Posted by: rena | August 22, 2011

The Promise of the Seed

Galatians 3:6-29 talks about Abraham’s faith, how that kind of faith is counted as righteousness, and that if we, today, possess that same kind of faith in God, we are Abraham’s seed.

Specifically, that faith is in Jesus Christ, who was promised to come through Abraham’s descendants; and because we have that faith, we are the seed that came from that Seed.

So, what about the Law that came through Moses to the Israelites? The promise of the seed came first, the Law was later written so that man would see in the physical what violations of righteousness were being committed in the spiritual.

Jesus always was. The promise came first, but if we believe in Christ, we are no longer under that schoolmaster (implemented to teach us what sin is), that substitute, that babysitter, Law. Gal. 3:21-25

Where does that leave us? The promise of the Seed was made before the Law. The Law can’t abolish God’s promise; indeed, nothing can.

So, this Law was set in place to expose men to their sins and acts of sins, thereby proving they were guilty of being sinful and needed at Savior. But, it was in place only until the fulfillment of the Seed should come. Christ.

He came to take away the sins of the world, and is available to all, received by those who believe by faith.

The just shall live by faith, as Abraham did; counted as righteous. Thus, being Abraham’s seed.

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Posted by: rena | April 28, 2011

TRUTH

Truth is constant …

Truth is progressive …

It’s like seeing someone afar off; they haven’t moved, haven’t changed, you know who it is.

But, as you get closer other things are revealed: the color they’re wearing, their facial expression, exact details of their hair …

It had been like that before you got there …

Yes, you realize that now.

It was always there …

Always remained constant …

And as you get closer to it, what you couldn’t see, what you couldn’t discern before—TRUTH—is more revealed.

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Posted by: rena | March 27, 2011

Experience It

In the wake of a much anticipated snow storm, I was traveling to work when I saw a little girl with (assuming it was) her mother at a bus stop. To tell you the truth, I barely noticed the woman, it was the child that needed her own 15 minutes of fame on television.

The snow ploughs had done their jobs and piled the banks high on the far side of the bus stop. My little starlet was dressed in pink from head to toe, bound up, face wrapped in a white, wool scarf.

I might have missed her altogether if it hadn’t been for her movement. The child lay in the snow. Still. Within a second, she jerked and lifted her body, landing on her side. And again. Laying still.

The pink fluff manoeuvred to her knees, had another self-inflicted conniption and flopped like a fish in the piled snow, landing on her back again. Another flop and she was on her side.

I wanted to laugh. It wasn’t a display of a bad temper. The little girl was thoroughly enjoying the snow.

I last saw her stand to her feet, glance at her mother for a status check, then lose all structure to her body as she collapsed again in a still, crumpled mass on her side.

How many of us have an experience like that within the glory of God? Just abandon inhibition and, however you land, you land. How many of us can be free enough in our spiritual walk to enjoy God enough to cushion us after the storm, knowing he provided the storm in the first place and the opportunity for us to enjoy the aftermath?

The girl flopping in the snow, she had right. She had to experience it every which way.

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Posted by: rena | February 27, 2011

God, Me, Stars

I was recently reminded (by myself) of a couple of quirky conversations I had that I wanted to share.

It was probably the third conversation I had with a co-worker regarding astrological signs. When she found out when my birthday was she said, “Oh, you’re a Scorpio,” to which I responded only that my birthday is October 27. She said, “Yeah, you’re a Scorpio.” I had to clarify and tell her that I don’t believe in those things, my birthday is on October 27, “Stars don’t rule my destiny,” I said, “the God who made the stars does.”

She then said, “God, stars, you.” I told her, “God, me, stars. I tell the stars what to do.”

I guess she started feeling uncomfortable, maybe she thought I was just being difficult or pigheaded to understand, because she left.

A few weeks later she brought up the subject again, reminding me of what I had said. This time, it became clear to me that some people are more caught up with the mystical and “fate” than they are with the strategy and direction from God.

Is it easier to say that this is your destiny because objects that can’t see or feel or hear or answer prayer say it is? For me it’s easier to say that this is my destiny because God said so. Why not cut right to the chase? God allows, God disallows, all for my good and his glory.

In the second conversation, my co-worker was perusing a newspaper and came across the horoscopes. “Scorpio, your ….,” whatever she went on with I didn’t hear and didn’t wait for her to finish, but I said, “No thanks, I’ve already prayed, I’m covered.” She hadn’t heard what I’d said so I repeated louder, and a few other people to heard. “No thanks, I’ve already prayed, I’m covered.” My co-worker answered with, “Oh, so did I, but you never know.” I was surprised, thinking, if you already went to the source why go to the shadow? I simply smiled and said, “I know.” She said something I couldn’t hear, and went back to work.

And that’s my question for you to ponder, if you’ve already gone to the source why go to a shadow? If you are a child of God (accepted him as your personal savior, relinquishing the things of the world, and living for him) then you have a crown of stars, but they’re there for your glory, not you for theirs!

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Posted by: rena | January 27, 2011

Sin Is the Sting of Death

Have you ever been bitten by a snake? Not many. Have you ever been bitten by a mosquito? Many can say yes. And that bite hurts, doesn’t it?

That’s a physical hurt that we know will pass in time, but getting through that stage is painful, irritating, often considered unnecessary, and a constant reminder of what happened to us. To some, it is a physical sting of death.

As believers in Christ, the sting of death is sin. We were all born into a life and a world of sin. Romans 5:12-15 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”

Just as one can be saved by an antidote for a snake, so Christ has become the redeemer of life that was poisoned by the sting of death.

When you are caught with the aftermath of being stung by something physical, be reminded of how easy it is for us to be stung by giving in to sin. When struck with a pimple or a cold sore, be reminded of sins we can commit against our own bodies; that stinging reminder that we need to be healed of this malady.

Sin is the sting of death, so be prepared to counteract any attack. Be as Ephesians 6 instructs and where your armor. Be ready, alert, watchful, prayerful, faithful and devoted to God. Because God gives life, and he gives it abundantly.

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Posted by: rena | September 27, 2010

… and Toes

The oil really is a healing balm, let it run down to reinforce the thighs, the knee joints, the calves, the ankles. It continues to run down, effervescent to you, spreading to your feet.

Jesus’ feet were anointed with a precious oil and then with tears of both relief and anguish.

Our journey will involve days of joy and sweet perfume, but also days of heartache and lamentation. The woman with the alabaster box cried tears of joy, but they only turned so after she underwent uncertainty of whether a perfect, holy God would forgive her.

Ever feel like that? Even as saints sometimes we encounter days when we wonder why El Shadai bothers to remain with us. Man. It’s so easy for us to say, do and simply think the wrong thing. The journey of Life is on our side only. God already sees the outcome and he loved you into his plan anyway.

At times we desire to be so saturated with this anointing that we wish it would take over our lives and leave us with as little of our will as possible so we wouldn’t mess up again. But it is our own feet that need to take us in the direction we need to go, because obedience is a high skill that God necessitates if we want his life. Whose will will you follow?

Your feet need to go where God directs. Your feet need to follow him. Your feet need to be still when he wants you to be still. Afterall, I’m sure it’s your feet that dance in victory when you’re happy.

Though we are encased with his anointing it is still up to us to carry out the will of the Father. It won’t do the actions for us. When you put olive oil into a pan it is to help to cook the meat. It’s the meat that you’re focused on, not the helping agent.

There are many analogies: a car, a bike, release something that’s stuck. What is your oil from the horn designed to help you complete?

Once, this spiritual body was dead, naked, dirty and bloody, but God awakened you, cleaned you, washed you, clothed you with gifts, armor and purpose.

God’s hand has completed the turn, the flask is empty, the last drop oozes down. This unique blessing has been poured out from head to shoulders to knees to toes, not as a dampening agent but for empowerment. Remember the “carrot is still a carrot”? God chose you. Think of how awesome that is.

Live this life in his anointing.

You are soaked. Your hands are dripping, your feet are dripping, and this is where life, painted in glory, begins.

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Posted by: rena | July 27, 2010

Knees

When all is finished God wants you to be in a certain place and his anointing on your life will take you there.

The blessing comes with much help if you use those knees for kneeling in prayer. We’ve all sidetracked and tried to take the road that appeared easier, because, let’s face it, we get tired, and oftentimes we want to give in altogether.

There’s shame in saying that your knees buckle, but there shouldn’t be. Anyone who’s been on this road knows all about that feeling, those injuries, we’re just sometimes shy to show the scars. But scars we have.

At the writing of this, mine are fresh.

As a singer, songwriter, worship leader, and musician, I went through a depression of faith that went past knocking me to my knees, it knocked me off of my knees. There was a point where I didn’t want music anymore—all the artisans gasp. But I truly I wasn’t interested in music. Hearing people talk about God was annoying, even though I always felt him there, stable, firm, patient, giving leeway for me to realize there was nothing out in the world for me; anchoring me—because, he would never let us get too far.

I don’t want anyone to feel how I felt, but God forbid you reach there, remember that God remains an imposing presence in your life. Grant him sovereignty in your life, trust him to hold your heart again, for what he’d started, he will inevitably finish. And prayer to stay in the right direction, even when he hasn’t given a marker for a while, is very important.

It takes a lot to gain strength in the knees again—the legs, the thighs—but you know it is needed just as much as the shoulders, if you are going to carry the responsibility of this life. You can’t get up unless you regain the power. And from experience, I know the potency doesn’t feel like it’s coming, but I’ve gotten up anyway, and taken my tentative steps, learning and growing how to function with my new limbs.

The oil really is a healing balm, let it run down to reinforce the thighs, the knee joints, the calves, the ankles. It continues to run down, effervescent to you, spreading to your feet …

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Posted by: rena | May 27, 2010

Shoulders

The head holds the eyes so you can envision what is set before you. It takes time for a vision or dream to come to pass, but only an instant for them to last forever. How many things do you do that impact the physical world with family, friends, strangers? Our lives should be attracting people to the kingdom, and that is what is everlasting.

Drip.

Your shoulders are being anointed to carry the weight that has come with this new responsibility …

The weight of the world and the government were on the shoulders of Jesus, the Christ (Anointed One). To whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more (Luke 12:28).

Some people say that only broken, hurting, and dependent people believe in God, but it takes great strength to live this life. Did you think it would be easy? Jesus, the Anointed One, the first fruit of our salvation had to be crushed in order for the oil to come forth from him.

Sometimes it feels as though the weight of the world on your shoulders, but only your measure of anointing will keep you from buckling under that weight. No one can function in the extreme atmosphere of their duties without the anointing. They’ll fail.

Let this odorous oil leak down the arms that are designed to draw, to touch and agree and pray, and then to chastise, correct and strike in battle. God led His people with a strong arm, he was their battleaxe. But he also kept them cool from the desert’s scorching heat as a pillar of cloud, then kept them warm from the steep drop in temperature with a fireball. To hold close or to hold aloft and reprimand is in the power of the arms.

The bodice houses the temple of God and the beating heart of man. Without a body the head is leader of nothing for all other extremities unfold from here. Here is the bosom for comfort, compassion and nurturing and must be protected. The back holds your framework. It is strong and structured.
Now the anointing runs down your legs determining where you will go and where you will end up …

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Posted by: rena | March 27, 2010

Head II

His arm turns and something amazing is about to pour out onto your life. In Luke 18:41, Jesus asks, What wilt though that I shall do unto thee? Jesus didn’t ask what he could do for him, but he expressed he was going to present something unto his life.

A carrot is still a carrot, a beet is still a beet and a potato is still a potato. In other words, you’re still going to call them what they are before you pull them out of the dirt, nothing changes their reality after you’ve washed off all the mud. In the mire, in the muck, among the stones, God saw you. He said he wanted you. He knows what he planted and knows exactly what it will produce.

Get ready.

It’s on your head. The head, the head. The command center and leader of everything. All orders, experiences and blessings must first hit the head. The head, because anything reaching the head will trickle down. The head, because if anything is going to happen to the body, the head must tell the body how to answer.

Know that what you have pouring and smeared all over your head is designed by God. Man can’t give you this elevation. Everyone who has accomplished something great or has a great gift, has given credit to a higher power, whether they say it’s the Lord or not; lending credit that, as they are limited, they were given abilities from some thing or some one greater.

They had a dream and a vision in their minds that they realized. In the mind, if you can think it you can accomplish it. Herein is your battlefield and school of reason. What the head conceives to accomplish, the body will consummate. The head hears the word of the Lord—physically or spiritually. The head holds the eyes so you can envision what is set before you. It takes time for a vision or dream to come to pass, but only an instant for them to last forever. How many things do you do that impact the physical world with family, friends, strangers? Our lives should be attracting people to the kingdom, and that is what is everlasting.

Drip.

Your shoulders are being anointed to carry the weight that has come with this new responsibility …

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Posted by: rena | February 27, 2010

Head

Now that I’ve recovered from a computer virus, let’s look at something else you want to keep a virus out of; your body; the spiritual body. And we know there is a balm, an ointment, an anointing.

Saturated for Service (posted Dec 2008), “Let’s look at one definition of anointing. After Jesus’ resurrection, many of his followers were called Christians. Christian means “Christ-like” and Christ is “His Anointed One.” The Hebrew word chrio is used, and is in reference to smearing only human vessels with oil, as when setting aside priests, prophets and kings for service. (Ex 28:41, 1 Sam 10:1, 1 Kings 19:16) …

… This particular mixture of oils was not to be duplicated. It was for God’s anointed alone, and was a pleasing, aromatic fragrance. Anyone who tried to replicate it would be excommunicated. You cannot replicate what the Holy Spirit endows.”

I like to think that when we worship God (as a lifestyle) it is a pleasing aroma to him.

His anointing flows down, and so we must start with the head. In God’s left hand (of servitude, judgement and command) is the horn. The heavy oil was mixed then sealed in the horn with wax, now cold and hardened, as it waited for the time through Time to be released upon you, just like when David was to be anointed as king. Only when it is above your head can it supernaturally flow, because it is mixed uniquely for you. And it will work specifically for you because it came from the left hand, it must serve, judge and obey his command.

His arm turns and something amazing is about to pour out onto your life. In Luke 18:41, Jesus asks, What wilt though that I shall do unto thee? I find it interesting that Jesus didn’t ask what he could do for him, but he expressed he was going to present something unto his life, implied it would be everlasting. Yes, the Father wants to endow you despite, in your human flaws, how dirty and grungy you are before this process.

A carrot is still a carrot, a beet is still a beet and a potato is still a potato. In other words, you’re still going to call them what they are before you pull them out of the dirt, nothing changes their reality after you’ve washed off all the mud. You’re still going to eat and say it was a carrot from start to finish. When you plant the seed you call it what it shall be. In the mire, in the muck, among the stones, God saw you. He said he wanted you. He knows what he planted and knows exactly what it will produce.

Get ready.

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