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Vacancy or How To Get the Best Room in the House

The giving up of God’s self in order not to give up on humanity…the arms of the crucified are open—a sign of a space in God’s self and an invitation for the enemy to come in.
Miroslav Volf

Our Saviour was brought into the world  to the sounds of animals. He was shut out of the world of people.

No room.

But, at His death, with His arms outstretched, He invited the whole world into Himself. He had plenty of room for all of His creation to live in.

Vacancy.

Whosoever will.

All are welcome to the table of Grace.

So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.

Colossians 1:19 Message

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Gush or How To Get Into the Flow of Life

The Holy Spirit is the extravagant Administrator of the salvation of Jesus Christ; he gushes forth in our midst like an artesian well.

(An artesian well is a well sunk through solid strata of sedimentary rock into strata from an area of a higher altitude than that of the well, so that there is sufficient pressure to force water to flow upwards. From the French word, artesian, referring to the old French province Artois, where such wells were common. In John 7:37-39, John records how Jesus witnessed the eighth day, the great and final day of the Feast of Tabernacles, when, according to custom, the High Priest would draw water from the Pool of Siloam with a golden jar, mix the water with wine, and then pour it over the altar while the people would sing with great joy from Psalm 118:25-26, and also Isaiah 12:3; “Therefore with joy shall we draw water from the wells of salvation!” Then, Jesus, knowing that he is the completeness of every prophetic picture and promise, cried out with a loud voice: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! If you believe that I am what the scriptures are all about, you will discover that you are what I am all about, and rivers of living waters will gush from your innermost being!” See Rom 5:5)

Titus 3:6 Mirror

I love this translation of this passage.

The picture of Holy Spirit being a gushing well paints the picture that you can’t control His flow. It also shows that there’s no work involved in getting Him to produce Jesus’ salvation. He gives it liberally and continually.

So, what are we supposed to do now that we know this? Let him administrate extravagantly and gush salvation all over us! We get to be the recipient of this glorious salvation!

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Intent or How To Enjoy the Journey

He rescued the 1integrity of our original 2identity and revealed that we have always been his own from the beginning, even 3before time was. This has nothing to do with anything we did to qualify or disqualify ourselves. We are not talking religious good works or karma here. Jesus unveils grace to be the 4eternal intent of God! Grace celebrates our pre-creation innocence and now declares our redeemed union with God in Christ Jesus.

(1hagios, holiness, purity, integrity kaleo, often translated, holy calling; 2kaleo means to identify by name, to surname; 3pro xronos aionos; pro, before; xronos, a specific space or portion of time, season; aionios, without beginning or end, timeless perpetuity, ages; this was before calendar time existed, before the creation of the galaxies and constellations. There exists a greater dimension to eternity than what we are capable of defining within the confines of space and time! God’s faith anticipated the exact moment of our redeemed union with him for all eternity! What happened to us in Christ is according to God’s eternal purpose (4prothesis), which he has shown in every prophetic pointer and shadow; in the Hebrew tradition the showbread (prothesis) pointed to the true bread from heaven, the authentic word that proceeded from the mouth of God, Jesus the incarnate word sustaining the life of our design. See Heb 9:2   The first tented area was called the Holy Place; the only light here came from the lamp-stand illuminating the table upon which the showbread (prosthesis) was presented, (the lamp-stand was a beautifully crafted golden chandelier portraying budding and blossoming almond branches. Remember that this is also what Jeremiah saw in Jer 1:12, when God said, ‘I am awake over my word to perform it.’ The same Hebrew word is used here, shaqad, the almond was called the ‘awake tree’, because it blossomed first, while the other trees were still in their winter sleep. The show bread pointed towards the daily sustenance of life in the flesh as the ultimate tabernacle of God, realized in the account of Jesus with the two men from Emmaus; their hearts were burning with resonance and faith while he opened the scriptures to them, and then around the table their eyes were opened to recognize him as the fulfillment of scripture, their true meal incarnated: Luke 24:27-31; Man shall not live by bread alone, but by the authentic thought of God, the Word proceeding from his mouth, the original intent, his image and likeness incarnated, revealed and redeemed in human life.)

Titus 1:2 This is the life of the ages that was anticipated for generations; the life of our original design announced by the infallible resolve of God before time or space existed. (Man’s union with God is the original thought that inspired creation. aionios, without beginning or end, timeless perpetuity, ages; xronos, a specific space or portion of time, season. This was before calendar time existed, before the creation of the galaxies and constellations. There exists a greater dimension to eternity than what we are capable of defining within the confines of space and time! God’s faith anticipated the exact moment of our redeemed union with him for all eternity!

This life was made certain before eternal time. (BBE 1949, Bible in Basic English)

2 Timothy 1:9 Mirror

Sorry for the verse and long quote but it was way too good to not share the whole thing.

I had to read it several times. I’m not sure I get all of it, but I do see what Paul was telling Timothy.

Paul is dropping some super heavy and amazing revelation on Timothy here. He’s telling Timothy that grace was the original eternal intent of God for all of us! Grace was not God’s backup plan. Grace was not the scrambling idea of God to combat sin. Grace was not the reluctant antidote to the actions in Eden. Grace was the plan!

It should put our mind at ease that God has a plan for you. The plan began a long time ago and it will continue forever!

Grace puts right was sin put wrong. Grace sets straight what sin skewed. Grace makes perfect was sin marred.

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Witnessed or How To Be a Great Raconteur

We include you in this conversation; you are the immediate audience of the logic of God! This is the word that always was; we saw him incarnate and witnessed his language as defining our lives. In the incarnation Jesus includes mankind in the eternal friendship of the Father and the son! This life now finds expression in an unreserved union. s

1 John 1:3-4 Mirror

Experiences and stories are valuable for relating the overarching story of God’s grace in our lives to those we come in contact with.

The people that John is writing this letter to never met Jesus. They weren’t there with John. But John is able to recount his stories and experiences to them to enforce and enhance the message he is telling them.

He’s using his direct encounters for the sake of the young church.

“I know you weren’t with Him, but let me tell you about Him and what He said while I was.”

What we have today is based on their experiences and builds ours up.

Can we rely explicitly on our experiences? I would tend to say no at this point. We should take our experiences and look at what the people who were with Jesus and had a direct relationship with Him, to see how they line up.

Your stories and encounters can greatly help others that you come into contact with. So don’t be shy about telling them!

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Somebody or How To Cheer For the Other Guy

Everybody, even the worst stinker on earth, is somebody for whom Christ died.

Robert F. Capon,  Kingdom, Grace, Judgment

One of the best things about grace and the God who provides it is that I got in on the deal. One of the hardest things about grace and the God who provides it is who else gets in.

It’s selfish for me to accept and relish in God’s amazing grace, but have concerns about who else gets the same pleasure. The thought that I am being critical and judgemental of who God shares His grace with is no different than the attitude of the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day.

The heart of God is to rejoice with excitement and joy when I hear of someone who I would deem as “unworthy” of God’s grace, receiving and believing! When I do this I am joining in the atmosphere of Heaven and actually answering Jesus’ prayer of Heaven on Earth!

Be like Jesus, love everyone.

Be like the servants in the parables, tell the undeserving.

Be like the Father, prepare rooms for all.

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Spill or How To Make The Messiest Mess You Can

There are some amazing things that take place when you recognize your union with Christ. You begin to notice that love comes when you least expect it, and flows to the most unlikely of suspects. Instead of throwing insults, you find yourself throwing hugs.

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

Lord, knows this is something that needs to work deeper in me. Love that overflows. Love that oozes. Love that spills out.

Jesus was the ultimate pro at being love to those He encountered. It’s easy to think that it was because He was “Jesus”. I think that’s a cop-out. I think He was so successful at loving people because He didn’t have to try. I think it was because He was just being Himself. He was just as real and true to himself with the prostitute and leper as He was with the pharisee and self-righteous.

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.
1 John 4:7-10 CEB

I want to share a love that comes from connection, not just choice.
I want to express a love that comes from depth, and not just proximity.
I want to give a love that comes from desire, not just duty.

Tie or How To Find The Cure for Distractions

O, to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

– Robert Robinson

There are times that it’s easy to drift or not feel as close to God. It’s happened to me. I think it happens to most people if we are being honest.

It’s important to understand that we are one with Christ. Period. This truth is a brain exercise to maintain to keep in the front of your mental activities.

Our “bent” is to wander. We get distracted. It happens. But, no matter the state we find ourselves in the truth remains, that we are filled with Christ.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Colossians 2:9-10

It’s His goodness that keeps us. It’s His goodness that allows us to wander and then gently draws us back. It’s His goodness that tells us that no matter our doubts and fears He is still here. He has chosen to tie Himself to us.

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Double or How To Get More For What You Paid

We have both the joy of Jesus and the joy of the Holy Spirit. Did you get that? We have been given a double anointing for joy!

Kris Vallotton

The Joy of Jesus

Jesus was not a recluse. He performed His first miracle at a wedding when He changed water into wine. He was so full of life that His enemies called Him a wine-bibber and a glutton.

The joy of Jesus is not a joy that comes and goes; it is constant. Jesus says, “that this joy will remain in you.”  We will all have down times, but Bible says in Isaiah 61:3 that God gives us the oil of joy for mourning. That means in the time of sadness, in the time of brokenheartedness, God pours in the oil of His joy.

Now I’m coming to you and I say these things while I’m in the world so that they can share completely in my joy.
John 17:13

The Joy of Holy Spirit

Supreme joy is God’s nature and character! We see proof everywhere in God’s creation—birds singing, animals leaping, flowers blooming, brooks babbling and the sun shining! God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Since God is exceedingly joyful, His servants should also be joyful! Sadly, many who claim to be His disciples are harsh, sour and gloomy. But take note of Luke’s description of true disciples: “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit”

Holy Spirit is a tree of life, producing life-giving fruit. That fruit includes great joy.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.
Galatians 5:22–23

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Game or How To Be A Team Player

For, by the disaster of his charity, God plays out at last the Game that began with the dawn of history. In the Garden of Eden – in the paradise of pleasure – where God laid out his court and first served the hint of meaning to humankind – Adam strove with God over the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But God does not accept thrown-down racquets. He refuses, at any cost, to take seriously, our declination of the game; if Adam will not have God’s rules, God will play by Adam’s. In another and darker garden he accepts the tree of our choosing, and with nails through his hands and feet he volleys back meaning for unmeaning. As the darkness descends, at the last foul drive of a desperate day, he turns to the thief on the right and brings off the dazzling backhand return that fetches history home in triumph: Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

God has Gardens to give away! He has cities to spare! He has history he hasn’t even used! The last of all the mercies is that God is lighter than we are, that in the heart of the Passion lies the divine mirth, and that even in the cities of our exile he still calls to Adam only to catch the Glory, to offer the world, and return the service that shapes the City of God.

Robert F. Capon, The Romance of the Word: One Man’s Love Affair With Theology 

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Quest or How To Get What You Really Want

John 6:35 points to the fact that believing in Jesus is a feeding and drinking from all that Jesus is. It goes so far as to say that our soul-thirst is satisfied with Jesus, so that we don’t thirst anymore.

He is the end of our quest for satisfaction.

John Piper

Only if you’ve realized the satisfaction that comes from Jesus.
Only if you’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is indeed good.
Only once you’re sure that there is no life outside of Christ.
Only once you have exhausted all other searches and rest in Jesus.

Stop searching for something outside of Him.
Start feasting on the table prepared for you in Christ.

Stop drinking from broken cisterns (systems).
Start drinking from the ever-flowing love of Jesus.

Stop looking to something lesser to fill the void that is set aside for God.
Start realizing your perfection through Jesus.

Stop expecting someone other than Jesus to satisfy you.
Start resting in the finished work of Christ.

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