Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's (not always) All Good

We are confident that God 
is able to orchestrate everything 
to work toward something 
good and beautiful 
when we love Him and 
accept His invitation to live 
according to His plan.
Romans 8:28

One of today's maxims is:
"It's all good."
It is a lie. It is not all good.
People want to think that everything 
works out in the end.
That is not true for everyone.
But the Bible describes certain people 
who do have the right to say, "It's all good."
For those who love God and live 
according to His plan, 
He really does orchestrate everything to work
toward something good and beautiful.
So we have confidence-- 
not in the ability of happenstance
to work out the details of circumstance--
but in the character of God.
Every day I need to reset my confidence in Him.
"That's not what I thought it would look like.
Oh, but You are able to orchestrate 
that situation and turn it for good."
The Lord can pour His favor on us
and cause us to be blessed 
even in the midst of circumstances 
that don't seem good.
It is called favor.
It is found in His presence.

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love 
shall follow me all the days of my life, 
and through the length of my days, 
His presence shall be my dwelling place.
Psalm 23

Monday, February 25, 2013

May He Give You Peace

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 
give you grace and peace.
May the Lord of peace Himself give you 
His peace at all times and in every situation.
2Thes 1:3, 3:16
The Christian faith is such a paradox of 
the "and" and "the both."
Sometimes I feel that I can't ask for peace
because Jesus IS my peace.
And He is.
But Paul prays for the Thessalonians
that God our Father and the Lord Jesus
would GIVE them grace and peace.
Do we have peace or does He give peace?
I love that the answer is yes.
Jesus is the Lord of peace.
Since He lives in us, we have His peace.
And He can also give us more peace.
There are times I can walk in what is there.
But a greater peace is available for 
those times and situations that
confront us and reveal what is not there.
Those times that take our breath away.
Those situations that shout to us
that maybe everything is not going to be ok.
Those times that make us stop and look up.
"Jesus, would You give me Your peace
at this time for this specific situation?"
The more that I know Him and trust Him,
the more peace He is able to give.
"May God give you more and more peace 
as you grow in your knowledge of Jesus our Lord."
2Peter 1:2
My desire is to be unrattled by life.
But greater still is my desire to
grow in my knowledge of You, Jesus.
Because as I grow, You provide more peace.
Every day is an opportunity to see
that I need to know You more.
Jesus, I need more of You.
That is my greatest confession.
When I confess my need for You,
You lavish me with Your presence.
And I find peace.
For my grateful soul.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Narrow Places

For you are my hiding place;
You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along
the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.”
Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those
who trust the Lord.
Psalm 32:7,8,10

Hezekiah's plans to protect the city's resources 
required that water from the springs of Gihon
be tunneled into the pool of Siloam.
Tunnels are dark and narrow places.
But inside the tunnel, power is generated
and life sources are channeled
to where they are most needed.
This seemingly dark and narrow place 
that many are in right now isn't bad;
but it is definitely not comfortable.
In a tunnel, you can't see very far ahead.
There is a sense that it might go on forever.
The narrow path can make us feel
that something is wrong.
But the Lord's promise to us is that
He will guide us along the path.
He will advise us and watch over us.
He surrounds us with songs of victory
and unfailing love.
When my steps seem uncertain
and I begin to worry about the future 
beyond where I can see,
the Lord gently reminds me to trust Him.
(the tunnel of Gihon Springs)

Hold My hand and allow Me to guide you,
watch over you, and advise you along the way.
In these narrow places, I am preparing you
for another level of My glory.
You have wanted to remain 
in the wide open spaces of yesterday,
but I have orchestrated this time of transition.
It has left you feeling disconnected, uneasy, unfruitful.
But it is I that has led you to this narrow place.
Trust My leading and hold on to My hand.
Ask My advice with every step
and you will rest secure knowing I've got you.
You simply cannot focus on the tunnel.
Lift your eyes up to the realm where I am.
You didn't wander into this tunnel aimlessly.
I have sovereignly led you here.
And I will lead you out.
My unfailing love is walking with you--
for a greater power than you had before.
That My glory be released in a greater way.
Trust Me.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Pool of Siloam

As Jesus was walking along, 
He saw a man who had been blind from birth.
The disciples asked whose sin caused the man's blindness.
Jesus explained that it was not a sin issue.
“This happened so the power of God could be seen in him..." 
Then He spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, 
and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 
He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.”
So the man went and washed and came back seeing!
John 9
There is great significance in this passage right now.
The original pool of Siloam was built by the Hebrews
as part of a military strategy to protect
the city’s supply of life-giving water.
By tunneling the water inward,
they made it more difficult for
their enemies to sustain strength.
It also enabled them to protect the resources
they had inside the walls of the city.
The water was channeled through the tight places
of Gihon Springs, with surging waters
leading to the pool of Siloam.
A prophetic word came forth recently that
spoke of a narrow channel with a picture of
glory running out of a spring.

Jesus told the man to wash himself in the pool of Siloam.
He had already healed him with the salve.
The man needed to go to the pool,
not for healing, but for washing.
He washed himself in glory,
the result of God’s power surging through
the narrow places of springs.
 It became a bridge for him to go forth with new vision.
I believe Jesus is touching our eyes at this season.
We have seen with yesterday’s prescriptions,
and He is placing salve on our eyes for today.
I am being challenged on all sides to recognize
all that is taking place right now.
As Jesus is covering my eyes with salve,
it feels like I am seeing less.
But I also sense the narrow places where
God is preparing to release His power.
He is showing me the pools of His glory
that I need to wash in.
I don’t know all that this means,
but I know that I am contending for
something greater than I can see.
There are springs, narrow places, pools,
bridges, glory and an angelic host available
that we may not only receive the sight we need
for this next stage of our journey,
but that we might go forth
fully clothed in the power of God.
Lord, I want to wash myself in the pool
and come out with vision for today.
You are opening minds to think Your thoughts
and resetting heartbeats to regain momentum.
I continue to ask for Your strategy
that I may contend for this next season.
I want my pace to be lockstep with Yours.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stand with Me

This is a bit different than the normal reflection
from a time spent in the presence of Jesus.
I had been reading a prophetic word from Chuck Pierce,
and it resonated with everything I had been sensing.
Just yesterday I wrote about being in a dry and weary place.
This helps bring clarity to that place and 
releases a prophetic strategy for moving beyond.
Always always always, clinging to Jesus 
and trusting Him is the answer when
we are not sure what is happening around us.
But I so appreciate how He uses others in the body
to point us in a direction that releases hope
and gives strategy for moving forward.
He is recreating momentum in our lives.
I want to travail so that whatever is 
currently closed down may be flung wide open.
Lord, give us keys for understanding that we might
press all the way into our next season of fruitfulness.
“I am the Ancient of Days, 
and I’m recreating a momentum for your life. 
I am slowing you down 
so I can accelerate you in days ahead. 
For the enemy has attempted to wear you down. 
The enemy has attempted to change laws and 
change times to begin to stop you 
from accomplishing My will. 
The enemy has attempted to trap you 
by getting you out of My timing. 
But the Ancient of Days is now 
rising over you to reset your pace ahead. 
Stand with Me and travail... 
and your pace for the future will be re-ordered.

“He is coming as the Ancient of Days, 
and there is an ancient key that He carries. 
And in the carrying of this key 
you have seen the enemy take his place 
between you and the promise at this level. 
Press in, press in and contend with the enemy 
because even over the next 21 days
I will give you the strategy to contend with 
the one who contends with you. 
And then as you have pressed the 21 days, 
I will hand you the key of the Ancient of Days, 
and then I will contend with the one 
that has contended with you!

“Many hearts have been wearied and many, 
many minds have grown cold in My thinking process. 
But I am resetting heartbeats, and I’m opening up 
what’s been closed down.
I’m restoring and I’m causing you to walk
in a time that escaped you in one season. 
If you will set your pace with Me, 
the next 7 years I will produce greatly for you 
and My storehouses will be made full.”


Monday, February 18, 2013

Sandy Scenery

God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; 
my inner self thirsts for You, 
in a dry and weary land 
where there is no water. 
I cling to you;
Your strong right hand holds me securely.
Psalm 63:1,8

Some days just feel dry.
Like the horizon stretches endlessly
and sand is the only scenery.
I begin to wonder if I am somehow responsible
for the dry and weary land and whether its
my fault there are are no flowing streams
or grassy fields of green.
But the pathway of those thoughts,
the ones that say I am just not doing enough,
only leads to despair.
So I rehearse the thoughts
that come from a different source.
The source that leads me back to Him.
God, although I feel like I'm planted in sand,
in a place where there is no water,
I say that You are my God.
I cling to You, knowing that
Your right hand holds me securely.
You are my source of water and the
antidote for all weariness.
Your presence is my promise.
Today, that promise is my weapon 
against the onslaught of the enemy.
I cling; You hold securely.
All the peace I need.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

And the Wind Died Down

OK, flip the coin.
There is another side.
Peace is our refuge in the storm.
But, He doesn't always want
to still us in the storm.
Sometimes He wants to still the storm.
Jesus insisted that the disciples 
get in the boat and go on ahead.
Mark 6:45
Various translations say that Jesus 
"compelled, made, insisted, caused" 
the disciples to get in the boat 
while He went off alone.
He was setting them up that He might
teach them something about Himself.

The boat was somewhere in the middle of the lake. 
He could see that the disciples were struggling hard 
because they were rowing against the wind. 
Not long before morning, Jesus came toward them. 
He was walking on the water and was about to pass by.
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, 
they thought He was a ghost and started screaming. 
All of them saw Him and were terrified. 
But at that same time He said, 
“Don’t worry! I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid.” 
He then got into the boat with them, 
and the wind died down.
Sometimes Jesus wants to show us
His power over the winds.
"I am Jesus. Don't be afraid."
He gets into the boat with us,
and the wind dies down.
I need to be able to call on His peace and 
stand still no matter what is going on.
But I can also ask that He would 
get in the boat and speak to the storm.
He came to them "not long before morning."
I don't know the exact hour that He will come.
The disciples had been struggling and 
rowing against the storm for a while.
Jesus saw their struggle.
I am not sure why it says that 
He would have passed them by.
It wasn't their faith in Him that 
got Him to get into the boat.
They were terrified.
And yet, His kindness and mercy led Him 
to get in and speak tenderly to them.
Jesus, You are so merciful.
You are so kind.
Thank You for not only 
wanting to still my heart;
thank You that sometimes 
You come and still the storm.