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Solid in Core. Steadfast in Confession

Keep diligent watch over your heart, for that’s where life starts.

Keep your heart with all diligence for the issues of life spring from there Prov 4:23

The picture behind the thought of guarding your heart; is of something so valuable, it needs to guarded by special forces!  It is the intentional stationing of trained guards, to protect at all cost, that which is not just valuable but strategic.

Strategic because our heart is our core and life and ALL its issues, issue from here!

Another way of saying it would be this, our core is who we BE and life IS responding to who we be not what we do.  However, if who we be, synchs with what we do, then life and circumstances begin to change.  And yet, there is another level of life and circumstance changing power available to us; when who we be is in NOW Grace and what we do is empower by the Spirit of grace.

Eruptive and disruptive power, the same as the Father exerted in raising his Son IS available, and part of ‘now grace’ which He has given to all His sons and all His daughters! Eph 6:10

A solid core, begins when we evaluate who we be.  We take our heart in for a mot.

This is an ongoing dynamic the Father undertakes.  “I the Lord search the heart. ” Jer 17:10.  I do not look at the appearance. I Sam 16:7.  His word tests the thoughts of our hearts. Hebs 4:12  Father is very interested in our hearts, who we be.

Who we be is the sum total of all we Believe and our Experiences.  To be more forensic, it’s not just having experiences but our interpretations of those experiences.

The life limiting sentences like:  I can’t.  I am not good enough, talented enough or educated enough.  If only.  I’ll never…   All of these and many more are decisions, usually made from within a traumatic experience and via the emotions that were present and strong at the time.

These short sentences can themselves be life-long prison sentences, keeping us in, holding us back, keeping us out and stopping us from entering in!

Gideon would be the classic biblical character for this core mind-set.  See Judges 6. When God entered Gideon’s present He did so answering Gideon’s prayer and complaint by addressing the answer –

The LORD is with you, mighty warrior! Judges 6:12

God’s description clashed with Gideon’s interpretation of himself which was generationally deep! V15.  Until Gideon’s core interpretations synched with the released revelation, the situation would be the same.   God is patient and will wait but nothing will change long-term, until His revelation becomes our interpretation of who we are, what we have and what in Him, we can do.

The all-encompassing biblical word for this is grace.

A graced core is a solid core, one that has been set in and upon his Word; about who we are, what we have and what we can do because we are in Christ, the anointed one! When who I be lines up with what He says about me, and I stay there, my core becomes solid and stable.  Stable is vital because unstable speaks of being two minded, or two-souled and this condition means we will not receive anything from Father.  See James 1:8

Jesus said that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth will speak. Matt 12:34 So, our words are a glossary and a dictionary of our hearts.  Jesus also said that we would be acquitted or condemned by our words, and that we would have to give an account for every idle word we have uttered. Matt 12:36&37

The word idle speaks of not being employed, of not putting our words to work for us!

The combinational power of who I be, synched with confessing His Word is unparalleled and is far more than just positive self-mirror talk.  Jesus said that His Words were spirit and life.  Jn 6:63 and that they had the power to set us free. Jn 8:32   When we take to heart, literally, His Word, his definition of who we, whose we are, what we have and what we can do, all things become possible.

Biblical meditation is thinking on and speaking out His Word simultaneously, so that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts synch.  Ps 19:14

Satan knows the system that the Father has put in place and all he can do is try to work the system, for his own aims and agenda by deception and lies.  He’ll try and convince us that we are over the top with all this guarding your heart and confessing stuff. Don’t buy it for a minute.  He’ll also try to get us to over emphasis one above the other which is typical of him, another one of his subtleties, designed to bring imbalance to our lives which inevitable leads to dis-ease!

Solid in core and steadfast in confession is vital to seeing all the promised resources of His kingdom becoming our reality.  The Psalmist knew the importance of a solid core and a steadfast heart

They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.  Ps 112:7&8

When our core and our confession are synched God’s promises will materialise even when everything looks hopeless.

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.  Roms 4:18-21

Against all hope, Abraham in his core believed therefore he had hope.  It says that he never wavered concerning the promise [the Word of God] but was strengthened in his faith by giving glory to God.  Giving glory to God means in opened his mouth and confessed God’s faithfulness to his Word and His people.

Abraham was fully [core and confession] persuaded.

God still wants to release  new ‘Isaac’s into His world but needs sons and daughters to become fully persuaded, in their core and their confession.

To all the next generation of Abraham’s and Sarah’s stayed solid and remain steadfast, your Isaac has been released!

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Crossing the line!

It was the second week in theological college and my first proper lecture when, right in the middle of the presentation, I had a tangible experience of intimidation, which came as a series of thoughts.  “I do not understand what the lecturer is saying.” Well say so and ask him to explain it again.”  “No way, everyone in the room will look at me like I’m stupid and be annoyed that I’ve stopped the lecture.”  For what seemed like a life time I battled the contrary thoughts and emotions within me and then my hand just seem to go up in the air.  Clive, the lecture said yes Andy.  I made a joke about speaking in an unknown tongue and his Methodism, and he laughed and covered the material in a way that was more accessible.
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When I entered the student coffee-room I expected some funny looks or some sarcastic comments.  Instead, two fellow students, one older and one younger,  came up and thanked me for sticking my hand up because they were also experiencing confused dot-com!  This learning and intimidation experience was not my first, that happened when I was twelve, and no I did not put up my hand! Now as a thirty year old man it was time to ‘leave childish ways behind,’ and so I put my hand up and removed the ‘line in the sand’ that intimidation had drawn.
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Although not all our experiences of being intimidated will have a spiritual cause behind the affect; some will be rooted in the emotions around insecurity, which is the lack of inner self belief.  Nevertheless, we need to be aware that intimidation is a spirit and when this spirit is the cause behind the affect we are experiencing, we need to use the right weapons, and they’re grace and our authority as believers, to bind and loose!
Question: what was God giving to believers in 1 Pet 5:5-12?
The simple answer is grace, which raises another question.  Those being addressed are believers, haven’t they already received grace, to have been defined as believers?  So those who have been ‘graced,’ are being graced again by God!  What’s going on?
Grace has two equal sides to it: one is unmerited love, the other is unrivalled power.
The first puts us in a right state and condition before the  Father, without any reference to our merits or performances, anchored only in the work of Christ.  The second kicks in when we lack the ability, or are faced with spiritual adversaries, like intimidation.
Father, gives His sons ‘can do power,’ when they humbly admit, they’re in a ‘can’t do situation. See 2 Cor 12:9&10
The key to this ‘can do power’ of grace is humility –
“God opposes the proud but gives grace [unrivalled power] to the humble. 1 Pet 5:5.
The spirit of intimidation is after something, which it can only get, if it deceives us into a mindset, found embedded in the word intimidation – timid.
Intimidation seeks to convince us that we are not up to the task, that we are small in comparison too, and this should make us afraid to move forward and act.  What intimidation fears, is that we will realise this is a Father given moment, humbly our selves, receive can do power and take the ground the spirit is seeking to hold on to.
Like all bullies, intimidation draws a line in the sand and then declares what will happen if you cross it.  Like David we need to run towards the line, cross it, sling our stone and let Father do the rest.
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It’s always about territory.
As in any war, the ultimate aim is to win hearts and minds, and Our Father and the father of lies, are working to this same objective.   I once read some words many years ago that have served me well –
“You cannot take ground off the enemy, if he’s got ground in you!”
The thought around the word timidity in 2 Timothy 1:7  is that of cowardice, of being in servitude or bondage to fear.
Like rabbits in the headlights, some are struck by fear and just sit there and take it, afraid of what might happen, what people might think and how they will react.
People approval, fear of failure, confrontation or rejection are classic reasons why people ‘stay in the lights, and the enemy exploits these ‘soul ties!’
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The Father says that He has given every one of His born again sons the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
A mind that can still think and reason, even under immense pressure.
The power that formed and placed stars, and raised Jesus from the dead, is with you, within you and for you!   This power can do exceedingly abundantly above all you can imagine or ask.  See Eph 3:19-20
This blog is current for me, I am taking on the spirit of intimidation, and I am not finding it easy at times.  Recently, the Holy Spirit showed me something from the account of David and Goliath, which came as a clear statement –
“Battle lines and shouting is not engagement, run into the valley!” 
 ” Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
 
God’s solution, David; arrived as his brothers were entering day 40 of lining up and shouting!  As I hovered over this verse, Father spoke and said this is not engagement, run into the valley and I will sort him and it out!    
They were like boys in the playground, standing either side of an imaginary line, shouting and declaring what will happen if you crossed the line and Israel was hoping that no one would!
In fact there was such reluctance in the Israeli camp that king Saul had to offer a threefold incentive – great wealth, his daughter in marriage and the father and the family of the victory would live tax-free!
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At some point we have to re-new our minds and admit we are just shouting and posing but not engaging.  Then we need to re-position ourselves and with confidence in the can do power of grace, do what David did – run towards the hairy man mountain!  
What I absolutely love (well most of the time, love) about my Father is that he will not test me beyond my ability to endure. See 1 Cor 10:13 and that He arranges prequels on the way to the main event, as He did with David.  
Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 1 Sam 17:36
 
David had already experience, in private, the can do power of God and so he puts Goliath on the ‘already been sorted list.’ Now that’s confidence! 
Lions intimidate through their roar, bears by standing on their back feet.  Goliath was a combination of both and David had been there, done that, and got the tee-shirt! 
Why should we take on the spirit of intimidation?
1.  Love won’t allow us to live at this postcode.  Perfect loved drives out fear.  I Jn 4:18
2.  We forfeit our potential and deprive others of its benefits. Jn 17:19
3.  To leave a stronger generational legacy. Cf Judges 1:19 & 4:13 (don’t leave the kids iron chariots)
4.  The sense of deep satisfaction that will flood your masculine heart & soul.
Mark it down: When you are in a situation that creates fear, but you face it head on, you will feel a rush of satisfaction in knowing you displayed courage.1
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities…because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”  Winston Churchill
1 Ortberg pg 126 if you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat

Enough!

Everywhere, everyone is experiencing context and the dynamics within context are affecting our minds and hearts. At some point we will reach an internal enough regarding an external context. This pod cast shares some thoughts about enough and context. Enjoy