BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 619 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

We win the war between the two kingdoms in loving one another and self sacrifice. 

In whatever culture taking the way God lays out of submission, service, obedience to His will, kindness, compassion treating others with dignity and honour. 

Not taking the way of rejection, rule making, barricading, dividing and with no empathy. 

Jesus gave all He encountered value and dignity as a human beings first and foremost. 

It is not a case of ignoring the truth. It is not having a liberal agenda that doesn’t accept sin as sin.

 It is the overriding desire for all to flourish abundantly but at the same time to be beautifully intolerant of sin. 

The love of each one in front of us to shine through as a light and to flavour as salt in embracing and love not rejection, accusations or law making. 

In Jesus’ life, although He was not in a neutral place, He never challenged the law in public life. 

He challenged what He saw and knew to be in the heart.  

Whatever the culture we can stand strong and righteous in our heart and have influence.

You cannot legislate for morality. Morality comes from a decision and choice from the heart not the law.

Christianity should not be a religion based on an empire concept of power from the top down, requiring policing, enforcement and domination. 

It comes from the freedom of a choice to follow Christ as He reveals Himself in whatever way He chooses, in our hearts. We are won over to His values and the ability to see others as valued as He does. 

We are all righteous before God. 

Righteousness is not measured by law abiding but by morality within our hearts. 

Hearts that God can entrust with more of His Spirit. Law and religiosity becomes obsolete when the heart is right.

Our lives lived as an opportunity for others to see and taste Christ by being witness to what we exhibit of the kingdom. Set apart from the worlds ways which we are increasingly observing will fail. 

We cannot be judge and witness at the same time. 

Standing aloof and casting judgements means unconsciously weighing and testing others .

Conversely to witness and enact Christ on His behalf as a kingdom citizen can change culture. Done by loving others. Each one before us valued as a human in God’s image.

I love and have pride that, in response to Ukraine’s war, so many families opened up homes, facilitated space to accommodate and this bore influence on the attitude and implementation deficits drown in negative legal tape exposed. Their love and hearts of righteous justice motivating changes quicker than board room, legal, policy making.

Actions without love too were exposed for their ugliness.

We as church have opportunities to become refuges not the pariahs seen in the world. 

God measures righteousness in hearts and blesses and spares accordingly. Not according to laws. 

Our Heavenly Father has plans and so much has to be given over to the sovereignty of God. His justice is all about reconciling us back to Him.

We have the responsibility to be inconvenienced as neighbours to serve one another. We have the challenge of laying down our lives to facilitate another.

Our values and  social beliefs, aligned with God’s, are instrumental in changing cultures.  Not laws and politics. 

Our voice and actions matter. 

We are the salt and the Light to compel others when we embody the values of the Kingdom. 

Each of us was the Father’s dream and spoken over before the world was formed and have the value in being fearfully and wonderfully made. 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Each of us is known and valued by Him as His children. 

“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands,”. 

Each of us has a scroll of purpose and worth. 

The illustration shows us fearfully made, knit together, engraved on the hand purposed as salt and light in God’s plan. Emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

Three Scripture’s that come to mind: 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm‬ ‭139:15-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah‬ ‭49:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬.

The song        No Longer A Slave.              Bethel

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 618. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

Worship is pleasing to the Lord but only in conjunction with our obedience to His new covenant commands where our love and compassion reign.  

Not so long ago the whole world witnessed the final cries of “I can’t breathe” of someone under the knee of another and they were shocked and deeply incensed to their core by a feeling of injustice on many levels. 

The awfulness and the hopelessness of the scenario, brought forth in us, a righteous anger and compassion. 

Now to amplify that immeasurably we glimpse a snippet of the intolerance God feels towards injustice. The Trinity who are Love, Good, Holy, are equally justice. 

They are intent upon restoring right to wherever wrong is triumphing. 

“For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong;”

All of God’s ways are just. He has no external standards of righteousness outside Himself. He is the standard and He cannot be anything otherwise than Holy. 

“But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.”

He will neither overlook or over punish but will judge accurately and give people what they rightly deserve and are owed.

God serves us all especially any who are under the knee and gasping to live for whatever reason. His heart leans always towards the vulnerable. 

Scripture depicts this entirely both in the Old and New Testament.  

““Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.””

God is deeply opposed to injustice. Jesus showed us how to be likewise. We equally have this responsibility.

“You go, and do likewise.”

Those who justify themselves keep the broken world at arms length. We draw them close if our hearts are in step with Jesus’ heart. It is the indispensable evidence of Him in our lives.

The degree of our sense of justice and our identity with all humans being in Gods image and subsequently of worth and deserving our voice, attention and concern. 

We listen and witness cries for justice with empathy when in compassion we can enter into their sorrow. 

The Holy Spirit tunes us into the justice within God’s heart.  

Only then will we speak out on behalf of those whose voice is drowned out and defend their cause. 

“learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

As image bearers of God we humbly walk as He rules and reigns in our lives to let justice flow like a river. 

The illustration shows us bending the knee to those fighting for breath under the knee of injustice. God’s river of justice flowing through us to emanate light that pushes back the darkness.

Six Scriptures that come to mind:

“Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos‬ ‭5:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.” Isaiah‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” Zechariah‬ ‭7:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Luke‬ ‭10:37‬ ‭ESV‬‬.

“learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song             House Of The Lord.        Phil Wickham

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 617. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—”

We are being called to let go of the badges and identities that we have become established in and to retake hold of the identity of a child and a son or daughter of the Father. 

Some of us are holding on tightly to what it has cost us to establish and where we feel our identity now is.

 We are stubbornly wanting to retain that place of authority and God is battling with us now to lay it down, as one would a sacrifice,  and to instead lean into His strength and agenda instead of our own. 

There feels as if there is a silence before the storm moment. A brink that we are about to be pushed over the edge of. It is not the silence of peace but the silence of anticipation.

The sense that God has come to a decision that He is about to recommission us into.    For us to be in the clearing of open heaven and His presence and to obey instinctively in fast faith and become the light in the city upon the hill.

One where our equipping requires us to be fast responders.

 Just as a child would respond to a parent’s instruction without hesitation and thinking. 

Just as Jesus relayed that He did only what He saw from the Father. 

The knee jerk reaction that has not been filtered through decision making. 

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”

If we are too slow to respond it indicates a lack of trust and faith and that in figuring it out for ourselves we have not been risk taking but contemplative and assessing how it might work out and therefore putting our interpretation into the outcome and doing it in our own strength instead of allowing God space and action. 

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Our trust has to be in the Father though we do not see the outcome we know it will always be best. 

Our hope is stirred up in the action of faith. 

The story of Esther typifies having to take a risk and respond in faith and have confidence in that decision to obey a deep seated knowledge. 

Only by deciding in faith did she come into her divine destiny. 

‘’Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

God will release a way to put wrong things right. God will restore to us that which we have sown in good faith and had stolen. He will restore any harvest that is rightly ours.

It is His sovereign vengeance on our behalf for restoration. God will bring forth fruit from all that we have given in good faith.

Risk is not our natural response to decision making where we have learnt to test and slow marinade  in what we are making decisions upon. 

In this moment we are having to lay aside our own wisdom and instinctive caution and instead are called to trust and obey come what may. 

To be ready to respond swiftly in the moment.

To take the middle ground which is God’s way in quick response because to be too cautious will cause delay. 

God wants action and momentum right now. Now is the time for child like obedience in trust. Take Holy risks in confidence that He will keep us safe.

Have faith and confidence that we can trust that He will have thought it through and so we can respond instantaneously. 

Our swift response to risk taking will be the light seen on the hill in the darkness.  

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

The illustration shows, as seen through the eyes of the world, the city on the hill emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

Five Scriptures that come to mind :

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” John‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—”. Ephesians‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” Esther‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”Matthew‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song                  All I Need.                  Citizens

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 616. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

It is in the middle ground where we most experience the necessity to endure. It is in equal measure also where we experience the power of God shaping us.

It is the space in between a promise and it’s fulfilment. Our frustration is where we misidentify this as a place of delay. Instead we must regard it a place of developing and preparation.

Then the narrative changes to being an over comer, having a victory and stepping forward.  

Our prayer becomes one of asking how we occupy the space, what is God’s purpose.  Hope and expectation a renewed instead of feeling disappointment in hope deferred. 

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

If we feel fatigued and weary it is as a result of hope deferred. Our strength is connected to our hope.  Hope is sustained by our faith in what is unseen.    

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?”

The whole of Hebrews 11 builds upon not wavering from a confidence in what is unseen but is believed in because of our faith in a promise.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Hope is a work of God through the Holy Spirits persistence within us. God is fine with our lack of ease and discomfort if He knows it is unto us gaining eternal hope and becoming grafted closer into Him.

The Holy Spirit exposes where our choices do not hinge on our belief that God is good, God is faithful. 

Illogical hope can manifest when we trust and put our hope in God’s faithfulness. The hope is in the person of Jesus re-tethering us back to Him in all choices.

We let go of our own expectations and make room for Him. It is when we put our hope in preferring our own plans that we become disappointed.

“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.”

Our hope put in Him is equal to our praise and worship and sustains us in the middle ground where uncertainty can lurk. Indeed the middle ground gives us an opportunity to live in faith and hope.

Therefore the biggest lessons of faith and hope are often found in pain and chaos. It is the place God can form, fashion and reshape us and should therefore not be disdained but welcome. 

Having to depend on God and not ourselves is the space for our biggest breakthroughs. 

Self reliance and dependency has to be shaken out of us. We succumb to knowing we do not have all the answers. We learn to steward new life in the joy of what He will set before us. We learn to sacrifice and lay down on the altar our self absorption.

We ruthlessly throw off the baggage, weight and habits that we already carry that hinder how we run the race. 

The illustration shows us supported and pushed up higher in the middle of our race by the hand of God. In the rest of relying in Him we are strengthened to endure and move forwards emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

Five Scriptures that come to mind:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs‬ ‭13:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” Romans‬ ‭8:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.”Psalm‬ ‭71:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song          Plans.                           Rend  Collective

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 615. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“He responded, “Every scholar of the Scriptures, who is instructed in the ways of heaven’s kingdom realm, is like a wealthy home owner with his house filled with treasures both new and old.””

Keeping up and in timing with God and revelation of Jesus and keeping in His presence can also implicate the boundaries we have in our lives.

Of where we stop and finish. Of where we start afresh. Of where we allow ourselves to linger or to move on. 

There is a fine line between being in and partaking of the sweetness and of becoming sick of. 

“If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. “

There is a similar fine line between outstaying our welcome.

“Let your foot be seldom in your neighbours house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.”

When the day is past, of us closing the page as one would a book and opening the next page in the morning fresh for a new day. 

Sometimes our extended sense of personal responsibility, or pride,  makes us want to continue and thoroughly finish off instead of heeding Gods prompt to accept completion and move on and leave behind. 

What had been a pleasant perfume can become like a bad smell hanging in the atmosphere. 

Sometimes regret holds us in the past. Sometimes fear of the future holds us in the past. The safest place is in the presence of God.

Our sensitivity to His Spirit’s nudging and His will keeps us in obedience and being refreshed is key.

When we feel fatigued and stuck is a good time to perhaps ask God: What regrets am I holding onto that are keeping me in the past and not releasing me to move on ? What fears about the future are holding me back from stepping forward into it?

The answer on occasions reveals nostalgia or pride rooted in the enemies attempts to impede our journeying and distance us from God’s will. 

Our disobedience is in not acknowledging the power of God to set us free. 

In my experience, doing business with the Lord over this revelation, He enables us to let go and receive what He has for us. 

It’s a process like moving house where we pack and keep what is of value and use for the next but get rid of surplus or out used. Even bits that spill over untidily, which we might have disappointment over, God can order and tidy it up.

He has paid for all of our past, present and future. He has progressively revealed more to us. We are redeemed and sorted already in His perspective.

Within our character we have treasures old and new to bring to the storehouse. 

“He responded, “Every scholar of the Scriptures, who is instructed in the ways of heaven’s kingdom realm, is like a wealthy home owner with his house filled with treasures both new and old.”

When we believe in His provision always being enough we can live in the principle of giving and it opening the doors for us to receive kingdom blessing. 

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

We and collectively the church should be a resource, a storehouse, in our community by being generous with what we have got. 

Many of us are privileged and have more than we need. 

Many of us are mature and have a spiritual wealth stored to be drawn upon. 

Greed is having more than we need. 

We are called to be generous givers and to do what does not make sense in a worldly perspective. 

There is no need to hold anyone to ransom or force their hand but live in the principle of the kingdom.

Being generous in giving in all regards practically and from the heart with love, care and compassion. 

“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

We put our trust in God to do what He promises and this establishes the flow. 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”

He and His cannot be multiplied until it has been given.

 Like the widows oil however little we have once given can multiply and never run out. 

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

The illustration shows the wealthy home owner’s home filled with treasures old and new as a storehouse for all. Light emanating to push back the darkness.

Six Scriptures that come to mind:

“He responded, “Every scholar of the Scriptures, who is instructed in the ways of heaven’s kingdom realm, is like a wealthy home owner with his house filled with treasures both new and old.” Matthew‬ ‭13:52‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.” Proverbs‬ ‭25:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm‬ ‭37:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke‬ ‭6:38‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song            Worthy Of It All.              Emmy Rose

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 614. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”

When we hear God saying we need to be strengthened by enduring so that we are ready to receive what He has promised, we have two sides of the coin to consider.

The one of realisation that we have to undergo to be trained to be ready. We may feel overwhelmed with the battle already. The second that there is a promise at the end of the tunnel that is worth reaching.

 “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,”

Jesus has the solution. We keep our eyes on Him and get over and around whatever comes up in between resting in our distraction of Him and not what appears to be junk obstacles in the way. 

There is then a sweetness in the hardship of the training  because God has provided and continues to provide our strength and emotional stamina. 

We have been promised, therefore enduring to receive that promise means there is no longer disappointment in God but instead always expectation. 

The testing we endure prepares us to hold the weight of what is to come. Weight bearing will reveal any flaws or fractures that we may previously have been unaware of. We need whole strength.

Often sensing we are swimming against the flow is indicative of swimming in God’s direction and not man’s. 

Conversely there is an ease and rest when we are in His anointing and time that is missing when we have forsaken Him and built our own way.  

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Both trying to continue when the season has passed or trying to birth things in our timing and not God’s will meet with resistance. 

We can be accused of trying to bring about solutions to solve problems or create the promise in our own strength and not in Gods. 

We can easily encounter a sense of fear, loss, failure or  of being overlooked and commence driving ourselves independently. 

It may be merit able solution to getting through a crisis by gearing up, but not to fulfilling a promise driven by God.  

An Ishmael spirit of independent solution instead of resting and abiding in the faith, that what God promises will be, as Sarah giving birth to Isaac portrayed.

God is training us not to be driven by fear. Instead to stop, be still and wait. To not make things happen. Resting and hosting; responding to Him and awaiting the supernatural solution. Stop making driven decisions. Wait for answers to be released.

Move in response to Him instead of as a reaction to what is of the world. Nothing phases God. He exists in the place of the eternal not the earthly.

Our dependence on Him is our solution, it exists in the space we give Him. 

Our biggest idol is fear;  to not look like a failure. Fear comes from the enemy. 

God cannot inhabit and bless what we give space to be filled by another. God can fill empty places prepared for Him. He needs a gap left for Him.

It is His joy to be invited and for us to wait in expectation. Too often we have to fill the space with our own noise or words, not His. We worship Him in our waiting.

We cannot do this by our human effort only by waiting on Him. It is not about us. It is about Him.

The illustration shows us waiting upon the Holy Spirit to fill, strengthen and empower us to overcome what is of the world and to be expectant of the fruition of God’s promises. Light emanating to push back the darkness.

Three Scriptures that come to mind:

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews‬ ‭10:36‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,”. Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song        Your Nature.                                Kari Jobe

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 613. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.”

We are hungry for more of God in our lives and God is hungry for more of us in His presence. 

We can sense that we have come to a ceiling where both we and God are no longer satisfied. 

We with the level of the presence of His glory upon us and He of the level of awe and wonder and praise from us. 

We are experiencing the imminence for more. 

 He is seeking those and preparing others to be in the capacity of being able to bear the new weight that He wants us to hold. 

It is the eternal space that we can remain in and not just go in and out of as and when there is an allotted time in the week in a service or year at a gathering.

For us to have expectation of Him manifesting and we being multi receptive of feeling seeing and hearing and sensing His presence and its remaining foremost in our daily lives, not a fleeting glimpse that ebbs and flows on specific occasions. 

Locally, historically and  in the museum there is an illustration of a great, massive man called John Bull. Who required a massive, expansive chair to accommodate him and bear his expansive weight. 

A chair which any child placed upon would be overwhelmed by and incapable of reaching all sides of; would appear dwarfed by, and in awe of the extreme size of the man it was designed for. 

This is the overwhelming expansive size and weight of God who we have unwittingly made small and insignificant weighed against the amount of time and praise we are willing to sacrifice for Him. 

God’s capacity is for far more and we are boxing Him in with our own concepts. We have to adjust the dynamics of our thinking and practices to support the new level that He is moving on to.

Staying in the same stance and posture maybe of our own preferences because we have been among those who birthed and built it, will not withhold the weight of the new we are being birthed into.  In the natural dynamic the scenario would be destined to some collapse, crash, collision. 

God is the ever arriving and more, filling His temple with His train as in Isaiah’s vision. 

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw [in a vision] the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the [most holy part of the] temple. Above Him seraphim (heavenly beings) stood; each one had six wings: with two wings he covered his face, with two wings he covered his feet, and with two wings he flew. And one called out to another, saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is filled with His glory.””

His presence is unfathomable, unmediated, beyond comparison because it has to be tangibly felt by His people and them have revelation too of His new structure.  God’s desire to manifest and come to His people in an even more meaningful relationship is tangible. 

We cannot love with our heart what we don’t know with our mind therefore God’s desire to expand our minds and break down boundaries is sensed.

He is not bound by us and our time frames. He is the one with ultimate free will.

Biblical evidence shows the occasions where He dramatically intervenes releases freedom of Spirit and His blessing. 

He wants our hearts, will and submission to acknowledge He reigns. To let God be in our minds. It is a sobering thought.

When God wants something it must be because He doesn’t have it. 

Are we willing to shift or are we idolising our own wants and therefore defensive?

Peter’s response to want to camp out in the Transfiguration moment was not what God’s intent was. 

We are here to Worship Him in intimacy for the collective kingdom not to cash in for our own benefits.

When His glory turned up we meet it on our face. God’s desire is for more now.

“But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.”

The time has come for our sacrifice to sit on the altar of our worship and feel to be no sacrifice at all. 

It is in all our time. Not just in an hour’s service. All our desire and purpose. Not just when we happen to.

He dwells in the praises of His people it is where love meets love. 

“But You are holy, O You who are enthroned in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].”

In the natural when we are in love we become oblivious of time just wanting to spend time together. Nothing is too much effort to reach the other’s needs.

You pursue inexhaustible and the other alone is enough to fill you with love and joy. You become totally committed and your sacrifice doesn’t ever look like it because it is your pleasure. The one you love you worship

God’s love for us is more than this. He worships us individually and corporately. We are enough.

It begs the question of us is God enough?

When we come away from worshiping Him is He the one still on our lips or is it about us and the quality perceived of the worship sensation?

Is it still on our terms or His? Does He have our all? When He is central every other door opens wider to our love.

It emanates into the depth we can love our family, our friends  our colleagues, our acquaintances, strangers even enemies. 

There is a third person in the way we love everyone in the person of God. 

The illustration shows God enthroned and filling space with no boundaries. Light emanating and pushing back the darkness. 

Three Scriptures that come to mind:

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw [in a vision] the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the [most holy part of the] temple. Above Him seraphim (heavenly beings) stood; each one had six wings: with two wings he covered his face, with two wings he covered his feet, and with two wings he flew. And one called out to another, saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is filled with His glory.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:1-3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.”Habakkuk‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“But You are holy, O You who are enthroned in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].” Psalms‬ ‭22:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The song        Worthy Of It All.              Emmy Rose

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 612. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“So fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, to which you were called and about which you made the good confession before the multitude of witnesses!”

The cross is the key to eternity, it unlocks the treasures of heaven and is the centre piece of our faith. 

The cross is the the power of God that brings us out of darkness and the death that sin cursed upon us in Eden, back into life.

The tree of life that was in Eden that Adam and Eve should have eaten from only had to become the tree that Jesus sacrificed His life upon so that we could regain Christ as the tree of life in eternity. 

“For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.”

God who is Spirit, so loved us, the children He created, that He sent part of Himself, His only Son Jesus to become incarnate as man, the same as us, to live on earth and suffer the death we deserved in our place, to be our saviour and make us worthy and acceptable to be in God’s presence again.

“To lay hold of eternal life”

The blessings are the substance that our life was intended for. God has immeasurable blessings for us as the bride of Christ. In our union with Him He infuses us with righteousness.

That is how He sees us now therefore we have no need to strive in the flesh for our own perfection and righteousness.

He has blessed us with limitless freedom and access to Him. His presence being within, upon and enveloping us.

He has blessed us with divine supernatural healing from all wounds in our soul so that we might be whole, complete and untroubled. 

We are blessed with acceptance. Completely welcomed just as we are. 

Grace doesn’t wait until we look beautiful.  His grace beautifies us in God’s sight He has found everything in us that which He wants already. He has no condemnation, our heart has been washed clean in His presence. 

We are blessed because He honours us as being worth Jesus’ death because we are precious in His sight. He gives us the honour and dignity of esteeming us above the angels.  He makes us co-heirs upon the throne with Jesus 

“The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendour, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One.”

We are blessed with joy and peace. There is nothing to come between us and He is the joy and peace that we can rest within. He has become our Sabbath. We walk with and in Him daily.

“from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,”

We are blessed because of the victory that emanates from the cross and cascades triumphantly over us. It prevails and subdues all things to Himself.

“However, when everything is subdued and in submission to him, then the Son himself will be subject to the Father, who put all things under his feet. This is so that Father God will be everything in everyone!”

The resurrection and ascension power places Christ in heaven where He intercedes for us constantly. 

The illustration shows the cross central to everything. It coming out of the Tree of Life in the garden of Eden, coming out of God becoming incarnate, out of the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, out of our regaining Eden and the promised land. Revelation Light emanating to push back the darkness.

Five Scriptures that come to mind:

“So fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, to which you were called and about which you made the good confession before the multitude of witnesses!” 1 Timothy‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendour, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One.” Hebrews‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,”. Ephesians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“However, when everything is subdued and in submission to him, then the Son himself will be subject to the Father, who put all things under his feet. This is so that Father God will be everything in everyone!” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:28‬ ‭TPT‬‬

The song        Oh God Of Abraham.            Don Moen

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 611. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”

The new where the gear goes up. No longer the time to be in low gear pottering along familiar safe and comfortable. The new gear to steward the Lord is in questions of:

Where do I go? How do I spend my time ? Where and what do I sacrifice? What must I give? What do you not want? What do I no longer partner with?

If we are not going to act upon what we hear God saying we are not being obedient. 

Scripturally  we see time and again how favour is lost by partnering with that which the Lord is not framing in the now.

We are judged for disobedience. It is worse for those who have heard and who have still turned away than those in ignorance. God judges us according to our revelation.

Our plea is for God to burn up what is within us that is old wine. Stop us from sowing into old wine skins and direct us to the new wine skins being prepared now.

Heaven is a place of wild order not controlled restrictions. In Jesus’ life He was always telling people to ‘‘move, go, rise, take, go tell.’’

There is movement within a place of rest that changes the dynamics and where God, like the rudder on a ship, can guide and steer from, when He cannot if it is static. 

When static we are always waiting for something instead of being creative and participatory.

God has given us permission to bring His creative essence into being and bring it forth.  After being created He gave us authority and we were sent and we have therefore been released.  

The release is not the way we enter the promised land. The responsibility shifts to having faith and walking in the fullness of our intention.

The progression requires being in the middle of two places and progressing there. 

There is a challenge to hold onto the words, the vision, the instruction in this middle ground and not being tempted to loose hope while we cycle round in time. 

It is a time to concentrate on what God has said and not on how it seems to be working out. Therefore to hold on and not give up. 

We have to choose to reactivate the original word and not become captive to the challenge. There is a risk of failure that has to be embraced and won over.

The wilderness was meant to be a place of transition not to be resident in long term. Being intentional and active breaks the cyclic resistance.

God has given us the promised land and to be planted in the wrong place will not be where we flourish therefore to be uprooted, if necessary, and replanted will promote the explosive growth and flourishing.

Also scripture shows us that we have to consecrate ourselves to be ready for entering the promised land. 

Joshua had everyone circumcised, cleansed, made ready and to all go together as a body when they had been prepared.

We feel as if we have been in this middle ground.

If we have been obedient, sensing the need to rise and move on but not knowing exactly how or what to. Hence the need to ask specifically in our prayers. 

God promises reward for obedience. 

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; Your reward [for obedience] shall be very great.””

Scripturally we remember how specific God is in His creation. He said and there was, it happened and there was a visible, measurable result.

Focusing on what It seems He is saying now is that Glory will be poured out on our praise and worship. Depending on being led by His Holy Spirit and encountering Him.  His grace makes us ready, we don’t have to make ourselves ready.  

The illustration shows the consecrating fire purifying to pure gold the living stones of the bride. Light emanating to push back the darkness.

Two Scriptures that come to mind:

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; Your reward [for obedience] shall be very great.” Genesis‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The song       Rescue.                           Lauren Daigle   

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 610. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

 “Make yourselves acceptable to worship the Lord, because he is going to do some amazing things for us.””

God reminds us that He has throughout scripture declared that His glory is heavy, weighty. So far we have only partially born that weight within our church. 

Now as He reveals more He recognises that what we have built so far along the way will not have strength to hold His presence.

This is again the time where He desires to be Emmanuel God with us therefore this new era has to change. He has to have a place He can sit within and it hold Him without destroying it. 

What has grown traditionally as Sunday service and little more will not hold Him. He has to walk and sit with us 24/7.  

Scripture has repeatedly told us that our means of encounter is worship and praise. The ceiling , like glass, has now shattered on our past attempts to encounter in worship healing and prayer.  

We have to embody and populate worship and praise around the clock in our lives. It is our sacrifice to the new level of glory in our midst. 

He will never revive what has been in the past. He has new.

Globally there will grow houses of worship within each of us and corporately. Authentic sound of music vibration in all Nations that rises and shatters the confinement that has restrained it. Historic relics such as the pyramids will fade into insignificance as mountains of anointed sound in worship rise. 

People and places who embrace and share and unify will become the apostles creating, preaching and ministering through the shattering new sound in the Spiritual that satan has attempted to thwart. 

The sound will be what brings others flocking towards. The holy version of supernatural apostolic music as ecstatically clamoured after as the transitionary prolific fame of the Beetles in the natural world.

God’s divine birthing of a new era of His presence calls for our quest over: What we now do? Where do we now need to be? What do I need to be in agreement with? What do I need to stop? Where can I expect the Glory of God to be or not be?

God is dealing with what has been birthed but in His name that is not of His heart. Breaking down boundaries, walls and capping. The compromise of Levite priests. The unconsecrated that has contaminated. God will do mighty signs and wonders.

“until they came to the Jordan River. The water in the river had risen over its banks, as it often does in springtime. But as soon as the feet of the priests touched the water, the river stopped flowing, and the water started piling up at the town of Adam near Zarethan. No water flowed toward the Dead Sea, and the priests stood in the middle of the dry riverbed near Jericho while everyone else crossed over.”

He will reconsecrate our hearts and get rid of all that has kept us separated from Him. 

We will no longer be satisfied either the status quo that locks us into double mindedness. Where the spirit of deception has been at play will be revealed and the key to unlocking will be spoken out within our worship and praise. 

“The people whom I formed for Myself Will make known My praise.”

The illustration shows our minds and mouths being unlocked in worship and praise. Making the single mind, not double mindedness, that God’s glory can come forth from. Light emanating to push back the darkness.

Three Scriptures that come to mind:

“Joshua told the people, “Make yourselves acceptable to worship the Lord, because he is going to do some amazing things for us.”” Joshua‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“until they came to the Jordan River. The water in the river had risen over its banks, as it often does in springtime. But as soon as the feet of the priests touched the water, the river stopped flowing, and the water started piling up at the town of Adam near Zarethan. No water flowed toward the Dead Sea, and the priests stood in the middle of the dry riverbed near Jericho while everyone else crossed over.” Joshua‬ ‭3:15-17‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“The people whom I formed for Myself Will make known My praise.”Isaiah‬ ‭43:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The song        Key Of David.               Sean.    Feucht

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 609. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.”

It is fascinating how prophets throughout the ages have had parts of the knowledge of what the church will be in the end and what signs there will be. 

It seems the end times has been a constant expectation with possible imminence. That as veils of revelation are peeled back, the picture becomes ever clearer and the parts of the puzzle become increasingly constructed.

Peter, who Jesus named as the rock on which He would build His church, has much to contribute to this construction and his words make increasing sense as we come to what is today.

He identifies the hope

“Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on.

‭‭That our faith is firm in knowing we receive protection until the last.

“You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do.”

That we are invested with a promise when Christ returned.

“Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honour and glory when Jesus Christ returns.”

Christ’s church has to be built for His return and that He is the Living stone that people have rejected and more so the cornerstone.

“It is just as God says in the Scriptures, “Look! I am placing in Zion a choice and precious cornerstone. No one who has faith in this one will be disappointed.”

The capping stone as the head of the body that builds the spiritual body and we are the holy priesthood. 

‘’Come to Jesus Christ. He is the living stone people have rejected, but which God has chosen and highly honoured. And now you are living stones being used to build a spiritual house. You are also a group of holy priests, and with the help of Jesus Christ you will offer sacrifices that please God.”

We are already called to share His throne as co-heirs but are the living stones in His church. 

“He lets us rule as kings and serve God his Father as priests. To him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.”

Peter’s vision of this different church was prophesy of the church birthed at Pentecost but equally relevant to the spiritual church that will be birthed following these birth pangs of the born again,  spirit filled, living stones of the church to come not based in a building but in the people who simultaneously will become the bride ready for her bridegroom. 

The true representation of the family of God where children will be born into what He is bringing forth.  

“But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things he has done. The Scriptures say,”

Church is a spiritual body in Christ’s body in a way that Peter glimpsed and prophesied but had not reached the time to be revealed in its reality. 

The illustration shows us being made into a royal priesthood and kings. Light emanating to push back the darkness.

Nine Scriptures that come to mind:

“So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.” Matthew‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honour and glory when Jesus Christ returns.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Be like newborn babies who are thirsty for the pure spiritual milk that will help you grow and be saved. You have already found out how good the Lord really is. Come to Jesus Christ. He is the living stone people have rejected, but which God has chosen and highly honoured. And now you are living stones being used to build a spiritual house. You are also a group of holy priests, and with the help of Jesus Christ you will offer sacrifices that please God.” 1 Peter‬ ‭2:2-5‬ ‭CEV.

“It is just as God says in the Scriptures, “Look! I am placing in Zion a choice and precious cornerstone. No one who has faith in this one will be disappointed.” 1 Peter 2:6. CEV

“He lets us rule as kings and serve God his Father as priests. To him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things he has done. The Scriptures say,”. 1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Father, I don’t ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one. They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I. Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours. I am sending them into the world, just as you sent me. I have given myself completely for their sake, so they may belong completely to the truth.” John‬ ‭17:15-19‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Sometimes false prophets spoke to the people of Israel. False teachers will also sneak in and speak harmful lies to you. But these teachers don’t really belong to the Master who paid a great price for them, and they will quickly destroy themselves. Many people will follow their evil ways and cause others to tell lies about the true way. They will be greedy and cheat you with smooth talk. But long ago God decided to punish them, and God doesn’t sleep. This shows that the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their sufferings and to punish evil people while they wait for the day of judgment.” 2 Peter‬ ‭2:1-3, 9‬ ‭CEV‬‬

The song    First Love.                     Josh Baldwin

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 608. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“Children, you belong to God, and you have defeated these enemies. God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one who is in the world.”

Prayer is the control room. The power centre of authority. God is pushing us to a new level to make us ready for the higher level of what He desires to do.

It is imperative to be equipped to discern what is of His hand even though it may initially appear offensive as the cloth with offensive foods upon it appeared initially to Peter in his vision before he realised it’s importance to making the gentiles inclusive to God’s plans. 

“He saw heaven open, and something came down like a huge sheet held up by its four corners. In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. A voice said to him, “Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.” But Peter said, “Lord, I can’t do that! I’ve never eaten anything that is unclean and not fit to eat.” The voice spoke to him again, “When God says that something can be used for food, don’t say it isn’t fit to eat.””

Jesus directs us to recognise the appropriate response and action to what He is stirring up in any given moment. We do not want to be in opposition and contrary to His plans. 

When it matters we have to be those to be relied upon to have strength to spring into action. Not to be so comfortable, laid back observing as a tourist might, but able to get out of the deck chair and onto our feet for action.

Our strength to do that may make the difference between life and death when it matters. To saving the one struggling.

It lies in our ability to follow orders and lay down our own opinions. Preoccupation and preferences. The hard way is the good way and may be the solution to the victory. 

Be part of where God is in the midst of. He is in the battle with us and therefore we have no problem to fear. His hand is with us when we take it to the Lord in prayer He knows and has answered before we have prayed it. 

“When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask.”

We are given two options to choose from. Trust or control. When we are weak we are strong. When we are bankrupt we accept what He offers.

Heaven is calling for everyone to be participating. The word from our mouth to equal the word from God’s mouth. 

“Children, you belong to God, and you have defeated these enemies. God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one who is in the world.”

He who is in you is greater. We are born that way. He reveals this as we worship. 

We have to be in or out.  

In we participate and engage with His heart choose partnership and not let others do it for us. 

We have to not be offended to take hold of the hand that pulls us out of the deck chair we may have become comfortable in and find awkward to get out of again. We have to not resist the transition into new hope, faith and understanding. 

To be renewed leaves us on the same level. To transition into the new is a new positioning, a higher level of what God wants to do. 

“So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.”

The illustration shows time to get up from the comfort however awkward that feels and be ready to spring into the new without resistance. 

Be None offended by whatever pushing or pulling that necessitates. To be positioned for light to emanate and push back the darkness.

Four Scriptures that come to mind:

“He saw heaven open, and something came down like a huge sheet held up by its four corners. In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. A voice said to him, “Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.” But Peter said, “Lord, I can’t do that! I’ve never eaten anything that is unclean and not fit to eat.” The voice spoke to him again, “When God says that something can be used for food, don’t say it isn’t fit to eat.””Acts‬ ‭10:11-15‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask.” Matthew‬ ‭6:7-8‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Children, you belong to God, and you have defeated these enemies. God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one who is in the world.” 1 John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭CEV‬‬

The song          So Close.                   Brandon Lake. Amanda Cook 

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 607. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“Don’t think I came to bring peace to the earth! I came to bring trouble, not peace. I came to turn sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. Your worst enemies will be in your own family. If you love your father or mother or even your sons and daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples. And unless you are willing to take up your cross and follow me, you are not fit to be my disciples. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.”

We want and need more of not more from the Holy Spirit.  

Pentecost happened following a hunger and desperation in the prayers of the disciples contained in the upper room. 

They all together and of one accord were joined as we must in not just desiring for ourselves as individuals but collective as we and our. 

It was always God’s agenda to be together as it was in Eden.  

One with one another creates the temple to bear the fullness of the weight of who He is. No individual alone can bear that. 

Together we are the body that  receives the fullness of the revelation. We all know in part. 

The fullness ebbs and flows and shifts constantly between the micro and the macro and fulfil the Mandate of Heaven. 

We have to be hungry and desperate and intentional so that as we receive together we can manifest as Peter at Pentecost, who under the anointing boldly spoke out impulsively and released what he received to another 3000 to receive also.

Our natural inclination is to hoard up encounters for our own edification.  

The fullness of Pentecost is allowing the Holy Spirit to break out. To receive and instantly to give and in so doing break down walls and barriers.

When we are desperate for any reason our mind is consumed at all times not just on occasions and for certain moments. 

Pentecost was a destroyer of expectation. The disciples were expecting Jesus as they knew Him before. Instead they received a new power, languages, authority to speak that was not in their experience before and was therefore not in their expectation. 

We have to allow God to move how He wants without our constraints framing Him in.  

We have to accept intoxication. Be willing to surrender. To be out of control. To be under the influence of Him.

Being under this intoxication is ongoing. Our fullness is up to us. Can we live beyond our own control and being addicted, hungering for more?

The Holy Spirit has been poured out beyond measure upon all who will receive without prescription of first having all our ducks in the right row.  

Addiction is wired into us. Can we be trusted with the increase and taking on responsibility?

‘’you are not fit to be my disciples. And unless you are willing to take up your cross and follow me, you are not fit to be my disciples. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.”

He has come with His own agenda and terms not ours. Jesus set the standard when he said He did nothing of His own accord but what He saw from the Father. We have to get over ourselves.

“Jesus told the people: I tell you for certain the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do.”

We can be so addicted that it will be repeatedly worth while to welcome the fullness of Christ. Without that addiction we have probably replaced it with another that has become our idol because we are wired to be addicted to Christ. 

We would encounter disappointment if having run the race we felt we could have done it better. 

“The apostles left there rejoicing, thrilled that God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.”

This life is a living sacrifice of us pouring our life out at His feet and He promises to pour His Spirit into us.  

“This is why only someone who has God’s Spirit can understand spiritual blessings. Anyone who doesn’t have God’s Spirit thinks these blessings are foolish.”

We may bring upon ourselves the disdain of others but we have revelation and relationship as the Holy Spirit invites, convicts, quickens, liberates, corrects, teaches and leads. 

By the Spirit we are empowered, sanctified and made holy and enabled to become a floodgate to release Him to others and fulfil our purpose. 

The illustration shows the unrestrained intoxicated dance of the Holy Spirit filled one unrestrained or restricted by anything other than the anointing and power the Spirit brings. Emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

Four Scriptures that come to mind:

“Don’t think I came to bring peace to the earth! I came to bring trouble, not peace. I came to turn sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. Your worst enemies will be in your own family. If you love your father or mother or even your sons and daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples. And unless you are willing to take up your cross and follow me, you are not fit to be my disciples. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.”Matthew‬ ‭10:34-39‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Jesus told the people: I tell you for certain the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do.” John‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“The apostles left there rejoicing, thrilled that God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.” Acts‬ ‭5:41‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“This is why only someone who has God’s Spirit can understand spiritual blessings. Anyone who doesn’t have God’s Spirit thinks these blessings are foolish.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭CEV‬‬

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