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A Great Shout Arises

A Great Shout Throughout the Land:

Sounding  a Trumpet

A cry is going up to Almighty God. It’s so loud; it’s all I hear.

How can one have peace when others are in torment?

The heavenly Father’s love is rising in this earth, but it’s not appearing as most think … While it’s the morning star of the Creator’s spirit arising in those awake, it’s falling upon those asleep.

With a belly swelling with increasing wickedness, the earth has opened her mouth to her Creator pouring out a great smoke full of torments. Lifted to His ears are the cries of the innocent, poor in spirit, neglected, abused, forsaken, and of the silent sufferers. It’s now time for Him to act. Their Creator is arousing to heal and restore as the yelps of the tormented billow up to His ears.

A supernatural spiritual blindness hoovers over mankind. The dawning of the New Day will awaken the sleepers with a voice of a trumpet sounded in the midst of their souls. Awake for He arises from His Holy Habitation with healing in His wings expelling all wickedness.

The cries are the loudest from the voiceless. Those tormented day and night at the expense of the lusts of mankind and their merciless governance. They have been treated as insignificant and as objects to fulfill the lusts of the belly. They’ve been abused and counted as nothing for greedy gain. The abomination of the daily sacrifice of their lives at every meal has become full-grown. By His own hand, their Creator will release them from their prisons; the hands of cruelty.

Mankind is blind to what they create. They’ve created a tortuous place in which they torture those deemed less then themselves, and in doing so they perpetuate their own misery and suffering. Do to others as you desire to be done to you. Luke 12:35-48, Matthew 18:21-35 They cruelly treat others “lower” than themselves and forget that they too are beasts seeking for the mercies of God; One who tells us to treat others as we would want to be treated. Should we seek His mercy for our suffering, and yet not offer the same to those we have been given governance over, especially the animal kingdom? People forget the animal kingdom belongs to God and that He put us in a place to be faithful loving stewards of creations of His affections. But we have made them the object of our feasts, lusts, celebrations, greed, and slaves serving a very harsh and thoughtless master. Sound familiar? This is one HUGE area greatly dismissed by many when they consider the everlasting kingdom of heaven coming to earth, but God has not forgotten. Isaiah 65:25

God is not arousing with torments in His wings as we have done and imagined. His ways are far superior to our beastly ways. He does what we didn’t do, love. Anyone who knows the love of God knows it’s far greater and more powerful than force and brute strength. It’s a power that burns as a refining fire on the inside to create something truly new inside and out.  Those who know the heavenly Father also know His greatest power flows through weakness and love.

While perfect love drives out fear, its mirror reflection in an un-renewed heart is shame. Jeremiah 31:19 In the face of His love, sin feels like intolerable shame that we can’t escape from until we let go of what is causing the shame. His love serves a a mirror and exposes the cruelty of our own hearts, which creates an overwhelming shame thus a desire to “hide” ourselves. Yet, in these last days there will be nowhere to hide as all that is hidden is being brought into the light. To hide from our own flesh only causes the shame to intensify. Shame is what we experience that leads to repenting and turning to love. Our flesh will no longer hide the abominations within. Numbers 11:20, Revelation 16:2 Since it is our flesh we serve,  it will show the truth of our true nature. Jeremiah 31:9

In the lusts and vanities of the world, the animal kingdom is overlooked to such an extent that few consider their endless hell created and perpetuated by mankind. How can one expect mercy on his “beastliness” if he is unwilling to give it to another for a fleeting craving? This contradiction is one of the greatest delusions of our time. It’s a great abomination as it is the expression of hell, torments, and the beast nature of man, thus his “markings” that he is a beast verses a son of God, who is love. Removing this abomination of cruelty in our lives allows our spirits to ascend as sons/daughters of God, otherwise we remain as we are. Further, it’s a reflection of the abomination of desolation for we have attributed a horrific reality that we created as an acceptable reflection of and offering to a loving Creator, who knows every sparrow. Jeremiah 7:21-23

Our healing and renewal is deeply connected to creation’s healing. We are all intertwined as God’s creation. For the days that lay ahead, I believe this is one of our first signposts … will we treat the animal kingdom as we desire God, who is far superior, to treat us?  Jeremiah 31:21 In abundant mercy, loving-kindness and care? Will we cease to torment them for the vain lusts of our bellies and our greed for the money made by them? Will we show that we have learned what it is to love the weaker vessels as we desire God to love us? Or will be as the Israelites when they lusted for meat in the wilderness when headed to the promise land? Numbers 11:33-34 

God cares deeply for His creation. He will deliver all from those stronger then they. He gave us charge over it. How have we handled such an awesome responsibility and gift? He is coming to see how we have managed our house. Will He find mercy? Or mercilessness? During my time with Him this past month, He has taught me many layers of understanding in this area. Our healing is connected to a healing heart toward creation. We can’t continue to embrace cruelty and be freed from our own suffering. We can’t continue to feast on death, dead flesh, and what is sown in darkness and be transformed into spiritual living beings of light.

Arise my heavenly Father from Your Holy Habitation and let Your love and righteousness break forth in this earth, Your creation needs Your love, for it has not known the true nature of Your love.


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WHY Christians Live with a Dual Nature?

WHY Christians Live with a Dual Nature?

 

God, I did it again – I was pushover and let others walk all over me. Why do I have to be so weak? What am I afraid of? Change me! I don’t want to do this anymore! It hurts me and others so why do I still struggle with this? Why, why, why?

Have you ever felt like this? Wondering why you continue to struggle with a certain part of you particularly when it hurts you and others? These unwanted aspects of us are of our flesh nature (our self-will in rebellion to God’s will). When we are born into this world we are spiritually dead because of sin that separates us from God. When God breathes eternal life into us, a new spirit is born in us. With a new heart, not a changed one, the flesh and spirit co-exist.

In previous posts, Where to Focus – A Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Why Do Christians Seem Two-faced?, I’ve written about the spirit and flesh dynamic. I promised to talk about why we still battle the flesh, when we’ve been given a new spirit. So why does our old nature remain with a wicked heart? Why couldn’t all traces of our old life be gone forever now? Though the source of our old life is dead in Christ its lingering stench remains in our life, why? Galatians 5:24, Romans 7:15-20

There are several reasons. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul was pleading for his weakness to be removed, but God let it remain so that he would learn God’s grace is sufficient. That is one of many reasons. Here are a few more I’ve been thinking about:

Reason 1: God is Glorified

It is God’s purposeful design to have His Spirit in our fallen bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:7 Living with this duality, God shows His power and mercy in the expression of the fruit of the spirit through our lives. God is to be glorified, not us. Aware of our fallen state, when we experience the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, it is truly a glorious thing. It is clearly not of us and to sense the power of God working in us is an amazing gift and testimony to others. Hence, God receives praise and honor for what He as done.

Reason 2: Magnitude of God’s Love

Despite our frame, God’s love is boundless to the extent of making us His children. Romans 5:8 The carnal mind can’t comprehend the things of God. We can only know God if we are born of the spirit. Our flesh remains once we have the spirit of truth so we can clearly see what we were in the flesh. Without the spirit of truth we are blinded to our own depravity. But when we see in the light our wretchedness, His love becomes overwhelming. He loved us so much that He wanted us to be a part of His family so we could spend eternity with Him. He loved us despite how we acted, thought, and rebelled. If we were only spirit we couldn’t understand the magnitude of His love that loves us despite who we were.

In addition, in plainly seeing our wretchedness, we learn His love isn’t based on our actions. His love is unconditional because that is who He is. This lesson is critical to learn in order to have an intimate relationship with Him. Otherwise we think His love is based on the extent of our goodness. With our flesh lingering which deserves no love, His love astounds us. We have never experience unconditional love like we do with Him.

Reason 3: Dependency on God

Without God we can do nothing, but with Him we are complete and perfect. John 15:5 As we live with the two lives in contradiction, we realize how much our flesh is helpless, destructive, and full of death. We start to see the lies we lived by and the death they brought to us and others. Our emptiness and lack becomes undeniable. Along with this new perspective of our old life, we begin to learn about the new life we have in Him; its purity, love, completeness, holiness, peace and joy. The contrast in our lives fills us with gratitude and praise for the tremendous gift He has given us. We begin to comprehend the extent of Christ’s sacrifice, its power and love to give undeserving broken souls beautiful new lives so they no longer have to live in the misery of the old.

Reason 4: Submission to His Lordship

We learn first hand anything that comes from our will leads to death, therefore with each new awareness of the depravity of our flesh we freely submit to His Lordship. With eyes wide open to the contrast of the flesh verses the spirit, each one of us experiences that His ways are better. Learning these truths in the presence of our fallen flesh moves us to choose to yield to His Lordship. God wants us to submit freely, not forced, because that is what true love does. The contrast draws us closer to God; loving Him more for all that He has done and given us. We have to understand the truth of who we are or aren’t and who He is so without reserve we will surrender to Him in love.

There is nothing good about the flesh, but it lingers to teach us many important lessons.

Bit of encouragement

Sometimes we succumb to the rule of our old nature because of spiritual immaturity. We don’t recognize the flesh for what it is, or we are taken off guard and a flesh mindset sets in and takes over. The good news is one we are covered in Christ’s righteousness every moment of every day and two God always provides a way out – prayer. He has given all we need to overcome the flesh – a new spirit, His Word, prayer, and His power. We need to nourish the new spirit, abide in His Word, learn to recognize the flesh, and use the power of prayer given to us in the moment the flesh starts to take over.

When the flesh starts to dominate, we can call upon God and He is faithful to deliver us from ourselves. Sometimes in these moments we might not feel like praying, because the flesh is in rebellion to it, but do it anyway. Prayer is very powerful because through prayer we shift to trusting in His power instead of our own. If we try to overcome our weakness by ourselves we’ll fight a losing battle. God always provides a way out of our temptations. We won’t find the strength in us, but we will in Him, every time.

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