Isaiah 43:19a For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I made a bold promise 30 days ago. I told you that if you were willing to place Jesus Christ on the throne of your life, you would discover the circumstances in your life lose their power over you.
Many of you joined in the journey, from all over the world. You were sick n’ tired of being sick n’ tired. You were seeking relief from unbearable burdens. You were in need of joy –bliss in your life.
Well the promise I made was not my promise. It was Jesus who offered you that promise. It is not just a promise but a guarantee. Strong statement I know, but it is trustworthy and true.
I want you to think about a few things. We learned we are utterly loved, we are chosen. Can you wrap your mind around this? WE ARE CHOSEN. We are daughters of the King. We are princes in the Kingdom. We are select among millions, living and dead. Whoa! Blows my mind.
The transformation into Christ likeness begins with grasping this truth. We are elevated and have power over this world because of Christ crucified. Oh how Satan is desperate to keep this knowledge from us. He knows what real power we have. He deceives us at every turn, making us believe we are weak.
Let me assure you, we are strong. We have everything we need to live victoriously. We have Jesus and we have the word of God. Period. The end.
Many of you experienced these moments; Christ on the throne, and you felt it. Bliss. Loving Jesus fills us with bliss. I spoke about this last Friday. I want to share with you an excerpt from a message my Pastor, Greg Sidders, shared one Sunday morning not long ago:
Hi Lynn, here's the excerpt from the sermon where I described Charles Finney's experience:
When we ask God to help us comprehend His love at a heart level, we are talking to a Father whose desire is to give us far more than we are asking for.
On a Sunday evening in early October, he decided to seek God with focused intensity. Even though he was a committed church member, he didn’t think he was a Christian. And so he decided to pray until his salvation was no longer in doubt.
He prayed all that night, and the next day, and the next. Finally on Wednesday morning it dawned on him that salvation is a free gift, and he accepted it with all his heart. Then he wandered into the woods to continue praying, but there he couldn’t pray out loud because he was afraid someone would hear him and think he was a fanatic.
And then the Spirit of God reminded him of Jeremiah 29, where the Lord says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
That’s when he started to pray out loud. He returned home and continued to pray into the evening. And it was on that Wednesday night that he says he encountered the unmistakable presence of Jesus. He wept like a baby, and then, as this experience began to fade, he wrote in his journal, “the Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love, for I could not express it in any other way. It seemed like the very breath of God.”
And it continued until he begged God to stop. He cried out, “Lord, I cannot bear any more. I shall die if these waves continue to pass over me.”
When a friend came to his home later that evening, he took one look at Charles Finney and thought he was sick. He said, “Are you in pain?”
And Finney said, “No, but I am so happy that I cannot live.”
This is where Jesus wants us to live. Waves and waves of happiness. We can’t earn it. We can’t “do” enough to deserve it. We can’t worship bigger, serve longer, give more money, pray harder.
We only need to love Jesus.
I have so much more to say about all of this and specifically praying aloud. I discovered how praying scriptures aloud immediately affects the spiritual realm. So, I think on Monday, I will share what the Lord has shared with me.
Although our journey is concluding, we never stop our transformation into the likeness of Jesus. If we are breathing, God is actively working to smooth our rough edges and teach us more about becoming Christ like.
How awesome is that?
Okay, this post is already too long. So over the weekend I am going to share some of the victories that came about through our Mind of Christ Experiment. Many of you wrote to me and shared about GIANT things God was doing. You can read those tomorrow and Sunday.
AND THEY ARE AWESOM. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS WHAT GOD DOES IN AN ORDINARY LIFE!
Monday, we are going to talk more about the real power we have which can conquer darkness, change our lives, the lives of others and rescue a world in desperate need of salvation.
Girls and men, we have only begun…. Christ has promised us so much and has so much to give.
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
He really means every word. I can’t wait to celebrate the victories in your life tomorrow. See you then.
Be blessed, Lynn
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!