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Behold!

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This weekend is not about the Easter bunny, egg hunting, or any of the other earthbound trivia and hype ordinarily associated with this holiday. It’s about – if you choose to observe it as such, or if you don’t choose to do so – the startling reality of a new creation forged in the fires of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. But it doesn’t end there… It’s not even “all about me” or the stuff I think I can do for God out of my own self importance. It’s not even about being “churchy”. Instead, it’s about a deep truth which has gotten overlooked and lost for the most part: “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

The question is, how seriously do we take this? Ponder that for awhile, and see where it takes you… It’s not just “about me” or “for me”; it’s “in Him.”

And it doesn’t end here either. See Colossians 2:20-23 and Colossians 3:1-10 for where it goes from here.

“Seeker Friendly” / God’s Version

From Jeremiah 29: “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” One does well to read this verse in its entire context for the full wallop it packs.

What does it mean to seek God with all your heart? This is a good point for self examination and reflection.

“But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition.” (Matthew 6:33, Weymouth New Testament, emphases mine) This is Jesus’ own admonition in His Sermon on the Mount (to disciples, not just those who followed Him out of curiosity, or those who “believed” – as they would any other novelty, as people still do today – going after every “teacher”, or self appointed “master”, guru, pastor, priest, pope, or puppet.)

God and His kingdom are not “attractions” or “entertainment”. Dare we say it is more than being “justified”. He seeks us so that we may seek Him – with our whole heart, to be returned and restored to Him as sons who have had His image horribly disfigured in us through the Fall, in order to be restored. The terms are nothing short of full surrender so that His work may be commenced and finished!

There’s a powerful metaphysical promise at play here, where He is talking about seeking after even basic needs. God bestows these! But how seriously does anyone who names His name (“Christian”) take this? How have we applied it so as to understand and experience that it is so? How well have we taken Him at His word to realize that the teaching is not only radical but real?

Seeker friendly? With God it’s not about “customer satisfaction”. It’s about customer transformation, in surrendering oneself to the power of the Holy Spirit. And the terms? Unconditional, full surrender to Grace!

Becoming Other

(Prefacing remark: This is not a stamp of approval on any humanistic or trans – humanist means of “self alteration”. It is rather the offering of personal insights on the nature of inner transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit.)

I think people tend to cubbyhole each other. We change, transform, “shape shift”, become “other”. Sometimes acquaintances at one point in life know you as a seed, another time as a sprout, then as a tree – to use a nature metaphor. They see you as a role, a job, a stereotype, a trait by which they identify you, or through the filters of their own perceptions. Some may mourn the passing of their image of you. Some may be downright angry about it. But you know – this is what I am just now. I cannot be what you want me to be.

They may be mildly to profoundly disappointed that you are not what you were in former days, that you no longer view things from the same perspectives you did 5, 10, 20 or more years ago. Maybe even 6 months! Or you may not have much in common anymore as far as your spirituality, politics, or interests. Some refuse to see you as other than what they want you to be. But you are no longer “birds of a feather.” And there can be many forces that contribute to this.

I have run into people who have not recognized me, who knew me “back in the day” – whichever of the “days” of my creation or metamorphosis it may have been – because I am not “that” anymore. And in a number of instances, this is an agreeable thing. I walked away from those encounters marveling – and smiling that I was “cloaked” – not by my own hand or design, but because the Supernal Creator brought me through phases where I became other, and it is perhaps a protective mechanism for His Work in those moments.

Sometimes “other” is perceived as beautiful, bold, or brave. Sometimes “other” is perceived as “You are an enigma to me.” Or even, “How dare you mangle my image of you!”

So be it. Creation is messy. You may have walked into the Supernal Studio at a peculiarly messy moment of monumental metamorphosis. God sees the vision of the outcome. This is what matters. “For we are His creatures who are created in Yeshua The Messiah for good works, those things which God had from the first prepared that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 -Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

“Pardon my mess – still under construction”, says the sign on the door. I just show up for work. I am the work. And the work is His through the power of grace. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

Vision: We Need A Big Picture

“… present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:13)

Since we have been brought in Christ Jesus from death to life, why do we persist in seeking answers from among the “dead”? By this I don’t mean – although it certainly includes – psychics, mediums, seances, and other occult foolery.

What I’m really referring to here is that the other forms of “middle men” we seem so fond of looking to for answers are the many political (and, yes, religious) figureheads disconnected from and having no desire for the knowledge of God, the only Source of all true wisdom, guidance, and knowledge. Instead so many of these are caught up in the pride and arrogance of self and/or the traditions of men.

Scripture is clear: If anyone needs wisdom, let him ask it from God directly. Go straight to the top! Present yourself to God. Skip playing spiritual roulette with the middle men. The promise is that He will give the needed wisdom to all who ask – in generosity and without reproach. (For more insight, please refer to and contemplate James 1:5.)

Herein is the short-sightedness of psychic, politician, pope, and preacher alike. There is no “thought” in this context higher that the minds of men and potential demonic deceivers. The mind of man, no matter how sublime his thoughts and ideas may seem, no matter how “ideal”, is finite. Man alone in his mind and senses is limited in his understanding, because he is cut off from the Infinite Mind of God. He hasn’t been asking. He hasn’t been communing with His Heavenly Father – the legitimate access to the Most Holy and the Most High having been granted by the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus.

Instead we implore the mind of men, or the mind of beings who instead may be intent upon deceiving and even destroying us. Why not go straight to “Dad”, the font and source of real wisdom?

We’re admonished to put on the Mind of Christ. What does that look like? We read in Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB), “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

It is the attitude which surrenders itself to the Creator / Source / Heavenly Father / Infinite Mind which is what it means to have the attitude or mind of Christ Jesus. Accessing true creativity thus means consistently fervently praying, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”

And we do need Divine Creativity – the vision aligned and one with that of our Heavenly Father’s vision for mankind – for each and every one of us in order to bring about true and lasting change which alone can transform us from the inside, one soul at a time.

Only then will the world also be transformed, as it “mirrors” the miracle of salvation and restoration through the power of the Holy Spirit that has first transformed those who are the “meek” (humbled and surrendered to God our Father). It is these who are destined to inherit the Earth.

Remember and affirm His promise: “For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.” (Psalm 37:9-11) Contemplate it. Meditate on it prayerfully and carefully, and with a mind to listen to how He would direct you into participation in His vision.

And never forget: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.” (Psalm 115:16) Consider that well!

Tie that in with Psalm 8: 3-6. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.”

What our Lord’s vision is for mankind staggers the imagination and invites us to enter into it. Fully! The terms of surrender? Full and unconditional surrender to what the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ imply for us.

We can only be Earth’s proper custodians when we are first surrendered to Him fully and have personally experienced His holy Spirit’s transforming of us into sons of God. We must be set free first from the indoctrinations of the former occupational forces. This is the scope of our destiny and of His vision for us in Christ. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”(John 1:12)

“For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:14-17)

(Originally published here on my website: http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/3441677/posting/vision-we-need-a-big-picture)

In-Light-Ened

GOD IS LIGHT

Much is made of the idea of what it means to be “enlightened” these days. The word comes from the Middle English, as in the sense of to “make luminous”. In the past, the word formerly was also spelled “inlighten” – which of course drives the auto spellcheck insane! Yet for this offering, it is a better word to bring across the meaning of Biblical enlightenment – what we call the New Birth.

This word’s older form relates well to John’s Gospel where he informs us that “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” (John 1:9) This is a far better translation (NASB), in my opinion, than the KJV which reads, “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”, giving the impression that there is no need, as is taught in Eastern and New Age philosophies, to be converted or changed – that one is already “a Christ”. If that were the case, there would be no need for a Savior or the Gospel! This is one instance where the New Agers love to quote the KJV – the way it reads give the impression that everyone who comes into life is already enlightened by Christ!

We can see that this is at odds with the basics of Christian truth. We all need to be redeemed and restored through Jesus Christ. When we experience this rebirth, we know it, and if it’s genuine, we truly begin to be changed by Grace and the Holy Spirit. There is no way that these 2 opposite views will ever be reconciled, for the New Age Movement never calls for repentance. It’s an “I’m OK, you’re OK” view – a deception – allowing and even encouraging souls to remain in their sin. (Personally, I’ll take my cues from Holy Scripture over “channeled” material any day!)

In the focus passage of our little graphic, 1 John 1:5-7, St. John makes very clear what it means for those who name the name of Jesus Christ to be in-light-ened. Essentially he lays it on the line about the fact that it means walking in God’s own light through the power of the Holy Spirit – to be one with God through Jesus Christ, the Source of this holy light. In short, something has happened, as the light of God shines into us through the Holy Spirit, that frees us from the desire to sin. God’s own regenerative and restoring power makes this so.

Light enters; darkness flees. It’s pretty simple.

Being in-light-ened in this case is not referring to the bestowal of some heightened spiritual state, or advanced spiritual “knowledge”. For a disciple of Christ it’s about down to earth matters of conscience (that old idea hardly anybody wants to discuss) and sin – dealt with by God Himself, connecting His heavenly power with our earthly life – which of ourselves we have no power to control. He has set us free from bondage to sin! It is by the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit that growth in resemblance to the holiness of Christ is bestowed. This new life flows by grace alone from God. It is bestowed, not achieved! It is Emmanuel – God with us!

We know that no one comes to the Father but by Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit calls us to enter this new state of being. We come through the cross, burial, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord! As St. Paul tells us, “ I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Self, the chief partner in crime with sin, has been put to death with Jesus! Self is / was / may be the problem, not the source of “enlightenment”. Thus sin is no longer “in” when by faith we see ourself as crucified with Christ. We are raised up in Him to a new life. The desire for sin and bondage to it no longer have power (authority) over us. It’s Christmas every day, we could say, since Christ is born in us – the gift of grace!

Darkness gives way to His Light, and there is nothing like the Epistles of St. John to clearly inform us how things really stand once we are in Christ and Christ is in us, our hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

There is no darkness in God the Son! If we claim to be in Him, then there is to be no darkness in us either – the son has risen; it’s a new day and we are a new creation. We no longer desire to participate in and fellowship with darkness. We no longer want any part of it, and will not find any darkness In Jesus Christ. If our “new birth” is real, it means that we are walking in our Lord as one with Him, in His light which is driving away the darkness in our hearts.

Thanks be to God for His gift that in-light-ens us! Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Baptism Of Fire

I’ve been revisiting and revising some older and more simplistic digital art created awhile back.

This one is based on

Luke 12:49-53

Cross 5 Revised

“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1Corinthians 1:18) I find that in viewing or creating spiritual Christ centered art, it always brings me into a prayerful and contemplative space where the Holy Spirit reminds me of what Jesus taught and, as it is promised, into more expanded understanding of His truth. Indeed, often a picture is worth a thousand words… or more.

Blessings to you in Christ, dear reader!

If you are interested in prints or other items in this design, please go to this link:

http://yvonne-blasy.artistwebsites.com/featured/cross-5-revised-baptism-of-fire-yvonne-blasy.html