Posted by: rena | January 27, 2010

Back From Hiatus

Back from hiatus and it feels good.

I know I’m on the right track. For the past few weeks, the scriptures and topics that I’ve been studying, or the things I want to prepare for the blog, have all been voiced from the pulpit or during Bible studies at my local church.

Sometimes I say I’m not going to use certain things because people may think I’m just copying what the preacher said. But it’s really not what the preacher said. It may have come out of his or her mouth, but it’s really the Spirit of God relaying a message through them, and he doesn’t speak through just one person. God usually confirms things three times with me, so I’m not copying what man said, I’m helping to establish the foundation of what the Lord has laid.

Lately, I’ve been thinking of an old lady I saw several months ago. She was old, I don’t know how old, but at a guess, I would say late 80s. Four feet, some inches, Black; dare I say, feeble looking. I spotted her while I was riding the bus one night, and she was standing between a bus stop and a stoplight. I assume the bus driver thought she was waiting for the light to change and drove right on by.

I saw her face as we passed, her arm flap in disappointment at the prospect of having to walk or wait for another bus. The next stop was mine, and I wanted to know if she really was waiting for a bus, but since the stop was so far away, I couldn’t spot her. As I walked up the block to catch my transfer, I spotted the bus coming, and curiosity turned my head to where I saw Little-Old-Lady making a mad dash to catch this bus.

No way could she make it: the distance, her age, the darkness. I smiled. She was perseverant. I was the last to board the next bus, and told the driver that there was a little old lady coming, if he wanted to wait. “Where is she?” he asked. I turned and pointed; “Way across the parking lot.”

She didn’t slow down, she didn’t falter, whatever was driving her wouldn’t let her give up. I made my way to the back door, and was glad the young driver decided to wait. The look on his face was shock. Little-Old-Lady got on the bus and thanked him for waiting, for which he didn’t take credit, but said to thank the young lady. She took a seat, looked for a face to say thank you to, and finding none, just gave a grateful wave to the crowd.

I just stood stunned. Amazed. I never would have guessed that she could make the dash and not stop for breath. Not even gasping for air once she got on the bus. She was smaller than I had first thought, still looked feeble, but I had witnessed her great strength and stamina. I saw her achieve something people half her age couldn’t do.

It’s a small thing, but I will always remember it, how grateful she was to have caught the bus; and I think of when we are weak and feeble and timid, and feel like we’re not going to make it, how God becomes the source of our strength (II Samuel 22:29-35, Palms 18:2, Isaiah 35:3-6). Just as Elijah was able to outrun King Ahab’s chariot (I Kings 18:45-46), so we should have an expectancy to be girded up to run in the LORD.

Are you on hiatus? I know I haven’t tapped the surface of what’s really in my mind, but you know what; it’s always best to start running than to sit and do nothing, missing your opportunity. You never know who you’re going to bless. So be bold, be strong, my friends, for the LORD your God is with you, withersoever you go.

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Posted by: rena | June 27, 2009

A Stone For Every Giant

I have a small decorative jar on my entertainment stand—one that I’ve had for many years—that has the word Hope on it. The opposite side reminds me that all things are possible with God.

One day I looked at the jar, which I have filled with smooth stones, and thought of King David.

David had experience as a defender using his sling and stones, and also using his bare hands in combat with fierce enemies, but no one really talks about those battles. If David hadn’t won those battles, there would be no “David and Goliath” to speak of. He forged himself behind the scenes before any great battle was made public.

The things I go through, the hurts I feel, private battles I fight; what if … what if I were to empty my jar and put in a stone every time I won a battle? What if we all were to kept a tangible record every time we had a victory?

This isn’t a counting game, but a reminder every time we look at our jars: this is what the Lord has done. Many battles we face in private, even with the prayers of others, there are some things we must face, and prove God, alone.

These behind-the-scenes-battles can, at times, be lost in the shuffle of everyday life, and we forget the goodness of God. It feels like as soon as we finish one struggle and come up for air, another controversy presents itself. One after the other. One after the other. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Psalms 34:19.

Know that the Lord has brought you a mighty long way. Look at the stones in your jar. You may discover that he is doing more for you than you realized. Here’s a stone for a victory that God awarded you, here’s another for the prayer he caused to come to pass. One after the other. One after the other.

I’ve just emptied my jar. It’s no longer a decoration, but a documenter. It has one stone. And, as I fill it up I’m encouraged to have Hope in God, and that all things are possible with him.

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Posted by: rena | May 27, 2009

Unemployed

A man walked in to my workplace the other day, slapped a resume onto my desk and said, “Unemployed and smiling.”

He wasn’t timid, wasn’t angry, wasn’t abrasive in any way. He made me smile. After a very brief talk he turned to leave and said, “Hopefully I’ll get something before winter.”

A man who looks like he could bench press a pickup truck came in very humble and happy. I pray that he does find something very soon, a job that will make him happy, maybe even glad that he’s not employed at his previous job because the new one is so much better.

I pray his latter days are better than the former. I pray he has some inkling of an idea how he made me—or others—feel by his open attitude, and also pray that he won’t be discouraged.

I pray these things because he made a child of God glad. That’s all. The stranger had blessed me. I felt delighted that I had witnessed his behavior, and it made my day.

In the Bible, Paul wrote that in whatsoever state he was in, he was content (Philippians 4:11). I have not been content in many things, but I’m learning. And at times it takes a lot of reminding for some of us to come to a state of contentment.

Unemployed, in this realm, is any discomfort that we will experience in life. In II Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul also wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

Smiling is our attitude and total assurance that God already has us protected from whatever is trying to scare us.

The child of God can endure these things because the tolerance is not accomplished by our own power, but of God’s. How much unemployment can you take? My dear friend, all of it.

I want to remember this feeling the next time I want to gripe.

“Unemployed and smiling.”

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Posted by: rena | April 27, 2009

Has the Church Moved?

I’ve asked myself some hard questions of late and realized that I’ve allowed the things around me to dictate how I act and react towards God. I thought that if Christians are to win the lost we need to sometimes lower our standard to accommodate or be able to relate to them.

No. We may come down to the level of others, but that doesn’t mean the Christian standard is lowered. If I’m on a cliff side helping someone up, one hand is anchored at a level above me as the other reaches down to take hold of that person. My standard didn’t lower, my reach did.

Jesus was among them (he spoke with anyone, cared about everyone) but he shared the standard of none of them; I am expected to be the same way by patterning.

Since when does winning the lost require that God’s people lower the God-standard? Just because we are trying to win the lost, that doesn’t mean we have to sound like them, look like them, smell like them. Some people are like that because they are just coming out of that place and they know how to relate, but their standards raise with time to the level God has set.

When Jesus went before the high priest, the people came to Peter and said that he sounded like Jesus. His speech betrayed him (being a Galilean), but many Galileans were in town so there was something special about Peter. This tells me that there was a certain way they behaved, spoke, carried themselves.

Where has that gone? Has the Church moved? Outward appearance and uttering Bible verses isn’t what this is about. It’s not what a man can convince is happening inside. Peter was trying everything not to be like Jesus, but Christ had come off on him.

Today we have the Bible to guide us and the Spirit who speaks to us. Has anyone silenced these two witnesses inside of you? Has anyone bewitched you (convinced you) that it doesn’t take this God-standard anymore? Hmm. Says who? Who made up the rules in the first place?

God did.

God made the rules and as far as he is concerned they haven’t changed It’s up to man to come to his standard. I thoroughly enjoy the age we live in, there are so many conveniences and luxuries, but that doesn’t mean anyone has a right to slack off on the requirements of the Kingdom.

In answering those hard questions I knew I had a lot of work to do. We all need to do it.

If the gates of hell can’t prevail against the Kingdom of God, then the Church has not moved, but we have moved from the definition of what the Church should be, and we are to be the Church. Let’s get back to it.

The God-standard stands.

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Posted by: rena | March 27, 2009

Tempted and Tempted

James 1:11-21. There is so much to explore in these verses concerning temptation that there is no way I can exhaust them in the coming paragraphs. I’m sure that further revelation and a much trained scholar is required. But, I want to touch on what I was shown, and perhaps we can all investigate this again at a later date.


I’m taking a running start from verse 11 because I like the analogy of the sun’s heat burning up what started out as luscious life. Vegetation needs the sun in order to grow. The nutrient energy received from the sun and what the atmosphere produces are necessary to make the plant green, to have it give back by producing oxygen—photosynthesis anyone? Yet this same ingredient, mandatory to life, is what takes life away when it’s received and absorbed in full force.


Verse twelve then takes us to temptation. Now, I’m not saying that temptation is a necessary requirement to anyone’s survival, but rather to make you aware of a desire that may spring up as a result of temptation.


It’s easier said than done, but focusing on God and being rapt in him enables us to guard our spirits against this temptation, and to fortify ourselves to eventually overcome it. When you don’t have a taste for something, it doesn’t entice you.


Verse 14 says, But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Desire is a good, human, necessary compulsion that can, unfortunately, be turned into something unsavory and ungodly if the trigger-temptation is presented. Many people are not tempted to kill, even though the thought crosses everyone’s minds; the need to self mutilate doesn’t appeal to most of us either. If confronted with our own lust (a temptation that awakens that special secret thing in us) this thing will all-of-a-sudden surface. We can’t stop thinking about it, and we are enticed to act upon it.


Don’t err, the Bible tells us, in thinking that God sent this thing. Why would a God who tortured himself and promised to give us his Kingdom bring anything before us that would draw us away from focusing on him? He wants to be our main thought.


God’s “temptations” don’t draw us away from him; they are exercises he allows in our lives that build up our spiritual awareness of who he is. Sometimes we need to allow our children to make mistakes, not in anything that is harmful, but in things that will teach them. God may allow a test, but he will not force you into one: “Lead me not into temptation.”


He will never allow an exercise that damages our relationship. God provides the substance that can take care of our needs. He will “deliver us from evil.” The sun may scorch us, but God is the restoring water that comes up through our roots. We are aware that we are facing the heat, but also that God knows it and has supplied the reservoir needed for our survival.


Blessed are we when we endure this temptation (heat, haze, scorching, dry winds, wilderness), for we shall receive a reward.
 

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Posted by: rena | February 28, 2009

Happy Anniversary

VizionStories Writes is one year old!

 

One year. Wow. 

 

I started blogging to share the gospel and encouragement, and to give you a different point of view and food for thought. The process has changed me, challenged me.

 

Also a year ago, I was recovering from Shingles. This was not a pleasant experience, and even less pleasant was the stress I went through which brought me to that point, but, God has been good; and recovery—physically, emotionally and spiritually—has been a learning experience. 

This has caused me to wonder what recoveries others experienced over the past year. What has caused you to take a deep breath, reset your thinking, and start over?

 

Don’t be afraid to start over if it is for the right reason. There are times when I wish I could reboot like I’m clearing my computer. I want a clean slate and I vow “I’ll never go though that again.” But somewhere inside I know I haven’t learned what I need to learn to continue, and if I did continue without graduating, the enemy would assault me, leaving me in a worse state than when I started. 

 

There are no do-overs in life, only start-overs. I pray whatever it is that has tested you over the past year, or may still be testing you, you will be able to endure so that next year that obstacle will be under your feet!

 

We can’t rush the process. What we can do is trust God and know that he knows how to work out whatever we are going through. That’s hard when he’s not standing in front of us, physically preventing us from trying to “take care of it ourselves” because we think he forgot how to do the job. 

 

We all know that in our minds we think that time is running out, even though God has brought us through similar situations. In the mind we think that we are the only ones experiencing these situations/thoughts/trials/burdens. If the enemy can bombard the operator of our understanding and reason (the mind), he will cause us to be confused, anxious, ignorant and unreasonable. When our faculty of reason is attacked, hasty and wrong decisions are made. Fear, pressure, hopelessness and the urgency to give in will inevitably take over.

 

Hindsight is 20/20, they say. We don’t have the luxury of hindsight when we are dead-smack in the middle of a situation, but God does. God sits on the circle of time, seeing all points of our lives, knowing our end. Has God been silent? Sometimes we look around and see everyone following a new revelation and we’re stuck with a word from years ago. You know what? Continue to do what God told you to do years ago. Abraham did, Joseph did, David did. God’s word didn’t change for them, they trusted him to deliver. You, like them, can say that you lived to see the reward from the Most High God. 

 

Recheck those circumstances and situations that cause you undue stress and worry. Too much stress and worry will lead to physical problems that you don’t need to deal with. Just follow the leader. Follow the Leader, and avoid the false start. One day, maybe not next year, but one day, you will be able to say to yourself, Happy Anniversary.

 

 

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Posted by: rena | January 27, 2009

Saturated for Service II

Previously we discussed one of the terms of anointing: “Christian” defined as “Christ-like” and Christ is “His Anointed One” (chrio), referring to human vessels set aside for service, such as priests, prophets and kings (Jesus also being referred to as our priest, prophet and king).

 

We talked about the Father giving his Holy Spirit to teach us all things, that, with the Spirit, we are endued with power to carry out whatever task God has appointed; and also, it is the Spirit within you—saturating you—which defines you being anointed.

 

Chosen, smeared of God, priest, prophet, king, endued with his power, receiving the Holy Spirit. And yet, anointed people don’t always do anointed things. How can this be? Does God’s word return void? Did the Holy Spirit fail to do his part? When God called you did he make a mistake? No. Once it’s spoken, consider it an absolute. You can be given a shield and be instructed on how to protect yourself, but if you don’t hold it up, how do you expect not be injured?

 

This does not mean you’re not a soldier, only that you need to gain knowledge on how to prevent that breach from happening again. It also does not negate the fact that what you hold in your hand is still a shield.

 

What you hold is designed to give you power, to shield you, but instruction and skill take time. Many people are anointed to do a job that will not manifest itself for years, but they know what they are called to do; they study, learn and receive understanding of the calling many years before they actually sit in the office.

 

Take David, for example. He had skill and passion in watching his father’s sheep. He was anointed to be king more than a decade before he actually sat on the thrown. In that time was practice on how to transit from sheep to people. He perfected his warrior skills, his praising skills, and his leadership skills.

 

You are blessed with skills, so know that God has called you into a certain area. What are you practicing? Your transit depends on how you’re holding your covering. Your skills and integrity will be attacked, nevertheless, God’s Word—and anointing—were sent to you. Use it wisely through exercise and training. Work according to how your anointing is intended to work in you.

 

Whatsoever he has called you to, do it with all your might and passion, for you are saturated for service.

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Posted by: rena | December 20, 2008

Saturated for Service

 What Are We Talking About? “That person is so anointed…” “I’m anointed to…” “When you’re anointed you don’t need anyone telling you…” “My anointing is in…”

 

To be anointed means to be painted, to be smeared, to be soaked. It is to be dipped so heavily that you are drenched in the miraculous, dunamis power of God, and you are compelled to complete the task or position he had deemed to you. To have the anointing means you have God’s “yea” and “amen”. Sealed.

 

That’s what it means. But what is it? It is He.

 

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, truly you will be cursed and cut off. (Acts 8:9-24)

 

In Luke 4:18 Jesus reveals he was sent to preach, to heal and to deliver. Jesus Christ (Jesus, His Anointed One) is set as a priest, prophet and king of them that believe. Now, if you believe in Jesus, you also believe in the “He” who sent him, the Father. And, it is the Father who gives all things; he gave Jesus his anointed, and he gave his Holy Spirit who teaches all things to us. It is the Holy Spirit, the pleasing and aromatic fragrance, who is the anointing in this case.

 

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:27

 

The Holy Spirit is God’s promise, his earnest seal on us, that we should rely on our keeper (Holy Spirit). “Now it is God who makes us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Cor 1:21-22 NIV.

 

As mentioned earlier, this is God’s “yea” and “amen” because he is the unchangeable God. He does not give on a whim and take back as the plans of man or time can change and be unbalanced (2 Cor 1:18-20). It really is his promise. He will always keep his commitment to the covenant.

 

But anointed people don’t always do anointed things, so what does this say?

 

 

… We’ll take a look at this, and dig further into the anointing and its designations in the next segment.

 

 

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Posted by: rena | October 11, 2008

No Man Shall See the LORD

Recently someone was reflecting on Heb 12:14 and said, “We need to live holy, because without holiness no man can see God.”

 

…that struck me. I was fascinated, only because, for some reason, I heard it resonate in a different way.

 

Can you see God in me? If I am not holy, God will not and indeed, cannot, be evident in me; I cannot comprehend (realize, figure out, discern, see or know) for myself, the greatness of God or the reality of him.

 

No one else will be able to see God in me either. The bible speaks about people not being able to see because they are blind in their minds. Some don’t want to perceive or accept the reality, more often than not, this is the choice of the individual, for a man who seeks God will always find him.

 

After our initial confession and accepting God as our Savior, we know that God is real. We are sanctified and justified by the Holy Spirit who allows us to recognize and communicate with God on this basis. It’s not us revealing God, but him revealing himself to us through a holy relationship. A holiness relationship. Now we can see him through the revelation of the Spirit.

 

If the relationship is severed, the individual is no longer living by the conditions of holiness, and cannot perceive the things of God. This is God’s holiness, it’s not something man has engineered or generated to reach God, it is an extension of God that we attach ourselves to in order to survive.

 

A person who strayed has disconnected and needs to come again to a place where they choose to live a holy life in order to see clearly. Rom 6:19b talks about how we once gave ourselves over to unrighteous living, but now must yield ourselves to holiness. God even chastens, or disciplines, us so that we can remain in holiness (Heb 12:7-10).

 

Only a holy life can commune in the presence of a holy God.

 

When you reflect on your life and know you’re living holily, you should see God at work. When others look at you, they should see, not holiness, but God who reigns in it. That’s the correlation.

 

We can’t see holiness, only the Lord can; but without it, no man can see the Lord.

 

Posted by: rena | August 5, 2008

Do You Believe In God?

Do you believe in God? 

 

That seems like a silly question to ask someone who says he is a believer, and it may be just a play on words to some, but it is a serious question.

 

Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy? Do you believe in the Easter Bunny? You should say that you don’t to those invented images. To believe in something is to believe in its existence. But don’t stop there.

 

Do you believe in Satan and his devils? Any follower of Christ should believe that devils do exist.

The real questions is; “Do you believe God?” Just believe. Not merely believing in his existence, but what he promised, believe what he said he would do and what he would not do. Well?

 

We should know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God exists and that we have an enemy that exists, Satan; however, we should also know that God’s word is true and that Satan is the father of nothing but lies. Don’t take the enemy’s word over God’s!

 

Discerning the difference comes through reading your bible, listening to God speak through others and directly to you in your spirit, and learning what he has designated you to accomplish (your purpose).

 

For some the struggle is believing he will speak through his word in this day and age. For others, believing that what they hear through others or in their spirit is really God speaking. And, some may tussle with the idea that they even have a task or tasks that God wants them to accomplish.

 

We need to remember to look past our limitations and only believe God. Believing in his existence is not enough. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:19-20. Some people feel safe to say that they believe in God, but my friends, know that acting on God’s word backs up what you proclaim. You say you believe God, but are you justifying that by living on every word that proceeds out of his mouth? I speak to myself as well, and challenge us all to live up to the word.

 

What do you believe in, and what do you believe? The latter is the real question, and every day we must choose. 

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