes even the rooms we have "spotless" are lit. He turns on the light and the infestation is exposed. When we allow Him to do this, He allows a closer relationship. It becomes less like a "sacrificial life" to the life being a response to His love.

Obedience leads us to Friendship...Friendship leads us to inheritance...Deeper still is intimacy with Christ as the Bride. The one who has the heart of the Bridegroom Christ. 


Sunday, November 27, 2011

A pinch of salt....

May the Father be revealed to us, in us, and through us.

(I may think alot, but this is  worth pondering and asking God to do for us!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cheese and Crackers

 This story is a repeat from my Teen challenge group by the lead Facilitator:

 Once there was an old man, who wanted to go on a cruise before he died. So, he spent 4 years saving up and afterward bought his ticket. Since this man had very little money  he could not afford to buy the fancy dinners on the cruise, so he packed his suitcase full of cheese and crackers. During the cruise, while everyone else sat inside eating luxurious dinners of steak, seafood,and many other delicacies..the old man ate his cheese and crackers. 

On the last night of the cruise, as the old man sat eating his crackers..a man walked out to see him from the dining room. 

The man asked the old man why he would not come eat with the everyone else. He exclaimed "I haven't enough money"

The man then said "The meal was a part of the ticket price..you were supposed to eat with everyone"

How often do we just sit outside being settled with eating our "cheese and crackers" instead of entering into the fullness of Christ? He paid our ransom from sin and we are okay with just floating along. 

Instead let us seek his fullness no matter what it may cost.

Our lives? 

-Jim Elliot 

Our reputation?

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

ISAIAH 53:3 


If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26

When we follow Him and enter into His fullness, he adds to us: His Life, His reputation, and His family which are all eternal. 

Lets not be satified with even the place we are now with God, but go FURTHER UP AND FURTHER IN!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

May this be true of us!

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
Psalm 73:25

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Cry of the heart

 One of the things God has shown me is that he is not content with just "saving" us. Throughout the scriptures...both Old and New Testament he shows his continual desire to commune with man. I'm finding that many, if not all of the lives of the ones that he used  actually have deeper meaning than we may understand. For example, the story of Ruth and Boaz. Ruth accepted the God, culture,and life of a Jew, even though she was a Moabitte woman (one of Esau's descendants) whose forefather lost favor with God. Ruth walked away from her heritage and people to a desolate Jerusalem. Being that her husband was a Jew, she could be redeemed  through a "Goel" who in this case became Boaz. Before he could take on this responsibility, he had to make sure the kinsman closer to her than him would not. Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. -Ruth 3:2

As everyone who has read this story remembers, the nearer kinsman cannot. So Boaz redeems Ruth and she is included in the lineage (inheritance)of Christ.

As Ruth was redeemed by Boaz,so  we have been redeemed by Christ. Though our nearer kinsman ( the law) was to bring us repentance and turn us to the Father, it took Christ staking a claim over us with his blood. That is no small matter.. it has been made to such a small thing what was done at Calvary and the Resurrection. Not just something that was for one time to cover sins but a purchase price for his Bride and people. 

He wants Men and Women devoted to him. Ones that will leave their earthly inheritance to live NOW for him and not wait till he returns to fellowship with Him. Hope this has encouraged you and may the Ruler of our lives fully own all of us, inside and out without reservation.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 Greetings again readers,
I am rejoining the blogging world after much change. The Father has put many things on my heart lately. One of which is my continuation of involvement in Teen Challenge. I am looking to help lead groups to talk about the one person who is worth our entirety. I'm pretty excited that I get this opportunity!