All together alone

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Here we are all together
Together yet all alone
Not knowing the pain each one suffers
Or the fears we must disown
We sit quite close to each other
Yet we’re never close enough
Looking across one to another
Over a void we never pass
And we wonder about each other
The things we never ask
We can not build a future together
Without learning about our past
We were told to love one another
So we try to love those we don’t know
To some of us this seems easier
Than living life transparent and exposed
To truly embrace our brothers
As the Lord had clearly shown
We must open our hearts to each other
To be loved and to be known

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Open Heaven

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,  that the mountains would tremble before you! Isaiah 64:1

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;  let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide,  let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it;  I, the LORD, have created it. Isaiah 45:7-9

In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. Ezekiel 1:1-3

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1-3

Let it rain, let it rain, Open the floodgates of Heaven!

An open Heaven is quite a concept. It implies that all barriers between our temporal world and the eternal have been removed. We know that as believers, we are indwelled by the fullness of God. But this is something more. It’s corporate. As we each carry and bring Christ into our assembly, He inhabits our praise. When we concentrate the presence of God, something happens on a much grander scale.

It becomes regional.

It begins to affect our neighborhoods and our cities. Maybe even our state. Maybe even the world….

Isaiah, Ezekiel and John all prayed for, and received visions of an open Heaven. But there is a manifestation of Gods kingdom that is just waiting, as it were, for us to come together and usher it in.

As the body of Christ, we can experience more than a vision. We can experience an open Heaven over our homes, our cities and even our nation.

 

lesser known gifts

 

 

I believe this blog is meant to be an avenue for prophetic messages, for articles that will bring unity to the body of Christ. Usually, that’s exactly what you will see here.

But lately, due to a series of events, something a bit different has gotten my attention.

Most Christians are familiar with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You can probably name most, if not all of them. We have healing, miracles, prophecy, and tongues. There are gifts of wisdom and knowledge. You could add more, like discernment, etc. We would all agree the list is quite wonderful. The church  currently operates in most of these, some of the time, but not all of them all of the time. Why that might be, is a good topic, and it’s one for another post.

But lately, I’ve been seeing something else. I’ve seen Believers operating in their own special set of ‘gifts’. I’ve made a list of these lesser known gifts, and it looks something like this;

There’s the gift of accusation. Fault-finding is another. Another is the gift of superiority, which is closely related to the gift of exclusivity. There’s a gifting of being extremely opinionated, miraculously, about things the individual knows very little about. Judgementalism, if I may coin a term, is a big one. And we can’t forget the gift of witch-hunting. Not real witches. No, these witches are all in the mind of the hunter. Of course, all of these ‘gifts’ owe their very existence to the most effective gift of all.

Fear.

Fear of change. Fear of the unusual. Fear of loss. Fear of difference.

Of course, all fear is from the enemy, and so are all the other ‘lesser known gifts’. But that doesn’t stop Christians from operating, even reveling in them. The devil uses the unwitting participants to bring division to the body of Christ….

Think about this.

No, it’s not for somebody else.

Are you bringing unity to the church, or division? Perfect love casts out fear. It’s not enough to just say ‘I’m walking in Gods love’, without showing it. There’s got to be fruit. Jesus is not returning for a splintered bride. Let’s start perfecting our love towards our fellow believers, and cast out the fear!

the Ghost of new years past

I know it’s not even Christmas yet, but what I’m going to say here is somewhat time sensitive, so I wanted to put this out well in advance of 2012.

So, where will you be at 12:00am, January 1, 2012?

Actually, I’ve always been rather ambivalent, even indifferent about new years eve. I just don’t relate well to all the hype that people attach to it. Out with the old, in with the new, resolutions no one keeps, and of course, Times Square!

I’m not going to even get into all the calendar stuff, or how the date we mark is fairly arbitrary. If you really think about it, YOUR new year starts on your birthday, not Jan 1st.

Bear with me here a moment, and I’ll get to my point, I promise.

How do you feel about past new years eves? Do any stand out? what made them special to you?

If we’re going to mark a day and make it significant, make it the start of a new year, then we should also make it meaningful, and fill it with the essence of everything  we are striving to be.

There have been a few new years eves that I have liked, even loved. I spent them at church, worshiping.

What better way for a believer to celebrate the beginning of a new year than in praise and worship of God? These services started around 10:00pm and ran through midnight, and all we did was worship. No messages, no offerings, no potluck. Just worship. And we were changed and recharged as we began the new year.

I’m quite serious when I say this could be such a powerful event, if churches all over our city began to institute new years eve services. We would all be worshiping and praying in unity, as we ushered the new year in.

If you haven’t already made plans for this new years eve, why not look for a church that is holding a service, or better yet, talk to the leadership at your own church. It might not be too late to set one up and get the word out. I think new years eve would begin to take on a whole new dimension.

So, really, where are you going to be at 12:00am, January 1, 2012?

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Love is all you need.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

Love is so much more than just the essence of God, because God IS Love.

God loves you unconditionally. Do you know what that means? It means nothing can separate you from his love. It means that no matter what you’ve done or how you think, or what you look like, God wants to share His life with you. From right now on through forever.

Think about this truth; Nothing is more beautiful than Jesus.

Even if you are not a ‘believer’, there is no story ever told that even comes close to the rapture and passion of God becoming human so He could die and win you back. There could be no stronger love in all creation than what God has shown, and it’s only the tip of the iceberg. God IS love.

There is nothing that compares with how He cares for you. God covets your friendship. Do you find this hard to believe. Why do you think you were created?

You were created to worship and fellowship with God.

Yes God is omnipresent, omniscient, and all-knowing.

But He chose to create you. And He chooses you to be with Him now.

Some people have portrayed God as being reserved and unemotional. How could that be when He created emotion? If anything, god is supernaturally emotional, and He has decided to be emotionally dependent on you. He has made a choice.

Now we must choose as well.

When we look upon the infinite beauty of His love, how is it even possible to not love God back with everything that’s in us?

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I’ve been away from the interweb for a while, and I just want to say to everyone who reads this blog, that you are loved, and I do appreciate you. God Bless!

Untill we have faces

Faces.

They’re everywhere you look. Magazines, TV, YouTube, FACEbook, everywhere. Usually the first thing you will see or at least really notice are faces. Your own face looking back at you from the bathroom mirror is probably the first thing you actually look at when you get out of bed. And  getting said face into shape via shaving or make-up is undoubtedly one of our most cherished and important morning activities.

When you meet someone for the first time, their face will be the center of your attention. It gets the major role in first impressions. It will be how you remember and are remembered when you meet again. Our countenance can make us either beautiful or ugly.

What makes the Mona Lisa so mysterious? Her face. What launched a thousand ships? The face of Helen of Troy. A model can make a fortune from her face alone. In fact, it’s probably safe to say the human race is extremely face-centric. And we should be.

We show our emotions through our facial expressions. The eyes are the windows of the soul. We speak with our mouths and also with our eyes. Our faces, in short, are our communication centers. And we all have one.

Or do we?

We try to put on our best face before we leave the house. When we have an important meeting or interview, we put on our ‘game-face’. If we’re ‘facing’ a problem, we set our face ‘like flint’. If there’s a situation we’d rather not talk about, we ‘put a good face on it’. We’re told to keep a ‘stiff upper lip’, and our chin up. Never let them see you cry.

During the course of your average day, how many different faces do you suppose you wear? There may be one for your spouse, another for your boss, maybe several for your various co-workers, and if you’re a christian, there’s one more. Your ‘church-face’.

You know the one I mean. We all do it.

It’s the face that always smiles, never says anything that could be even remotely interpreted as base or vulgar, and agrees with everyone else in the immediate vicinity. Generally this face is always ‘fine’ or ‘blessed’ when asked, and never utters a discouraging word.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m all for keeping things positive, uplifting, encouraging, and agreeable. What I’m addressing is the fear of what others will think if we drop our guard for even a moment. And this is what it’s really all about, isn’t it?

We change our faces because we are afraid.

We are afraid of what others will think. We are afraid of how we’ll ‘look’. We are afraid we will not be found worthy of friendship or fellowship, and be rejected. We are afraid that if people knew the ‘real me’, that would pretty much be the end of it.

You see, we really don’t have faces. Not faces of our own, not yet anyway. None of us has found his or her true face. There is one thing we lack.

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Jesus isn’t just talking about acts of charity here, but rather a mindset and a lifestyle. It’s in the act of putting everything else aside, and laying everything down that concerns ‘me, myself, and I’, and living for others. This is where you will find your true self. This is what you were created to do. We are not here just to take up space. We are here to heal the broken-hearted, and speak freedom to the captives.

When we stop living for ourselves, and start to live for others, we can stop wearing all those faces. It won’t matter any more what other people think or even say about you. You will be free of fear. As you become more like Christ, you become the real person you were intended to be. You and I will have our own face, our true face, and that face will be reflected by the face of God.

Revolutionary Revelation

The scene is sometime during the american Revolution, and the location is a large fortress, almost a castle in size. The sides of this ‘castle’ are very high, seemingly at least 60 or 70 feet, and I am looking down over the battlements. As I look out upon the scene, continental (american) forces are marching out and away from the fortress down a rather narrow trail. A little to the left of this, and leading up to the front gate is a broad and level road. Marching unopposed up this road towards the castle, are the British forces. The two armies pass each other by, virtually only a stones throw apart. Now the Brits’ are at the gate. For some mysterious reason, they don’t have any artillery with them, and the walls are too high and strong. They must go through narrow passage-ways leading from a small set of doors next to the main gate. I suddenly find myself moving with a detachment of troops into these same passages to meet them head-on. That’s when I woke up.

I have pondered this unusually detailed dream for a couple of days now, and the clarity has not faded over time as one might expect. I feel there are a number of meanings that can be gleaned from this, and I am only now just beginning to understand some of them.

The continental forces represent the ‘church’, the body of Christ. The British forces, just as during the revolution, represent the enemy. (No offense is meant to any English folks, the context is completely historical!) The huge castle/fortress is Gods’ sovereign protection. The narrow trail taken by the American army IS the straight and narrow AS WE SEE IT. The broad and level road, is of course, the way of the world.

There’s a lot here. More than I actually have time to go into right now, but here are some high-lights. Part of what’s being shown to us is the way the church has Isolated itself from the world. Separating ourselves from the world, we march off down the narrow way. There is a need, however, to meet the enemy head-on out in the open. We need to take the battle to the enemy on the broad and level road that leads to their destruction. While we stay on our narrow way (which is where you should be in regards to your OWN conduct), the world just marches right on by to destruction. We need to meet them where they are.

Even though the enemy is slipping by us, God still has a protective hand on us (fortress). The enemy doesn’t have the power (artillery) to blast us to bits. He has to use narrow passages (subterfuge, division, backbiting, Idols) to get to us. We can fight the enemy and win in the passage-ways, but it would be far better to unite and start winning out on the open road BEFORE The enemy is at the gates.

I feel there is much more in this. If anyone has any Input, feel free to comment here or email me at canyondreams7@yahoo.com Thanks -Ron