Reidentify with Christ

Identity is who or what you identify with. One of the most important things about you is understanding with revelation the truth God has already declared over you. In Christ, you no longer identify yourself with your sin. You identify with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Every sin, every addiction, all the shame, all the condemnation was paid for at the cross. The debt your sin cries out for was paid in full at the cross through Jesus. The debt condemnation cries out for was paid in full at the cross. That shame was paid for at the cross. 

It’s not about “I have to not sin. I have to stop this sin, this addiction” as if it’s in your own will power to stop. When you identify with the cross of Jesus, your sin died with Him. Now it’s not “I have to stop this sin”, it’s “I don’t have to do this sin anymore because I have the presence of the Lord”. “I don’t have to do these things that have had a stronghold in my life because I belong to Jesus “. This doesn’t have to be a stronghold in my life because now Jesus is my stronghold. My spirit is married to Him. I have Him. 

When you have a revelation of who God really is and who you really are, you behavior will come into alignment. That’s where the word becomes flesh in you. 

Your key to freedom is to continually come to Jesus. To keep coming to Him. To walk with Him. He does not despise your weakness. He put on your humanity when He walked this earth. He’s not mad at you. He’s not disappointed in you. He sees the fight in your heart for Him. That pleases Him. Your identity does not change and its not based on how good or bad your doing.

He declared you righteous before you ever made that mistake.

He declared you sanctified before you were ever addicted to that thing.

He declared you accepted in the Beloved before you were born.

The list could go on. No longer make agreement with your old nature. It has been crucified with Christ. It’s dead. Agree with Jesus about who He has already declared you to be. That revelation becomes an added layer for you to walk in. Your life of victory hinges upon this foundation.

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Sin Died on the Cross

“…who His [Jesus] own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.” – 1 Peter 2:24
Jesus bore in his body our sins. Before we were born, Jesus took upon Himself every sin you would ever commit. 
Bearing every weight of sin in His body, when He died on the cross, our sin died. Romans 4:25 says that Jesus was “…delivered up for our trespasses…”.
Our sin died with Him.
“…that we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness.”
When we encounter the cross and receive salvation, God raises us up and makes us alive. 
“…even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:5‭-‬6
One of the main points of Pauls’s doctrine was consider yourselves dead to sin and reckon yourselves alive in Christ. In other words, realize that you are no longer a slave to sin. That’s not who you are! It has no power over you. You are no longer slaves, but friends of God. 
“For He made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus bore the cross for our sin, but He was “…raised for our justification.” (Romans 4:25).
We are now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It means right standing with God, but it means so much more! It means we get to live without a sense of guilt, shame, and condemnation.
This righteousness has nothing to do with us. We didn’t do enough good to earn it. It’s not dependent upon our weaknesses or strengths. It was given to us. It was imputed to us. He took our sins so that we could take upon ourselves His righteousness.
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29
He takes it away. All of it. Every sin paid in full by the cross – His blood. That sin, that addiction, the bondage – on the cross, He declared it finished when He said: “It is finished!”.
A life of victory hinges upon who you believe God is and who you believe you are.
Jesus “who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness”.
Your identity is His righteousness. Not your sin. Regardless of what yesterday or this year has looked liked, choose today to walk in who Jesus has already declared you to be since you came to Him in salvation: Righteous. Free. Friends of God.

Sustaining Prayer for Revival

No great move of God has come but through prayer. Prayer is the doorway of access into the very counsel of the Godhead. God in His infite wisdom has condescended Himself to partner with His people in releasing His purposes in the Earth. In doing so, the heart of God is intertwined in the prayers of finite man. He responds to the sound of humanity releasing the Word of the Lord into the Earth in prayer and intercession. His Word will not return void, from His mouth and yours.

Every past Revival erupted as a response to the persistent, fervent, prayers of the rightous. Those who paid the price to spend time in prayer and remain hungry for a move of God regardless of how many years went by without one drop of rain.

Evan Roberts is known as one of the major leaders of the Welsh revival that erupted in Wales in the early 1900s. It was said of Roberts:

            “Even at 13 years of age he began to develop a heart for a visitation from God. He later wrote “I said to myself: I will have the Spirit. And through all weathers and in spite of all difficulties I went to the [prayer] meetings…for ten or eleven years I have prayed for revival. I could sit up all night to read or talk about revivals. It was the Spirit who moved me to think about revival.” *

The latter rains of Revival have been promised to us by the covenant God Himself. It is to us to lay hold of the promise unswervingly with all importunity in the place of prayer. 

Even Roberts had a determined resolve to relentlessly pray for Revival. It was nearly a decade before he saw the fruit of his labor in prayer. What fueled his prayer life to endure and not lose vision? A hunger to see a move of God that could not be quenched with anything less. He had a resolve to pray until…

Until Revival came. Until the Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh. Until God had fulfilled what He had promised.

Until…

By the power of the Spirit, it is time that the Church develops a resolve to pray until. 

A couple of months ago, I heard the Lord saying that the King of Glory is ready to come in (Psalm 24:7-10), and Heaven is beckoning us to cry out for Him to come in. That we are coming into a time where we are joining with the cry of Heaven, with the cry of the Spirit where the Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come Lord Jesus’, where Heaven and earth are one. And its in that moment that the King of Glory will come in.

We must rid ourselves of distractions that compete for our attention and gather together in solemn assembly to set ourselves to pray until.

     “Sustained prayer must be the norm if we are to experience the birth pangs of a new spiritual era.” – P. Fredrick Fogle




*Tony Cauchi. Bibliography An Instrument of Revival, Brynmor Pierce-Jones 1995, published by Bridge Publishing (ISBN 0-88270-667-5). http://www.revival-library.org/pensketches/revivalists/robertse.html

How Big is God?

I stumbled upon this blog post today that has been sitting in my draft since 2013. Thought it was about time to post it. ;) What a good reminder that God is as big as I need Him to be.

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A few weeks ago or so, I was listening to a podcast from Christ for the Nations Institute. In this podcast, Kari Jobe was teaching on Worship. Kari Jobe is one of my favorite Worship leaders! In this particular session, she mentions a story of this young boy (4 years old) who asked his father in the car one day, “How big is God?”. Then he asked “Is He as big as the trees?”.
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Normally, parents might just give an answer to the effect of “God holds the whole world in His hands”. But this father didn’t want to answer his son that way. He wanted to give him an answer that he could really comprehend and understand at his age. So, he began to ask God how to answer his son. This can be somewhat of a daunting question. How do you explain how big God is to a little 4 year old boy?

God spoke to this father and told him: “I am as big as he needs Me to be”.

For this little boy, at 4 years old, the trees looked really big. That’s as big as he could probably comphrehend. Can you see the awe and amazement on his face, when he looked out the car window and saw a big tree and thought about how God was bigger than that tree? At the time Kari told this story, the boy was 6 years old. At 6 years old, the trees wouldn’t seem as big as they did at 4. So, now, maybe the mountains looked really big or as she said a roller coaster. It was something, though, that this boy could understand.

I loved this when I first heard it because God is as big as I need Him to be. I know that may not sound very profound, but it’s this thought that whatever is going on in our lives, mountain high or valley low, God is as big as we need Him to be. That can be comforting. That’s one of the things I love about Praise and Worship. It gets my eyes off of me and what’s going on in my life and puts my gaze back on Jesus where I realize once again how big He is and remember who He is.

Let this be a reminder and a fresh revelation for you that whatever is going on in your life, God is as big as you need Him to be.

Redefine Singleness

What is your life about? What is your aim? Are you filled with purpose? Are you filled with destiny? 

Or are you walking a road marked with loneliness? Are you finding yourself empty, contending that there has to be more? Are you looking for affection and affirmation from romantic relationships that leave you brokenhearted and dejected? 

Dating has become a cultural phenomenon where singleness is defined as a curse and a void to be filled. Singleness is viewed as a lack thereof rather than a time devoted to grounding ourselves in an intimate relationship with Jesus and running in pursuit of the calling and purpose of God on our life.

The value of our heart and the value of singleness has become so trivialized and minimized that this generation throws themselves into one relationship after another striving to fill the emptiness and find the affirmation their souls long for.

Nothing will quench that thirst more than when you are filled with the purpose and destiny of God in your life.

 I am not one to just date around. The value I have for that relationship and the weight it carries for my life is to high to throw around to any man. But I am still a normal 20 something year old that at times, especially as I get older, longs for that relationship- for marriage, to live the calling of God on my life with my future husband. I have even found myself at times in recent years in a place where that longing drove me to emptiness, despair, and frustration because I wanted it so bad and couldnt have it right then. In those moments, my longing and my focus was misplaced and that was never God’s intention for me.

 It recently occured to me that the thirst is no more quenched and satisfied than when God infuses me again with His purposes and destiny on my life, in what He is doing in my life right now. It is then that it doesn’t matter to me anymore whether I have a man or not- it becomes irrelevant when His calling on my life, the prophetic destiny I have, and the giftings He is beginning to release in my life are staring me in the face. I don’t “need” a man when I am filled with that.

I would encourage you that if you find youself in a cycle of empty relationships and walking in lonliness and despair because you are single, to get alone with God and let Him infuse in you a sense of purpose and destiny. Discover or even rediscover His calling on your life and the giftings and anointings He has placed on you and inside of you and go after it. 

You dont have to live empty anymore. You dont have to date around to fill the void or because it is the cultural thing to do. You don’t have to walk around with this unsatisfied nagging sense of lonliness and aching desire for a boyfriend or girlfriend, or husband or wife.

Moreover, your own completeness is only realised in him – Col 2:10 (AMP)

Redefine singleness in your life. Let it be no longer defined as a lack thereof but be defined as a purpose filled pursuit of Jesus and everything He has for you. 

…God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel… – 2 Timothy 1:8-10 (ESV)

Your life starts now…for such a time as this. 

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The brokenness of the path causes my feet to stumble
The thorns piercing my flesh, the trees hide the light
I just don’t understand this rugged path sometimes
No left way to turn, none to the right
Just this one I’m on that is ever before me
This long and dreary road fills me with so many questions
But not enough answers to quench my thirst
I’m hungry for more, a new path immersed with new sights
New sounds, new adventures that make certain a new season has arrived
But it’s always the same, the haunting whispers and whirling wind
The teasing rain of possibility that so abruptly disappears
And I’m left with a fog that follows me and taunts my view
Begging the questions of when, why, and how
It leaves me breathless, bending under the weight of disappointment
Everything that I don’t understand, piercing the very depth
But I can’t let go of now what I have so dearly clung to all the while
Those seeds I will sow into the very ground that brought the rain and the fog
For in due time, farther down this trodden path, the flowers will bloom
And the time of singing will come that will dawn a new season

It’s More Than A Statement

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:20 (ESV)

It is more than a statement. It is a promiseJesus is Emmanuel- “God WITH us”. God is not a man that He should lie. Jesus’ Name is Faithful and True. If He makes a promise to you, He has every intention of fillfilling the promise. The Bible is full of stories of God fulfilling His promises to mankind.

Matthew 28:20 are words in red. Spoken from the Son of God and Man Himself. I love that it was not simply something He spoke through Paul or Peter or even John. But a promise directly from Himself.

He did not say:

“I will be with you only when everything is going good”

“I will be with you only when you get things right.”

“I will be with only when you are on the mountaintop”

“I will be with you only when you can feel Me”

But that’s how we live some of the times. Wondering where He is when we are struggling or hurting. Leaning on our emotions feeling like God has abandoned or forsaken us in the darkness.

Jesus said He would be with us always even to the end of the age.

He will be with us through it all. All of the ups and down. Through all of the struggles and victories. Through all of the questions and doubts. Every bit of it…even the messy parts. All the way to the end.

He wants to go on this journey of life with you. Whatever season of life you are in, He is with you and He is near you. By faith believe that. By faith take hold of it. It’s a promise.

And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:20 (The Voice)

When You Don’t Know What To Pray….

In those intense moments when you don’t know what to pray, when you don’t have the strength to pray, when you don’t have the words to pray

Pray the Word of God.

It is the most powerful words you can pray. Words directly from the mouth of God. Go to the Psalms.

The Psalms will put words to your heart. It will put words to the sighs. It will put words to your emotions. It will put words to the silence.

Let it be your prayer. Let it be your anthem.

The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains will send the help I need. He holds you firmly in place…He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep. The Eternal keeps you safe, so close to Him that His shadow is a cooling shade to you.” – Psalms 121:2-3, 5

“For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. The depths of the earth are in His hand, and the mountain peaks are His. The sea is His; He made it. His hands formed the dry land. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care.” Psalms 95: 3-5, 7

Take hold

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It was during a time that I was stressing about something- I believe it was about my social work licensure exam. On my way home one night, it was like this revelation dawned one me and I was like “Peace is my inheritance”. I am a daughter of God and one of the benefits of being in the kingdom is Peace. I’ve learned before that sometimes you have to fight for your peace. This time I was learning that it is what I am called to and is my inheritance. I wanted my peace!

I started reading Matthew 11:25-30.

“At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.[g] 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

On the way to pick up the girls from school (I work at a group home), I began meditating on this “take my yoke”. It is interesting language. It’s not a passive wait-for-it-to-happen moment. Grammatically, “take” is an action verb. Sometimes you have to take hold. How do you take hold?

Be still.

As the psalmist said, “Be still and know that He is God.” Sometimes to get rest, you have to rest. It’s that moment where you get before God and be still recognizing who He is:

Be still and know that He is faithful.
Be still and know that He is in you and with you.
Be still and know that He is high above it all.
Be still and know that He is seated on the throne.
Be still and know that He is the immovable Rock.

On and on…

As you sit before God, full attention on Him, gaze fixed on Him, declaring and reminding yourself of who He is, peace and rest will flood your soul. Just breathe and soak it in. The principle to this is that it take your eyes and your mind off of what is going on around you and puts it back on God. It gives you Heavenly perspective. For we are seated in heavenly places with Jesus (Eph 2).

That’s one of the reasons why I believe praise is such a weapon. Praise puts your eyes on God and strengthens your spirit. There are times when I can walk into church bent over about something going on in my life, and when we sing “Great I am”, my eyes get refocused back on God and I remember how big and powerful He is, and I leave standing.

So, as I was on my way to pick up the girls from school, peace came as I began to be still and know that He is God and declared who He is. I took hold and found peace and rest.

It is your inheritance. It is a benefit of being in the kingdom. Take hold!

Until They Believe It

Kidnapped. Scared. Clinging to hope that mom and dad would discover a way to find them. Against all odds, they stood their ground. Lead by their captors, they walk into an empty room. They are firmly told to stand in rows. They scurry along and form about three rows- standing one next to the other, not even arms length apart. Fear floods their faces, uncertainty of what is about to happen. Quickly, their captors hand each child a paper, and they are to read what is on this paper. Over…and over…and over. All at once, a sound erupts as the group of children read the few sentences their enemy wrote. It went something like this:

Boy 1: “My dad cannot help me.”
Girl: “My mom will never find me.”
Boy 2: “My dad is the president. He cannot find me.”

An assistant to the mastermind behind the children’s captivity, asked the Mastermind, “How long do we make them do this?”
And the Mastermind calmly replied, “Until they believe it.”

*a scene from a tv show*
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“But what people say with their mouths comes from the way they think…” – Matthew 15:18

We all have an Enemy. An Enemy who knows our vulnerabilities, who knows how to manipulate and exploit. He knows our identity. He has seen our ultimate destination, our inheritance. He has seen the face of the One whose eyes are like flames of fire and whose face outshines the sun in all of its strength. He has been in the presence of the One that spoke creation into being and upholds the universe by just the word of His power. And he hates it all. He hates you. In crafty, strategic action, he prowls around to attack those who he fears. He is out to make war.

The Bible says that there is the power of life and death in the tongue. I, also, believe that there is the power of life and death in our thought life. The two are linked in a perpetual cycle- whether for good or bad. What you meditate on is what you will come to believe, and therefore it is what you will speak. What you consistantly speak is what you will dwell on. The more you talk about it, the deeper the roots will go and those things will start to dominate your thoughts.

The Enemy comes and sows a thought into your mind. If you don’t take the thought captive, you will internalize it and begin to dwell on it. You constantly rehearse it in your mind. It’s what comes out of your mouth. Even in the secret place it dominates your conversation. The Enemy knows that if you read the paper he has written for you enough times, you will begin to believe it. It doesn’t have to be true. If you repeat it enough times, it will become your truth.

Many people live in such captivity because of the things they think and the way they speak. They rehearse the lies the Enemy spoke to them. They dwell on a situation that occurred that left them deeply wounded and misunderstood. It becomes a destructive cycle.

Sometimes, we are one thought away from breakthrough. One declaration away from freedom. If we would change the way we talk and stop rehearsing the wounds, stop rehearsing the lies, and start speaking who God is, declaring the Word of God, filling our inner dialogue with truth, we would find a greater level of freedom. If we would take those thoughts captive, filling our minds with the Word of God, meditating on scripture and the character of God, setting our minds on things above, we would find life filling our bones again. Restoration in all its glory.

It may seem so simple, but it is the the most powerful and liberating thing that you can do. Sometimes, it can be a fight, but if you press through, it will change your life!

“…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” – Romans 12:2