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Terrorist Training Camp 2014

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comGood Monday morning SUMites! 

Every January it seems to happen. Right after our annual fast my spirit is burning to do some spiritual, butt kicking. And this January is no exception. So, I would like to welcome you once again to the “Spiritual Terrorist Training Camp.” And once again I would like to welcome the FBI who will likely be reading this series because their computers have just detected a blog using the words Terrorist Training Camp. Welcome back guys! Hope you enjoyed last year’s posts! 

In last year’s series we dealt with recognizing spiritual warfare, discovering who are the captives and who are prisoners in the spiritual and how we can recognize our captivity and find freedom. (Find a link to that series in the sidebar) This year I want the SUMites to join me as we explore some different aspects of spiritual warfare. I want us to shine the bright light of heaven upon some very real spirits that wreak havoc in our lives and in our world. I’m praying with fervor and passion that this series leads us to two breakthroughs. 

One, we must first experience a personal breakthrough. When we recognize an enemy spirit and its work in and around us and then combat it with truth, love and the power and authority of Christ, we become free. Thus we can then begin to free others. 

Two, as newly anointed Hope-Restorers, assigned to change this generation, we are contending for our homes, and our cities and collectively our nations. We truly are going to learn to be empowered to bring change at that level. 

Before we step off into some pretty deep research and topics, I want to take a minute to address a few things and answer some needed questions. 

  • Spiritually Unequal Marriage is a marriage blog devoted to providing hope and practical tips to thrive in a spiritually mismatched marriage. Why in the world should we study spiritual warfare?
  1. Research indicates that more than half of believers don’t believe there is a devil, or hell or demons. So, many of you want to really know, how do you know there are demons, hell or a devil?
  2. Can a Christian be possessed? Can a Christian be oppressed? What does that mean anyway?
  3. How does an ordinary 5’4” blond mom stand up against and defeat the legions of evil? Is that even possible? 

Answers 

  1. We, the Spiritually Mismatched, are actually on the front lines of the spiritual battlefield. We stand alone to pray, to speak scripture and declare God’s power and authority in our lives. Often our very own spouse is a gateway that opens the door to evil presence and activity. However, we are so much more powerful. 

As I sit in front of my computer the Holy Spirit is flooding my soul with scripture after scripture that screams of this truth. I will share one right now and more as we work through this series. 

1 Corinthians 7:12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 

 

There is great power and authority contained in an ordinary believer. And this verse brings enormous power into our lives. 

Think about it. Verse 14…… The unbelieving husband has been sanctified. That means made Holy and brought under the umbrella of God’s covering and love because we the wife are sanctified. 

Okay… I just realized this post is ALREADY going long. So, I promise we will get to some more in the days ahead. 

CONVERSATION: 

So today, let’s discuss in the comments the four questions above and your thoughts about how 1 Cor. 7:12-14 play out in our marriage and everyday living. Do you sanctify your home? Do you know what that looks like? If you don’t, how do we bring this passage to reality in our marriage? Do you think demons are real? Have you contended with evil and prevailed? I will be in the comments with you. 

We are stepping off now into a great adventure. When we emerge on the end of this series, you can bet that you will have a knowledge and power that absolutely terrifies the dark realm. So, rise up Hope-Restorers because we have families to fight for, marriages to revive and cities to contend for. I love you so much. Lynn


Where We Discover The Power For Our Lives

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comBack in October, I asked you to jon me for a journey. I took you with me through the vision and the implications of all that I saw in the spiritual realm when I went to receive prayer in the Healing Rooms at Bethel. GOD CRACKED THE UNIVERSE open for me!

But do you remember the original prayer request?

Here is the excerpt from October 18, 2013: The Vastness of Our God.

I thought to myself, “Well, they can pray for me to receive the gift of fasting if they must pray bout something for me.” Geeze, it sounds so smug when I type this. Forgive me. And in all honesty, I do struggle in this area of fasting and my stomach is my last remaining idol of my life. I would like to rid myself of overeating. 

So today we are ending this journey and I have one final miracle to share:

That original prayer request to gain control over my last remaining idol, my stomach. Well I came home and my desire for a glass or two of wine at night  -- GONE--. I’m healed and I’ve already lost weight. My body will be a living testimony to the power that comes from the fear of the Lord. 

Psalms 33:8
Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

The journey to the supernatural is one of maturity and purity. 

I’m healed and whole by the power of the King of Kings. That is my testimony. 

This entire story is my testimony and now I anoint it and pass it along to you that you may partake of it, receive it and may it manifest in your life. 

Revelations 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

To read the entire story, here are the links:

The Vastness of Our God

I Met Prince Jesus - Who Am I?

The Bride - Becoming

Balm For My Pain

Prince Jesus Sings

This Is For The Men

 

And if you want to receive this gift of anointing to rid yourself of idols from your life, please tell me what you need deliverance from or what gift you are earnestly seeking from the Lord and I WILL pray for your deliverance and anointing to take a giant step further into the power and the glory of Prince Jesus' Kingdom. I love you my SUMites. So very much. Lynn


Weekend Worship — Trust Without Borders

WorshipFor if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. — Romans 5:17 (emphasis added).

Last week I came across this verse from Romans and the Holy Spirit had me sit on that last part for a while. I'm still processing all that it means, my friends, so I want you to encamp on this jewel and ask God what this means for you in your life and what He wants that to look like.

You see, we have received an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness—we received this when we accepted Jesus as our Savior. I wonder if we tend to camp at the cross and forget that Abba intends for us to walk in the victory, power and authority of our salvation.

We are intended to reign in our lives through Jesus, beause Jesus is alive! Amen?

The first song below is from Hillsong United's new album, Zion (Thanks, Brie! I'm loving this album too!). I love the lyrics of this song, and I am making them my prayer, especially that first line.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

This next song is a little different in sound, and I love their words. It's a wonderful call to God and us for revival! Bring it, Lord! (Thanks go to Heather P. and Gillian for both sending me this little gem.)

Have an amazing weekend worshiping our Mighty God! Let's change the atmosphere with our praises, my friends!
Love you!
Dineen

 


What is God's Will For Each of Us?

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On Friday we left with the strange and fascinating story about Elijah. How he stepped out onto the mountain to haven an encounter with God.

If you remember, (if you don’t’ remember, you MUST read Friday’s post) I’m seated in a Bible study addressing the leader as I’m speaking. I continued explaining my thoughts on this passage in 1 Kings and said, “I believe this (taking a step of faith) is especially true when it comes to healing. Healing of our hearts, our spirit and especially physical healing.”

Well that is when everything went nuts.

The leader stopped talking. I stopped talking. She was staring at me with such intensity and I didn’t have a clue what was going on. All of a sudden she bursts into tears and says to me, “Lynn, I have been asking God that you would pray for me for my physical healing and that I would know it’s of Him when I heard you speak of it from your own lips.”

I think I sat there dumbfounded. But then it was if the Holy Spirit flooded that room with such power that I jumped to my feet. I asked her to stand. The six of us in that room surrounded her, layed our hands upon her and began to pray.

Now it’s difficult for me to explain what happened next.

Let me start of by sharing that the experience I’m about to tell you had its origin months earlier when I experience an encounter with the Most High. It was the same filling and expression of the Holy Spirit that happened to me in worship while at the Bethel conference. A Holy God encounter.

I began to tremble. I felt God’s power and love come down over me and flow to the others in the room and onto the leader who was facing me and my hands rested upon her shoulders. My eyes were closed and I don’t really remember all that I prayed. But I prayed with power, certainty, conviction and petition for healing.

The woman began to shake and tremble. I was fully trembling under the power that was coming from above me and coursing through my body. When this happens to me it’s like I’m being electrocuted, kinda in a good way. I can feel it flow down from my head, bounce off the bottom of my feet, back to my head and back down again. I can’t breathe in the beginning and I can’t move. I’m frozen under the waves of power and love flowing over me. Then my right hand begins to shake uncontrollably, vibrating with a force I don’t understand nor can I fully explain. I become completely hot from head to toe breaking out in a not-too-feminine sweat.

The woman in front of me is now trembling. I can feel her growing hot. I’m praying a Holy shake down of heaven upon this woman, declaring her healing from cancer and fear. I prayed with a passion and purpose that clearly was of the Holy Spirit.

We finished and I think we were all wiped out and so astonished at all that just happened it took days for us to process it all.

The next day as I was praying, giving utter thanks to God for answering my prayers to bring healing and her prayers FOR healing and just allowing me to be part of His Kingdom, I heard the Lord say to me a few things.

“It was her faith and belief and my love and power that healed her.” And God went on to assure me that her healing was completely between the two of them and that I was only the conduit. Her healing is entirely up to her belief (her step of faith) and God’s love and power. Wow, that just removes me completely from the picture and I AM SO UTTERLY RELIEVED BY THAT. I don’t want to be responsible for her healing but I do want to be part of what God is doing on this earth.

How about you?

Okay, once again I can imagine it’s a weird and challenging story to take in. It’s challenging for me to write about this kind of supernatural stuff because it is often the Christians who can’t believe God still moves like this in our current day. But, I hope that all of you have known me for some time and KNOW my character and my faith. I’m just on a journey like all of you to live fully in the Presence of the Most High. I WANT for all of you to have a Holy encounter with our Daddy. So begin to pray something like this:

Lord, I’m hungry for more of You. I’m hungry to experience my faith not just know it as theology. I want to have a Holy encounter with grace, healing, hope and your power. I deeply desire to be a conduit of your Presence and bring Your purposes to people. Increase in me Papa, Daddy. I will exchange my dignity, my possessions, my everything just to live every day in Your Holy Presence. Teach me Lord how to move closer to you. Send me to people who can teach me more about your glory, signs and wonders. I want to live like Jesus did, bringing hope, truth, light and healing. I want to live out His command in Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

In King Jesus name. Amen

Matthew 10:8 IS God's will for each and everyone of His people. Today, tomorrow and for all of our life. Do you believe this? 


Weekend Worship — Lay Me Down!

My precious Sumites, I love this song by Chris Tomlin because it's about the surrendered life and the JOY of living like we belong to Jesus. Because we do! We are His and He is ours. This is also what Scripture means when it says, "the joy of the Lord is our strength" (Neh. 8:10.)

When we walk in this place of surrender and obedience, we know freedom, joy and peace. To the world it makes no sense, but we know better, don't we? And oh, my spirit longs to share this with everyone! We want everyone to know our amazing healer and comforter, Jesus. Especially in light of the horrible events this past week.

We have the Holy Spirit and God is calling us to share Him! Have an amazing weekend, my dear sisters and brothers in Jesus. May His presence fill and rest upon you, may His blessings rain down over you and your family and may His strength, courage, love, power and authority reign supreme in your life!

We adore You, Jesus! Amen!

Love you so much, my friends!
Dineen

 


Weekend Worship — Praying On Our Armor

We're reaching the end of our spiritual warfare series, my friends, and I can't think of a better way to punctuate all we've learned than praying on our armor of God. Join me in prayer and then let's praise God for His outlandish and extravagant love for us.

Ephesians 6:10-18
Lord, we are strong in You and Your mighty power. We put on our full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes. Remind us daily that our struggle isn’t against our spouse, our children, our family, our friends, our jobs, our situations, our neighbors, the strangers we meet or even our government. The battle is truly against the rulers, authorities and powers of evil present in this world and in heaven, against satan and his demons working to steal, kill and destroy us.

So today and everyday from now on I put on my full armor of God and stand my ground against the enemy’s schemes against me and my family.

I buckle on the belt of truth, which is Christ dwelling in me because He accepted, adopted, blessed, chose, forgave, loves and redeemed me (Ephesians 1). This is the truth of who I am in Jesus and the foundation of my authority and power in Him. (Luke 9:1-2)

I put my breastplate of righteousness in place over my heart because your Word says to guard my heart above all else for it determines the course of my life. (Prov. 4:23) Lord, I pray that the eyes of my heart be enlightened so that I will know the hope that You have called me to, the riches of my inheritance in Jesus, and the amazing power for us who believe—the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in Heaven as our intercessor forever. (Ephesians 1:18-21)

I stand with my feet firmly placed in the gospel of peace because your word is lamp to my feet and light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

I take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, because He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) The enemy cannot prevail for I am already the victor in this battle. (Romans 8:37-38)

I don my helmet of salvation because the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

I lift sword of the Spirit, which is your Word that I will use faithfully to pray against the enemy and to faithfully live my life in accordance to for we live on every word that comes from Your mouth, Oh Lord. (Deut. 8:3/Matt. 4:4)

Lord, teach and help me to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. And keep me alert to pray for all my sisters and brothers in Jesus. In your mighty, powerful and holy name we pray, amen!

I love you so very much, my precious and beautiful friends. You bless me, inspire me and show me everyday the wonder of God in our lives and what it means to be unified in the Spirit.

Hugging you so very tight with the love of Jesus in my heart,
Dineen


Day Three - The Call

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Lord, I Accept Your Call

2 Samuel 5:1-2 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.’”


There is so much here... God called David to leadership, and had him walking in that call even before the throne was free for him to be seated. He was leading those God called him to shepherd even before Saul was dethroned. The Lord spoke to David even before it came to pass, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.'

God asked David to accept the call even before the people that he was called to lead were free to accept it. David took all that he had learned from shepherding and intimacy with God and led a people whose following of him was not necessarily an intentional thing in the beginning, but more an instinct. And in the end, when they were free of Saul's rule, they came to David willingly - because they trusted his leadership and his heart for them - and declared themselves one with the new king.

Israel gave to David what David gave to God.

As believers, our initial following of God is more instinct and convenience than anything. Over time and as He proves Himself, that instinct becomes an intentional act of submission and love, borne of great trust and confidence in who the Lord is to us personally. We align ourselves with our King. We become one with Him because we can trust His vision.

We accept His call, just as King David did. David led because God asked Him to, not because that was the position that someone had given him. He understood and was humble enough to simply say 'Yes Lord' and to do the job set before him, trusting God for the outcome.

Adonai,
I come to you and I simply say 'yes Lord'. I will accept Your call. I will take all that I have learned, all that I am learning even now, and I will do the job You have set before me. I will trust You for the outcome.

Help me to align myself with You, help me to allow myself to become one with You as I learn to embrace Your vision. May I be a leader worthy of the call.

In Your Son's Name, Amen.

Ro

(Please share with us how you fast is going and what the Lord is revealing to you, Hugs, Rosheeda, Lynn and Dineen.)


God's Unexpected Healing, Part 2

WorshipMy friends, last week I shared the first part of my unexpected healing at Bethel Church and God’s gift of truth from a dear woman named Helen. Now for the rest of the story. Or rather, the results of this dramatic healing in my life that keeps playing out on a daily basis. Wow!

I really didn’t understand everything at the time that it happened. The full reality didn’t unfold immediately. With this kind of internal healing, it’s like a walk of discovery. Only as you move forward do you see the changes.

I remember when I worked as a youth minister, I loved the verse Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” I craved that verse, wanted it to be true in my life more than anything but after a while I doubted it was possible. Seemed like my faith walk and life was an emotional roller coaster ride most of the time.

But over the years, as I submitted more and more of my heart to God, He has entered and healed as much as I allowed Him. Go back and read that sentence and see if that’s true for you. Do you limit what God has access to in your heart? Why? Keep reading and see if your answer is the same as mine was.

The conference at Bethel was the near completion (I say near because I believe we are constantly being perfected in our faith, and I in no way want to assume God is done in this area of my life) of a process that started in 2002 to free me of a past full of hurts and rejections that I’d allowed the enemy to use to hold me in bondage.

As I submitted more and asked for more freedom in my life, God was and is faithful. The process is ongoing! I am so radically changed! Sometimes we think we’ve completely submitted to God but He shows us more that He wants access to in order to show us who He created us to be through Jesus Christ, who we always were, are and are meant to be in our identity in Jesus. And very often to restore what the enemy has taken away.

My immediate proof was in the security and peace I felt. Then I noticed that I could look people straight in the eye. I didn’t dart my glance away out of shyness. I WANTED to look at them and I didn’t fear them looking back at me.

Then came our evening worship. I stood, anxious to worship God. My heart was so full of gratitude for what He’d done in me, even though I didn’t fully understand it yet, I knew He’d freed me. The music started and I can only describe it as if my spirit were dancing inside of me. I literally wanted to twirl like a little girl! Where I once used to hesitate out of fear of what others might think, I had not a care of what I looked like. It didn’t matter to me anymore.

At one point I shed the thin black jacket that I wore. Lynn was standing in the aisle a couple rows behind and says it was like witnessing my freedom come to life as I shed a mantle of darkness for God’s freedom. (I’ll let her tell that story if God leads her to.) I only know that I felt like I was dancing before God. I even remember the way I felt as a girl taking ballet lessons and losing myself in the joy of the movement. And now it was again like that elegant dance but this time, all to worship God. More proof of God’s unexpected healing.

And more kept coming. When I returned home and back to my office, all those things I’d been striving for didn’t matter anymore. And I don’t mean that they weren’t important—they are and they have their place in what God is calling me to do. They just didn’t define me anymore. My work for God no longer defined me. My relationship with Him and who He says I am now does. The rest is extra for Him and I to share together and my chance to give to others what He has so generously given me.

My entire world has changed. I used to structure my day by first starting with God, my quiet time of course, and then the rest of my day was about my work. My agenda. Now God is my agenda. I can’t figure out a better way to say it. All the work stuff—what matters gets done. But whatever God has planned for the day comes first.

I used to dread interruptions because they took me away from what I needed to get done. My agenda was priority. I truly wanted to be available to God but didn’t want it to be inconvenient. Now, as I walk through my days, I look for those interruptions! They are sweet times to see God at work in OUR lives (Not just mine. Yours too!) in a very real and tangible way and to be a part of that. To co-labor (love that word!) with God to reach the broken hearts He sets in our path at the most unexpected times.

And I will share one other place in my life that is radically changed. My fear is gone! Yes, that is the most radical area of my healing. Was your answer the same? Does your fear of what God might do or ask you to do limit Him? I know mine did.

My prayer life is very different now as well. I didn’t realize how big of a hold fear had in my life. The enemy had worked layer upon layer of fear in my life since I was a child. And that fear is what kept me from praying boldly and from understanding my authority in Jesus Christ.

Now I am learning to pray boldly in the Holy Spirit and I am seeing breakthroughs and answers to prayers. Areas of conflict in my life in which I normally would avoid rather than face, I now confront confidently and insist it be dealt with. This is an HUGE area for me!

My friends, let me emphasize that I did NONE of this! This is all God. He did this and is doing all this in me. I didn’t work at it, make a plan of action, set up a prayer regiment, or anything like that. I had been praying for God to make me bolder, like Paul. I wanted to be confident in Him and not afraid to step forward or to take a risk. I told God I was tired of being insecure and lacking confidence. What I didn’t realize is that was also part of God’s process in exposing what He wanted to heal in my life.

Please understand, this is about complete submission. My biggest prayer had been for more of God. I wanted more of Him in my life. I wanted Him to BE my life. The amazing thing is, God WANTS to do this in us and give Himself to us.

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! — Luke 11:7

The emphasis in this verse is mine because this truth just stood out to me this week. We miss this last line thinking we get what Jesus is saying, that we are to ask God for what we need. But hear me right how, Jesus is saying the Father wants to give us something better.

Himself.

God wants to give us HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Not just to indwell us as part of our salvation, Christ living in us. But his very presence!

Because He is all we truly need. The rest will come, just trust Him for it. And I promise you, that may seem like an impossible thing to do, but when we want God’s presence more than anything in our lives—I mean truly crave it—the rest just isn’t as important anymore or you are confident in God’s provision and care.

Let that truth sink in deep, my precious friends. I will have to finish this blog post next week as it seems God had so much more for me to share than I realized. And I dare say next week will have more revelations—one in particular, the mystery of God’s love.

Join me next week and I will tell you what fear and love have in common. The answer just might surprise you. I know it did me.

Know that I love you with the heart of Jesus!
Dineen


Who in the Heck ARE YOU?

My friends, 


Can I just thank you? Last Friday I asked all of you to share about some sensitive and very private concerns in your lives. When I was writing that post I re-wrote it five different times and nearly deleted the entire thing twice because I didn’t believe anyone would leave a comment. I’m overwhelmed by your honest responses and moved by your courage to be transparent.

Your comments and the emails I received were at times gut wrenching in that some of you are struggling with some BIG stuff. Please know I prayed for you. I prayed with tears. I am going to pray about how to reply and address some of these issues. And I’m waiting for God to show me what issue to write about for the magazine. So thank you. 

Today I actually am compelled to write about something that all of us deal with. Failure 

Wednesday I joined a Bible study group at my church. This study is unlike any other I’ve been a part of since I started Bible study years ago. It’s completely simplistic and has already rocked my world. God is kinda like that you know. 

Wednesday we spent some time contemplating: My Identity in Christ. Did you know that God’s Holy Word is filled with attribute and attribute of who we are as believers? I read down the list and underlined those attributes that I related to and there were many. When I went back to read the list I was surprised by one that I did not think described me. And as discussion moved along I came to realize that many others also struggle with this: HOLY.. I don’t feel holy. 

And reading your comments from Friday, I’m finding there’s a vast number of us in the same boat. 

I’m bringing this up because many of the comments from Friday are about the same thing as well. For example this was a common issue from Friday that a reader shared: Something that I have struggled with is that my intimate relationship with my husband started prior to marriage, sometimes it hard to see that God wants to bless a relationship that was started in sin. 

Boy howdy do I understand this. And just so you know, I met my husband in a bar in Vegas. He was supposed to be a one night stand. Ahem, yep, I understand you completely. 

How can a Holy God bless a marriage that started out as a night of sex and was intended only to be that? 

As I sat in our study on Wednesday I heard women pour out the same question? How can God love me when I sin and do the same thing over and over again? And just so you know, I’m in that boat as well. I’ve begged God to heal me. Save me. Keep me from sinning. But over and over I choose to do something I know God doesn’t want for me. 

Okay, just keepin it real here. 

One wise woman in our group spoke up. It was like watching Titus 2 come to life in front of my very eyes. She shared with me a picture from her years of teaching school. 

“Lynn, you’ve seen a globe haven’t you?” 

“Yes.” 

“Now picture this in your mind. You are at the equator and you start to travel north over this globe. You keep going north until you arrive at the North Pole. Keep traveling and you start to move southward, crossing the equator again, still traveling until you reach the South Pole. And if you keep traveling you will again be heading north. Is that correct?” 

“Yes, it is.” 

“Now think about this. If you are on the globe once again at the equator and you begin to circle the globe traveling east, you know what happens?” 

“No.” 

“You will always be traveling east. You will never circle around and travel west. NEVER.” 

“What does God say about forgiveness? Our sins are as far as the east is from the west. Is it any wonder that God used this analogy in His Holy Word?” 

I know I’ve heard this passage a million time but for some reason the “school girl globe visual” allowed this truth to fall upon me with fresh power. 

God does not condemn us even if we struggle over and over with the same thing. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. God has forgiven me for starting my marriage out in defiance of His will. In spite of the fact that we had sex, lived together for a few months, married an atheist and a slew of other things I can’t even remember. 

But God….. 

But our God is in the business for redemption. I’m living proof that God can love a stupid blonde girl whose stood up to Him with fist raised in defiance. I think I’m still living in defiance in areas of my life, just like you. But God is gently loving me through my struggles and I know one day I will find victory. 

You are not a failure my friends. You were created the way you are, imperfect, on purpose. And do you know why? Let God tell you Himself. 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) 

Let us say: Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

Oh how I want Christ’s power in my life. I know you do too. 

Forgive yourself and live in His promises. They aren’t for someone else who is better than you or never sinned or started out their marriage the right way. His promises are EXACTLY for us, sinners who are living proof of redemption. 

And now do me a favor, read these truths to yourself. Print them out, memorize them and let them be the TRUTH that sets you free. 

Repeat out loud and slowly: I AM .....

....Able to do all things -Philippians 4:13

...Accepted -Romans 15:7

..Adequate -2 Corinthians 3:5 NASB

.Beautiful -Song of Songs 1:15

Beloved -Deuteronomy 33:12

Bride -Revelation 21:9

Bold & Confident –Ephesians 3:12 NKJV

Chosen –Colossians 3:12

Dead to sin, alive to God –Romans 6:11

Delivered -2 Corinthians 1:9-10

Encouraged -2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Equipped -2 Timothy 3:17

Favored –Psalm 84:11

Friend of God -John 15:14-15

Hidden with Christ in God –Colossians 3:3

Holy – Hebrews 10:10

Inscribed on His palm –Isaiah 49:16 NKJV

Inseparable from His love –Romans 8:35

Joint heir with Christ –Romans 8:17 NKJV

Justified -1 Corinthians 6:11

Known -Psalm 139:1

Light of the world –Matthew 5:14

Made by Him –Psalm 100:3

New creation -2 Corinthians 5:17

Never forsaken –Hebrews 13:5

One with Him –John 17:23 NKJV

Overcomer -1 John 5:4-5

Perfect & complete –James 1:2-4 NKJV

Prayed for –Romans 8:27

Qualified to share His inheritance –Colossians 1:12

Redeemed –Galatians 3:13

Renewed -2 Corinthians 4:16

Salt of the earth –Matthew 5:13

Soldier -2 Timothy 2:3-4

Spiritually minded –Romans 8:6

Temple of the Holy Spirit -1 Corinthians 6:19

Treasured –Psalm 83:3

Under no condemnation –Romans 6:5

Valued –Matthew 6:26

Victorious -1 Corinthians 15:57

Washed, sanctified, justified -1 Corinthians 6:11

His witness –Acts 1:8

Yielded to God –Romans 6:13

 

Which one, two or more of these do you need to make real in your soul today. Tell me and I will pray these promises over you. Hugs, Lynn


We've Reached The End. Or Is It Really the Beginning?

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comMy friends, I’m impressed that it’s time to bring our Kingdom Come To Earth series to a close. I truly have so much more to share with you about praying for anointing and about how the Holy Spirit is intricately involved in our worship experience. But, I’m thinking it’s time to leave what we have learned and move on to some of the practical posts about living with an unsaved spouse. 

This hour I’m moved to tell all of you something from my heart. Some of you have read these posts and have felt left out. You haven’t experienced any of this crazy stuff and you feel forgotten and left on the sidelines. Please hear me now as I say to you this: You are not forgotten or left out. Dineen and I love each of you and we realize that walking in faith is a journey. It’s in the journey that we learn to see God all around us. It’s not the destination…. It’s the journey. 

So, keep walking with us. And ask others who have been left on the sidelines to join us. We are not perfect. We still fail, argue with our husbands, slam the cabinets around, say dammit once in a while, and even throw a tizzy fit over something trivial. But, we are real here. We are walking with Jesus and we need each other. 

Our mission is love. Love for the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And we love each other and especially love our spouse and kids even when it is difficult and we see no immediate reward for our sacrifices.

But I can promise you this. God IS faithful. I know this because He has walked every minute of this journey with me. He will never leave me. He has so much more to show me like glory clouds and rain inside. He has my back and His will is to bring my life to a place where I live each day, thrilling in His presence. It is His will that my life brings Him glory. And it’s His will for your life as well. 

This series is only a starting point where we see a glimpse of how utterly present and supernaturally God dwells in our intimate lives. I still can’t get my mind around this truth. I remain utterly astonished at all our God is doing in me, in our community, and the world. 

The Love-Revolution is coming. You are part of it. You will not be left out. Your life is utterly necessary for His plan to astonish the world. And you know how He will astonish the world???? 

One ordinary life at a time. 

You bring great honor and glory to God. Your worship brings Heaven to earth. Now let’s deliver God’s glory with authority to those around us one person at a time. 

I love all of you so much. Our journey is only really getting started and we have much more to see in the months ahead. My friends from this day forward, pray like you mean it. Laugh with gusto. Love your family and make God your absolute priority. 

Hugs, Lynn 

Next Friday I have a Chronicles of the Donovan Clan update. This is a good one. I’m still trying to figure it all out. See you then. 


Now Stand Back My Friends and Be Astonished

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comNow stand back my friends and be astonished. 

Throughout history God’s divine plan and purpose is to dwell with people. From Adam and Eve to this very day, His passion, His relentless purpose is to share His glory, for us to live in His perfect will and to experience the life of the divine. 

From the Heavenly Priest Melchizedek, through the Priesthood of the Levites and the High Priest of the Temple of God to: 

THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST, JESUS CHRIST! 

God has been bringing heaven to earth or making a way to dwell with us on earth. Jesus walked this earth to provide us with the training we need to step into the new era, His Priesthood. 

Now let this sink in: 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. NIV 1 Peter 2:9–10 

We are royalty. 

We have been created to come out of darkness and into His wonderful light. And Jesus commissioned us to take this electrifying truth to everyone. We have been called to deliver God’s glory with authority. 

This is the core message of this entire series. 

Jesus is the Great High Priest. His life is our blueprint to live in the presence of God. We are called to live in His presence and share this experience as disciples with others. 

Deliver God’s glory with authority. 

That’s why we need a royalty mentality. If we have lived in the presence of the divine, we are changed, transformed and our mediocre lives become profoundly important. So grasp this now and at least begin to wrap your head around this truth because when you finally arrive and understand this, it changes your entire perspective on living. Your desires for what you want from life will change and even your thoughts and hopes about your husband’s salvation come into clear focus. 

So I guess I need to tell you that several months back, hmmmmm, like in April, God opened up a new path to travel with regard to my faith walk. It’s been a ride where I have felt uncertain at times. (I’ve share much of it with Dineen and she will echo that it’s a crazy journey.) 

God has pointed out some ugly things in my character and my beliefs that were flawed and in desperate need of changing. I’ve hinted at some of these over the last few months such as I’m done being the “Church Lady.” Also one night God told me I didn’t love people. 

Let me just say when God tells you that you don’t love people it shocks you to the core and shakes up everything you think you know. Now don’t be worried because I will explain more about all this as we move along. But, this new journey has been painful. Amazing. Shocking. Humbling. And every other “ing” word I can think up. But it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

As I continue to walk down this path, I will share with you what I discover because for the past six years as God leads me to new understanding of His Holy Word and His perfect Character. And as He teaches me, I have always taken you along for the ride. So I know there are many of you who are going to find this journey life-changing. 

Where to begin….. 

How do we receive God’s glory? Then how do we deliver it with authority? 

Worship. 

It all begins in worship. 

Victory in the Kingdom battles begins in worship. It’s where the power arises to change lives. It’s in worship that God releases His intentions, His warriors in the heavenly realms. It all begins in worship. 

Worship can mean many things to many people. So all I can offer you is what worship is for me. And for the first time, I will share with you here at SUM what I have experienced through worship. 

I want to insert here that music is often what most believers consider worship. And they are not wrong. I’ve experienced God in those moments of singing that nearly have lifted me off the ground. But the worship of God happens in many ways and different moments. And I have some stories to share with you about these moments. 

I think today I want to leave you with a recent story of worship. It’s still so very clear in my mind and if I can have this experience for the rest of my life, I’ve reached heaven here on earth. However, it’s fleeting in that God has work for me to do. So during my worship of Him, He touches me, empowers me, inspires me to go out and be a child of light. 

Three weeks ago, Sunday, I stood in our worship center as the band played. It was the third song in and all of a sudden a, let’s see, how do I describe this, a power like a forceful wind blew down upon me. I was standing in the auditorium in a row by myself. As this “wind” hit me I felt goose bumps run down my body from head-to-toe. It was such a strong feeling of joy, of God’s Holy presence, that I could no longer speak, no longer sing. I just stood with my arms lifted up and my face looking up. I started to tremble all over. 

This power intensified and I started to feel my knees buckle. I thought I was going to fall down from the sheer astonishing experience, however, because my church is not a charismatic place, I knew if I fell to the floor I would freak everyone out. So, I whispered, “O Lord.” And He knew I couldn’t take anymore without passing out cold in front of the large congregation. It would undo the morning. So He backed it down. I sat down. 

I will never be the same. 

Since that day, I walk into Sunday worship knowing I will stand and sing and worship. I can’t wait to get to church now just to have that happen to me again. 

Now this is just a taste of living with our God. So many other things have happened. Supernatural experience that if I share them would sound crazy. But that’s how I live. I live on the edge with Jesus. I want to live outside of the box, live in His power, and I am willing to pay whatever the price for Him to increase in my life. 

So on Friday, I want to share more of living edgy. What that looks like from one blonde-brained ordinary woman who has experienced the glory of God. 

My friends, do you want to live your life in the safe zone? Do you want to be assured that you know where you will be next week, a month from now, even years down the road? Or do you want to stand on the cliff, ready to jump, not fully knowing if He will catch you but hopeful, trusting that when you jump, Jesus will catch you with supernatural power and provision. 

Truly the believer’s life is not for the faint of heart. To experience ALL He has for you, takes all you have to give. But 

It’s, OH, SO, WORTH IT. 

And, just a side note, things are happening with my pre-believer husband. So, hold on and join me in this front row seat because life is really getting exciting. Scary but Lord, bring it on!!!!! 

My name is Lynn Donovan and I am standing in the Fellowship of the Unashamed. 

 

The Fellowship of the Unashamed. 

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or back away. 

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future, is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals. 

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, live by prayer and labor with power. 

My face is set, my gait is fast my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. 

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, spoken for the case of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go ‘till He comes, give ‘till I drop, preach ‘till all know, and work ‘till He stops me. My banner is clear. I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.  ~Author Unknown

Who are you? Tell me in the comments. See you there. Have a victorious week and I praying you experience our God in ways that also ROCK your world. Hugs, Lynn


What's The Point????

Part I     Part II     Part III     Part IV     Part V 

Where have we traveled on this journey so far?

  • King and High Priest Melchizedek. 
  • God’s presence on earth.Captivity, slavery. 
  • God is silent 400 years.
  • Moses appears on scene. A new covenant of the law is given. A tabernacle is constructed.
  • Priesthood is established. 
  • People see God’s miracles and provision. They worship God and offer sacrifice. God dwells among his people in and through Moses and the Priesthood. 

Man, I hope you read some of the comment in this series. A facinating comment was left on Monday about Jesus and His call into the Priesthood. Hope you caught that because it boggles my mind. 

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Onward.....

On Monday we visited Moses and the people on their way to the Promised Land. The limited priesthood was established along with the covenant of the law. God’s desire to dwell on earth came through blood sacrifice and through a temple. Simply fascinating. 

Please hear me now. I don’t even pretend to be any kind of Bible scholar so if I’m not doing a great job telling the story, forgive me. There is so much in our “family” history that I can’t include here nor do I pretend to be scholar enough to explain it competently. However, where we are going with this I do understand and have experienced, so stay with me because we are almost there. 

You know what I love about this study? Do you see the underlying story line? The most amazing, relentless and eternal desire of the creator of the Universe is: to live with us mere humans. It completely freaks me out. 

Now get ready because here we go. 

Dineen gave me these words and they resonate deeply within me. She said, “To fathom that God, the Holy Creator of all, ruler of time and space, humbled himself and chose to become a mere human. He allowed Himself to be taken captive by evil men, tortured, humiliated, naked, and to be nailed to a tree. All this to save us. For anyone who still needs more proof than that, I can only shake my head. What more could God do to prove His love and mercy?” 

He died for us. 

Jesus Christ the perfect son of God, sinless and perfect blood sacrifice died once and for all mankind (women kind too *grin*.) But my friends HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD. 

Now get this. The curtain to the Holy of Holies was torn in half supernaturally. I often ponder this event and can almost envision God taking this curtain in his two hands and saying “Enough” and splitting it right down the middle with tremendous power and emotion. No wonder there was an earthquake. 

Okay, walk this with me now. 

Hebrew 7:11-17 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: 

         “You are a priest forever,

         in the order of Melchizedek.” 

 

It comes full circle. 

King Melchizedek was the heavenly priest, then disappeared, the earthly priesthood was established and sins were forgiven through the High Priest. But, my friends, 

Jesus is the GREAT HIGH PRIEST.

Christ Jesus, who died —more than that, who was raised to life —is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34.

Blows my mind. Christ brings the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. He interceeds for us. Can you imagine Jesus meeting you at the foot of the throne? I have and you can read that story here

Now listen to this exchange between Jesus and one of his disciples: 

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”   

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.  Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (ESV) 

Jesus ministry was all about teaching his disciples how to bring God’s love and power and provision to earth. 

My question today: Do you truly believe what Jesus says in the above passage? If you do, are you seeing the miracles? Do you want to know more about how this passage is our passage today in the 21st century? 

Get ready because we are going to see it. Our journey to LIVE this passage begins on Monday. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of what God is doing in His people. Can’t wait.

Okay, what are your answers to the questions? We are going to have some fascinating and empowering conversations today. See you in the comments. Hugs, Lynn


Where Did It Go?

Part I   Part II   Part III   Part IV 

I have to say this has been one of the most empowering and purposeful series I have ever participated in. In the comments last week was this: 

Jennifer said...

After much contemplation in these passages, I and my sister have formed an opinion of sorts about King Melchizedek.

Okay, this is her first sentence and her comment was excellent but you know what I loved most about this comment?  Jennifer is reading God’s Word. She is contemplating God’s. Holy. Word…. And she is having conversations with others. Man, what I wouldn’t give to sit with them at the kitchen table and talk about King Melchizedek. 

Thanks Jen…. It thrills the Lord to the core that you desire to know Him more. 

And everyone who has been part of the comments, thank you. I’m humbled over your love for Jesus and for this community and your great insights into a difficult study. 

Okay so on with our story. Here we go……. 

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Darn it!!! 

Those Israelites reject God’s favor for the things of this world and languish in poverty, slavery and misery 400 years. 

I wonder if you are like me. Have you ever read some of the stories in God’s Word and just want to throttle these people? There are times I wish I could have kicked Eve’s butt in the garden. How about you? But I tell you what? Would we have chosen differently? Would we have remained faithful if we had experienced God first hand? 

Just think about times in your life where you absolutely knew God intervened and yet months later you doubt it was really Him. I think I’m exactly like every other human being and have failed like those of ancient times. However, I also have learned that when I truly trust and believe what God says, I’m always, ALWAYS better off. I can be a little slow at times on the learning curve but thankfully not 400 years slow. Sheesh. 

So let’s pick up our story. 

  • A fascinating disappearance of King Melchizedek.
  • Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
  • Abraham’s family leave the area of Bethel.
  • His descendants are enslaved 400 years.

Now let’s behold our Lord God's continuing story. Let us continue with...

Moses 

Now get this: Moses was born in slavery but raised in royalty. 

Whoa. 

I’m not going to recap the entire story of this man but only point out that God chose him to deliver His people to the Promised Land. God chose him to teach the people how to love God and worship Him again.

Moses reestablishes God’s covenant. God says to Moses: 

“Then have them (Hebrews) make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. Exodus 25:8-9 

God again dwells on earth. Can you imagine what Moses saw? Do you think it was the Heavenly Temple of God. Gives me goose bumps. 

So, the Priesthood is established through Aaron and his sons. After 40 years God’s people settle in the Promised Land. We could spend months in a study as to why it took 40 years to travel a distance that should have taken eleven days. I wonder if we can relate that to our own lives. 

Perhaps: The lessons I need to live in God’s perfect will would likely take eleven days. However, because of my arrogant pride, reality is, it will actually require the majority of my adult life and the challenges of a spiritually mismatched marriage to bring me to the Promised Land. 

Anyone??? 

Okay, so the Arronic Priesthood is established. Let’s have some discussion in the comments. What was its function? Who were the Levites and why are they different than the Priesthood of Aaron. How did this bring God’s presence to earth? 

Also, what was the Priesthood like at the time of Christ? How were they chosen? Did you know they were the only people to retire? What age? Were they powerful or of influence. Were the feared by the people? By Rome? 

Ahhhh, now we’re getting somewhere and on Friday it’s going to come together. I wonder if you can read between the lines and see the big picture????

Who is up for a little searching and can find some of these answers? I will meet you in the comments. Hugs, Lynn 


God's Kingdom Come to Earth

Part I

Part II

So why is King Melchizedek vital to our story?

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If you remember from Monday, Abram conquered a vast army with a mere 318 men. Men who were “trained” by Abram to pray, to worship to know and serve the one true God. My friends, Abram didn’t doubt that through his prayer, worship and the training of his sons and grandsons that God would show up. He knew God was in this kingdom battle.

How did he know this? This is where I think things begin to tie together. You see Abram came from Bethel. He traveled through this city and camped near it. Bethel when translated is House of God. Beth = house and El = God. (Side note Beth le hem. House of bread… interesting tidbit.)

Now remember is was at Bethel where Jacob saw the heavens open.

Read this: (NIV) 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. p 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

Okay, now take this all in. Heaven comes to earth in this place. Bethel. Abram knew this. Jacob knew this. King Melchizedek who was without beginning nor end, a heavenly being, was King in this place.

Holy shivers….

Was this a period in time where literally the Kingdom of God and the physical earth were joined and in continual connection with one another.

In my humble thoughts, possibly yes.

Well then what happened? What changed?

Why don’t we see stairways and see God’s Kingdom conquer like the 318 men witnessed? Ahhhh, now that is a fascinating question to ponder and boy howdy do I have some answers.

Let me first, however, share with you what happened. Let’s read from Genesis 15:

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. 13 Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there, and they shall be oppressed for four hundred years; The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989

This was a scary vision. In the King James it reads horror. Do you know why? In this vision Abram saw that his children were going to turn away from God. They would lose their Holy Royalty to become slaves in every way. They became slaves to the Egyptians and they offered themselves to the ways of the world. They embraced the golden calf of which the Egyptians worshiped.

ConsequencesAbraham saw God’s Kingdom shut off from earth. Gone. God’s covenant with all people came through his covenant with Abraham. The ancient people of earth chose slavery and God left them for 400 years.

What bugs me is they “KNEW” God. They knew better and yet they gave themselves over to the world. Oh my friends, can I just say that I live here too at times. In fact, just this past weekend I became all worked up again with anxiety over money when my broken shower turned into a thousand dollar bill. Ouch and I have more to say about this in a later post. This is a continual battle for me. And it’s one I CHOOSE to surrender again to God because I want to live in His power and presence.

I refuse to return to the ways of the world (worry and anxiety over money) because I have access to God’s Kingdom come to earth through Jesus Christ. And once you have tasted that and know its power, you never want to leave.

So my question for you to ponder today: Do you believe God’s Kingdom is on earth today in 2012? Why?

I am SOOOOO looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this. See you in the comments my friends. And stay tuned because we will explore this question further in the weeks ahead. The answer has everything to do with your life.

Big, Victorious, Kingdom hugs, Lynn


The Royalty Mentality

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comIn our post on Friday I hope you caught a few different things. 

  • There are Kingdom battles.
  • We can win those battles even when facing insurmountable odds just like 318 men faced a vast army.
  • Training is key to victory. 

Let’s pick up our story with Abram. He returns from his victory and is greeted by the King of Sodom. But here is where I think the story becomes fascinating. Listen in: 

Genesis 14: 18-20 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, 

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,

   Creator of heaven and earth.

And blessed be God Most High,

    who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

 

Here are some of my thoughts: First isn’t it fascinating that we remember the death and resurrection of Christ through communion by receiving bread and the wine??? So interesting. Also, Abram knew this King and knew what to do with him. He gave him a tenth of everything. 

Why is that do you think? 

Who is this King Melchizedek? 

He is a King and a priest of God Most High. Don’t lose the significance of this fact. Paul gives us another look at this King in Hebrews 7: 

Melchizedek the Priest

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. 

Okay, this gets weird here. Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning or end of life, resembling the Son of God. 

What do we do with this? I have searched my Bible commentaries and read a ton of stuff this past week to wrap my head around this King. Some believe Melchizedek was the preincarnate Christ. Some believe he was the first King of Jerusalem. But I ask you to go with me here and let’s just look at the scriptures. 

He was a king of peace, of righteousness and Abram knew him and knew his authority over the land (Kingdom) and offered him a tithe. My thoughts are that this was a King/Priest of God Most High. A King that represented God’s Kingdom…… here on earth…. 

God’s Kingdom here on earth. 

God’s Kingdom come to earth. 

I believe God delivered His authority, his word, his will through this Kingly Priest -Melchizedek. At the beginning of time the Kingdom of God was here upon earth. Through this High Priest God’s power and presence was on earth and God did great things through people, people who were trained in the ways of the Lord. People who prayed and worshiped El. 

Could it be that King Melchizedek was actually a heavenly priest? Something to ponder? 

Okay, recap. The first established High Priest was Melchizedek. The next priestly line was established through Aaron and his sons, a Levitical Priesthood. 

Read this from one commentary:

The writer of Hebrews made several references in chapters 5–7 to Jesus’ priesthood being of the “order of Melchizedek” as opposed to Levitical in nature. The author of Hebrews cited Ps. 110:4. For the writer of Hebrews, only Jesus, whose life could not be destroyed by death, fit the psalmist’s description of a priest of “the order of Melchizedek.” ~Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. 

So what happened? God’s Kingdom on earth disappears. Do you know how and why? 

Oh, the plot thickens. And each piece of the story absolutely has everything to do with us today. We must press on in this journey to see the puzzle pieces come together. 

My question today. Who in the heck was King Melchizedek? Read Ps. 110:4 and then Hebrews 7:1-10. Share your thoughts. Remember in this place there is no judgment, only love. If you disagree, please do so in love as we travel to the end of this journey.

I promise you the best still awaits. It’s our turn to be written into this grand story. Stay tuned. Leave your answers today and I will see you in the comments. 

Friday: What happened to the Kingdom of God here on Earth? Our story will quicken in it's pace as we will soon discover why all this is critical to us today. See you Friday, Hugs, Lynn


Kingdom Authority... But how do I get it?

Hi Everyone, 

KinofI’m filled with so much I want to share with you that I’m fit to be tied. I want to blurt it all out all at once because it’s so exciting. I’m bouncing in my seat to share with you what I know about God, His Kingdom and much, much more. 

So what I need to ask of you is to walk patiently with me through this story because we have a ton to learn along the way. And I promise you that it’s the ending, when all we have learned, will suddenly pull together in a giant astounding crescendo, which will freak you out. So when there are posts that seem not to move you or appear insignificant, hold on to them. Read them carefully and remember all that we cover because each is a stepping stone that builds upon one another. Okay hope that helps. 

Do you have a royalty mentality or a poverty or slave perspective? 

Can I just stop here. Let me try to put into words at what happened in the comments on Monday. Honesty…. Authenticity…. Hope….. Love….. Support… A real desire to grow closer to God. All of that and more came through in your answers to the question above. You, my friends, are amazing people of God who are tired of living mediocre lives and are willing to be honest and authentic to throw off all that hinders you to discover the great things God has for your life. 

I’m overwhelmed at what you shared. At your honest answers. I took every one of you to the throne room with me, pleading with Jesus at my side for you to receive a fresh glimpse of God’s power and love in your life. So hold on because He will not disappoint. 

Okay onward. 

A royalty mentality is a person who knows their authority. They expect to be respected and things to happen when they are present. They also know their place and responsibilities and they obey. 

A poverty perspective or slavery mentality is a person who can struggle at times with authority, priority, and would likely to have an excuse or hesitation to execute responsibility as well as an aversion to take a risk for the Kingdom. 

Now I think we all struggle in and out of both of these and I have so much more to share about our royalty. But, to set the stage of why royalty mentality is so important we must first understand that there is a Kingdom. There is a heavenly Kingdom of God that has existed since before time began. Every kingdom has a king, it has a people, it has an army, it has laws, it has a religion and a priest and it has a language. 

And if you have read any amount of the Old Testament you will quickly realize kingdoms battle. Since the beginning of time the kingdoms battle and it is no different today. Except our kingdom battle is not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12) we battle against pornography, alcoholism, anger, infidelity, lies and much more.   

So I ask you today. What kingdom battle are you fighting for yourself or your family? 

What I want to explore over the next several weeks is how we fight these kingdom battles with power and authority. I want us to discover in God’s Kingdom what brings victory to our battles and how we tap into that? 

It starts with a royal mentality. And what does that look like? Well to answer that question we need to go way back into time. All the way back to Genesis 14. To make this study personally powerful, open up your Bible and read this chapter. 

What is happening in this chapter? A Battle between kingdoms. Lot, the nephew of Abram, and all of Lot’s family and belongings are taken as plunder by the four kingdoms at war against the other five united kingdoms.  

Why is this important? Because these united kingdoms are comprised of thousands and thousands of men. And Abram sets out to rescue Lot with 318 trained men born in his household. 

Trained men. Trained when translated is disciple. These were men of God trained by Abram who prayed and worshiped God. So what happened? Abram, attacked, defeated and then recovered all the goods including Lot and his possessions and family. 

A mere 318 men defeated this vast army. Do you think they acted with authority? Do you know whose authority? Did you know that today, believers such as us, also have this kind of authority? 

We, in fact, do have this kind of authority but we have been deceived to believe otherwise. We are going to learn and experience how we grab this authority to win our kingdom battles. 

Darn it! I’ve already run way long and haven’t even touched on the King of Salem. I promise, promise on Monday we will talk about him. 

Today, in the comments share with me your kingdom battle. You can leave your name or be anonymous. I will share with you I’m fighting a battle with my stomach and discipline or lack thereof in this area of my life, wich is so puzzling in that I’m highly disciplined in other areas. This is one of my Kingdom battles.

I want to pray for you and I also ask you to pray for the person who leaves a comment before you. If you are first, then pray for me. If you are second, pray for the person who prayed for me… Okay… Please do this as part of the process, learning to pray with power and intercessory prayer. Trust me on this okay. 

So, King Melchizedek… Who in the heck is King Melchizedek? I don’t even know if I’m pronouncing his name correctly. But on Monday we will talk in detail about this king and add another piece to our growing journey as we step one more step closer to God’s Kingdom here on earth and the authority of Christ. 

I love you. I will be fighting for you and your kingdom battles today. Be filled with His Spirit because WE WIN!!!!!!  BIG hugs, Lynn