A Voice In The Valley

When there is an exhortation or a word of encouragement for the church it may sound as though it is a voice in the valley.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Create In Me A Clean Heart Renew A Right Spirit

The blood of the Lamb cleanses my heart , so gratefully I receive.
Renew a right Spirit , I do not want this wrong attitude in me. Just like my sins for which I can not remove myself , my attitude is also dependant upon His gift. I ask with hope that will not disappoint. I ask knowing He has redeemed me and the right Spirit for which I ask shall come.
I just do not know what to do for certain , what I should do while waiting.
For my sins , I waltz and dance with Him in His fields of grace. A right Spirit seems to be flowing out to me but not to all of the areas I desire.
As best as I can see, the objective is to not quench the Spirit , or grieve the Spirit or not deny the power of the Holy Spirit in any way.
I can not claim to be Spirit Filled until I see His Spirit of Love flowing out of me always. Certainly to say more Lord , more, is not a selfish cry but a cry of need . If I am to have an overflow that aids and helps my fellow travelers how then can I if my own Spiritual fountain is running low.
Yet I find that to give what I have does not deplete my fountain but seems to help the underground spring flourish more. Yet sometimes when I try to share it looks to me as though I have handed them a mug full of muddy water instead of the clear sweet flow of His Spirit.
I could pray the Father send them a sweet flow filtering system , open the eyes of their hearts Lord. Help them to see me the way You see me.
Open the eyes of my heart , more Lord ! Help me to see them even more clearly , as you see them . You did so much for them , you have done so much for me. It is not that I want to take from my source and keep it flowing. It is that I want them to learn of the true source so they to might be ready when the bridegroom cometh. It is so important and the time is so short.
Renew a right Spirit within me Lord, oh yes Lord I will receive.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Vision....My people perish for lack of vision.

What really matters ? The normal cares and concerns of this world ? Or would you say, "the kingdom" ? His kingdom coming and His will being done on earth, as it is in heaven. Would this not be seeking the kingdom first ? And His righteousness. This is obtained only by receiving the blood sacrifice made for us, right ?
As you see, before I start talking to you about vision, I am trying to help you see if you are one of us , or not.
The "us" I have a word for. We are not done yet. We have come a long way. We have seen a lot and we have done a lot. We have found our way through valleys and over mountains. Deserts and oceans we have learned to accept as companions. We have been ready to go through the waters and fire. But we are not done yet. We have one more road to go.
We must have vision.
Vision is required when you lead. Yet many accept leadership positions and do not have it.
It is not necessarily your fault. I do not think it came in the leadership 101 manual. And for goodness sake, don't stop being a leader because you think I am right.
We need vision. I do . You do. I am praying for you to receive vision so don't give up, it may come upon you this very day. The people are perishing because we lack it. It is not the will of our Father that any of His little ones should perish, so surely my cry for vision will soon be heard.
How will we know when we have vision?
This is my humble speculation. I would welcome others opinions.
Visionaries do not assume they know what God's will is . They find out.
When they speak to little ones or mature ones they look at them and talk to them as though they know where they are going. They have found out what the will of the Father is for that individual and agree with the Father that His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven. That if it is the will of the Father there is no doubt that it can be done on earth as it is in heaven, so to know His will is the most valuable bit of information you can have. To know who that person is in God's plans and kingdom helps everyone concerned. To know yourself and how God knows you probably is going to precede the former criteria .
Once you start stepping out and believing to be what He says you are the earth begins to quake and you wonder if this is really okay that you are out here? You decided to take the bushel off your light and look what's happened now.
If you are identifying with any of this , my guess is you are asking the Father for vision. Keep asking. I am asking too.
I don't have it, but I know to ask for it. That has got to be a plus on our side.
Who do I know that did not have vision ?
The Bible is a history book full of their stories. The people who were suppose to go in and check out Canaan land for Moses and his group. We have 10 with no vision and 2 that did.
Peter had some vision, he knew who Jesus was but he did not see the purpose of the Father for Him on earth. Later Peter's vision became fuller.
The friends of Paul who knew Paul was a vessel sent by God but could not see that he was suppose to go to Jerusalem and then to Rome.

Monday, December 04, 2006


There on the beach stood a boy. As he looked out upon the waters he saw far into the distance the sunlight reflect upon the glass of a bottle. It's bobby up and down upon the waters caught the sun ray once in a while and he could see it was coming in on the tide.
As it would bob up and down , to and fro it's progress looked almost hopeless . The boy busied himself with other things . Then he would remember the bottle and look out to see where it was now.
The waves would crash into the beach . Sometimes leaving sea weed and shells. Drawing back with great force and coming in again , sometimes to take back what had been left before and leave others in it's place.
The bottle he knew would eventually come to the seashore, just when he did not know.
He just knew it was coming.

Monday, November 20, 2006

There's A Place Where Religion Finally Dies Part 2

I heard him then, asking for help to set up the tables. I heard him say , if only a few of you would volunteer to do just a few things around here it sure would be appreciated.
I heard myself say, (inside) how can I do these things and not cause that religious spirit to kick in again ? Should I just do it , and hope it won't ? I think of the harm others are doing when doing is their form of godliness . I think how awful it must be for the hungry to come and seek bread and find none. Only a stiff hand shake because this is what I am suppose to do. I will talk to you, because I am suppose to. I don't want to do that. Yet everytime I've tried to be active in the service of our church that spirit of pride , raises it's ugly head.
There was a glimmer of hope when I remembered Psalms 51. My request for a replacement of my sin would not go unanswered for ever. I began again , and realized , my feet were being washed. The ones who have been faithfully setting up the tables. Even the ones who have been religiously doing their duty. They have been doing it the best they can. Like it or not , they have been washing my feet.
Can I receive it ? Or am I going to respond like Peter's first response to the LORD's willingness to do humble work ?
I have grieved because my offers for foot washing have gone unheard , but have I been hearing theirs ?

Friday, November 17, 2006

There's A Place Where Religion Finally Dies

Darrell Evans offers hope in his song, Dancing With My Father God In His Field of Grace. The startling truth that religion had still a hold of me slapped me in the face the other night . Now slaps can range in the hurt factor from mild to almost a slug. This was like, "wake up, are you asleep" .
It was suggested that we (our church) burn this church pew that was taking up room in our fellowship hall. They are going to have a wiener roast Sat. for the youth and why not use this old, (in very good shape ,I must add) church pew for the fire ?

The good thing about this story is that I realized what that was that came up. God certainly never set aside church pews to be holy. He never even said reverence my church pew. I never read anywhere in the Bible where it said, "Honor, my church pew."

What a fine line that is though between , honoring , reverencing and it becoming a religious rite .

About 6 weeks ago I began to feel impressed to honor the LORD on the Sabbath. A lot of people who are struggling to be set free , or claim to be set free, (wait until they hear about the church pew burning) from the religious spirit , kind of acted like they didn't know what to think about me doing this.

I could understand why they didn't understand. What they didn't seem to understand was I don't care about their understanding of what I do . I was only inviting people who felt impressed by the Holy SPIRIT to join me anyway.
However, whenever I feel impressed to remind them I am doing this "honoring the Sabbath thing" feel welcome to come over to my house and join me. They feel inclined to give me excuses. I am not trying to get them to do a religious thing.

What is the point of this ?

To the religious all things are religious and to the set free, all religious pride is to be flung into the fire !

Thank-you , Heavenly Father, let's go dance in Your field of grace.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Into His Presence I Come , Without Any Works I Have Done

But by His grace and His grace alone, Into His presence I come.
The words of this song ring dear and true for me , as I see that my striving to do works from my own strength is in vain.
How wonderful it is to know that there is another way.
How wonderful to know that grace can be given for all the time I was still striving. How wonderful is our God and King, that He should die for me.
How wonderful that He would want me to know the fullness of His gift for me.
How wonderful that as I am willing to accept the gift, more is given.
How wonderful that I do not have to look back but forward.
How wonderful that life and life more abundantly waits for me, as I hurriedly discard these old garments . He adorns me with His righteousness that I may be dressed properly when my bridegroom comes.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Loving Not Our Lives Even Unto Death

Finding Jesus in a bad world. It is not long after finding Jesus that you realize He now wants you to find Him in others. "There I am ", He says,"in the least of these." "In the prisons, in the highways, in your grocery stores, sitting in your parks, in your everyday life, those ones you ignored before. I am there." (My paraphrase.) At the very same time , up comes the Elder Brother and says, "what do you think you are doing ?" "Well, I am going out to find Jesus ," you say. "What ? Jesus, do you think He is out there ?" "Why do you think He is there ?" he says. Then you say, "because I know He is here," you point to yourself .
It really makes them mad. I don't mean angry. I mean mad. I think they lose the ability to think rationally.
If you can make it past the Elder Brother and into the party the Father invites you to. I think you can make it on out to the fields.
I have to try.
Jesus you are out there, and I have to try to find you today. I know You will be with me as I look. Tell me what to say to the elder brother who wants me to quit believing that what You said was true. Show me how to let the light within me shine. Also show me what to say to the dear hearts whose light has been dimmed by other Elder Brothers. Please help me not join the ranks of the Elder Brothers to be popular.
There is a field of grace. I thank God for His grace. It is His grace that our message is about. It is His grace that the elder brother does not want to receive. It is His grace that we must share with all who will listen.

Please read Acts 6:8 -Acts 7:56 Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council,
looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost : as your fathers [did], so [do] ye.

The light was there because he, Stephen let it be there. He was not stiffnecked and uncircumcised in his heart and ears, and he did not resist the Holy Ghost.