Synchronization

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For a few weeks now, I keep hearing the word synchronization. Everywhere I go, I hear it, see it or someone is talking about it.  I realized God was speaking to me so I slowed down and asked Him what He wanted me to learn.   Get ready, because when you ask this, He WILL answer!

I began with looking up the dictionary definition. Synchronization – to cause to agree in time of occurrence; assign to the same time or period, such as a historical event; to cause sound and action to match precisely.

God’s spirit began to speak to me about the Kingdom of Heaven actually being synchronized WITH earth – specifically with people. I believe God wants His sound and His actions to match precisely with what is occurring here on earth.

I began to look up all the references where Christ spoke about the Kingdom of heaven or the Kingdom of God. After seeing over 21 references, I stopped counting.  Jesus seems to speak more about the Kingdom of Heaven than any other topic.   This central message regarding the Kingdom formed the basis of His ministry here on earth.  As He stood on the mount, He preached, “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).  Jesus was clearly admonishing His followers to get their priorities in proper balance.

One of my most favorite occurrences is when Christ instructed His followers to go and tell the good news to everyone and emphatically proclaim that the “Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ Can you visualize this?  As the men and women who followed Jesus began to disperse themselves into the regions of the land, they would tell others “Look and see! God’s Kingdom has arrived!”  With this proclamation, there was an invitation to join in and synchronize their life with the Kingdom of Heaven, which had arrived in their midst.

And so, I began to ponder….. What does it look like when the Kingdom of Heaven is here? What will I see when the kingdom of heaven manifests on this earth?  In the book of Luke, Jesus told His followers that ‘the Kingdom of God was within them’ – in their being.  In the book of Romans, it is written, “The Kingdom of God is not merely food and drink but, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Could it simply mean that as we yield our earthen vessels up to God, He synchronizes His Kingdom within us to such a degree that we are able to release it wherever we go? As believers and followers of Christ, we carry the Kingdom within us – His righteousness, His love, peace and joy.  Are we releasing this to others as we go about our day to day life?

God wants us to be so filled with His love and understanding, that there is an overflow out of our being that will spill onto others. Draw near to your heavenly Father my friends.  Receive all that He is, and get to know Him and His ways.  As you do this, your vessel will become so full of God’s peace and love, that it has no choice but, to overflow onto the people surrounding you.

I believe there is coming a day when the children of God will fully understand this concept and move in dimensions where we will begin to see the Kingdom being released to heal the sick, deliver the oppressed and fill others with so much joy they cannot stand. I see the history of the early church moving in these proportions and I hunger to see it happening more today.

Yes, in pockets around the world, we hear of these incidents. However, I want to see it in my community, I want to see it in my local church.  I want to experience all the fullness of what Christ suffered and died for -a purchased people who know their God and love His kingdom!

I will conclude with this teaching from Jesus. He spoke in Luke 6:46 and said, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do the things which I say? I believe Jesus is calling out to His believers today to get in tune not only with His name but, also with His teachings. His teachings always pointed to the Father and His Kingdom. His cry then and now, is THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND.

Will you synchronize yourself with this heavenly kingdom and release its power towards others? If your answer is YES! start with reading the gospels. Read the entirety of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John multiple times and receive Christ’s words deep into your soul and spirit. I promise you will be changed and you will see changes in others around you!

Nurture God’s presence in your life. As you do this, you will begin to see His power move in and through you. But always remember, love must be the foundation for everything we do. Love is the greatest manifestation of God’s power. It was because of love that Jesus walked in complete obedience. It was because of love that the power of sin and darkness were defeated. Love is the greatest virtue of all!

Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. Therefore, to move fully in the kingdom of heaven’s realm, we must be people who know real love and recognize God’s voice. When we have eyes to see what God is doing, we can synchronize with Him and become powerful weapons for the Kingdom of God.

Jesus’ message on the kingdom of heaven is a message of hope—for the entire world and for you and your family. It is a reality that God is building His precepts into a people who will carry His love, grace and power to a dying world. All He is looking for are willing vessels.

 “God, the Father, has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”  

Colossians 1:13

 ***Above photo details:  I took this picture of one of my dear friends praying for the homeless in our city.  The picture reflects Christ’s love being extended to those who are hurting in our community.  It only takes a minute to pray with someone and cause them to feel special and valued.  Behold, the Kingdom of Heaven is HERE!

 

Tell Your Story

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The cries of our soul often reveal deep and hidden mysteries. They expose the sorrows of our own life – things that have happened to us or things we have engaged in either unintentionally or voluntarily.   Deeper still, they reveal how our heart is connecting with God.

There have been times when I find myself frustrated that I still falter and stumble at some of my deep emotions.   It is in those times that I cry out to God in desperation-unashamed. As I allow God to come alongside me, His kindness and mercy begins to shine forth.  His word becomes a soothing haven for my soul and I see myself inside of Him and all of His goodness.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God”  Psalm 42:1

These concepts began to solidify within me by my fascination in meditating on the Psalms.  I realized David cried out to his God a lot like me.  In fact, some of his prayers are mine!  Through the Psalms, God shows us how to engage with Him in our struggles.  God created our emotions and He wants us to acknowledge and experience them (although not to always allow them to direct our actions or beliefs).  In doing this, we learn what true intimacy is supposed to look like as we partake of God and share our deepest thoughts and emotions with Him.  It is then we can allow Him to untangle everything that is going on within us.

“Search me, O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties”  Psalm 139:23

I believe that true healing and restoration occurs when we courageously step into our stories of pain and harm and are empowered to share it with others.  I believe everyone has a story to tell, even our heavenly Father had a story – one He has shared with the whole world.   A story filled with pain, brokenness, and evil. And yet out of that story there is hope, strength and restoration for all!

As we begin to share our pain and emotions with others, something very organic and powerful happens.  We find comfort in knowing that we are not the only one that has been shattered by the evils of this world.   And we begin to begin to find shalom in every dimension of our lives- peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.

“Let my soul live and it shall praise You; may Your judgments help me”  Psalm 119:175

I have learned that in telling “my story”, yes, my emotions rise to the surface, but this needs to happen in order for a loving Father to bring healing. This requires the courage to break through my fears of someone else knowing my weaknesses and failures.  When I am brave enough to share my story with others, it creates a community that is authentic and real.  As I find others who are willing to share their story and hear mine, we actually start building the pure house of God.  A free and open place of refuge and safety where we can be fully known and fully loved.

What is the cost involved to let Jesus into your soul?  Only you can answer that question.  But I can tell you that when you venture out and embrace the fullness of who you are -it will empower you to be an agent of transformation in the lives of others.

Precious one, allow the Holy Spirit to talk with you regarding your emotions.  He will speak and show you things about yourself you did not know.  I must warn you however, this is for the brave at heart.  Some things you may have tried burying in the recesses of the dark because they feel too painful, but God wants all things to come to His marvelous light.

“…..The Lord will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reaveal the counsels of the heart”  I Corinthians 4:5

My own healing journey has moved me from a place of shame and failure to a path of goodness, honor and delight.  I write these truths to encourage and inspire others to courageously reach out and begin to tell their story.

You can start with telling your story to your heavenly Father who loves you like no other.  But press on and share it with trusted others  who are able to name both your deep woundedness AND your deep goodness.   As a result, you will grow a deeper capacity to know and live out your calling and engage in life-giving relationships with God and others.

“Because he has set his love on Me, I will deliver him; I will establish him on high beause he has KNOWN my name. 

You shall call upon Me and I will answer you.” 

Psalm 91:14-15