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They Don’t Know

Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.”
 
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Walk in the light. Walk in the light.  Walk in the light.
Sometimes I have to say this over and over again as the world throws one thing after another at me every day.  Work can be such a stretch of the patience sometimes.  The grocery store can be a breeding ground for the darkness of the world.  Driving can bring a rage we just don’t like to dwell in.  Relatives going in the wrong direction can just rub us like sandpaper.  The kids doing the wrong things. School just wearing us out.  Sigh!  Life. It just keeps rolling on by and we have a choice to react or respond to all the situations which pop up.
 
Jesus was delivered to this earth to bring Light to darkness.  If we accept Jesus to be our personal savior then we accept the Light and it becomes the avenue to leading others to Christ.  In every situation we have to choose to use the light to expose the darkness.  We need to be so focused on Jesus that His Light just becomes a constant flow in our lives.
 
Coming up soon Revival Warrior’s, a dance group the Lord had me start, will be performing for the first time.  As this group has changed and evolved many times in the last few weeks, I know God is at work in all of us and at different levels.  He is working on so many aspects of human life it is almost crazy.  Insecurities.  Shyness.  Leadership. Teamwork. Stage fright.  Fear of failing.  Fear of making too many mistakes.  Fear of imperfection.  Getting people out of their boxes.
 
All of these things will shape us more and more into what God desires for us.  As we yield to God and mesh as a dance team for Jesus, He will remove the imperfections and the impurities we may have in our hearts.  When we come to performance day if we just focus on Jesus and Him alone, the whole dance will fall into place and the hearts of the people in the meeting will be touched by Jesus, not us.
 
 
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Two Tangled

twohearts1 Corinthians 6:16-20

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
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When my husband and I stood on the altar almost a year ago, I was thinking about a revelation he had shared with me about us getting married.  For both of us this was a leap of faith.  I was taking a second chance on love and he was stepping into marriage for the first time.  I remember one day he came to me all excited.  He told me this vision he had about our hearts becoming one after we said our vows.  Now, I cannot tell it exactly like he did, but I will give it my best shot.
This all stemmed from a day when he gave me a piece of his heart that he had never shared with anyone and likewise I did the same thing.  He said in the vision he had my piece of heart in his hand not knowing what to do with it, so he took it to God.  In his vision my husband was running to God saying , “Daddy! Daddy!  look what I have!”  He then explained that he did not know what to do with it.  So God took the two pieces and closed His hands over them and presented it to John and explained to him that He was taking our hearts and making them one with one burn for Him.
Like I said, John tells it much better, but you get the gist of it.  The moral of the story is simple, marriage needs to begin with two hearts willing to surrender their own wills to God which in turn allows Him to do a marvelous work in the lives of both persons.  John and I know that if we ever make this marriage about us and not God, we are headed for some serious trouble!

Wild Fires

Exodus 3:2

The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
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Fire is hot.  Fire can burn.  Fire can destroy.  Fire can consume.  Fire can take away a home.  Fire can provide heat.  Fire can make you visible.  Fire can make a way.  Fire can clear land.  Fire can help you dry out.  Fire can be a tool.  Fire can help cook a meal.  Fire can be a source of light.  Fire can shape you.  Fire can began a change.
Last night for date night, John and I did oil paintings.  The instructions were to paint a picture of what we thought God was trying to show the other person.  I never thought that my husband would show me a picture with fire in it and it took me by surprise for a moment until I looked at it with a heart that was willing to change.  I gazed at the portrait with a heart open to receive what God wanted me to see.  He wanted to me to see that not all fire is destructive, that sometimes it is necessary for purging.
There are times in our lives when fire is needed.  Often when we are unwilling to give things up, God begins a slow burn in us to show us what needs to change.  As He feeds this fire, it begins to consume all the icky stuff we have hidden in ourselves….all those issues we pushed way down inside of us hoping they would go away.  All those times we were hurt by others.  Every little pain.  Even the guilt we put on ourselves.  Often we are not even ready to deal with these things yet God knows we need to so that He can move us into the next level of living a life of freedom.
So what are wild fires?  Those fires not started by God.  Those fires we think are maybe changing who we are yet they are making us feel worse.  Like that burn that comes when we continually beat ourselves up over things which are out of our control.  Things which makes us angry all the time.  These are not God fires, these are fires set out by Satan to distract us from what God wants to do in our lives.  When we become so busy putting out all of the wild fires we don’t have time to focus on the things God meant for our lives.
Drinking, drugs, partying, depression and wrong relationships are some of these fires.  When we allow these things to consume our lives we get farther and farther away from God and we just burn until we burn out.  When we come to know Jesus and ask Him to reside in us then our hearts are set ablaze with a fire that will never die out.  It is a fire which continually burns out the dead stuff in our hearts and prepares a place for new growth.
The fire that is burning in me right now is one of renewal.  A fire that is purging me of self doubt and making room for a life of freedom in what God has set out for me to do.  I am willing to be consumed in His fire.  I am willing to be changed.  I am willing for new ground to be prepared in my heart.  I am done with the past and the hurts.  Eyes on Jesus and not looking back, with arms in surrender mode, I stand on burning ground knowing full well that I am consumed in fire……a Fire that is bringing me back to Life.