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Forgiveness Precedes Repentance

8 Dec

Wow! Can this really be true?

Repentance: Greek – Metanoia – Change your way of thinking

Forgiveness happened at the cross… (actually, before the foundation of the world)

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Lk 23:34

Jesus’ actual words were “forgive them” even BEFORE we knew we sinned!

It works like this: When I ‘stub my toe’… and then realize that I have ALREADY been forgiven at the cross!… my response is to repent (change my way of thinking about God’s thoughts and love for me) so that I can experience His full benefits already afforded to me.  What kind of God forgives me BEFORE I sin?  Realizing this, I begin to get transformed by the renewing (changing) of my mind about God’s heart of love for me.  And experiencing this hard-to-believe-because-it’s-so-good Grace, teaches my heart to not sin.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, – Titus 2:11-12

— MLH

Camping Under the Cross

12 Nov

In my friend Mel Wild’s blog, In My Father’s House, he recently posted an excellent article about how many believers get stuck, “Dancing at the door”.   That phrase creates such a great picture that I just couldn’t help writing more on the subject.

Most believers are so spiritually orphan minded and shame based in their relationship with Father, that they find themselves with their bedroll ‘setting up camp’ Crossunder the cross.  Why?  Because in keeping with the Accuser’s diabolic intent, we’re preoccupied with our ‘fallen-ness’… rather than our righteousness.  So the cross… our ‘door’… becomes our world.  The greater expanse of the Kingdom beyond is largely unexplored and quite unapproachable because we’re not worthy… and besides, we have very little CPU headroom after our frequent and intensive sin management sessions.

But even though a door is vital and necessary to enter any room, none of us bow down to worship a door when we walk in.  When did you last hear someone say?, “O awesome Door, Thank you for being my entry point to this Room.  But I am so unworthy of the Room beyond here, that I will just build three tabernacles here and put you on top of my most holy buildings… just to honor you, Door.  I will just stay here under the Door for the rest of my life, then when I die maybe I will be able to explore what’s inside this Room.  Thank you Door, for being so amazing.”

Of course not!  The primary reason for a door is to give access to a room.  Likewise, the cross (door) is the powerful symbol of when, where and how our sin got reckoned with.  It’s the only way.  Period.  No question!  And we don’t intend to diminish any value or power of the cross… but of incomparably more value than the cross, is the One who was on the cross.  And He’s not on the cross anymore!  He’s in the Room beyond the cross.  He’s at the Father’s right hand and welcomes us to join Him there… all expenses paid, no strings attached, leave our door-camping-gear behind.  Our reality is now defined by His victory and His righteousness… which have become ours.

He delightfully invites, “Come on through… and past the door.  Enter into the large place which I have prepared for you!  Come sit with me at My Father’s right hand.  Make My joy full.”

— MLH

Quote: Sin-conscious Mindset Mis-colors Everything

30 Oct

Any contradiction that can get you to forget your true identity, innocence and worth defeats you.

Religion over the years has majored on the subject of sin-consciousness.  The moment something goes wrong, guilt trips are empowered.  Simon’s response is surprising after he witnesses the teaching and ministry of Jesus, and a catch that he could not claim any credit for!  “Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  He apparently felt a lot more familiar and comfortable to account the previous night’s toil and no success to his own sinfulness!  Karma makes so much sense to a religion that makes its money out of paying and returning customers!

From Thoughts For Life – Oct 30, 2014 – Website: www.mirrorword.net

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Quote: Exposing the Orphan Mindset

25 Oct

Mel is one of the freshest and clearest voices that I know on our journey into Grace.  In this eye-opening re-post he addresses a crucial ‘giant’ that has held much of humanity in bondage… the orphan mindset.  This mindset makes a person feel compelled to protect and provide for themselves (among many other poor to awful mindsets) because they think no one else will.  If you find yourself in this list of orphan mindsets, the revelation of Grace and the over-the-top favor of our Father will help to slay this ‘giant’ of feeling like a spiritual orphan. – MLH

The Spiritual Orphan Mindset

man_sunsetEvery once and a while I’ll turn my radio back on and expose myself to the theology of popular Christian music, only to be reminded again why I don’t listen to it.  The other day was no exception.

To be fair, there are also many good songs being written.  Songs that glorify God and remind us of who we are in Christ.  But many being sung only harden the spiritual orphan mindset and take us further away from our true identity.

You might be thinking about now, what do I mean by a spiritual orphan mindset?  I’m glad you asked!  I’ve written about it a lot in the past but will focus in on the mindset here.

First, a spiritual orphan, in a word, is about separation.  Orphans are fatherless and alone.  Spiritual orphans also live as though alone, instead of in the constant embrace their heavenly Father.

Therefore, the spiritual orphan mindset is about the illusion of separation.

Its theology is always about distance and delay.

Any time you view yourself separate from God in any way, you’re thinking like a spiritual orphan.

While it is true, from Adam until Christ, we were separated from God because the first orphan–Satan–got Adam to eat from the wrong tree.  But Jesus, the first and only begotten Son, told this orphaned world that He would leave and send the Promise of the Father–the Holy Spirit–so that we would no longer be orphans.

For the triune God would come and make His home in those who believed in Him (bold-type added for emphasis).

I will not leave you orphans;
I will come to you…
23 Jesus answered and said to him,
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;
and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him
and make Our home with him.” (John 14:18, 23 NKJV)

In fact, Jesus’ final discourse in John before He’s betrayed by spiritual orphans (John 13:31-17:26) is about what it looks like when you’re at home in the Father and He’s at home in you.  It needs to be read as one message.

It’s about our life with our Father in Christ–now–as a son in the Spirit.

You are home now in Him.

But here’s the real problem.  We’ve been taught and have lived with an orphan view of Christianity for many centuries–a theology that thinks like we’re still spiritual orphans, like under the Old Testament.

But once you see it, you will clearly see that this religious paradigm contradicts the truth about who we are in Christ.  The risk I take in saying this is that this mindset is so deeply entrenched in our thinking that you may dismiss or argue with what I’m saying.

Let me give you some examples of what I mean by this orphan-hearted illusion of separation.

We are thinking like a spiritual orphan when…

…we see Jesus crucified, buried and resurrected but we don’t see ourselves crucified, buried and resurrected in Him

…we think of ourselves down here on the earth but God is up there in heaven

…it’s all about going to heaven when we die instead of being invited into fellowship with the Father in the Son at His right hand in heaven now (1 John 1:3-5)

…we relate to Jesus more than the Father, even though Jesus’ purpose was to bring us into the same relationship He has had with the Father from eternity (John 17:21-26)

…we pray to Jesus instead of to the Father as His sons in Christ (John 16:23-24)

…we think and say that Jesus is the only way to heaven instead of the only way to the Father (John 14:6)

…most of our worship songs are about Jesus but very few about the Father

…we sing songs or pray to plead with the Holy Spirit to come (instead of asking to be made more aware of His presence)

…we put off the relevance of the Kingdom of heaven until after we die

…like the younger rebellious brother (Luke 15:11-24), we prefer the things of God apart from Him rather than having them in Him.

…like the elder religious brother (Luke 15:31),we put off our inheritance until we die and go to heaven, never availing ourselves to all that the Father has now (Luke 12:32)

…we think we’re getting a “mansion” up in the sky somewhere when we die instead of it being a dwelling place in the Spirit now.  I wrote on this before

…we see ourselves as a slave instead of a son (Gal.4:7), a servant of God instead of His friend and confidential partner (John15:15),

…our relationship with God is shaped more by duty and service than intimacy and mutually reciprocating love

…we say (or sing) that this is not our home, that heaven is our home, but we fail to see that we’re living from heaven now (Eph.2:6; Phil.3:20; Heb.12:22).  I wrote about thishere

…we relate more to the Old Testament God of conditional performance-obedience than the unconditional love, righteousness and holiness freely given to us through the grace of Jesus Christ by believing His promises (Rom.4:3-5; 5:17)

…we think individualistically, not seeing our life in Christ in a corporate family sense

…we’re seeing ourselves in any way different than Christ in this world (1 John 4:17).  Not that we’re God, but that we are in Him and His life is our life (Gal.2:20; Col.3:3).

Furthermore, the orphan mindset is seen in the carnal Corinthians in Paul’s day, who he called spiritual infants because they were thinking like “mere humans,” dividing themselves by their pet doctrines and by who they follow (1 Cor.1:10-13; 3:1-3).

When we say, “I’m a ____ (fill in your denomination or non-denomination) instead of, “I’m part of the family of God in Christ,” we reveal this mentality.

Spiritual orphans don’t think multi-generationally, but only for themselves, preferring doctrines that feed our need for self-preservation rather than relationship and intimacy.

We would rather condemn this planet and escape from it than be the light and love of our Father in it.

Nor do spiritual orphans consider the original, unrescinded mandate for dominion (Gen.1:26-28), which was to cultivate the culture of heaven on the earth–to represent the Father’s heart as Jesus did, until the knowledge of God covers the earth like the waters cover the sea (Hab.2:14).

Beloved, we are fully-affirmed sons and daughters of our heavenly Father, not scared and fear-driven spiritual orphans groping in the dark.  We belong to one another, part of the biggest family in creation, spanning both heaven and earth (Eph.3:14-15).

So let’s stop thinking like orphans, singing like orphans… let’s be about our Father’s business.  He’s got really good things in mind for us!

Photo (modified) used by permission through freeimages.com

For more inspired writing from Mel Wild see his blog: In My Father’s House

A New Age Dawns – Aquarius?

25 Oct

No! I am NOT a ‘New Age-er’!  But I AM referring to a new age the likes of which Paul referred to in Ephesians.

(But God)… raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. – Eph 2:5-7

Here, and at least 6 other times in the New Testament, we see that ‘ages’ are indeed Biblical.  And from the above passage, we can deduce that there must be at least 2 more ‘ages’ after the writings of Paul to the Ephesians.

With that in mind… and taking into consideration many revolutionary things currently happening in the body of Christ, I believe that we have crossed the ‘threshold’ into another epoch age.  And although the exact timing of this is VERY subjective, I have publicly spoken that 2012 seemed to be when a significant ‘shift’ occurred in the body of Christ.

Some of the ‘shift’ indicators are radical… but they’re all making our relationship with God so much more poignant and real.  Check my post here for an overview of changes taking place in our beliefs.

Now if you can go with me on a journey of thought, I believe you’ll be intrigued at least… and maybe inspired with fresh faith for where we are in history.  Let’s see if this passage in Luke gives us any insight regarding our entrance into a new epic age. (Note the bold type.)

And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”

13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.– Lk 22:10-16

I’ve wondered why this level of minute detail was recorded in Holy Writ, knowing that every detail is Divinely inspired and “profitable”…

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness – II Tim 3:16

If every little jot and tittle is important then how could reading about the man with the pitcher of water be so important to us today?  (A little warning regarding what you are about to read: Be assured, for Biblical reasons, I do NOT advocate zodiac-inspired horoscope reading… or anything associated with it.  BUT also note the following passages of Scripture clearly tell us that celestial bodies declare what is on God’s mind for mankind.)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. – Ps 19:1-4

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, – Gen 1:14

Acquarius-Man

It has been heralded by astrologers and by pop music that we are entering the Age of Aquarius (note the ‘5th Dimension’ popular song – Age of Aquarius – 1969).  I understand that this astrological age doesn’t have a specific date that can announce its definitive beginning or end.  But something is most striking about this astrological epoch is the universally accepted graphic that symbolizes the age of Aquarius is a man carrying a pitcher of water.  Considering this, and the strange mention of a man carrying a pitcher in the Gospel of Luke, I’ve wondered if there may be a relationship between the two.  Then recently a good friend discovered information on this website which really surprised me… I’ve included the pertinent text here:

“Some astrologers say the Age of Aquarius actually began in 2012. That’s because they believe the star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion marked the ancient border between the constellations Leo and Cancer. This star moved to within 30o of the September equinox point in 2012, meaning that Regulus left the sign Leo to enter the sign Virgo in that year.  Presuming equal-sized constellations in antiquity, that places the border of the constellations Pisces and Aquarius at 150o west of Regulus, or at the March equinox point.  By this reckoning, the Age of Aquarius started in 2012.”

Remember, that I’ve been publicly proposing that 2012 was a time of epic shift for the body of Christ.  Now at the very least, this is a long-shot of coincidence… but could this be revolutionary information and very empowering for us?

Could it be that the disciple’s journey into the city about 2000 years ago was not only a useful ‘map’ for their immediate mission, but also a prophetic parallel and portend for the future?  What if it could serve as a road map to help us determine the mind of God for our age… the new Biblical age of the man carrying a pitcher of water?

Let me lay it out more clearly.  Could this Luke 22 passage be saying, “As mankind journeys into the future “a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water” (Aquarius man: significant of the One who is the Giver of the Water of Life), “follow him” (stop your worn out old religious mindsets) and enter a “large furnished upper room” (because of greater revelation of Grace, now fully experience the finished work of the cross that has already ‘raised us’ to an expansive and liberty-filled place in the Heavenlies – Eph 2:6)?  There, prepare for another epic meal (a greater intimate knowing, communion and co-union) with this Wonderful Man Jesus, as a fulfillment of His promise in Lk 22:10-16.”

Of course, eating a meal with Jesus has always been available to God’s people who desire it.  Consider Jesus’ appeal to believers.

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes (his preoccupation with beggar and sinner mindsets… and believes My declaration of ‘righteous’ over him), I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, (in Kingdom ruling, fashion and order, in exact like manner) as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. – Rev 3:20-21 (parenthesis mine – MLH)

ALL of God could be accessed by any individual throughout history, but as in other epochs where God made special ‘wholesale’ availability on some new aspect regarding His relationship with mankind (Eden, Mosaic Law, New Covenant, Bapt of Holy Spirit and others…), in this new epoch/age, globally, we’re experiencing a ‘wholesale’ grace for Grace… which translates into a revolutionary upgrade in our individual and corporate relationship with Him.

No, I’m not a ‘New Age-er’… but yes, I feel confident that we’re entering a new Biblical age.  Follow the ‘map’ and prepare to eat Jesus’ fulfillment meal with Him.  If the meal 2000 years ago (The Last Supper) was so epic that it became an icon, then how epic will this meal be?

— MLH

Quote: What is Grace?

24 Oct

The three gospels that were present in the first-century church are still with us today: the gospel of legalism, the gospel of libertinism, and the gospel of lordship and liberty (which is the gospel that both Jesus and Paul preached). 

Most errors circulating in the Christian world today can be found in the New Testament era.  In particular, the two main enemies of the gospel—legalism and libertinism (license to sin)—were both present in the early church

Galatians was written to legalists—hence the strong emphasis on liberty, freedom, and grace.  James was written to libertines, those who presumed on the grace of God and turned it into a license to sin.  Thus the book of James is strong on obedience, faith that expresses itself in works, repentance (for the believer), and false faith (or presumption).

The grace of God that is envisioned in the New Testament is amazing, radical, and beyond belief.  However, in their reaction to legalism, some Christians have distorted the grace of God into a license for sinning.  Interestingly, this same thing was happening in the first century:

They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude v. 4 NIV)

Many years ago I was part of a new church plant where most of the members came out of a religious-based, duty-based, law-based form of Christianity.  The person who planted the church was strong on “radical grace.”  However, there was no balance in his message, and he ended up ignoring many New Testament texts that show us that God’s grace is not a license to sin but rather an empowering force that teaches us to defeat sin:

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11–12 NIV)

The result was that licentiousness broke out everywhere in the church.  People would flaunt and even evangelize their sin under the banners “we are free in Christ” and “we’re under grace, not law.”

Point: if you’re preaching grace and immorality breaks out everywhere you preach, then you’re not preaching grace.  You’re preaching something else.

To read the full article click here.

From Frank Viola’s blog (http://frankviola.org)  (4/16/14) – author of Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ and many other books.

 

 

Quote: That’s Our Daddy!

5 Oct

“God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.” – Col 1:13-14 – The Message Bible

Thank you Jesus.

Dead end alley?…  Gone.

Dark dungeons?…  Bye bye.

Stuck in pit?…  Out.

Button To Sin stuck on repeat?…  Demolished that dang button once and for all.

Set us up in the kingdom: As the one who reigns. The victor. The conqueror. The overcomer. The one loved by the King.

Nancy Magiera

Founding Director of HUB Ministries
Web: http://www.hubministries.org/wpress 

HUB (His United Body) usually meets at 7 pm on Sunday evenings at Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W Schick Rd in Bloomingdale, IL.

By the grace of God, at each meeting we expect healings, miracles, prophetic ministry, solid Biblical teachings and inspiring worship.  Thank you Lord for your sweet presence week after week!
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If you are in the west-central Chicago-land area on Sunday evenings I highly recommend the HUB experience.  Nancy is a long time great friend of our family.   She and Hank her husband, and the HUB team love the Presence.  In fact, they are gluttons for His Presence.  We LOVE that about them!  And I love her writings.  They are so fresh, alive and infectious because she cultivates a vibrant and childlike relationship with her Father.   Click here for more about Chicago HUB. – MLH

Quote: He’s All In!

16 Sep

The following thoughts are gleanings from Nancy Magiera’s writings… so fresh and non-religious and ALIVE!  Go ahead, be encouraged.  Take a big deep breath of fresh air. – MLH
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All In...


Without a breath of hesitation, God put all chips in.

He knew exactly what He’d have to do to win.
Throw it all in.  Nothing held back.
It would cost Him everything.
The winning pot was so poor, so fragile yet somehow so alluring that He couldn’t resist going all in.
It was the likes of me.  I am the prize.  I was His jackpot.

He saw all and embraced me anyway in my condition: Loser.  Reject.  Rebel.  Stained.
He exposed Himself to the very worst possible.
He was glad to do the unspeakable.
He offers me the whole kit and kaboodle as a freebie.  No down payment. No coupon necessary.  No out clause.  No shipping & handling.  No small print.  Just free.
Don’t mess with me!  In fact get your finger out of my face!
He did 2 amazing things for me.
He always sticks up for me.
A wedge can’t come in.  No matter what.
Nothing can wiggle its way in.  Not trouble of any kind.  No news.  No headline.  No report.  Not super hard times.  Not hatred for others.  Or others hating me.  Not hunger or homelessness.  Not bullying threats.  Not backstabbing or beheading…. not even the worst sin you can think of. Not one thing can separate me from His love.  He won me fair and square.
In fact, these troubling things do not even faze me.
Ho hum.
For I know Jesus loves me.
He has convinced me that nothing can take that away.
Nothing.
No one alive.
Nobody dead.
No angel.
No demon.
Nothing that happens today.
Nothing that could happen tomorrow.
Nothing high or low.
Nothing I can think of.
Not something I can’t even imagine or even the unthinkable.
Absolutely nothing.  No thing.
It’s impossible for anyone or anything to squeeze their way between me and God’s love.
Because that’s just who He is.
And that’s just how much He loves me.
You too.

No, I’m not crazy or delusional.  That was Romans 8 “cliff note version” and the following is the same passage in The Message.  Take heart, family of God.  We win!

“If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?  And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen?  Who would dare even to point a finger?  The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.  Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?  There is no way!  Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”

Nancy Magiera
Founding Director of HUB Ministries
Web: http://www.hubministries.org/wpress 

HUB (His United Body) usually meets at 7 pm on Sunday evenings at Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W Schick Rd in Bloomingdale, IL.

By the grace of God, at each meeting we expect healings, miracles, prophetic ministry, solid Biblical teachings and inspiring worship.  Thank you Lord for your sweet presence week after week!

September 21 is Bruce Van Natta

September 28 is Marie Chapian

October 4 Patricia King is with us on Saturday night

November 13-15 HUB’s Fall Conference  (details coming soon)

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If you are in the west-central Chicago-land area on Sunday evenings I highly recommend the HUB experience.  Nancy is a long time great friend of our family.   She and Hank her husband, and the HUB team love the Presence.  In fact, they are gluttons for His Presence.  We LOVE that about them!  And I love her writings.  They are so fresh, alive and infectious because she cultivates a vibrant and childlike relationship with her Father.   Click here for more about Chicago HUB. – MLH

 

Test All Things

3 Jun

There is no shortage of wranglings over theological private interpretations of Scripture, so how do we evaluate whether something is valid or not.  Should we follow the loudest voice, stick to tradition, get offended at everyone, take the easiest route, bail out, give in to intimidation, take a vote, toss a coin…?  Sadly, most people cave in to one of these easy-out methods.  But test it we must, because each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” (Rms 14:12)… and none of us wants to blindly run head long over a cliff.  Paul charged us to test all things and only hold what is good.             

“Test all things; hold fast what is good.” – I Thess 5:21

Test all things

Test all things

So beyond the theological points, here are some of my personal thought processes I use to find my footing in this abounding grace movement.

If I could only find a few people who were getting this ‘download’ about abounding grace (Rms 5:20), I would tend to feel suspicious of the veracity of these revelations.  And even if I was confident of their veracity, yet didn’t know that others were experiencing the same thing, I might still feel tenuous about buying in.  Like Elijah, who thought that he was the only one who still served God (I Kngs 18:22;19:10) I could feel prone to either pride… or discouragement and insecurity.

Thankfully, we’re not like Elijah.  We don’t believe that we’re the only one(s) who are walking in this revelation.  Figuratively speaking, there are ‘7000’ (I Kngs 19:18) who are leaning hard into abounding grace.  Across the globe many different and unrelated sectors of the body of Christ are getting rocked and liberated in this wholesale revelation of abounding grace.  This gives much confidence and impetus… and brings up a good point.

Consider the prayer movement which grew so rapidly in the last 1 1/2  decades… the fact that it emerged in so many unrelated sectors of the body of Christ gave credibility to it being Holy Spirit’s initiation and co-ordination of the movement.  Likewise this grace movement is springing up in many unrelated streams and groups… which by itself tends to give credibility that this is Holy Spirit’s abounding grace message.

Further, if the fruit of any movement leans toward increased carnality and lawlessness, then that poor fruit gives evidence of its undesirable source (Lk 6:44).  Conversely, if the grace community is falling more in love with this wonderful Man Jesus, then the fruit speaks of Holy Spirit’s handiwork.  Remember when Jesus was assailed by the religious crowd and His message was assigned to the devil, He said, “…A house divided cannot stand.  If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!” (Mk 3:25-26).  In other words, the devil wouldn’t undermine his own ‘house’ by making more deeply devoted disciples of Jesus… not 2000 years ago… and not today.

But we must establish some criteria as we seek to evaluate the fruit and thus, determine the root or origin.  There have always been rogues and renegades within any movement who make obtrusive and cross-current waves… even destructive waves.  But just because an individual runs amuck doesn’t necessarily indict a whole movement… e.g., mainline Christianity has way too many egg-on-the-face outbreaks of maverick individuals and spurious groups.  That didn’t negate the veracity of Christianity… it just gave insight into those who shipwrecked.  In like manner, if individuals distort and pervert abounding grace, it doesn’t necessarily black-list abounding grace… it just gives us insight into those who shipwreck.  Rather, we must look for the fruit of the movement as a whole.

So the way a movement emerges… and a movement’s fruit… both help to determine its authenticity.

We must watch to see how and where the Godly fruit of this abounding grace wave breaks out.  That will be the hot spot you’ll want to drink from.  That’s where God is giving His attestation from Heaven… where the abounding grace anointing is most strong… and where you get ‘infected’ most impactingly.  Ripe and hungry believers will instinctively be drawn there.  You won’t be able to keep them away.  It’s always been that way.  Even the Magi did it… they went to where the greatest outbreak was (the Star) in order to see for themselves.

And you know… true wise men are still looking and listening for the evidence… and then they go to find Him where ever He can be found.

— MLH

Surf’s Up… The Abounding Grace Wave

1 Jun

As you are likely experiencing, our understanding of: abounding grace… our Father’s love for us… and our own identity, has shifted immensely over the last few years… and continues to shift.  Everything is moving so fast that it’s like we’re surfing a mega-wave and feeling the raw power of these transformational revelations… and we’re watching in exhilarating wonder as the theological scenery radically changes around us.  

Ever tried to surf without a wave?  It ain’t gonna happen.  Paddling hard without a wave just wears you out.  But grace empowers.  In the timeliness of God, He not only creates an abounding grace wave, but helps us meet the wave and rides it with us… and for us.  We’re in one of those timings of God now!

This pic below, impacted me how we’re on an epic ride of our lives.  We have our floaties and goggles on and our mouth is agape in total exhilaration.  Master Surfer Daddy has created an astounding wave of abounding grace.  He helped us find the wave and He’s riding it with us (guess who’s in control)… and He’s got us totally covered.  Wow!

Hang on for the ride of our lives.  As the Mario Bros. video game says…

Riding The Abounding Grace Wave“Here We Go!!!”

 — MLH