Archive | November 2015

Victorious Prayer: Understanding Our Standing & Standing In Our Understanding

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:78, KJV. See for entire context verses 1-8)

The following is a sketch at best. Maybe more like a coloring book – it’s for you to fill in the “colors” and the details – contemplating questions and anwers.

Here Jesus speaks a parable concerning a judge who neither fears God nor respects man. A widow comes to him – persistently – to make her case for legal protection. Finally he grants her what she wants. One gets the impression that she comprehended where she stood. So she refused to give up her petitioning of him. The Master used this story to illustrate “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. This was “the” faith He would be looking for at His coming: persistent standing in our understanding of our Redemption in Him.

Somehow as I pondered this, I was reminded of Revelation 12:10-12. Our understanding is based on our standing in Christ, and what is already in place: salvation, the kingdom of God, and the authority of Christ. The accuser, the adversary, has been thrown down. The Luciferian occupation is over; he’s done – no legal right to us! Why? Because the blood of the Lamb paid the price of our freedom from him. Satan’s head is crushed. We are free! And whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

Therefore, when we pray, we do so in light of this understanding. Prayer can be seen as the “word of our testimony” that this is so – proclaimed upon our petitions to our Heavenly Father. We come boldly to the throne of Grace, often and persistently, through and in Christ. Yes, boldly. Just as this widow came before the judge. Not beggarly! She knew the score. She knew where she stood, and she took her stand in her understanding and refused to budge. Do we know the score? Does our praying reflect it?

This is “the” faith which the Son of Man will look for at his coming.

Prayer ought always to take us to the foot of the cross. Who and what were crucified there in Him? Who and what were buried with Him? Who and what were raised up in Him and seated in Heavenly places? Out with the old self, in with the new creation! “… put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesian 4:24)

What follows is “… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”? (James 5:16 KJV)

So do we pray as if we’re dead, or as if we’re resurrected, and even ascended spiritually? After all, God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ! (see Ephesians 2:6) Thus in prayer, we need to take our stand on our understanding, which reveals to us a spectacular vantage point, in Christ – “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.” (Ephesians 1:21,22)

There is no reason to give up in prayer. No defeatist attitude here! Once the understanding is given, then we must take our stand in our understanding, and “… be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Thus prayer speaks to the primary activity of the Church, the Body of Christ on Earth – His house of prayer. Our Earth Mission, which has not changed, encompasses the eviction – through prayer – of that which no longer has any right to the human race!

In conclusion, Victorious Prayer means understanding our standing, and standing in our understanding! To our Lord be the glory.

Time For The Holly Daze

This is a little different from my standard subject matter. Hope you like it.

A non emergent errand,
to the store,
nothing more,
nothing dire,
makes me ask,
“Where’s the fire?”
of racers on the road.
Jockeying for lanes and spaces
they become Christmas basket cases –
at imaginary races,
no smiles on their faces.
Tis the season to be jolly,
so we could do without the folly.
What is the meaning of this craze?
Must be time for the Holly Daze.

© Yvonne Blasy 2015

A Lament And The Fire Of Grace

There are times, even during my favorite time of year (around November 1 through January 6), when I have all I can do to hold it together emotionally. I know how important it is to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in every circumstance. Yet the picture comes to mind of a soul out of breath, and out of energy entirely, exhausted, dutifully climbing up some impossible and treacherous hill one more time. Yet he does not know why he is obliged to do so, and is weary beyond belief at this seemingly meaningless task. Yet here it is. And here am I. That soul depicted in imagination symbolizes me!

At such times I must cling to this: “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23 NASB). All I can do in such moments – those moments which teach me what a sacrifice of thanksgiving really means – is to rely on His promise which is attached to this verse – that it is through this that we actually come to “see” salvation.

It may be that some hidden stronghold of the flesh is being consumed by the divine fire of Grace through the Holy Spirit. That’s what animal flesh does when it is sacrificed. It is consumed with fervent heat. And this is why it must be divinely accomplished by Grace. We do not comprehend what is being done, yet we are aware that it is being done.

At such moments we become keenly aware that we have nothing to offer God – except the needy bag of impossibility and complexity that we have become in our fallen state. Yes, “just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me” becomes the theme. Even when we have walked with the Lord for many years, the work of being restored as a son of God brings us to moments of fiery Grace – where the fire of Divine Love must once again do its work! And there’s nothing for it but to surrender ourselves to it, “show up for work”. Not yours. His! And “burn, burn, burn, like a ring of fire!

It’s easy to rejoice and offer thanks when things are going my way. But what about when they aren’t? It’s so much more tempting to go into “cuss and fuss” mode than it is to even inwardly (if I cannot manage it verbally) say, “I don’t know what You are up to or why You call upon me to pass through this route. But by faith I acknowledge that Your Good is driving all Your work within me, and I will offer You a sacrifice of praise – in spite of my feelings – to acknowledge that my Heavenly Father knows best, and I acknowledge that Your plans for me are plans for my wellbeing and not for disaster, to give me a future and a hope.” (See Jeremiah 29:11)

For this truth I give thanks!

P. S. At times like these, when we’re “weary, feelin’ small, when tears are in your eyes” … the Holy Spirit comes in on the wings of a song like this one, a Bridge Over Troubled Water. Even when He seems to take us apart, at the end of the day He “takes our part”.


Originally published on my website:

http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/3278656/posting/a-lament-and-the-fire-of-grace

By Surrender, Not By Might

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“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Turning this into a scripture affirmation might read something like this: “I now rejoice, pray, and give thanks at all times and in all circumstances, as I understand that this is God’s good and gracious will for me in Christ Jesus.”

Often people wonder, how can I know God’s will for me specifically? The first order of business is that it begins with the foregoing, which reflects an attitude of surrender to God’s love and good which He would like to manifest to us. But it cannot happen if we’re always fighting Him in attitude, word, and deed. It begins with surrender – a surrender to divine love!

The foregoing passage considers this view – with our eyes ever toward the Lord. Not on self, not on circumstances. Coming before Him in praise, prayer, and gratitude – rather than with demands that everything must change, or we’re going to be unhappy, disgruntled, and hold to a glum outlook – is the way to a life of overcoming, no matter what is going on around us.

Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, or think we don’t have, and feeling sorry for ourself, He directs us instead to choose to enter into His Presence – where we can spiritually and emotionally transcend not only faulty and limited perceptions, but also perhaps even circumstances and seemingly impossible conundrums. He calls us to reign in Him as He invites us to the view of His perspectives. He invites us to come away from whining to the overflowing new wine in His Spirit!

This is one of the major reasons our Lord Jesus ransomed us by His precious blood and offers restoration through His Holy Spirit in all who receive Him: so that we may enter into our Father’s all powerful Presence in any and every circumstance.

The Way in Christ Jesus, revealed to us in the Holy Scripture, is not the way of force; it is the way of our unconditional surrender to His unconditional Love!

Over the years I have noticed that as I consciously remember to rejoice, pray, and give thanks in all circumstances, that these simple acts of acknowledgement of God omnipotent have never failed to turn things around. Whether I’m beset by some dark mood, or finding myself in some sort of circumstantial bind – when I practice these things, the Lord Himself shows up on the scene (most likely through the powerful intervention of His angels). And once more I‘m reminded that no darkness can stand in His presence!

Life can be like a classroom where children await the arrival of the teacher. There are always some who want to make a fuss, bully other kids, throw papers, books and erasers all over, and the like. Yet when the door swings open and the teacher who carries actual authority in his or her presence walks in, law and order resume, and an atmosphere conducive to learning commences.

It is the same when we rejoice, pray, and give thanks at all times. As we are caught up in the Lord in Spirit, God’s authority is called in, and circumstances are brought into alignment with Him. Things that appear as a threat may be somehow transcended, or even terminated. What is revealed is that to rejoice, pray, and give thanks are powerful weapons for powerful spiritual warfare. And we begin to understand that resistance is futile; surrender to the Divine is everything.

Enter the current global landscape. Could it be that the keys to our responding to unfolding events may be that of continual rejoicing, prayer, and gratitude – although circumstances may externally be less than conducive to these “responses”? Could it be that many have wandered off into the worldly and carnal way of “force” – consisting of “guts, guns, and glory” – rather than approaching matters in light of His directives? Has much of Christendom yet to learn to access the power of the Lord with His approaches rather than by the reactionary thinking the world uses?

These endless cycles of reaction are the cause of current effects unfolding. In order to turn it around, the cause must be that of positive creative change through the creative process of choosing to rejoice, pray, and give thinks without ceasing!

As a result of the failure to approach life His way, so many find themselves mired down in turmoil and strife, from personal to political levels. Might we rather consider that adherence to His directives, rather than the world mind, may be the only thing which will save the day?

The sooner we (whom He called the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and the city set on a hill) learn this, putting into practice His way of approaching life – the more quickly we will understand and realize (make real) that we can and must “rise above” circumstance, by entering into His Presence with thanksgiving, prayer, and praise, right here and right now.

Let us endeavor to make it so! Let us no longer curse the darkness, but instead be His light!

 

Originally published on my website:

http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370548/3254286/posting/by-surrender-not-by-might

Sanctification And God’s Purpose

Sometimes we think we know who we are because we think we want this or that for our life, even when it’s a religious something or other; however – the fact is that this may mean we’re seeing ourself according to or own small egocentric mind, instead of through the eyes of the Mind of Christ. We’ve mistaken function, role, or some identity we think we ought to have for who we really are.

But for what are we set apart (sanctified) by our Lord’s redemptive action?

“After sanctification, it is difficult to state what your purpose in life is, because God has moved you into His purpose through the Holy Spirit. He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself, thinking, ‘God has called me for this and for that,’ you barricade God from using you. As long as you maintain your own personal interests and ambitions, you cannot be completely aligned or identified with God’s interests. This can only be accomplished by giving up all of your personal plans once and for all, and by allowing God to take you directly into His purpose for the world.” —Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost For His Highest

Ouch! Some would say.

Terms of surrender are unconditional. This is what Christianity actually is supposed to look like basically – to be as Christ Jesus was in this world, completely under the Father’s authority, and therefore “in power” being about the Father’s business. No personal agenda involved. No privatization of interests. We are called out of darkness into His light – in every way.

For, you see, in the kingdom of God, everything is the opposite of how it is in the systems of the world: “power” consists in absolute humility and surrender. It means laying down one’s personalized life – ideas about what you think will make you happy – and instead taking up your cross and following Him.

This is the odd thing – that the very purpose for which we have been created is the thing we most often resist. We want instead the Cosmic Candy Dispenser God: put in your two cents worth to obtain the Milky Way. This is the New Age God of me, myself, and I. But it is certainly not the God of Jesus Christ.

This is so little understood, and the message itself seems to need restoration and revival. It also needs clarification and expansion.

The real issue here is that “me, myself, and I” died in Christ. We are raised up in Him as a new creation. The old has passed away and all things have become new! It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me – the hope of glory. Not the “hype of hope” which is worldly, finite, and always elusive. (Not to mention that worldly hope is used to control with its false promises which never materialize.)

There’s nothing on Earth that compares – all the silly dreams about glorious little ol’ me, all the rainbow chasing, all the desire to be seen. Nothing of this compares with what the Apostle makes clear here: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)

Some pretty strong language here! How could anyone dare to say that all the things our little ego may think are wonderful are only dung – manure, muck, excrement, feces, droppings, scat, cowpats, cow pies, cow patties, cow flops, cow chips, horse apples, turds – by comparison to the knowledge of Christ!

If you’ve been walking around in that stuff, then maybe it’s time to listen. You might hear what Moses heard: “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) You won’t draw nigh to God with the foot gear that symbolizes your wanderings and wantonness. That has to be put aside, if you really want to hear what God has for you.

He’s not asking for “boots on the ground”. He’s asking you to take off those boots, to replace them, having “your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”! (Ephesians 6:15) He’s asking for bare feet suitable for being in His holy house – that quiet temple of the Holy Spirit within you, “sitting at His feet” as Mary of Bethany, intent on hearing what He has to say to you.

And when that happens, His loving and gentle Voice can be heard – in the midst of the “legion” of high expectations coming from self and world – the Still Small Voice gently inviting, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

When was the last time you found yourself as the man delivered from “legion” – “sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind”? (Refer to story in Mark 5) )

In today’s world we do well to contemplate this story, seeing ourself as the one who was set free by Christ Jesus from all the wild, uncontrollable urges and voices, set free to be the real “me” – created, redeemed, and sanctified – for divine life and blessing. We cannot “get anywhere” until we’re of one mind with Jesus, walking with Him, in Him, and in His “shoes”!

We truly need the Mind of Christ over all matters – in these days of doubt, despair, and delusional thinking – to see us through this journey homeward in His good and gracious purpose.

Waking Up Is Hard To Do (2)

Nothing profound here, but…

OK, peeps. Here it is. We’re under literal siege worldwide from a number of directions: ISIS Muslim militants infiltrating the government, flooding across the borders of Western countries, and attacking everywhere, chemtrails in the sky and air, fluoride in the water, GMO’s and other chemicals in the food, and Big Gov / Big Pharma Literally HELL BENT on injecting us & our children full of useless toxins (vaccines) which actually kill, maim, sicken, and render sterile.

Then there’s abortion on demand, right on the heels of the con game of convincing our young kids about the nobility of war which actually defends no one’s freedom except those who prophet by it.

I won’t even go into the moral hogwash we’ve allowed to be perpetrated on us.

In case you didn’t notice, we’ve been plunged into a culture of dissolution and death. (But that’s OK, go have another latte and shop till you drop.) Perpetuate the problem. It’s only your kids and your grandkids who’ll have to live with the results because you refused to step up to the plate and do anything about it.

Newsflash: the American dream has turned into the American nightmare. (Or is it just that the mask is slipping as to who’s really behind that idea?) The least that can be done is to wake up. Although waking up is hard to do.

But no one questions this… If you think it’s not so, you’re the one with the tinfoil hat, and you need to open your eyes and educate yourself.

This is not going to get better. And no one – like the “friendly space brothers” – is going to “save” you from it.

So I suggest – get quiet, real quiet. Get right with your Maker, and refer to the Owner’s Manual. You can find the answers there.

Thoughts On Prayer As Priority One

The Church on Earth – all who know they have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb and called out of the world – is first and foremost to be a House of Prayer. (Matthew 21:13) Our very bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19). It’s simply what we do.

Here is something to consider along these lines, if we take seriously the Word of God. How often do we instead hear the following little sentence in some crisis situation, or where we have our backs against a wall, “All that’s left to do is pray”? Maybe we ourselves have echoed this very worldly view of prayer. What it seems to reflect is the “God as a squad car” perception – He’ll do in a pinch.

Seriously? All that’s left is to pray? It is perceived as if it’s a last ditch effort after all other possibilities on a human level are exhausted. Only then do we turn to our Lord in prayer – when we are hurting, upset, afraid, have suffered some kind of loss, or feel threatened and so forth. But to consider prayer as the very heart of what we are and do here on Earth? That is another story entirely, where once again we need to heed to be freed… that is, we ought to perceive prayer as the essence of spiritual warfare and the very reason Christ redeemed us and the Holy Spirit called us into that gift of redemption.

In 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 we read, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Herein is the divine directive concerning our priorities. Prayer needs to be the “lifestyle” of the people of God, not just the bailiwick of monks or nuns cloistered away in some enclosure, and certainly not an afterthought.

So we can in repentance change what we affirm about prayer from, “All we can do is pray” to “All we should ever do is pray.” After all, if we are truly found in Jesus Christ, are we not also to be about our Heavenly Father’s business?