So, Is It a Ministry of Worship or a Worship of Ministry?

“They pretend to worship me, but their worship is nothing more than the empty traditions of men.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:9‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“Church you are so close to the trees, you cannot see the forest. You have been in it so long, you do not see the important details of what is in front of you. That is where I am.”

“Yet regarding Israel Isaiah says: “With love I have held out my hands day after day, offering myself to this unbelieving and stubborn people!””
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:21‬ ‭

He said, “You can keep reorganizing the structure and operations of your organization…of My house, but until you stop and let My Spirit back in, you will keep circling the same tree, stumbling over it’s roots. Not getting anywhere. I am the ONLY ONE Who can lead you through the forest! No man can do what I do! It is time!!”

“I am giving you this time to step back. To yield, rest…find Peace…find Me…find your posture of worship again. Selah, pay attention to your spirit…listen to My Spirit.”

‘For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. ‘
– Romans 8:14-17

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul says “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Paul was addressing idol worship among the Corinthians.

The Lord is asking the tough questions. He is asking you to find your posture of worship again. What has become your worship of anything other than God? “Have you placed a higher value on doing ministry? Are you more concerned with the upkeep of different ministries, than maintaining the spiritual good of your souls? It is time to Selah. This yield is for you, my sons and daughters!”
#Selah #straightenmycrown #yield #ministryofworship #worshipofministry #cannotseetheforest #throughthetrees #trippinonroots

A New Look

The Lord is redesigning His church. He is giving it a new look from the inside out. Stop thinking it will look as it did before all of this. No matter how hard you work to keep up the old pace, it just won’t work. Stop doing, get still, listen….there are things you will have to speak to that you have never had to before. It will require less of you and more of Him.

He’s going to do things on a huge scale with the smallest of things and moments in time. Best of all, it will be with the most unlikely people.

There will be talks with His people amongst the cushions of the couch, that could not have taken place in the sanctuary, hallways, or offices. Talks challenging each other as to why we are here and what the task at hand is.

There will be walks in the neighborhoods that will go for miles, because of never wanting the content of the conversation to end. These are conversations that while wearing out the soles of one’s shoes, they will be challenging each other to go deeper within and discover the very makeup of one’s soul.

There will be all day teachings and discussions that bring so much expectation to the new thing God is doing. The teachings will not necessarily be guided by one but by THE ONE, with multiple contributors.

We won’t recognize this church because it’s nothing like what He was doing before. He knows the heart of His people better than we do, and He is meeting their every need just as He intended…through His church. #Heisredesigningthechurch #wewontrecognizeit #somethingnew #theOne #straightenmycrown

It Is Time To Yield.

Could it be, that our most productive, progressive and effective posture right now, is rest?  Maybe this turmoil is all for us to yield?  A season of slow?  A surrender and peaceful posture? Is this a Selah moment? I woke up hearing…

“If you have not found Rest in this time, you are missing ME.  It is time to yield.” ~ God

What are you missing because you are too busy to see or find Rest.  What current posture…whether it be spiritual, mental or physical…is keeping you distracted? We often work so hard to fill the void.  What happens when all the things that feed the busy-ness STOP.  All the things that race through our minds.  Our thoughts.  

To pay attention to our thoughts, the noise must stop.  So many are afraid of the silence that comes with stopping, that they fill it with whatever noise they can.  We are so used to the noise that when it does stop, panic sets in because the thoughts we have heard were not ground in truth.

Could it be that all this time, the things you thought and felt weren’t really true?  Could it be that your thoughts and emotions may have misguided you?

Wisdom says “don’t believe everything you think and feel.” 

Believe it or not, you are not the sum of what you think and feel.    Thoughts and emotions are possibilities.  They were meant to be indicators, yet some of us have allowed them to become distractors.  They are not there to take as a certainty…an absolute.  Process your thoughts and feelings before you believe them.  They were not meant to govern you.  They were not meant to be the foundation to which you make decisions.

The foundational truth I go to is Galatian 5:22. If I am NOT love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control…then I am NOT grounded in Truth.  Then I am not standing in what God says I am.  I ask myself “Am I being Peace? Am I being Love right now?”  If not, it is a very intentional switch…I decide in that moment to say or do something that ignites peace or love. For example, speak a blessing over someone or something in my life.

Peace be still.  Breathe.  Tell fear to go, in the name of the One True King…He is still on the throne.

 “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  ~ Hebrews 12:2

“THE Lord (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), Sit at My right hand, until I make Your adversaries Your footstool.” ~Psalm 110:1

#YIELD #SELAH #Heisstillonthethrown #peacebestill #rest #peace #surrender #straightenmycrown

Have You Lost Your Mind?

Have you lost your mind?  

Or have you lost control of your mind?  

It seems you can’t get yourself out of the entrapment of your own thoughts.  You allow guilt to speak…to scream louder than grace.  

What or who have you surrendered your thoughts to?  Who is the one controlling your mind?  

Could it be that you are allowing guilt to be the decision maker.  Fear to be the driving force as to whether you take something on.  Shame to be the very thing that leads you into isolation.  The feeling of loosing all control…loosing your mind…it’s almost unbearable.  You feel completely alone in this prison but in all actuality…you aren’t.  There are just so many that seem to be in this same prison. It is overwhelming.

The thing is…if you were to push past guilt, fear…the shame past the threshold of that prison door, that is actually wide open, there is freedom waiting.  A freedom, where the Lord will impart to you the very thing that will bring you out of those thoughts.  He will bring you out of the prison that those thoughts hold you to.  

Is it really the enemy keeping you in there? You seem to be the one that is keeping yourself from stepping over the threshold of His grace.  Who’s your real enemy in this season?  Who is keeping you from being the receiver of the very grace that was meant to empower you.  Think about it…who have you handed this power over to?

Grace is not just undeserved favor, it is also the operational power of God.  It gives you the ability to do what you could not do before.  

Remember, Mercy is not getting what you deserve.

Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.  When you receive something you don’t deserve, it typically ignites something in you to steward it well. Receiving grace, is your first step to believing in you.  It is your first step of you loving you, and you receiving love.  Steward the gift of grace well…allow it to empower you to step out of the entrapment of your thoughts!

Let’s be clear…Grace is not supplied to stay in sin, but imparted to you, for you to come out of sin!

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-12 

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #gethealed #whosyourenemy #graceisnotdeserved #straightenmycrown

YOU’RE DIFFERENT!

YOUR’RE DIFFERENT!  And it was intentional.

My friends…please consider this.  There are those of you, that are just different…who were never meant to fit in.  Maybe the Lord never intended you to blend in with the crowd.  I might suggest that He truly did set you apart.  Could it be that you were meant to stand out?  Could it be that this whole time, He was developing a heart in you to truly connect…to reach the outcast and downtrodden?  You will find, to your surprise that this development will not only extend to the outcasts and misfits but to the people in high places of authority, prominence or influence.  This development is to reach any and all people who are wandering in despair over the lack of real and true connection.

From conception…before you were in your mother’s womb, the intent was for you to be different.  The mold was not duplicated.  He intended for you to stand out.  He intended for you to stir up conversation, cause second glances, for people to question why you were different. 

Could it be that He is calling out His sons and daughter for such a time as this?  It is time of new and different!  He’s calling you out to love so deeply and so differently, there will be some that just don’t know what to do with you.  

And this whole time you thought something was wrong with you…when really you were just called to greatness.  This whole time, the very thing that was different about you was actually being celebrated in a realm you couldn’t see.  Rise up sons and daughters…it is time!  It is time for different!  He’s not doing the same thing, He is doing a different thing.  Take honor in that…get out of your way…get in THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE…allow Him to use you!

‘ Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].’

Romans 12:2

‘But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.’

1 Peter 2:9-10

 

Peace is Attainable

peacePeace is attainable.  

So many are in transition right now and have been for some time.  I believe that breakthrough is coming!  The feeling of uncertainty, abandonment, anxiousness, and feeling lost, tends to take over in the quiet moments.  These are not moments to avoid and/or ignore.  

Take a second…hide away…don’t hide from your feelings.  Go to your closet, your car, for a walk…anything.  Allow yourself to process.  Take a breath.  You control your thoughts.  They are not governed by anything you don’t give authority to.  In other words, your thought are controlled by whatever you give authority to.

Track your thoughts on how you got there.  How did you get to this end thought?  What sparked the trail you went down?  Ask God to show you where this all started.  Open up that line of communication.  He patiently waits for you to come to Him.  He does not force His way in.  He is a Gentleman.   Find your safe place with Him.  Ask Him for one.

We so often look at peace as an emotion or feeling.  It is a very physical, living, breathing, presence.  He is the Prince of Peace.  His very presence is where we are able to attain Peace.

End all be all, is it grounded in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?  If it isn’t…then it needs to be.  You get that option.  You get to choose.  You get to decide what you think on.  You get to control your thoughts…even when they feel out of control.  The devil has worked very hard to convince you otherwise.  You are not what you feel.  Those are indicators to what is going.  Your feelings are not bad.  They are there to bring your attention to something that needs to be addressed.

What are they revealing to you?  How can you use those feelings to overcome?

Again…take a breath…breathe!  You are going to be ok.  Even if you don’t feel ok yet, or all the time for that matter.  It is totally normal.  Peace is attainable.

‘But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. ‘

Galatians 5:16-24

Citizenship of Uncharted Territory

CITIZENSHIP – I woke up this morning with the word “citizenship” in my head.  It was as if someone…Someone was yelling it at me.  It was so clear and loud, I almost leaped out of bed and yelled it.  Although, I laid there awake and still…waiting on the rest.  Most of the time, I will jump out of bed and go write it down but this time, I laid still and waited.

As I laid there the Lord showed me everyone walking about the planet and no matter where they were, they had a floating flag above their head.  There were some (flags) that glowed and some did not.  I kept hearing the word “wanderers.”  I immediately thought, “Ah, those who’s flags are not glowing are wanderers.”  I felt a correction in that moment, and He began to point out how even those with a glowing flag, were wandering.  Why was that?

The Lord then brought me to “adoption” and partnered it to citizenship. We are adopted (glowing) into the citizenship of Heaven.  

“But [we are different because] our citizenship is in heaven.  And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.”

~ Philippians 3:20-21

Each person was his or hers own nation or colony.  We are all nations and there are some nations that have even been discovered and adopted but yet…are still wandering.  There are “glowing” (adopted)…yet wandering nations.

‘ When you were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account, saying, “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!”‘

~ 1 Chronicles 16:19-22

This is your season of adoption.  No more sojourning!  In your season of discovering the lay of the land, He has protected you and kept you from harms way.  He has allowed no one to take you down because in this season, He has prepared you to walk confidently in what He has called you to do!  He has prepared you to walk confidently in who you are and Who’s you are. 

“You keep trying to chart out your journey by comparing one map to another. This is uncharted territory, that was created specifically for you!  It is time to stop wandering from nation to nation, because I have made each nation in it’s own light and I am your only Compass.  The lay of the land within each colony is completely different, you cannot expect the same journey as another!  

You have been a radiant, glowing nation!!  Although often times not seen it or felt it.  IT IS TIME!  It is time for you to understand as I understand, see as I see, feel as I feel, speak as I speak…to LOVE as I love!  It is time for you to “RISE UP, OH NATIONS!!!!  As I have called you!  You are My anointed ones, journey into my extravagant love and unmerited favor!  I love you so!!!”

Season of Shift

There is a shift coming. If we are not postured for it, we will miss it and yet not even know we missed it.  His divine presence, His Shekinah glory is hovering, just as it did in Ezekiel…waiting on His church to respond to His very visible presence…His glory.  

He is waiting to take His church into a new time (an indefinite progress).  “New”…meaning, never seen before.  Something that is NOT created by man.  He is waiting…hovering to take His church into a deeper awareness of Him.  A deeper awareness of His immeasurable excellence…His righteousness…His holiness. There is a posture to take to receive this shift.  It is a posture of willingness and obedience.  A willingness to pursue a knowledge of Him that some see as unattainable for themselves.  A willingness to make Him our main Priority in life.  To be intentional and where He becomes a very organic part of our life.  Where He begins to harmoniously fit together in life, as a necessary part of a whole…making His people whole…bringing reconciliation to holiness amongst His people. 

This willingness & obedience is not governed by time, emotions, circumstances, prior commitments, or seasons.  This willingness is an abandonment of all pride, be it in the form of self preservation, fault-finding, superficiality, defensiveness, desperation for attention, or even presumptuous thoughts.  

He has brought His people into a season of slow…a season of solitude…anonymity.  A season some crucial players are not understanding because they are too busy and feel if they stop doing, nothing will get done.   When it is in this season, the Lord will reveal all that He will do in a state of our true surrender.  This is not a slowing of just doing, but a slowing of the mind.  He desires to teach us how to track our thoughts.  A surrender of the mind and thoughts.  He desires to give His people new sight.  We are going into 2020…that is 20/20 vision…a year of new sight….clear sight of themselves and those around them.  

He desires to reshape and redefine the culture of the church.  Where the culture is thick, it is one He did not authorize.  It is a worldly culture that has manipulated it’s ways through the doors of the church, where it is no longer recognized as wrong but chalked up and laughed off as being just the way things are. The phrase “boys will be boys” comes to mind.  When raising boys, they do things that while might be inappropriate at times, the world says are just part of being a boy.  Although, they do things naturally that can be inappropriate or rough, does that mean as parents we disregard, do not address or correct just because the world has defined that behavior as part of being a boy.  The parent has the option to reshape that culture and to teach how to treat people within their home.  To hold their son to a higher standard, a holy standard…set apart. To teach what is good and right and true in the eyes of God.  ——>Ephesians 5:1-21<——

I heard…“My people continue to set up idols in their heart.  They keep toying and playing with sin, yet at the same time wanting to be a men and women of God. They go through rituals every Sunday putting up a false front, yet they have false idols in their heart.  Anything put before Me is an idol…ANYTHING put before Me is a god.  I am waiting on you to abandon all idols and approach the mercy seat.”

He is a patient God.  He is a jealous God.  If we do not take the posture to respond to Him, His Shekinah glory will depart and His hand will lift.

We rise when we kneel. We go to that new level…not the next level…a new level…one never obtained before.  We are to go from glory to glory…strength to strength. 

God is a generational and relational God…His Word is written generationally and relationally.  I might suggest, He is trying to get us to look at how the culture in areas has impacted the church generationally and relationally.  To slow down an see the pattern, address generational curses and blessings as a whole but as individuals as well.  These are the very things that ignite legacies and destinies with His people.  It is an unearthing  and understanding of a deeper identity and awareness within.  It is a teaching of self awareness and an awareness of His presence.