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Stirring things up…

I know that there are some people that followed us through this blog while we went to Oregon.  Followed our spiritual journey, and prayed for us.  I am so grateful for that!  I have been blogging more candidly on my business page (Homespun Branding Studio) and because of that, I haven’t had time or felt like I could unload enough onto here.  However, lately things have changed in me and so I thought I’d ramble about it a little bit and share with those that don’t follow my business blog, but do want to know.

I went to North Dakota last week to serve on a Dakota reservation.  What I saw and experienced was heart-breaking, and it was good for me to see.  Good to be used and to be ministering everyday, to be on the front lines and exercising my faith much more than I normally do.  I found it to be pretty sad that it’s not like that everyday for me.

Something else happened as well.  The Holy Spirit was really at work on me.  I’ve experienced some awesome things in the last few months.  I experienced the beginning of what this was over a year ago.  Alone in a loft in a beach house with no connections to the outside world, I had a conversation with God that, boiled down, went like this: God, if you want me to do this, you’re going to have to give me the ability because otherwise I can’t do it.  I won’t be a distraction from You.  So I need you to give me more, to give me more natural ability, and more of You.

In the two weeks after that, He poured out His grace on me and did what I asked.  In the year and handful of months since, He has continued to do so.  This last week though, He continued it in another way.  I can’t really explain it because I really don’t understand it, but God put something more in me.  It was all Him, His timing and His Holy Spirit in me that just went to town doing His thing.  I don’t have to understand it, at least, not yet.  All I know is that He gave me something I didn’t have before, and something has changed in me.  And I sit here, grateful, and yet wanting more.  Every taste leaves me wanting more.

My epiphany from all of this is that there is an inheritance for those that love the Lord, that follow Christ unabashedly and wholeheartedly.  It is greater than we can imagine, and through the Holy Spirit, we can taste it now.  Christ’s sacrifice wasn’t just to save us from going to hell, it was the beginning of something.  We are perfected in the resurrection, and we are constantly being transformed and completed.  The more we love Him, the more we pursue Him, the more power, love, and presence we get.  Because the more affection we have for Him, the greater our capacity to hold Him and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Eph. 1:10-24 talks about the inheritance we gain in Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Of course, there are tons of passages like this in the New Testament that show us these kinds of promises.  For most of my life, I’ve read over them and not gotten it.  Now I read and I see and I’m floored at what God has in store for us as Christians if we just take ahold of it. Instead of being satisfied with the way things are (and honestly, how many of us are afraid of getting more of Him?), our souls and hearts should be crying out for more and more and more.  When we do, He gives it to us.  Why?  Because He desires intimacy with us.  He gives us the mind of Christ so we can know Him, and do His work.  Intimacy is a path…it isn’t “Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross and rising from the dead, I believe I am saved through Your sacrifice.”  That is just the very beginning!

So that’s where I’m at.  Our church in Mead is really revolutionizing my walk with Christ, really showing me how alive God actually is, and I am so grateful for so many of the people in my life and how their obedience has allowed me to walk this path.  Now that my eyes have been opened and I’ve experienced His loving presence so tangibly, I could never go back to the way things were in me, the way I used to live.  There is so much peace to be had, so much love and so much real life!

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How it all looks to me.

I’ve been trying to get a better picture of who God is, and how He interacts within the Trinity.  It’s a concept that is difficult to fathom, and even more difficult to explain.  Today, I found a new way of thinking about it while I was praying.

Imagine God in the only way we can, the way we know.  We know that God created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27).

God the Father is the brain, the Creator of all things great and small.  From the smallest atoms floating in space, to the supergalaxies and supernovas, black holes.  Mountains, with their vein-like lava flowing deep beneath their weighty stone, trees, with their vein-like water feeding each leaf, and us.  With our own brains and flesh warring against our spirits.  He is the power, the brawn, the muscle and the might.

Jesus, the Son of God, is the heart.  The man who loved and taught and healed and vindicated.  He was beaten, torn, broken, bruised, stabbed, stripped, and forsaken.  All for the sake of LOVE.

The Holy Spirit is the soul.  The Spirit moves and breathes life into dry bones, brings comfort like refreshing water, and empowers us to move as well.

We, the humble believers on earth, are the body.  We physically go and do what the brain tells us to do.  We have the blood of the Son pumping through our veins, our skin, our hearts.  We speak with His voice, we hear with His ears, we touch with His hands and go with His feet.

How amazing that we are His body, that we are part of His great image.  How humbling.

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I grew up thinking that the Holy Spirit was our great enabler. The part of the trinity that was most mysterious to me. I thought of the Spirit as a tool used by God or Jesus to help me reach others.  And that’s it.

The Spirit is so much more. Think of it this way. God created the universe, and established relationship with His people. Jesus took on all of the world’s condemnation, died for everyone,ever, and then rose again. He performed miracles and gave people wisdom.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit form the Trinity. They are all personas of our living God, both separate and in complete unity at the same time. My view growing up belittled and diminished the Holy Spirit. Because of that, I was not able to grow much, and I wasn’t able to do much. Without that power residing in me and filling me to overflowing, I was an empty vessel. Despite my willingness and my desire to serve my God, I didn’t have the ability to do anything beyond my own power.

The Holy Spirit was given to us so that we would do greater works than Jesus, so that we would have the mind of Christ, and have the ability to be Christ-like and live out our lives the way we are commanded. On top of that, the Spirit makes the relationship with our Creator more accessible and personal. It’s the only way to truly know God.

We are our spirits, trapped in our fleshly bodies, but only for a time. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to work in the spiritual, to access the spiritual, and to enjoy the spiritual. I don’t think I would have understood the magnitude of the power and importance of the Holy Spirit before experiencing this. Still, I feel compelled to write about it, so I am.

The only way to combat the darkness that is spreading through our world is thought the power of the Holy Spirit and the message of Christ. Now is not the time to live our lives in apathy, and I think that in the western world, apathy is the evil one’s greatest asset. Especially amongst Christians. Now is the time to live in extreme faith, on the edge of what you know. Now is the time to be filled with the Holy Spirit, like the apostles, and to spread the gospel message like never before.

Honestly, I think it is much harder to live this out while still in the bonds of the world.  When Christians try to do both, to have what the flesh wants, but still serve God, they fail miserably, but not always obviously.  It’s easier for me to live my life this way because it is why I am here, and it is my mission.  Since serving Jesus has become the focus of our family and our lives, it’s easier to live in that identity.  What makes it hard is the flesh we are trapped in.  But the more you live in the Spirit, the more your priorities shift.  The more you live in the Spirit, the more you are transformed into who you were created to be.  There is nothing more personally fulfilling than that.

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God’s Promises

I feel so beaten down, but not beaten.  Battered, but not broken.  I’ve taken hits from all sides, our family has been barraged with every kind of disaster, but God still wins, and we are still faithful.  We know the value of faithfulness.  It’s just so hard sometimes.  But why?  God is our source for everything.  He has always provided for us, has always proven faithful.  And the more faith we have, the more we see Him working in our lives, and the more blessings are poured out on us.  The more we sow, the more we reap.

The topper is money.  The constant struggle with money.  I saw something happening before it actually happened, and I let myself get excited.  I was all like, YAY God!  Finally we can start this moving process and get to Oregon!  We can DO something!  But now we aren’t sure of our funding, and it is very discouraging.  While I’m not sure what will happen, the uncertainty is making me feel like I’m standing on unsure ground.  And that’s not where I really am.  Or where I ever want to be.  It’s dumb, but what I know and what I feel are competing right now.  I feel the war within myself.

Feelings.  Emotions.  They can be so useful.  So wonderful.

And they can be used against you, too.

Hello self!  God is faithful, God has always been faithful.  He fulfills promises.  He is the definition of promise.

Ellen Grey Carter

 

He defines promise, because His son fulfilled the ultimate promise.  God has proven faithful time and time again, both in record and in experience.  The only reason that word has any power behind it is because of His faithfulness.  People fail constantly, it is part of our nature.  We cannot be perfect.  We are the ultimate failures.  But with God, we can accomplish.  We can succeed.  We can live in His promises.

That’s where I’m going.  That’s why this matters, why it means so much.

God is good.  God is love.  And God is promise.