2017 – REBUILD

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The Year of REBUILDING – 2017

Over the month of December, I have seen in the spirit realm hammers over people’s heads. I have seen saws, wrenches and other tools over individuals that God has provided for them to rebuild their life.  I believe in these visualizations that God is profoundly speaking to all of us.  This is a season of His mercy over us.  Cry out for God’s mercy and allow His grace and love to settle your hearts and establish you.  Submit yourself to the One who created you and allow Him to rebuild, reconstruct, re-erect, and reestablish you.  This is the time, the heavenly re-set has begun!

There is one prayer that our heavenly Father always answer. And that is the prayer of His mercy.  Mercy is not receiving what you and I deserve.  Mercy is God’s love displayed to us in the midst of us being selfish, stubborn, imperfect, prideful and down-right mean.  Psalm 103 is a good portion of scripture to meditate on that exhibits God’s character of mercy.    I am so thankful we have a compassionate and gracious God.

The main reason God is NOT into condemnation is because His goal towards us is transformation. As followers of Christ, we are called to be transformed.  It is crucial that we understand that this transformation happens best in a healthy environment of mercy.  The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom. 12:2)

In the preceding verse, Paul urges his readers to offer their bodies as living sacrifices as they comprehend God’s great mercy. We see that transformation truly only flourishes “in view of God’s mercy.”

This is my commentary: as we ponder, and think on God’s great mercy, we offer ourselves up to Him, because we know that He is the only one who can transform us.  We can’t “white knuckle” it, and we can’t “try harder.” For years, I believed it was my duty to beat myself up for all the bad and wrong I had done.  These self-flagellations never produced real or lasting change within me.  It was only when I threw myself on His throne of grace, that I was able to find His mercy.  My transformation began as I exchanged all of my shame and fear for His mercy.  Ultimately, all of our desired change occurs in the hands of our heavenly Father who is slow to anger and who abounds in great love.  Robert Gelinas states it this way, “God’s mercy is for sinners, and God’s mercy is also for those who are in pain.”

“Son of David, have mercy on me……”

Over and over as you read the New Testament, you see people calling out to Jesus to impart His mercy towards them. In not one place, can you see that He denied this request.  I invite you to go through the gospels and read of the humble state of men and women who knew to appeal to God’s mercy.  Every time this request is cried to our savior, it was from people who needed to be delivered from great pain and suffering, NOT because of a sin they had committed.  One could say that mercy is God’s grace in action.

The mercy God offers us brings true forgiveness and lasting transformation. It is a change that actually converts our very identity.   Think on this…we are invited to be a part of God’s family as adopted children.  When we are able to embrace this level of identity change, transformation explodes in our life!

One of my favorite verses is found in Psalm 121:5, “The LORD is my keeper; The LORD is my shade on my right hand.” God’s mercy becomes a shade, or a covering over our life.  This allows us to flourish under His love because it is a place of protection and safety.  Here in this place, His garden, we can grow up into all that He has called us to.  We can become that tree of righteousness that was planted and He gets ALL the glory. (Psalm 1:3)

In the New Year that is before us, my prayer and hope is that we would all be nurtured and developed into our true identity, according to God’s deep mercy. May we all get into the habit of praying, “O God, have mercy on me!”

As we enter into 2017 may it be a year for all of us to fully enter into the words spoken in Isaiah 58, “those from among you shall build the old wasted places, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations.” Today, do not delay, pick up your spiritual hammers and tools and place yourself before the One who can shape and form you into something marvelous.

Love, Lisa (#bebrave)

“God remembered us in our lowly state, His mercy endures forever.

He rescued us from all our enemies, His mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven, His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136:23-24,26 NKJV

 

The Son Has Risen

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The Son

Any freedom I walk in is because of God’s grace.

It is not anything I have done except lean into Him and make Him my life….my essence!

The letter of the law nearly strangled me to death; my paltry obedience was never enough.

I was suffocating under its weight.

I was broken beyond repair……except for the CROSS!

He stepped down from the glory and came to save me; He left to come and find me.

He became my darkness; He took what was mine and gave me His.

He is my morning! He is my new beginning; He is my dawn.

And now I share in the brightness of His love and His power has reached me.

No longer forsaken, but received.

No longer a beggar, but a daughter.

It is out of my brokenness that He comes and shines through.

And now He says that I am altogether lovely

No stain or blemish found within.

I am forgiven. I am cleansed.  His mercies are new.

They have kissed with truth – righteous has sprung forth.

Good morning beautiful you, you are worth waking for!

 

A song of thanksgiving to my Beloved- L. Roitsch

Who Are You Leaning On?

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“Who is this coming out of the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5

Have you ever felt like you were in the wilderness? Has there been a time in your life where you may have felt isolated, rejected by those you love, or felt like you were drowning in grief and sorrow?  Maybe you could not sense God’s presence or see Him working in a difficult situation.  If you have walked through this life for any amount of time, you have certainly felt some of these emotions.

I was reading Psalm 78 one day and came across a verse that literally leapt off the page and hit me in the face. The Psalmist is remembering Israel’s history of coming out of slavery into son ship.  The author begins by recounting all the experiences that the children of God encountered.  Marvelous events had occurred with dramatic signs and miracles.  But unfortunately, we see the children of God whining and complaining.  Not finding any satisfaction, they dared to ask, “Can God prepare a table for us in our wilderness?” They begin to question God’s character and goodness.  Doubt begins to grow inside their heart and they don’t believe He can provide them with the rest and provision they desperately need.

A table is a place where sustenance is found – where nourishment and strength can infuse our inner being. Oftentimes, a table is a place of beauty where we can relax and enjoy family and friends.  The idea found in this beautiful Psalm is that in the midst of what may appear to be a dry and barren situation, where you may feel all alone, God is most certainly capable of preparing a table for you there.

In Psalm 23 David remembers that God even prepared a table for him in the midst of his enemies. Have you ever felt surrounded by people that acted like your enemies?  I love to stop and meditate on the truth that God is always aware of my reality.  Friends, in whatever situation you may find yourself in, ask your heavenly Father to show you the table He has prepared for you.  It is most certainly there, of that I am sure – God always goes before us and prepares.  Isaiah 45:2

May we not be like the children of Israel who did not trust their God. They did not remember His power and actually limited His hand from reaching them due to their unbelief. Psalm 78: 41-42  In those dark and difficult situations,  I encourage you to lift up your eyes, call out His beautiful promises and find your table of provision waiting for you.

When we fully understand and know the LORD as our good Shepherd, we will not even notice the wilderness. We will rest in the fact that He guides us into good places where we lack nothing.  Our table will be so full that it will overflow and we will have enough to share with others.

Dear Father God, open the eyes of your sons and daughters. May we see the bounty of your daily provision for us.  Heal our hearts so we can trust You in all things.  May we always believe in Your wondrous works and remember that you are our Rock and Redeemer.  You are the One with the strength and faithfulness to lead us out of our wilderness.