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"Where have you put him?" he asked them. They told him, "Lord, come and see." Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, "See how much he loved him!" (John 11:34-36) Jesus had a very special bond with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; they weren't just casual acquaintances. We can catch a glimpse of His nature by observing the way He became intimately involved in their lives. Nothing has changed; Jesus still has a yearning to be close to His people today. In fact, we see into the heart of Jesus through the two most powerful words in the entire Bible, found in John 11:35: "Jesus wept." I don't believe He was weeping for Lazarus, but rather for Mary and Martha. He loved them so much that He shed tears of empathy. His heart ached because of their deep sorrow. I genuinely believe that every tear you shed also runs down the cheek of Jesus! He weeps today when you drown in the depths of grief.
Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bears what is good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bears what is evil. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." This is a picture of just how simple it is to fill our lives with either the good or the bad stuff. All we have to do is choose the GOOD TREASURE to put in our hearts. After we've done this only the good treasure can flow out of our lives. Amazingly simple isn't it? We all have a choice. When we walk in the wisdom of God we will make the right choices and it will overflow into our account. We are literally storing up the good treasure of His glory and truth in our hearts. God wants us to be so overflowing with the good treasure of heaven inside of us that it flows like a river to all that surrounds us.
A few weeks ago the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me, He said, "The Wounded Warrior." Then He asked me this question, "What is the significance of being a wounded warrior?" I had no answer. He said to me, "It's the posture the wounds create!" Then He gave me an illustration using the military. Whenever an individual enrolls in the military one of the first things that is adjusted is their posture. No soldier will enter the battlefield with a slouched posture because soldiers must stand up straight with confidence in battle.
We all go through seasons when it feels as if our backs are against the wall. Circumstances around us scream in our face and demand our attention, yet regardless of how long we stare in their direction, nothing changes. At times we feel powerless. We fight the enemy with declarations of God's Word, we fast and pray, and do everything in the natural to fix what we can, only to wind up exhausted. I have good news for you, God has a better way!
Acceleration is falling in unexpected places. The Lord is changing things suddenly. The Lord is rearranging and there are divine interruptions happening in the lives of God's people at such a pace, unlike anything I have ever seen. The suddenlies of God are truly upon us. The enemy knows these suddenlies are upon us and they are being birthed right now and he is attempting to bring confusion upon the promise, but he will not succeed for the Lord has decreed that acceleration is falling in unexpected places.
I have visited the Sea of Galilee dozens of times. Each time I have had someone with me almost always the words "I must have a really long way to go yet as unlike Peter I have never walked on water" are uttered. Over time as I heard these words over and over something began to be stirred within me. It was the kind of stirring I get every time I sense that something is not quite right with the assessment we are making from something that happened within scripture. Each time this stirring begins I ask Dad for clarity knowing that our current understanding of what God is trying to share with us is somehow falling short of what he intended for us to see.
"Do people who are addicted to sugar or any other substance think differently than those who are not?" This question crossed my mind recently, and I decided to do some research on it. I discovered this sobering quote from psychologist Dr. Lee Jampolsky about the origins of the addictive mindset: "...the origins of addiction really come from our own thinking. When we are in a belief system that says 'my happiness is somewhere out there' —in a substance, in a relationship, in an amount of money in my bank account—that when I see that my happiness is out there, I am going to be heading down the road of addiction." The idea that your happiness is attached to having a particular food or any other material substance can lead you into seeking or clinging to that substance desperately.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18a Other versions are a bit more descriptive. Vision is referred to as "prophetic vision, revelation, divine guidance and redemptive revelation of God." The Message Bible reads, "If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed." Regardless of who we are, we need vision. Vision is an insight into what God is saying and doing now that includes our involvement. Our lives aren't static. They are dynamic! Vision is also dynamic. If we engage with vision, it will build us and enlarge our horizons. It will govern our path and stabilize our journey. And there's a lot more!
"The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet." Nahum 1:3 We are in high-pressured days that seem as if everything around us is in a great whirlwind. The noise coming from the media, the weather patterns, the sounds of war, the sounds of people crying out for "justice" and the sounds of people crying out because they feel like there's been too much "injustice."
We are to live on earth as in heaven. This is the Father's will. What happens in heaven is to be mirrored through us on the earth. Jesus said he did what he saw the Father doing. He also said what he heard the Father saying. By imitating the Father, Jesus lived on earth as in heaven. Jesus is our Lord, but he is also our example of how a human can fully live the will of heaven on earth. For us to successfully live on earth as in heaven, we need the ability to see what the Father is doing and to hear what the Father is saying. We gain the connection of spiritually seeing and hearing the Father by having a transformed mind. We read the importance of having a transformed mind in Romans 12.