Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14th

August 7, 2015

Was walking along in the kitchen, thinking of being refined by adversity, and how Jesus faced adversity all His earthly life but finished all His Father’s work despite it, and Jesus was walking beside me, holding me close against His side.

“And Jesus walks with us all the time,” I said to myself, dreamily, drinking in His peaceful, loving presence.

You’re Mine, Jesus stated quietly.

In the evening, was resting close within the presence of Jesus in my spirit, because His home is in me, and I in Him, so I have Jesus all the time and I was sunk way down deep into the perception and enjoyment of that, floating in a sea of peace and awe and in some way, almost melting out into it, as I seemed to be made almost entirely of love and adoration and worship of Him, and that love seemed to be almost an atmosphere or fragrance.

The fact that I was actually in the presence of Jesus kept washing over me with keener and keener perception, until both the awe and the joy came close to being past my capacity to receive.

His spoken words were drifting through my consciousness, because of the great pleasure of remembering them, the beauty of His words, burnished bright and deep by HIs presence. I whispered HIs words- "You said- I sanctify Myself that they might be sanctified... Keep through Your name those You have given Me..."

As I was drawing to mind His words, it was coming over me and I was remembering and in some way seeing Jesus speaking those words out loud in the tenor of His own human voice as it was carried on the air of that night when the light was scintillating and the dark desperate- standing there, Jesus of Nazareth a Man of flesh and blood on the cusp of His Passion, speaking those words aloud while He was still on the earth for the sake of His own, that they might have His joy in them.

I wished very much that I could have heard it. "I wish I could have been with You then," I said to Him.

No, Jesus whispered. His was that tone of voice that is so peacefully contented in love that only the one syllable is needed.

"No," I agreed. "It is better this way."

Far better, He whispered.

August 8, 2015

“Can I bind soulish things?” I asked, peacefully, caught up in the slow and steady leading of the prayer that I was stepping into, keeping my ear to Heavenly Daddy’s heartbeat and listening peacefully for His voice.

My focus was drawn then away from the wounds of emotion and toward spiritual forces. I was not afraid because of the flow of the Holy Spirit that was carrying me serenely along; in obedience, I focused my prayer there.

“Then I loose him from those forces that prey on wounds and hurts and I bind them by the blood of the Lamb. Those forces are bound now on earth and in heaven by the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose name is above all names. Now he is free of those forces and may see clearly and hear Your voice when You stand before him and speak, putting before him life or death.

“I cannot make him choose life. Even You do not do that,” I said, glancing up at Heavenly Daddy in trust. Without words, He agreed; He does not. “No, he must make that choice himself, but I hope that he chooses life. May Your mercy and Your forgiveness wash his heart clean and call out to him and pursue him and let him know that he is Your son, Your beloved son, and You have loved him all this time and You will never and have never given up on him.”

Then my thoughts and hopes went out further. “Oh Heavenly Daddy, may they all come  in,” I whispered in longing. “I want everyone safe in You in the end.”

I thought of Jesus, how He glorified the Father by finishing all the work the Father had given Him to do, and how now the Father is glorifying Jesus by giving Him everything as His inheritance and giving all judgment into Jesus’ hands and how then Jesus will glorify the Father again by putting everything under and into the Father, so that the Father is all and all, which I thought the most beautiful picture of mutual love and trust.

“Because all the kingdom and all the power and all the glory belong only and always to You, Heavenly Daddy, which is the only right and good and beautiful way of being, and in that way, everything is pure, lovely and balanced- everything becomes good and safe and when this is manifested and fully brought forth, then the former things will be no more, nor remembered and all things new again and just as they should perfectly be…”

My thoughts wandered away into the depth of this goodness, stretching out into eternity- the perfect rightness when there is no crooked way or lie, but everything perfectly glorifying Abba, and trusting perfectly in His sovereignty, and living forever in His kingdom of innocent and trusting love, and there will be whole and holy innocence and trust and beauty, because there will be nothing to mar it.

This prayer had begun choppy, because I had been interrupted right in the beginning and then had to pick it up again after some discouraging news. Despite this, I thanked Jesus for His work on my faith through the interruption and discouragement, and told Him that I expected my prayer to be richer and deeper because of it, even though at the time I felt a little absurd and self-conscious to be continuing on. Then I finished it and realized that He had done just what I had believed Him to do.

August 10, 2015

(In this prayer, I use many introductory lines before asking or declaring the central thing, and this is because of the loving kindness of the Holy Spirit, who was guiding me along those introductory lines like stepping stones to the place where I should be in my faith to ask or declare the main thing. He is very kind and gracious to lead me along that way as I learn. As I grow in my faith and understanding, these many steps may disappear and my prayer will become simpler, but for now, it's a little like showing the work when I am learning long division, for example.)

Dearest heavenly Daddy, I am very tired, but this troubles me not at all because I do not ask You out of my strength, ability, or passion, but I ask You according to the words You gave to Your Son, Jesus Christ, and He has given us those words that You gave Him, that Your name might be manifest and known to us, because those are the words You wish us to ask, for they are the requests that You wish with all Your heart to fulfill and are fulfilling them continuously according to Your purpose and will, which is perfect and manifold and lovely.

So with joy then I ask You as Your Son and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught me, Heavenly Daddy, wonderful Father, who is the only perfect Good and pure and true Love, I ask that You hallow Your name and make Your Person known and clearly seen and recognized and manifested among those that are lost in the dark and the lies of the systems of this world that are falling apart now, having been judged and disarmed by the cross of Christ and found wanting and void and condemned as empty and vain. In those countries that are trapped by the law, lift up and magnify and exalt Your Son Jesus Christ, that He might manifest and exalt and show forth Your name, Yourself, Your true self to those in the dry lands of the law.

Heavenly Father, it is not Your will that any should perish and it is not my will either. Those sons and daughters of flesh and blood lost in the dark have been already forgiven by the cross of Christ and I forgive them also as You have forgiven them through and upon the cross and by the shed blood of the Lamb and any forces of darkness that are feeding off the wounds are bound now by the blood of the Lamb and by the cross of Christ Jesus, who name is above all names. They are bound on earth and they are bound in heaven so that those of flesh and blood may walk forward freely from their prison and into the Light of the Kingdom of Your son Jesus Christ, as He stands before them, offering them life. With all my heart now, I hope they may choose life as they see Jesus with open eyes.

In those dry lands now You are opening up springs of living water that are pouring down from heaven, carried on and through Your Holy Spirit as He moves in accordance to Your perfect will of love, light and liberty from bondage. They are free now to walk toward Jesus Christ as He reveals Himself to them as a loving and Good Shepherd who will not give them more than they can bear, but will teach and guide and build up and strengthen them in their inner man according to His word and through His Holy Spirit as they learn of Him, whose yoke is easy and burden light.

Those tender ones torn by grief who have lost loved ones are carried in Your arms close to Your heart and they are comforted with the pure milk of Your consolations, the consolation of Your eternal Life, knowing that peacefully and naturally the body as dust returns to dust, but that their loved ones have passed safely and wholly on to You even from the threshold of their passing, and are held now in Your arms and remember no more the former things but are warmly basking in the Light and love of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.

Your Kingdom of love come rising up out of the ground now as it is and has been doing and will do until it comes in the fullness of Your purpose and manifested and perfect rule. Send down now those messengers of love that will strengthen my brothers and sisters in Christ to do Your will and in joy to find their strength, to see You and to hear Your word and to grow up into the fullness of the measure of Christ Jesus Your Son as they are sent forth to do Your will of saving, gathering, healing and restoring of the lost and hurt. Your Kingdom is rising up beautifully now as a strong and living tree that even the birds of the air may take refuge in it, for You are the one who makes it grow, for  Your own glory and Your own perfect purpose and will that moves forward now according to Your design and time and through Your messengers of light that go forth now to do all that You will in the building up of Your Kingdom.

Now as Yours is the power and the glory and the authority and as You are sovereign and the only true and Living God, the Eternal and as there is no other Rock but You, may Your perfect will of love, liberty and restoration, justice and righteousness be done on earth as it is in Your very presence and before Your face in Heaven where You are clearly seen as You are in all Your glory, power, beauty, truth and Light. This is done through the mighty working of Your Holy Spirit upon the dry ground of the earth as Your word rains down in power to release the captives and to shine forth Your Light in the darkness according to Your will and also through Your living and beloved servants as they move forward according to Your direction, strengthened in their inner man by Your words and Your indwelling presence of Jesus Christ through Your Holy Spirit. The joy of the Lord is their strength as they obey You in unity, love and humility, growing up all together according to Your purpose and in order to manifest Your name to those that are lost in the darkness, in the fatness of their hearts which mar their sight and understanding, but the fire of Your Word now burns that away so that they can recognize Your truth.

Give us this very day the bread of Your Word Jesus Christ, that astringent bread that burns away the fatness of other foods and reveals Jesus as the Living Bread. Give us this day the bread of Your true and living Word that strips away the dross and reveals Jesus Christ Your Son to us as the living example of true righteousness before You, and Your manifest image and Your purpose for Your sons and daughters who make up the Church and Body of Jesus Christ. Turn our eyes away from idols that distract, those tarnished and lesser falsehoods and show forth instead the bright and shining Light of Your Son Jesus Christ within us as we partake of Your Living Bread, the bread of Heaven, that we might have life and have life in abundance, not a false, soulish and self-serving life but the very life of God.

Send down Your beloved Son Jesus Christ to stand before the lost and hungry multitudes and to declare to them that He is Himself the Living Bread that came down out of heaven and that His flesh is true food and His blood true drink and that whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood shall not die, but have life everlasting.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that have trespassed against us, for we cannot be whole and healed before You if we do not forgive those that have sinned against us. You have fully and freely forgiven us our sins, help us now through Your Holy Spirit to accept and be released into that forgiveness as we forgive and release to You those that have sinned against us. As we cannot forgive without Your Holy Spirit, send down Your Holy Spirit to wash our hearts clean as we release into Your hands those that have hurt us and injured us, that we ourselves might be released and be healed and freed to love with a pure heart, open and living and whole before You.

Especially in this culture of fat hearts, arrogance, selfish and soulish concerns- send down the consuming and cleansing fire of Your Holy Spirt to burn away that dross that is blinding our eyes to our nakedness, our weakness, our hunger and thirst and reveal to us our pitiful condition before You, so that in humility we may behold You, the true and living God in Your Son Jesus Christ, who in humility before You, did not grasp at what was His, but gave up His life in service before others, who each day woke as a disciple to hear Your voice and who could do nothing of Himself, but with perfect faith, trusted You to do those works that You gave Him to do, to do them in accordance Your will and in Your timing, regardless of whether He was accorded righteous by men or whether or not He was accounted lost, and insulted and dishonored before men. Either way, He did not look for honor before others but only to You as He did Your perfect will.

Let us see Jesus as we love each other and in humility, sincerely to ask forgiveness for the trespasses and sins we have committed toward others, that we might be pure and holy and humble children of your Son Jesus Christ, clothed in true righteousness, free now to manifest Your name in loving and humble unity of one body through Your Holy Spirit and strengthened and built up and held together by Jesus Christ, the head and source of His Church and Body as we grow up into Him now, not judging, tearing down, insulting, burdening, or ignoring one another, but loving one another in truth; Your Word Jesus Christ is truth.

Now as Jesus Christ has said, I also say- although Heavenly Father of love, I fully confess, I do not know all that He meant in saying it, regardless according to His purpose I also ask that You do not put us to the test, but in Your love and mercy, pass over us in love, because many of us Your children are newly born and just walking, being carried in the arms of Jesus and many are just newly washed in oil and wine and healing from wounds and many are newly seeing and just blinking in the light, beginning now to see for the first time farther than before, so in Your unfailing, overflowing and tender mercies, do not put Your little children to the test, but pass over us yet more a little while as we grow up in You through the perfect work of Your Son Jesus Christ. I ask You this in loving and grateful confidence, for You are a tender and merciful Father and I know that I ask according to Your own heart. You will guide us as we feed on Your Word in our hearts day by day being led by our Good Shepherd along the paths of righteousness for His names’ sake- Your very name is faithfulness and tender love.

Now according to Your name’s sake, I ask You joyfully and in the fullest confidence as Your daughter who knows You through the words and life of Your Son Jesus Christ, and also as I am now standing before Your throne according to Your mercies and love which have led me here through the Holy Spirit according to Your will and knowing also that these words are Your words given to Jesus Christ Your Son, and knowing also that these words will be included in all those prayers that rise up as a pleasing fragrance to You, living and most merciful and good Father-

I not only ask You, but in fullest confidence in You and in Your beautiful and sovereign heart, I declare that this day You are delivering us from all evil, for the sake of Your good name and Your purpose and Your perfect, active and good will, and I agree with and move with You, asking You now to show forth and release Your perfect, almighty and sovereign hand, moving to deliver us from strongholds, powers and principalities, showing forth Your mercy, justice and righteousness, that Your deliverance be made manifest on the earth that You love and will not forsake, but will come and deliver, for You hear our cries that rise up continually before You.

Oh heavenly Father, come down and deliver this world from the evil that binds, constricts,  mars and hurts it, as it hurts You so much to see it. Release and send out all those mighty and perfect forces of love that they may wash down over the whole face of this earth, to bring us up out of the places of bones and darkness that have held us so long down here.

All your saints cry out to You, oh loving Father, how long, how long! It cannot be long, for Your heart is breaking, oh loving Father, come down in power and love and free your broken children from the darkness that has marred Your creation for so long! The innocent and helpless and the poor cry out to You, for You are our Rock and the Living God who saves us, let the earth cry out in hope and earth- oh earth, Your Heavenly Daddy will come to you, He is coming, Heavenly Daddy is coming and the former things will be no more, and will not be remembered any further, but all things will be made new-

Because, Heavenly Daddy, the whole Kingdom and the whole earth is Yours and belongs to You and will be manifestly brought into You through Jesus Christ Your Son, so that all will be safe and good and right, and all the glory of doing it is and will be and is forever Yours, for all the glory is Yours, shines forth only from You, the good and loving and perfect Father and all the power is and always will be only Yours.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God;
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth,
so [surely] the Lord God will cause
rightness and justice and praise
to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power
of His word.]

Isaiah 61:10-11, AMP

"Wachet Auf, ruft und die Stimme"

"Wake, awake, for night is flying,"
The watchmen on the heights are crying;
"Awake, Jerusalem, arise!"
Midnight hears the welcome voices
And at the thrilling cry rejoices:
"Oh, where are ye, ye virgins wise?
The Bridegroom comes, awake!
Your lamps with gladness take!
With bridal care Yourselves prepare
To meet the Bridegroom, who is near."

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
And all her heart with joy is springing,
She wakes, she rises from her gloom;
For her Lord comes down all-glorious,
The strong in grace, in truth victorious,
Her Star is ris'n, her Light is come.
"Now come, Thou Blessed One,
Lord Jesus, God's own Son,
Hail! Hosanna!
The joyful call We answer all
And follow to the nuptial hall."

Now let all the heav'ns adore Thee,
Let men and angels sing before Thee,
With harp and cymbal's clearest tone.
Of one pearl each shining portal,
Where, dwelling with the choir immortal,
We gather round Thy radiant throne.
No vision ever brought,
No ear hath ever caught,
Such great glory;
Therefore will we Eternally
Sing hymns of praise and joy to Thee.

"Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying"
by Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
Hymn #609
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Matthew 25: 1-13
Titled: "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
Composer: Philipp Nicolai, 1599
Tune: "Wachet auf"