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SABBATICAL FROM THE BATTLE

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I had a dream about the aftermath of my battle with religion.

I was in an abandoned section of the house where I live. It was like an attached apartment. In the kitchen was a lot of canned and packaged food sitting on a big table inside the oversized pantry. A visitor came through, someone I knew, and he needed dinner for his family. I invited him to help himself and he chose 3 items that would make a complete meal for him and his family. He was pleased and I was happy that I could be generous.

After he left, I began going through the apartment shadow boxing evil entities as I saw them. I’d say out loud “Ka-pow! Ka-pow!” as I punched them. And they were cleared out one at a time. After they were gone, there was movement in the corner which I attributed to Angels and let them be.

This apartment is not a place I like. It is old, dusty and outdated. But it’s still mine and I want the evil out.

As I talked with Father about this dream, it unraveled. This apartment is my platform. It’s where I share my experiences and revelations about The Kingdom. Over the years, I’ve accumulated plenty of food on the table for anyone who wanders through and wants it. But I don’t want to live there because ugliness keeps coming through along with the people. So I’ve taken a sabbatical to clear out the ugly buggars they leave lingering in the air.

Where did the ugliness come from? Well, some people might say that I’ve been a bit naive over the years. In my excitement about revelations from The Kingdom, I’ve shared freely with abandon.

And last year, there were some battles. But no worries, I survived. And I have cleared out the buggars of pain and woundedness from my heart. But I don’t want to actually occupy the apartment right now.

So, I’ve left Angels, hoping they will refresh the air. Then I may slap on a fresh coat of paint one day.

This article isn’t to request your sympathy but to share my journey. Many of you experience this need for sabbatical too. It’s a quiet time to clear out the lingering effects of the battle of religion.  Sometimes we don’t like the area where it happened, for a while anyway.

It’s a conundrum really. How the most beautiful and exciting revelations can cause such turmoil in folks. It doesn’t seem like that should be a result. But it is.

We don’t begin with intentions of insulting people. But it appears to be an inevitable reaction. Sharing new vision exposes the shortfall of the old vision. It doesn’t make the old vision worthless because it was the stepping stone forward. But, for people who love the old and have set it on a pedestal, the new is a threat to their idol.

But we all know this. Right? Yeah, well, we may share as gently as possible and we may learn to discern. But there will always be those that will be angry.  This is the cross Jesus told us to take up as we follow Him.  It is the one that produces persecution.

Idols tend to crash when they come down.  They never get off their pedestal quietly and easily.  And unfortunately for them, it’s the nature of new vision to be born. It is time. And regardless of the screaming and fear of a mother who hasn’t prepared herself, the birth will come. It will happen. And it won’t wait.

Usually, sometime after the birth, she will embrace the child and experience the joy.

In the meantime, Father calls us to learn more, and He loves us the same if we refuse. I’ve become OK with leaving well enough alone. It’s “well-enough” that doesn’t want to leave me alone. Religion taught us to pursue those who we perceive as lost on the path of theological error.  Millions of martyrs lay at the feet of this teaching.

So, that was my dream. And I have moved out of this section of my house. Although I pop in now and then to share the food on the table. But for the most part, I live in the family section where it’s warm and loving.

It’s a good place to live while clearing out the ugly buggars.

Thank you for sharing my journey. Blessings on yours.

Faith

YOUR CORONATION INTO THE KINGDOM

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IMAGINE your coronation to your throne inside The Kingdom.  The Bible mentions us being kings and priests before our God.  So wouldn’t that mean there was a moment of coronation?  And wouldn’t it probably be later in our relationship with Father and not at the beginning when we first believed?  Certainly, a newborn heir is considered royalty but is not yet a crowned monarch.

An heir is crowned when they have learned the techniques of ruling and reigning.  It has everything to do with maturity and availability.  And in The Kingdom of God, that ruling and reigning would logically encompass the ability to govern what is created.  Wouldn’t it? Jesus said that He does what He sees the Father doing.  So what does the Father do?  What are His capabilities?  Doesn’t He create and care for His creation?

If that is the paradigm, then we often focus too small. Healing miracles and raising the dead are a drop in the bucket.  He said we would do greater things.

So let’s look at what it might mean to be seated on a throne next to Jesus.  Greater things might mean caring for the whole planet and the whole civilization.

 

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But does it mean this world?  Isn’t The Kingdom within?  How do we rule and reign a Kingdom that is within?  And what does that look like?

Based on Jesus’s examples of the supernatural and miraculous, I would say that this physical world had no hold on Him.  Not by any laws, whether physical or religious.  He ruled from inside and therefore could ignore any law outside.

He respected the laws of the country by paying taxes and He said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar”.  But He did it supernaturally.

He didn’t join Caesar’s system in order to pay His taxes.  He paid His taxes FROM His own system of which He was the ruler.  His Kingdom took precedence over this one.  And this is KEY.

Do we really understand the verse that says we are not of this world?  And what that means.  Or what it means to be a ruler in The Kingdom that is within us?

Jesus apparently didn’t join the medical community in order to heal.  And He didn’t join the political or religious community to change society.  He performed supernatural miracles everywhere He went.  And to every question, He answered from the realm of the spiritual.

Please don’t jump to the conclusions that I don’t advocate the medical, political, or religious community as having usefulness and purpose.  I try not to sign in much on any of those topics because I don’t see Jesus doing it.  He seemed to have little opinion about any of those topics.  His one and only focus was The Kingdom.  According to Him, it was the KEY to everything.  It was the answer.

This may be a scary discussion for some believers.  They may think I’m trying to be God.  But in all sincerity, I’m only learning to sit in a seat where He says I’m supposed to be seated.  And apparently, that means I should watch and learn from Him right now.

The ability to watch Him comes directly from Him and accepting the commission to learn is quite a brave step of maturity.  It requires the humility to know that I’m not capable of doing any of it myself.  Only because of His authority and power inside me should I try.

Then by accepting my responsibility to learn from Him and trust that His plan is not only possible but necessary, then I must be brave enough to do it.  With heart beating wildly, I accept the invitation to become what He wants me to become.

It’s true, the whole thing could scare me so badly that I might shrink to the back corner and abdicate my throne.  That wouldn’t be His highest hope for me, but even the courage to say “yes” must be learned.  It isn’t the first response I would have.  And He won’t disown me or reject me for it.  Rather, He will continue to teach me to mature and be brave until one day, even if it is somewhere in eternity, I will accept the appointment to my throne.

And then a coronation ceremony begins as I walk toward my King wearing all the finery He has placed upon me.  There I will kneel as He places a crown upon my head and anoints me for my position.

 

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Within the coronation processes here on earth, is an anointing procedure that is so private and personal that cameras are never allowed.  This is a moment of the deepest spiritual commitment and bravery.  This is between me and my Father God.

It is in that moment that I imagine the weight of responsibility is nearly heart-stopping.  How will I ever measure up?  Have I learned enough?  Will I make good decisions?  Oh, the weight!  The welfare of people depends on me.  They will either suffer or be blessed by me.

Our world and its societies are already suffering because we aren’t seated on our thrones ruling and reigning.  For whatever reason, we have not learned what we need to do to care for them.  This is why all creation is groaning for the sons to be revealed.

So let’s go back to the example Jesus gave.  He left His throne and came to earth to alleviate one of the biggest problems: the price of our sins.  We couldn’t escape those consequences and we couldn’t be perfect on our own.  That one element kept us from becoming joint heirs with Him.

He fixed that problem once and for all time.  It will never be an issue again.  That’s what a ruling monarch does.  He sees the issue and fixes it.

Now as we are seated next to Him learning and watching Him, what is He doing now?  He isn’t working on that same problem anymore because He said that was finished.  He said He also put all His enemies under His feet and got the keys to death, hell and the grave.

I understand there are a whole bunch of theologies wrapped up in this area of my topic.  But in my travels with Father, He seems to take me outside the box of our limited thinking and show me something different.  This one isn’t an exception.

Jesus was seated on His throne and saw a problem so He fixed it.  So, what are the problems we are supposed to be seeing and fixing?  He already put His enemies under His feet.  We don’t have to do that.  He has the keys to death, hell, and the grave.  We don’t have to get them.

But wait.  When we look around the world, people are still suffering the consequences of their sins.   He has the keys but people still die, live in hell, and go to the grave.  Wow.

What He did was a response to sin because its power hadn’t been erased yet.  Now it is.  So why do we still see it?

I believe it’s because people have been told to give their hearts to Jesus, but they haven’t been told how to live as kings and priests.  They haven’t learned what it means to rule and reign and be responsible for the whole planet, the whole society of humanity around the world.

THIS is the good news we know and use, and demonstrate, that we aren’t subject to the world, but it is subject to us as it is to Him who lives within us.

Most monarchs advance to their throne when their King has died, leaving them to rely on advisers and friendly King’s from other countries.  But our King is not dead and He will always be by our side forever to advise and support us directly.  I learn from His example, and He has my back, making sure that even my less-than-best decisions are turned to favor.  He has a way with things like that.

Therefore, as I learn how to rule and reign, I will trust Him completely and step up to His throne boldly.  I accept my crown and let Him set it upon my head.  Then I sit down next to Jesus and begin to reign.

I will change issues and problems FROM there.  And so will you.  So, let’s be brave and learn how to do it.

 

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I send blessings to accompany you on yours.

Faith

 

CAUSE AND EFFECT, and Gravity

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Let’s talk about Cause and Effect.  And maybe about Gravity, too.

It’s true I don’t take cause and effect very seriously anymore. After all the years of miracles and favor and such, I don’t expect everything that goes UP, must come DOWN.

For instance, for every financial mistake I make, I don’t have to live in financial hardship. For every virus I contract, I don’t have to be sick. Continue reading CAUSE AND EFFECT, and Gravity

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH FAMILY TROUBLE?

 

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Family trouble is heartbreaking enough, but when I was facing another visit from them, Father showed me a different way to pray. It involved understanding that I have a kingdom. He’s shown me this scenario several times now. Continue reading WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH FAMILY TROUBLE?

EATING THE FRUIT OF OUR WORDS

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One of my neighbors shared with me, that this town, community, and the area is filled with evil, hateful, disgusting people and it’s a horrible place to live. I was shocked, like a deer in the headlights, but she calmly maintained that everything she felt was the only truth.

I said that I was living the polar opposite and that I love this place and everyone here. Continue reading EATING THE FRUIT OF OUR WORDS

CHRISTIAN BULLIES ARE AMONG US

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It’s true there are Christians who behave like bullies.  Some bullies are not aware they are bullying.  Other bullies are taught to be bullies by their churches and bible schools under the guise of debate.

One Christian brother told me that he learned debate techniques in a School of Ministry which practiced aggressively, combative techniques.  “I sliced and diced with my tongue, winning all but one of those debates” he told me. Continue reading CHRISTIAN BULLIES ARE AMONG US

Viewpoints: from a Police Officer

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I took the opportunity to visit with a cop for a while the other day.  His name and other details will be kept confidential, but his story should be heard.

He was gentle, and kind although his voice was subdued with sadness, or hopelessness.  I didn’t know which.  He dreamt of being a cop as a child, and that dream solidified as a young adult when he witnessed an officer help a young couple calmly through the angry emotions of an ending relationship.  The officer disarmed their need for retaliation, and planted a seed in the heart of the young man to help others in chaos, to be a peacemaker. Continue reading Viewpoints: from a Police Officer

HOW TO PRAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS

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This topic is so important that I’m not going to spend a lot of time prepping you.  I’m going to tell you what just happened, what Father told me, and then I’m going to pray for you.

I know you’re frustrated because these shootings keep happening.  It’s time to stop responding to evil the same way, again and again.  It’s not working.  It’s time to step into The Kingdom and do this Father’s way. Continue reading HOW TO PRAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS

PRINCE VISITS IN HIS “PURPLE RAIN”

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For 3 days, Prince’s song “Purple Rain” dropped into my head and played. I was sorry that Prince left the earth, and I assumed this was my spirit remembering him.  But it occurred to me that he might be hovering in this dimension still.   So in curiosity I asked, “Prince, is that you? If it is, tell me why you died”? Immediately I heard, “Because I was stupid.  I didn’t know”. Continue reading PRINCE VISITS IN HIS “PURPLE RAIN”

HANDLING FRIENDLY MANIPULATION

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You know the manipulation that draws you into Offence and then accuses you of having a problem with Offence?

Yep, we’ve all been there.  And to top it off some of us have had someone try to teach us how to do this, saying it’s biblical.  Their reasoning involves scriptures out of context and motive out of Spirit.

Well, hallelujah, we’re learning and we’re doing it quickly.  Holy Spirit is pouring Himself out all over the world and Manipulation is being exposed along with Offence and his brother Rejection.  Every one of those ugly guys rub against Holy Spirit within us and we feel the prickling sensation shiver down our arms. Continue reading HANDLING FRIENDLY MANIPULATION