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

 

Transitions and Waiting

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It seems everywhere I turn, people are talking about transition. Several voices in Christendom are believing and proclaiming that transition is coming and is here.  Of course, those of us in America, can surely see the transition that is before us as a nation during this election season.

Webster’s defines transition in this way:

Transition: (a) a passage from one state, stage, subject or place to another: (b) change: a movement, development or evolution from one form, stage or style to another.

Many of us are transitioning from who we were, into a greater and deeper revelation of who we will be in Christ. We are finally learning, as a whole, what it means to be sons and daughters of the Most High God.  Our heavenly Father is establishing identity in His body during this season for very strategic reasons.  He is bringing us out of the wilderness of false beliefs, counterfeit affections and stolen identities and setting us upon the rock of His truth.

I believe that for many of us we are about to embark on the greatest shift of our lives. One where the call of the Holy Spirit will be very strong, inviting us to partner with Him to accomplish something greater than ourselves. But in order to do this, we will have to leave behind our old mindsets that keep us bound to the past.

We must know the character and nature of God now more than ever. I believe it is His heart’s desire to see the Body of Christ come into its full identity in Him. Many of us have desired this, but few have understood just how significant or life changing this can be.

I believe we are about to embark on the greatest harvest of souls in the history of mankind. We must understand that it is the Father’s heart to see His people come to know His love and faithfulness to them.  We must transition out of manmade traditions, religion, and false ideologies, and begin to reach deep into the Word of God, asking the Lord to reveal more of Himself and what He is desiring to do at this time.

If you find yourself in transition and it is not happening as fast as you desire, hang on my friend, you can make it. Resist the urge to be impatient.  Stay grounded in His word, keep yourself in fellowship with other believers and encourage yourself in the Lord.

Below are four keys I have found helpful in my time of “waiting.”

Key #1  Waiting is a time of spiritual warfare, faith and endurance.  Waiting perfects spiritual warfare and takes it to a new level where we can be found complete, lacking in nothing.

Key #2 Satan often attacks by trying to capitalize on divine delays.  When delays come, Satan tries to push our buttons, and then we get impatient, and move in the flesh.  This causes us to miss certain blessings of the Lord because we are not resting and waiting.  When we wait it perfects our endurance to STAND.

Key #3 Times of waiting on the Lord are designed to be those times when our faith is stretched and our intimacy with Him is enhanced.  We need to know God more, so that we know HIS ways, so that when the increase comes we will know what to do with it.  Waiting brings us into a more intimate relationship with God, our ultimate provider.  Sometimes you may feel like you are not able to be stretched any further, but just relax. God knows what He is doing.  Often we will not understand His ways, but we can trust in who HE is and that He is always good.

Key #4 Waiting is a significant part of each of our lives.  We need to learn how to have patience and function spiritually in the midst of delays.  Waiting is part of life and we need to be determined that delays will NOT steal our joy in praising Him.  It is going to be worth the wait – that I know!

God is preparing us to do something incredible.  Are you ready?  Have you been waiting?  Have you been like me and literally heard the earth groaning for the sons of God to manifest and be revealed in greater measure?  Let us pray and prepare ourselves.  May we all have eyes to see and hearts to obey.  Let us be like Joshua and Caleb who had a different spirit and entered fully into the promise land.

May you find God’s rest and peace always.

In the Power of His Love – Lisa

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”  Acts 2:17