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In my last blog, I described, based on the word schemes from 2 Cor 2:11 the devil as a determined and focused traveller –

Who is heading in one direction, towards a specific destination with three things on his mind: rob, steal and destroy.

That destination is our mind and I am likening it to a military HQ.  If the HQ goes then the army is defeated and the territory that’s at stake, in this case our whole life, is handed over to the victor.  This in essence, is what the battle for Eden which was Project Cultivation, was all about.  Satan was after the delegated territory and all the authority, rule and splendour that came with it and this is what he offered Jesus in the wilderness!

Satan gain access to all of it by infiltrating Adam and Eve’s HQ, their minds and he used two major weapons which he still uses today to gain access to their & our minds, HQ – deception and lies!

The soul has a three-fold make up – mind, will and emotions. What I refer to as the thinker, chooser & feeler!   It is helpful to place the will, aka the chooser in the centre of the three because it reveals to me that Satan will try to influence my thoughts and feelings, so as to get me to choose, i.e. act.    It is through my actions that I can and will give place to the enemy and yield the authority and power I already possess. Cf Jn 14:30 & Eph 4:27.

This is his ultimate aim, to take the authority and power we have invested in us and use it against us!

In Eden, Satan presented an image and a thought which created a mood in Eve which she then acted upon and Adam joined in and the rest as they say is history.   Satan’s methods have not changed and so he presents to our imagination and our thinker, images which are really outcomes – “you’ll be like God!”   As soon as we focus on the images and thoughts, corresponding feelings are formed and attached, and as Ecclesiastes 4:12 says; a three-corded strand is not easily broken.

The accumulative effect of image, thoughts and feelings; are a difficult trio to break, so it is vital to not be ignorant of his methods, and demolish images and take captive thoughts.  I am also learning that any feeling or mood has its roots in someone’s thinking and will have attached images and is designed for me to act out or move toward the outcome(s) being presented.

God or Satan cannot just walk through the door of our HQ, they both have to use the same system and they both know that the HQ is strategic to their outcomes – “I have come that you may have life, in abundance until it over flows.  The thief comes to rob steal and destroy!” Jn 10:9&10

The Father decided from the outset to fill the earth with His Eden project and central to all this filling of the earth were Adam and Eve.  They and us were not created as passive but proactive partners, through whom God intended to fill the earth.  In Genesis 6:13 this filling the earth through men and women dynamic is clearly spell out –

“for the earth is filled with violence because of them!”

All the resources of Eden, all the authority and the power to exercise these resources were delegated to Adam and Eve, to God’s co-workers.  What was delegated was then abdicated by the surrender of the HQ’s by Adam and Eve.

The great news, of the good news, is this – that in Christ, we are back in the place of authority and power. In fact, we have more authority and power than Adam and Eve.  See Phil 2:10.  

 

Father’s creation mandate, to fill the earth with Eden is still valid and through Christ we have been given free access to the resources of the king of kings and His kingdom. These resources can and will become our realities, as we exercise faith and confront the works of the Devil, as Jesus did. Cf Jn 14:12 & 1 Jn 3:8

Satan is a determined traveller but in Christ he is a stripped, disarmed and defeated one. Col 2:15 And through the abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness, we have the right and the might, to rule and reign in life! See Roms 5:17.

That right to reign includes exercising authority over our imagination, thinking and emotions.  All of our HQ!

There’s a war on and in Christ we are super conquerors and nothing and  no one can separate us from His love or snatch us from His hands.  Deception and lies are the only weapons Satan as in his arsenal.  So, let’s not be ignorant of his schemes?  Let’s proactively guard our HQ because the stakes are high.  Very high indeed!

 

 

 

 

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Stable P2 

‘No pain. No Gain.’  Is simply not true!  Many times, in my personal life and pastoral ministry I have experience and seen pain, that has not led to gain.    This is in part due to the deception called event-mindedness which says that just experiencing pressure and pain will lead to gain.  It will not!

Some learnt wisdom from Arnie –

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow,” Boom!

It’s not just experiencing the pain that leads to gain, it is what we do within the pain, that leads to growth.  Not just physical muscle but mental, emotional and spiritual muscle.  As we push, rep-eatedly, against the weight we submit to a process and resist the cry of our emotions to quit and go back to comfort!

The word for suffering in Roms 5:3 is pressure and the writer says that pressure produces perseverance, perseverance character and character hope, which does not disappoint because it is attached to the love Father has already poured into our hearts, who we be!   On the surface, this scripture seems to support event-mindedness.  However, the best interpreter of scripture is scripture.  So, let’s bring James 1:2-4 alongside, to build the complete thought –

“consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials [pressure] of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Because you know that testing [pressure] develops perseverance!   Do we know this?  As a revelation and a principle, do we get this?  These verses are a great synopsis of what an event leads to, which is always an invitation to work a process.  So, the pressure comes [event] and we have an opportunity to develop [process word] perseverance.  We take this invite and our first event of preserving, begins the much-needed process of becoming mature and complete.

No pain. No Gain, is a deception, mostly borne out of our emotions which are  kick in when the going gets tough.

What if the Father has designed events that will trigger a much-needed process, so that our potential grows and meets the demand we are facing.  The bridge between our potential and the problem is called pressure.  What we do, rep-peatedly in this pressure is who we become!

“Because we know that…….

Perhaps, some of the pain and the pressure we are experiencing at the moment, has been purposely factored in by the Father?  Maybe, this is His version of gym time?   A divinely inspired opportunity to enter that area of pain that will develop us into champions?

All I know is this – life will bring pressure!   Jesus, who I trust the most said so –

“In this world, you will have trouble [word is pressure] but take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  Jn 16:33

There are two emphatics in this verse:  you will have and I have overcome! And there is one command: take heart which to paraphrase means locate and lock onto your courage.  Courage is acting in the face of fear.   Jesus is asking us for something in the face of fear; to be courageous and act! Not turn and run!  For those who stay and face the pressure, He promises overcoming power.  Cf Roms 8:37; Eph 6:10 & Phil 4:13

I am learning to use, and I’m enjoying, lose weights in my home gym.  But one of the vital lessons is knowing the signs when you are in that area of pain where if I push through and do two more reps, I will gain what I set out to do: develop muscle and strength.

I am not there yet – turning my bay window [stomach] into Baywatch!

But I am on the bridge called pressure and I know what to do and what lies ahead is a ‘enduring walk of faith’ and I will inherit what’s on the other side of the bridge.  See Hebs 6:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Road work!

Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights.  Joe Frazier Joe-Frazier-007
The ring is the potential place of the reward, it is also the place that reveals our rituals.  It is the moment that will uncover how we have used our ‘daily moments!’
Without a commitment to rituals, there can be no rewards.
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There’s always a road that leads to the ring, and it is our commitment to our road work, that prepares us for the ring and positions us for victory in the ring.
The ring here can be literal or it can represent a task, job challenge, character issue, a marriage, business, concept, an issue of justice or a humanitarian undertaking.   The fight has to be prepared for and road work, daily rituals have to be adhered to.
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Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last for ever. 1 Cor 9:25
Don’t you just hate the word ‘everyone!’
Every competitor who wants a crown has to come through strict training, whether those crowns are temporal or eternal.   crowns
Can I also just highlight that ultimately we are in competition with ourselves, with the potential that has been given to us and our human nature that dislikes words like everyone, strict and training.
Lining up the road and the ring, the ‘here I am and here’s where I’m heading’ is the first step.  Then we break down what it will take to get us there, and then these become our daily rituals, our non-negotiables; our road work!
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. v 27
 
I have never failure to start anything, knowing where I’d like to be and writing it down, has never really been the issue.  It’s the road work, the preparation that is the problem!
Years ago, Frank Bruno was asked why he ran on Christmas day? 
I want to be the champion!  
Road work takes on that part of us the Bible calls our flesh, which has a core desire; its own way, that reveals itself through wanting comfort and avoiding pain! 
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave.
This is bottom line thinking: I have to exert strength and power on my body, so that it becomes my slave, that is it obeys where I’ve decided we’re headed.
The Father is not letting anyone, especially His sons and daughters of the need for preparation before they inherit what He has purposed for them.  Whether that be crowns down here or up there!  
He Builds up,  before we enter into the ‘Our time, He has prepared for us.
A walker as he entered a new village asked a question of an old man leaning on the village sign: “Any great people been born here?   Nope, said the old man. Only babies!!!
‘Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32
Being built up, comes before the conjunctive; and, which means there is a contractual dynamic to this inheritance, and that is preparation.  There’s an inferred level of maturity that has to be reached before we can have, hold and enjoy what Father has planned 
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is under age, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  Gal 4:1  
 
There is a set time, and although this verse is about the Father sending His Son at the right time, it also reveals His desire to give what He has written into His will for our lives, only to those who qualify: the mature.  Children do not make good inheritors because they have a tendency to spend or use, that which has been inherited on themselves.
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2a-3
Is it Father saying; “here you go, have this.” Or is it our ego?   If it is Father, then get ready for some road work, be prepared for daily rituals and each time you do them, hold the reward in your imagination and power through the pain, therein releasing your given potential.   
Father as no favourites.  See Roms  and one truth I glean from this, is that He will treat everyone the same, so all have to undergo training.  All have to do road work. 
For Abraham is was over twenty years
For Joseph around seventeen
For David over twenty
For Mary around sixteen
Even Jesus had around thirty years!
Disciples, ones in the loop, understanding road work!  Like Daniel of old, they add something extra to their daily, to their ordinary, and so they become extraordinary 
Daniel outshone all the ministers and satraps because an extraordinary spirit was in him, and the king considered setting him over the entire kingdom. Dan 6:3 NASB
This extraordinary spirit, the spirit of God, Daniel worked with.  He availed himself of what Father could do through Him, and Daniel daily chose to do more than the status quo, to go beyond the norm.  He understood what was needed; something extra and so he aimed for that and drew on the spirit of God, and  his desire and His power, released wisdom, words and actions, which meant he distinguished himself.  
He outshone the competition! 
Daniel’s covenant with God, I need to tread carefully here, was not as full or as powerful as the one we have, or can have through Christ today.  The power in us, is the same as that exerted to raise Christ!!!
This power is the other side of the grace, which we have been given in Christ but it can lay dormant because we may not be aware that Father wants us to distinguish ourselves and has given us the power to succeed.
Is grace dormant in us?
Is grace buried under the soil of our wrong motives?
what’s our attitude to road work and rituals?
Father has assigned the ring, allocated the rituals and has set the appointed time of our reward!
He gives us grace, His unrivalled power, for each part of His designed process.
It’s not rituals vs rewards but ritual equals rewards!