Inspiration

Vulnerability and Intimacy

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Vulnerability…

 

My definition?  Hipsters who sit around talking about how miserable they are, basking in a powerless existence of self loathing.   Sounds fun right?

 

Not!

 

I always thought that vulnerable people were either women, or whimpy men with high levels of estrogen.

 

Hey… I am just starting it off by being real with you! :)

 

I am pleased to announce this is no longer my definition of vulnerability.

 

Vulnerability has been the greatest source of frustration for me.  Beyond the pain and frustration, vulnerability has been the avenue to ultimate freedom in my life.  It has been the gateway to intimacy, one of the greatest desires of the human heart.  To be known and seen for all that we are, the good and the bad, and still be 100% loved and accepted.

Thats my goal today, to be a catalyst for vulnerability and intimacy.  Why?  So that we can experience the depths of love like never before.  So that we can live emotionally prosperous.  So that we can be free from shame, guilt, and condemnation.  So that we can have thriving relationships, with our creator, ourselves, and others.

 

 

The problem?  Vulnerability is scary and painful.  Or so we think...

 

fear of pain

The fear of pain is a hindrance to intimacy.  It cuts us off from joy and adventure.  When we are afraid to embrace pain we stay at a shallow place of existence.  The truth is, there is no easy road to take.  Struggle and pain is an invitation to a depth of love rarely experienced.

 

For me, I thought I always had to have it all together. My focus in life was to get rid of all the pain.  In this pursuit, I brought upon myself even greater pain.  The pain of  not experiencing the fullness of love.

 

Things like… struggle and pain were foreign to me.  They were things to be avoided, not embraced.  After all, pain is only weakness leaving the body right?  Thats what I thought to.  I was afraid of pain and therefore, I became a surface dweller, abiding in the safety of the known.  Here in this place I became shallow.  Never showing the real me for the fear of rejection.  

 

So how did I get rid of this pain?  I created a facade that hid the real me.  I put on fig leaves around my personality, my emotions, my beliefs, my dreams… Everything about me was hidden! 

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Its the age old lie that humanity struggles with. (If we show ourselves completely, we will be rejected and ultimate pain will come upon us.)  But The Gospel is the good news that The Fathers affection never turns off towards us.  No matter what we do or say, He will love us the same.  It is this kind of Father we can trust with our nakedness.

 

One time, in a worship service, I heard The Lord say, "I want to see you naked."  My first thought was, "I rebuke you devil!"  Haha but God is funny.  He said it that way for shock value and I knew what He meant by it.  He was calling me out.  He knew that I was coming to Him in a way that wasn't real.

 

For example, whenever I was struggling, I would simply block it all by "worshipping" Him.   Sounds holy right?   The problem was, I still had my fig leaves on.  I wasn't bringing ME to HIM.  I was bringing my perfect little self as if He didn't see the crap.  Not intimacy at all!

 

 

 

We Need Intimacy.

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True intimacy requires that both parties come together without judgement, condemnation, or criticism.  It requires that we bring the real us, not the person we are trying to be, but the person we are now.  That includes  all the insecurities, fears, and doubts.  It also includes, all the dreams, desires, passions, and hopes.

 

It is impossible to live a life fulfilled without intimacy… With ourselves, God, and yes, even people.   It first starts with being real and honest with God and ourself, then it ripples out to the ones we love and cherish in the world.

 

Somewhere along the path I realized that I was failing at this intimacy thing.  I was saying all the right things, yet I didn't feel… authentic. I somehow came up with the idea that I was supposed to be something better than I was.  I no longer saw myself as I was, but what I should be.  That is just a sucky way to live, always comparing yourself with some imaginary version of you.  Not cool.

 

I get that we are always transforming.  I get that we never want to stay at our current level.  We want to increase and be better than we were yesterday.

 

But this is what I was missing… Grace for the process.

 

Without a healthy sense of intimacy, this whole transformation thing can become a very frustrating, shallow experience.

 

For me, it came from the desire to please God. I never want to lower the standard of the gospel so that it will make me feel comfortable.  Therefore, I became so "truth" oriented that I became religious about it.  I had black and white answers for everything.  I disregarded my emotions in the name of "living by faith, not by feelings brother."  it basically robbed me from the ability to live and enjoy life.  Even though this pursuit was a noble one it eventually hindered my growth.  Why?  I wasn't able to love myself in the process.  I put expectations on myself that God didn't even have for me.  It became a heavy yoke of performance.

 

For example, I remember a time in my life where I was so afraid of weakness.   I believed I was strong and didn't have fear, but on the inside I was really terrified.  One day, in my second year of ministry school, we were doing an exercise where we were all supposed to say out loud a lie that we have believed.   In our small group, everyone was going around saying the lie out loud all smiley and stuff.   Then it came my turn.  My response… "I am not gonna go digging inside, I don't have lies."   Wow, talk about denial.  In all actuality, I heard the lie, "I am not powerful."   So to me, the act of actually admitting I struggled with that lie meant I wasn't really powerful.  I know… Twisted. That all began to change over the next 9 months...

 

 

My Breakthrough

 

 

 

Through amazing people in my life, especially my pastor, Bea Ward, I came to the conclusion that I was about to enter into a season of "greater intimacy."  Ya, sounds all glorious and sweet until you start SEEING everything inside you!  But deep down, I am always willing to pay whatever price to have more!   More love, more joy, more wholeness, just more!   So somewhere in my heart, I made a promise to myself to embrace the process, no matter how much I disagreed or was offended.

 

 

To me that looked like being 100% honest, with myself, others, and God.  Sounds simple enough, but it was really awkward at first.  I felt completely out of control.  As I began to give myself permission to feel everything, it was pretty overwhelming.  I became aware of all the crap so to speak.  I mean, these emotions have been stuffed away for quite some time, and now I am letting the lid off.  Certainly not the prettiest sight in the world.   Yet at the same time it is, for whenever a heart is being set free, I think all of heaven rejoices!

 

Continuing on with the journey…

 

In times of prayer I wasn't sure if what I was saying would offend Him or not, I would talk about all the doubts I had, the bitter emotions I had towards certain people…  I wasn't even sure if I was allowed to feel these things as a good Christian, because of course, when you become a christian you have to have it all figured out now right?

 

Man that religious spirit is a bunch of do doo!

 

So as I continually gave myself permission to be real, it got messy.  I was discovering things about myself I didn't necessarily like.  But this is what happens when you finally allow the light to shine.   See, ignoring and stuffing emotions keeps your heart in the darkness.  It makes room for guilt and shame.  It makes you believe the lie that, "if people find out what your really like, you will be rejected"  It causes you to hide.

 

But the truth is that we are so completely accepted.  All the good, and all the "bad."

 

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One day while I was leaving a friends house, I felt that unfamiliar, honesty, thing rise up in me again.  As I was driving, I began to tell God that I doubted His goodness, that I doubted His provision and His promises, I began letting my anger out toward Him.   As I did, it was like a wave of His love crashed over me.  I felt so completely naked and free.  It felt so wrong at first to even think I could be angry at God.  But thats what was deep inside me.  It was at that point I realized, He meets me exactly where I am at.  He doesn't do shallow, and He doesn't do fake. He desires for us to bare our souls before Him.

 

After all, He cries out, "come to me as you are!"  Notice it doesn't say, "come to me as you think you ought to be."

 

This isn't a nice little alter call message for unbelievers.  It is a life long plea from a loving Father to His children.

 

We often feel like we need to be perfect in our relationship with Him, its absolutely crazy.  He is the safest person to be around.  We can tell Him our deepest darkest secrets.  As we are completely raw before Him, we open ourselves up to His extravagant love.  On the other hand, if we keep our fig leaves on, hiding in shame, we will never experience the abounding love He has towards us.

 

 

Vulnerability 

 

Thats the problem though isn't it? Taking off our fig leaves is vulnerable and scary.  But its ok, we don't have to get it right the first time.  Just start somewhere.  It gets less and less awkward the more we do it.  The more we dive deeper into this ocean of intimacy, we realize its not such a scary place.  Its actually the place of greatest adventure, mystery, and creativity.  It is the place where we come fully alive, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

 

When we keep our leaves on, the very opposite happens. We enter into self protection, and who can blame us?  It only makes sense to try and protect ourselves from pain right? It is our natural instinct, get rid of pain and find more pleasure.

 

Thats just it, sometimes the pathway to ultimate pleasure has scary cliffs and challenging obstacles.  Protecting ourself is to never embark on the journey.  It is coming to the conclusion that the risk outweighs the reward.  This is what we do when we enter into self protection.  Yes we may reduce the pain and discomfort in our life but we also reduce the joy, creativity, and passion!

 

 

So I am here to break it to you, if you want to experience true fulfillment in life, there is no way you can protect your heart from pain.  There will always be an element of risk that requires us to trust.

 

As we begin to let go and drop our defenses, something peculiar happens,  we enter into a level of relationship that our hearts yearn for.  It is a place called TRUST.  Here, we allow our Father to take care of us.   Self protection is a form of pride because it says that we can protect ourselves better than God.  

 

When we take upon ourselves God's responsibilities we start living in fear.  When we are motivated by fear, it hinders us from receiving the perfect love of The Father.  It causes us to take action to reduce the uncertainty.  It inspires us to get things under control instead of leaning into the mystery.  But of course, we christians like to spiritualize our dysfunctions, so we call it things like wisdom and honor…

 

Ouch!

 

Its ok, on the other side of offense is an invitation to greater freedom. (A great quote from a great friend)

 

 

But the doorway to this freedom is vulnerability.   It is stepping into the unknown, it is taking a risk.  It is becoming like a child, simply trusting in a really good dad to protect, just like He said He would, 100% of the time, never letting us down.  This is what is available for us all.  This is the beauty of The Gospel!

 

For me, I grew up with a mentality of toughness.  I am the youngest of four brothers… Enough said.

 

Along with divorce in the family I created ways to shut myself off from pain. In the process I became increasingly detached from my heart.  It was never ok to show emotion.  When I was excited or sad it seemed like there was this regulator inside of me that kept me "balanced."   In reality, my heart was in jail, chained to fear.  Fear of intimacy, mans opinion, and rejection. 

 

One night, God gave me a life changing dream.  It took place in a large city.  I found myself running the streets frantically trying to find my dog Koa.  I was running up to people asking them if they had seen my dog.  Each person gave me direction as to where I could find him.  As I turned a corner, I caught a glimpse of him and my heart leapt within me.  Hope began to rise in me.  As I ran toward him, he ran and jumped across this large gap into a large body of water, like some sort of pool.  I knew I was gonna have to go all the way around this building to meet him.  But I was determined not to give up.  So I ran and ran and as I turned the corner once again, I saw him running toward me.  It looked as if he had a huge smile on his face.  He came running toward me with so much joy.  It was like a movie, he jumped in my arms and started licking my face.  It felt like I was finally alive.  I felt complete and whole!

 

As the days went on, He gave me the interpretation.  My dog Koa, represented my heart.  For so long my heart has ran away from me because I didn't value it.  I thought it was all a bunch of sissy stuff.  The city represented the journey I was on in terms of reconnecting with my heart. Cities are complicated and confusing to me…  Each corner represented another level of breakthrough as I pressed on.  The anticipation I felt as I caught a glimpse of what it looked like to be reconnected with my heart (Koa) kept me motivated to endure the discomfort.  It was this feeling of wholeness, anticipation, and love that made the decision to keep going easy.

 

Enjoy The Process

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Thank God for process.  I have always had a bad taste in my mouth towards this word because in my culture it can be glorified.  With an unhealthy bent towards process, people can be so focused on their faults that they lose sight of their identity in Christ, and that is not ok.  On the other hand, without process, we feel like we need to have it all together, know all the right answers, and be perfect all the time.   Both are extreme cases of error.

 

These last couple years have been a painful yet glorious journey of process.  A process of setting my heart free.  Free from the bondage of fear.  It has been like open heart surgery without anesthesia at some points,  but I have realized that if we are not willing to endure the pain, we will never soar the skies of freedom.  We will never be able to enjoy the rivers of living water flowing out of our hearts.   We will stay in a shallow, shadowy place of existence.

 

Simply realizing that there is a journey of discovery,  that involves trial and error, will help us navigate this life in a way that causes us to live life to the fullest.

 

 

Pain Is Not So Bad

 

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As we begin to change our views and perceptions about pain we can begin to embrace it.  We can use it as fuel to affect change in the world.  Thats what the King of Kings did.  He couldn't bear the pain of losing His creation.  He sent His son so we would realize that He never shut His love off towards us.  He couldn't bear sin destroying His creation, the pain was to great.

 

See, pain is a part of love.  We don't need to be afraid of pain.  We can learn and grow from it.

 

 

We need to realize that if The Father makes Himself vulnerable to pain then who are we to think we can escape it?

 

Yet while God feels this pain, He is still 100% secure in His identity.  He doesn't fall off the throne when He feels pain.  I always used to think that the gospel made me tough, immune to hurt and offense.  I always believed that if I really walked in love and identity I would never get hurt.

 

I got offense and hurt mixed up.  Offense is when we get hurt, harbor it, and want to hurt the other person back.   But when we get hurt, we can run straight into The Fathers arms to heal us.  When we don't admit we have been hurt it is a manifestation of shame.  For we are ashamed and afraid of weakness.  And of course, being hurt means we are weak right?   Wrong!  Think about it, it takes more courage to admit someone hurt your feelings than it does to cover it up with the tough guy act doesn't it?

 

Let me clarify, I believe that when we catch a true revelation of love, we will be untouchable.  We will be so secure in The Fathers love that no matter what comes our way, we will live un-offended.  This is the goal and I know many that already walk in it.   Yet I know that sometimes I can pretend I'm ok yet really be hurt on the inside.  I find it way to easy to hide behind those fig leaves, but I chose not to.  No matter the discomfort, I am determined to live a life of intimacy, knowing that on the other side of the pain lies true freedom!

 

So when we are honest with our feelings, we punch fear in the face and we take a massive step towards love.  We slay the giant of fear and shame.  How? We realize that it really wasn't anything to be afraid of. We thought it was a monster in our closet but it ended up being a cuddly little stuffed animal.   Ok… Maybe not that nice, but you get the point.  The fear of intimacy and vulnerability is just one big lie!

 

 

I remember one time I was sitting with my Pastor processing some things that happened the previous day.   It was an incident with my girlfriend at the time, and I didn't handle it so well.  I basically threw a conniption fit, and stormed out of the room not saying goodbye to her.   I know… not very nice of me eh?

 

Well I was telling Bea, my pastor, what happened, and when it came to the part where I stormed out, it was super hard for me to tell her.   Thank God she used her super power discernment gift and called me out.  She was like, "ok, what do you believe, I believe, about you when you told me that?"

 

Whoa!  I was shocked at that statement.  In that moment I realized I was more concerned about my image than my breakthrough.  I was afraid that, because I messed up, she was going to love me less.  That if she saw me completely, she would reject me. I was living in a house that had no room for mistakes.  Doing something wrong equaled shame to me.  Thank God for people that call you higher!  I now live in a house that has a nice little room for my mistakes.  I have such a greater level of peace because I am not worried about saying the right thing at the right time.   I'm also no longer controlled by the people pleasing spirit that caused me to hide my true self.

 

 

And when I do fall into the lie that it is safer to hide, I just get back up again.  I don't freak out as if I never got breakthrough.  I just keep running my race!

 

 

This is my testimony.  As I share, my eyes tear up because I am overwhelmed with Gods goodness.  I am so grateful He took me through this process.  Yet I am somewhat afraid, for I know the onion has many layers.  And at the same time, I am not afraid, because now my heart has tasted freedom.  No lie will ever be able to enslave me back to the shallow waters, the old house with no room for mistakes, nor the stupid fig leaves!   For the love of God casts out all fear and freedom is my portion!

Courage

So this is my encouragement to you today, be courageous.  Be radically real and honest.  Invite God to know you completely.  Be vulnerable with your friends and family.  Live "naked" and free, completely unashamed. For this is real courage.  Refuse to cover up your doubts, your mistakes, your failures.  Bring it all into the light and you will realize there was nothing to be afraid of in the first place.  As you take these steps of boldness, you will sink into level of identity like never before.  You will be a mighty oak tree that provides shade for the masses.  You will experience the ecstasy of God in its fullness.  Yes, that includes pain, but don't push it away, embrace it, as you do, the fear of it disappears.   This is your mission if you so chose to accept.  The reward is clear, freedom, confidence, impact, and above all TRUE LOVE!

 

Your turn, what are your experiences with vulnerability?  Be transparent and share below! :)

5 Ways to Overcome Discouragement

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Proverbs 13:12, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."

 

Every single human on the planet is created with special and unique desires.   God uses desires to direct our lives.  He uses the very thing that makes us come alive to direct our lives.  Why?  Because He wants you to manifest His glory.  You manifest His glory when you are aligned with who and what you were created to be in this life.   He has created you for good works, wether thats being a stay at home mom or a CEO of a fortune 500 company. Wether its being a full time preacher or a business man. All that matters is that you are being true to you.  God has given us these dreams to ultimately express His Kingdom in and through our lives.  There is nothing more glorious than to see someone releasing their sound so to speak.

There are many things that hinder our dreams but the one we are going after today is discouragement.   Discouragement is an enemy to all things righteous.  It is a foul thing that has no place in a believers heart.  Discouragement is a lie.  It baits us in with reason and circumstance, seeking to skew our perspective.   Why?  So He can deter us from our mission in life.

 

What if I told you that no matter what happens in life you can always have glistening hope?   But what about hope being deferred making the heart sick?   Well I am glad you asked. :)

 

See, most of us think that if we do not get the thing we are hoping for than our hearts get sick.  A sick heart looks like depression, anxiety, fear, and so on.    We have all been there and its no fun!  I tell you today that we can have hope even it the most horrific circumstance.   I am not talking about positive thinking, I am talking about KINGDOM!

 

If our hope is in The Lord and The Lord alone we will never lose hope.   Hope is the confident expectation of good.   The Lord promises that we will have shining hope if it is placed in the proper place, HIMSELF.

 

I made a list of 5 ways to overcome discouragement so that you can see your desires fulfilled which ultimately means His desires are being fulfilled in and through you.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

1.  Be honest with yourself and God.

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Recently God has been taking me to such deep and sometimes uncomfortable places of intimacy with Him, myself, and others.

 

In my life I have always been the one that has it all together, the one who seemingly has all the answers.  I have a decent personality and it is easy to hide behind it sometimes.  When things are tough I always see the bright side of things.  However, there are many times where I stuffed the pain instead of expressing it.   My old self used to pretend that everything is ok when on the inside I was dying.   That is one of the weaknesses of being an optimistic person.  We can sometimes ignore the problem because we are so positively focused.  I have learned however, that this isn't always the best way to respond...

 

One day while in worship, God startled me by saying something quite shocking.   He told me, "I want to see you naked."

 

I know that sounds weird at first but I knew what it meant.  And to be honest I believe He said it like that just to shock me.  :)

 

What He was saying was that He wanted me to come to Him just as I am.  For me, I have been one that ignores the negative feelings.  Instead of dealing with the pain I would just declare truths about God seeking to get my mind onto more "important" or "spiritual" things.  I would try to worship Him with a smile on my face when on the inside I felt like crap.

 

So when He told me He wanted to see me naked I instantly knew what He meant.   I knew that I have been hiding emotionally from myself and from Him.  Just like Adam in the garden I felt like hiding my true self for the fear of rejection, punishment, and shame.  I realized that instead of coming to Jesus fully me (naked) I was coming to Him with a facade (fig leaves.)

 

Realizing this was very freeing yet very challenging.   It began a process of complete honesty with Holy Spirit.

 

One day while driving, I was just completely bare bones honest with God, (as if He didn't already know what I was feeling.)   I confessed that I doubted His provision, I doubted His love, I doubted this and that about Him.  As I did this I began to cry and cry.  It felt so wonderful and painful all at the same time.  In that moment I felt such a wave of His love comfort me.  I knew He was proud of me for taking what was in the dark and placing it in the light.

 

After this encounter I felt so much more real as a person.  I felt this new found confidence.  Instead of this insecure feeling I felt like a real man. :)

 

 

So I encourage you, be completely honest with Him.  He can handle it.  It isn't negative faith if you are struggling with something.  Its ok to be real.  Its ok to realize that you have nothing but doubts right now.  He will take your ashes and give you back beauty.  Its the divine exchange!

 

 

2.  Refuse to be offended at God.  

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This is the age old trick the devil tries to use against us.  "Did God really say?"

 

He comes to us not when everything is good but when our circumstances don't line up with what heaven says.  He comes during times of testing and trial and brings accusation against God by thoughts like, "see, God really isn't good all the time,"  " You should just try and take care of this yourself" "You can't trust God, He really isn't that faithful, He doesn't have your best interest in mind."   Blah blah blah, its all a bunch of non-sense.

 

These are all tools and plots of the enemy to try and remove you from a place of faith.  They try  to suck you into a place of doubt, unbelief, and offense.

 

If he can get you offended at God then he can cut off the supply line of grace into your life.

 

Offense can creep it at many times throughout our lives.

 

One particular time is when we our pursuing our dreams.  In my experience it has been in the area of healing and evangelism.

 

Early in my days when I would pray for people out on the streets and they didn't get healed I would get discouraged. I believed that everyone should get healed.  I believed that if I prayed and laid hands on them they would get better right away.   I remember one time I was on a plane ride to go on vacation to Hawaii.  There was this nice day next to me in extreme pain.  She had been in a severe accident and for years she has suffered from a bad back.    I prayed for her and nothing seemingly happened.  It was kind of embarrassing for me because I guess I cared what people thought more than I should have.

 

For a while I got offended at God.  I felt like He should have healed her.  I had the nerve to think I had more compassion than God Himself.  I felt waves of doubt and unbelief come over me and I didn't want to pray for people anymore.  I thought it was all fake and I basically gave up.

 

After my pity party I realized that the lack is never on Gods end.  I came to the conclusion that I didn't have to understand it all.  In this place of not understanding I resolved to let my beliefs be shaped by Jesus and His word alone. No longer did I worry about the result, nor did I let my experience dictate what I believed.

 

We must never let anything but God and His word determine our belief systems.  He must have the final say in our lives for He is the Spirit of Truth.

 

 

We must realize that it is the enemy that seeks to get us offended, confused, and distraught about what God's not doing.  Instead of falling helplessly into the devils hands, rise up in the truth.  Understand that God is good all the time and you will have a peace that surpasses understanding.

 

 

Because of this breakthrough I now I feel more than ever the passion to proclaim the good news to everyone I see!   I know that when I pray something always happens.  I know that Jesus healed EVERYONE and I am not stopping until I see what He said is possible.  As a result of thinking like Jesus I now see more people healed on a regular basis.  I also see people that don't get healed when I pray for them.  Either way, I know whats true and that will never change!

 

 

 

3.  Feed your spirit on testimonies 

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The testimony prophecies  and declares that Jesus will do it again.  It reveals that Jesus is no respecter of persons, what He did for one person He will do for another.    (Revelation 19:10)

 

When discouragement settles in that means that our circumstances have become bigger than our God, and thats never a good place to live.  We become preoccupied with what He hasn't done instead of what He has done.  The negative circumstance begins to dominate our spirit.  It becomes all that we can think about.  This is what you call a stronghold.   But praise Jesus we have been given divine power to destroy them. (2 Cor 10:4)

 

The testimony is one of those weapons.

 

Hearing about the good works of Christ in a persons life refreshes our perspective.  It fixes our hearts back on the goodness of Jesus.   If our heart and perspective is focused on Jesus than we are good to go.  But if our perspective is off than our whole life is out of alignment.

 

 

In Matthew 6:22 Jesus says, "“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!"  The eye represents our perspective, or the way we are seeing and perceiving life.   If our eye is not seeing properly than our whole being is in trouble.   But if we are seeing clearly through the eyes of Christ then life is good!  That means that no matter what trial we are going through we can still be filled with joy in the midst it.

 

Whenever our perspective gets contaminated its time to bust out the testimonies.   Feed on the glorious works that God has done in and through your life.   All of a sudden you will find yourself remembering all the amazing things He has done and your eye will be good again. :)

 

 

 

 

 

4. Worship 

 

 5 ways to overcome discouragement

Spiritual warfare takes place at the speed of thought.  The enemy comes to us in the form of lies seeking to change our beliefs.  He comes with little thoughts like, "your parents all struggled with finances, what makes you think you can be any different?"  He comes to places we have experienced something opposite of THE TRUTH.  If he can get us to partner with our circumstances he can take us out of a place of faith.

 

This is why we worship.  It refocuses our eye on who God is.   When we see Him in His likeness everything else gets put into place.  I remember one time where I was just really worried about my business and its financial condition.  I brought this anxiety in with me to church.  During our corporate worship I caught a glimpse of Jesus in the throne room.  I felt and perceived His supremacy.  I saw myself looking down upon the earth because I was seated with Him in heaven.   Instantly all my worries dissipated, I knew that nothing was impossible.  I felt this confidence and joy wash over me as if I just took a Holy Ghost shower.

 

This is what worship does to a soul.  It fills us up with unspeakable glory.  I tell you, we must stay in the river of His presence, it is the safest place to be.  We must spend every waking moment drinking deep of His love.  It refreshes the soul and delights the heart.

 

When we worship The King we are locking eyes with The Lion.  In this gaze we receive His strength boldness.   It is kind of hard to be discouraged when you are standing in the presence of one so Majestic!

 

 

 

5.  Go and help someone in need

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Much of the time we deepen our depression and discouragement because we have turned introspective.   We take on this victim mentality that feels sorry for itself.  Our perspective gets skewed because all we see is how crappy our circumstances are.  It becomes all about us instead of abiding in love which doesn't seek its own. (1 Cor 13:5)

 

During these times of being in a funk the best thing we can do is get outside of ourselves and go help someone in need.  It helps us regain proper perspective for our lives.  It re-aligns us with our purpose in life which is to be a mighty flame of love!

 

 

It really is true when we say it is more blessed to give than to receive.   When we give away the very thing that we need we somehow find ourselves filled up.   Its the way The Kingdom of God works, instead of having less after you give, you actually have more.

 

It is often times the hardest thing to do but it is worth it.  It is only hard because we are holding on to our self.   When we serve we let go of self and we manifest Christ.  This is the place of true fulfillment!

 

For example, I remember one time I was going through some things in my life where I was just feeling depressed and discouraged.  I forgot what caused it but all I know was that I was in a funk for a good 2 days.   I walked over to this coffee shop and had a bite to eat.  I felt like this guy was highlighted to me across the room.   I really didn't want to go prophecy over him or anything but I decided to suck it up.   I ended up sitting at his table speaking life into him for a good 15 minutes.   Everything I said was a confirmation to him and he was greatly encouraged.

 

After this encounter I felt so connected to The Fathers Heart.   I cried because I was so overwhelmed with gratitude.   The fact that my life can inspire others overwhelmed me.  Ahh what a privilege it is to be a Christian!

So there it is!  If discouragement comes knocking at your door, you are equipped to overcome!

 

Much love!

 

Adam Luckey

 

Your turn!  What are some of your favorite ways to overcome discouragement? Comment below! :)

 

 

 

How To Be Happy- Worshipping From a Place of Enjoyment

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What if I told you that worship was for our benefit, not God's?   I mean, think about it; does God really need us to give Him compliments all the time?  Is He a needy God that isn't happy unless we worship Him?  It sounds pretty ridiculous doesn't it.   What if I told you that Jesus was all about your happiness?  What if God is actually a happy God who likes to have fun?   That would be crazy right?  Haha I believe He is.  As it says in Psalm 2:4 "He sits enthroned and laughs…"

So why isn't His body full of joy and glory like He is?

I believe there are many reasons, but one for sure is the religious spirit.

I want to expose this thing for what it is, a demonic spirit assigned to control, oppress, and thwart the happiness of God.   But as we see in the Psalm, God just laughs at this.  :)

Here is some stinkin’ thinkin’ that comes from the religious spirit...  the notion that we cannot and should not come to God for our own joy.   At best, the religious spirit suggests that this is not spiritual maturity.  Somehow we believe that if we benefit from our relationship with God we are being selfish.  I mean, "love seeks not its own" right?  I would say that the act of not seeking your own is still motivated by pleasure.  Will you not gain much joy from being humble?  Will you not feel great inside when you prefer someone above yourself?    I would suggest to you that God is all about our happiness, just not in the way we think it’s supposed to be attained.  

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See, the religious belief system says we should not be motivated by our own desire for pleasure, fulfillment, or happiness.  It says that we should come to God in worship out of a sense moral duty instead of delight.   It comes to God with empty, repetitive praises as if it is something on a checklist to get done.    I don't know about you but that sounds to me like every other religion out there.  "Pray 5 times a day and God will be pleased with you."

We, in our religious do do,  have the nerve to call our disinterested worship sacrifice. "Oh brother, I am gonna give Him a sacrifice alright.  I am going to suffer like Jesus suffered.  I will deny myself all pleasure and then I will reach acceptance by God.  I will yell, scream, and shout praises, not because I am happy, but because it’s my duty."   I am over exaggerating to make a point here, but we often come to Him with such a twisted view.

This kind of sacrifice may sound impressive.  It may sound super-spiritual and holy to do something you have no desire to do, but this lifestyle is usually riddled with a joyless existence that is far from The Gospel.  The Gospel is good news that makes you happy!

The problem is our lenses are skewed with religion.  We must receive a Holy Ghost detox so we can see clearly!

I am certainly not negating sacrifice.  I believe there are many times we worship Him even when we don't feel like it.   The difference is I believe the reward of seeing His face is worth the initial struggle of doing something counteractive to my feelings.

Let me use an illustration to make my point...

It’s Valentines Day.  You buy your lovely lady a bouquet of flowers.  She gets all excited and says, "you shouldn't have."  You respond, "Oh honey, its my duty to give you flowers on Valentines Day."

That really doesn't honor the one you love much, does it?   So why do we think our striving, dutiful, disinterested worship honors God?  How do we think this makes our Lord feel?  To me its this verse here: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

When we come to Him out of obligation our hearts are far from Him.

The Truth is that the highest form of praise and worship comes from an overflow of enjoyment.    Worship is a heart response to seeing a really good God.  It comes when our hearts are ravished by His love.  "We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19

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For example, when you eat at a really good restaurant the natural thing to do is to talk about how amazing the food is.  You are probably so enthralled by the flavors bursting in your mouth that you cannot help but talk about it.  You don't have to work up a response in your heart at that moment do you?   Your praise came out of an overflow of enjoyment in the food.

This so relates to true worship.  When we really see God in His splendor and majesty, we are undone by the sheer pleasure of simply beholding Him.

And this, my friends, is what will answer your question, how to be happy in this life.

It’s right here in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart."

See, it is time that we understand that it is our duty to delight in Him.  If you are someone who strives to live from duty then you should know that you are commanded to delight in Him.   And do you know what the word delight means?  It means to take a high degree of pleasure in something.  This is kind of a good deal eh?  We are instructed to be filled with pleasure, and this pleasure can only be found in one place, God Himself.

C.S. Lewis puts it best in this quote:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

At the core of our being, we desire this pleasure.  It is engrained into our DNA, it is the way God made us.   He created us to be captivated by beauty.

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It is religion that perpetuates guilt and shame upon us for desiring to be filled with this love wine.    And when this desire is blocked, its like a river dammed up, it ends up flooding the banks and destroying a village.  So instead of stifling your pursuit of pleasure, redirect it to The Lord!

So my challenge to you is to enjoy.  Repent from uptight religion.  Don't let that guilt starve your heart from enjoying the endless ocean of bliss in our Lord.  Open your heart to receive His rivers of Joy!   Open your heart to delight in His presence.  Ask Holy Spirit to wreck you with His intoxicating love.   He loves to do that!  Realize that true worship is an overflow of your enjoyment in Him.   Don't let religion rob you of joy.

Why?

 Because your very pursuit of joy is God's very own pursuit of Glory.  God demands glory.  How does He get it?  When you delight in Him. When you take pleasure in His presence.   As you do, you will give Him the most pure form of worship you can ever give.  It won't be drummed up; it won't be fake. It will be out of the overflow of your love struck heart.

May your eyes be opened to see Him in His beauty my friend!

Till next time,

Adam Luckey

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Drink your Fill o you lovers!

Most of us christians don't have the problem of enjoying God to much but enjoying Him to little.  He has endless rivers of joy available for us here and now as well as eternity.  This joy isn't determined by circumstances, just like Paul rejoiced as he was beaten and in chains so can we rejoice and be full of overflowing joy because Christ lives in us.   We can drink deep of His spirit daily, encountering His goodness. Song of Solomon 5:1

"I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love"

 

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Fully Satisfied in Christ

Did you know that you can be completely satisfied by Jesus Himself? Most of us turn to tv, people, and other things to receive peace when what we really need is to realize our God is the comforter. Not that tv and those things are wrong, they just won satisfy the desires of your heart. We are fully satisfied in Christ. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnw9iGDZ5z0[/youtube]

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Friend of God

So much of the time we place all our attention on serving The Lord.  We get focused on doing miracles, evangelizing, discipling, and doing things for God.  We also get distracted with the world that has a constant pull on our hearts.  There is only one solution to both extremes, to understand we are friends of God.  He longs to speak to us, hang out with us, laugh with us, and just be with us.   After all, He sacrificed His life for us.  He must really really like us.  

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The Love of God- My God adventure at a bar

god of adventure Today I want to share with you one of my adventures. The Lord has so many different facets to His personality, one of my favorites is to know that He is the God of adventure.

So this is a testimony of the love of god.  A pure demonstration of His power and grace.  Its the reality of heaven invading earth. Its what we were all made for, to love and be loved.

It starts on a good ol saturday.  The day begins by watching a good flick, "dark night rises."  Yes it may be dark but it has a great story of persistence, selflessness, heroism, and greatness.  I love movies. They have the power to tap into the deepest desires of your heart. Deep calls unto deep.  The greatness hidden inside of a man is made manifest on a movie screen, activating our imagination, calling us to a higher standard.  Surely if superman can save the world, we can be kind to our neighbor.  A good story causes you to aspire to greatness.  Theres a great saying that goes, "surely the job of fiction is to tell the truth."  Selah :)

 

After being inspired by the batman, I hit the gym with my bro and my nephew.  Man I love working out with the boys. Theres nothing like pumping the iron.  The masculine heart has a need for regular physical activity.   It goes back to the roots of our humanity, you know caveman stuff.   Ok I know, Im going all "Wild at Heart" on you.

Lets move on.

So later in the evening is when it gets interesting.  My buddy invites me out to the bars to hang out.   Most christians would shun this kind of thing.  "oh no you might get corrupted with all those dirty sinners."  "You might fall into temptation brother, you gotta be careful."

 

I don't know about you, but the Holy Ghost is quite the big boy.  He isn't afraid of sin.  I mean the bar is exactly where you would find Jesus.  Thats why they accused Him of being a glutton and a drunkard, he always hung out with the broken hearted.

When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." Mark 2:17

 

I love this kind of environment.  I thrive on being in the uncomfortable situations.  It tickles my fancy.  I get super excited because I know that light shines brightest in the dark places.

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So, that little spark of adventure inside of me accepted the request, and off I go.  As I arrive to the bar, I make my way through and meet up with some old friends.  My first assessment of the atmosphere was a thick sense of rebellion and debauchery.  I have a big smile on my face because I am the influencer not the influenced.  No, its not arrogance, just faith in a mighty God. I am firmly rooted in His Grace, knowing that my atmosphere dominates every other atmosphere, because my atmosphere is love.  See, I don't walk with fear of being contaminated, I walk knowing I carry the cure to their disease.  Not by my effort, but by His Grace.

 

As I am sitting at the table chatting with my old friends, a fight breaks out in front of us. The security guards rushes over to break it up I can literally feel the powers of sin and death at work.  It's always interesting to see into the spirit realm.  Much like puppets on a string, darkness controls people through anger, bitterness, pride, strife, the flesh, and so on.  For a moment I can hear the voices of the enemy seeking to influence my heart, "you shouldn't be here, your a hypocrite, your out here for your own desires, your going to fall into this corruption." Blah blah blah, all lies from those who will burn in hell for eternity.

love of godThen it hit me, the compassionate heart of Jesus, like a mighty wave it ran through my heart and filled my eyes with tears. In that instant, I  felt the heart of Jesus for His children.  I felt His passionate pursuit of His lost children, His desire to show them His unconditional love.  Simultaneously, I encountered the various pains and hurts in the room.  So many hearts hurt by the religious system, broken relationships, deceived souls, anger, bitterness, just pure bondage.   I became so aware of the condition of their souls I could not escape its plea for help.   I imagine the battle is fierce in the soul of a man unawakened to the gospel. It is a slave to sin, bound and chained to darkness.  In this state, a man seeks to fill the void with everything it can, sex, drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, money, or any other thing non eternal. (Ask me how I know.)  This person lives under the illusion of being in control of their life, when in all reality they are in complete and utter hopelessness.   My heart cries, "if they only knew that they have a Father who adores them, He is good, He loves you, His love is unconditional, He doesn't want your sacrifice, your good works, your effort, just your heart."

 

See, we are called to be light in a dark place.  Who lights a lamp and hides it under a basket?  (Matthew 5:15)  We aren't called to be covert christians.   We are designed to live a life of surrender to the great Holy Ghost, letting Christ dominate in and through us.  Everywhere you go, you shine.  The christian life isn't, "this little light of mine."  Its more like this gamma ray light of mine.  I just looked it up, a gamma ray burst is a few hundred times brighter than our sun.  Now this is better metaphorical language.  I mean, Holy Ghost created all things and He lives inside of us.

 

 

In this moment, the scripture comes to mind, "how will they hear and believe unless someone preaches."  (Romans 10:14) As I feel this compassion and desire to stand up and start preaching the gospel, I hear an all to familiar voice.  Its the voice of fear, "your going to look stupid, everyone is going to reject you, who do you think you are,  your friends will be freaked out, they will all mock you and make fun of you."  Its the fear of man that seeks to paralyze us.  I don't know about you, but I have a fierce hatred toward that thing.  I have fallen to many times to this voice, but thank God there is no condemnation or guilt for those in Christ.  I also will not make excuses, I will ask for a greater revelation of His love.

 

How I feel when it comes to fear

OK PAUSE, WE HAVE A GLORY NEWS FLASH

 

As I am writing this, someone knocks at my door.  Its a young man named Trent, he is fundraising for His freshmen football team.  I remember being in his shoes so I decide to buy what he is selling.  I go to get my wallet to bless this kid and I get a word of knowledge that he has pain in his knees.  So as I get back to the door I ask him if he has pain in his knees, he says yes and tells me the pain is at a 5 out of 10.  I say watch this, and I put my hand on his knee and command all the pain to leave in the name of Jesus.  He begins to move his legs around and tells me that all the pain is gone!! I begin to tell him that God loves him so much and one of His greatest signs of love is healing.  YAY JESUS!  His signs and wonders will always follow those who believe.

 

 

 

Alrighty, back to the story.  Fear causes us to want to back down, it seeks to sow seeds of doubt, uncertainty, and weakness into our minds.  We have all fallen victim to its grasp.  This is why the apostles cried out in Acts  4:29 "Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness."  They were afraid, but their response was to go back out with even more boldness.

 

I didn't end up standing on a bar stool preaching the gospel, lol, maybe next time.   But I believe that stopping for the one is what matters.  The bold moments are amazing as well but love can shine in many ways.   It could manifest in simply listening intently to your friends, prophesying over them, encouraging them, or whatever is on your heart.  Love never fails!

 

This must be why Paul exhorts us to desire the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:31 so that we may show the world HIS love for them.  After all, signs and wonders are a much more effective way to proclaim his love instead of mere words.   The gospel is always backed up with the power of the spirit.

This is why Jesus says John 14:11, "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves."

 

The gifts of the spirit are not for you, they are for others. We get to give them away.  They are designed to manifest the nature of God.  Healing broken bodies, healing hearts, prophesying the Father's love,  showing them that God has nothing but good thoughts for them… This is love in action.

signs and wonders

Before the night was over, the security guard who so valiantly broke up the fight earlier in the night was highlighted to me.  I received a word of knowledge for pain in his body, I thought it was in his back but it was in his shoulder.  See, I don't always get it right, we just have to take risk.  Don't be afraid to make mistakes. If your goal is to love, you can never fail.  So I say, "watch this, God is going to heal you right now."  I place my hand on his shoulder, pray a quick 5 sec prayer and then have him check it out.  His reaction was priceless, it never gets old.  Its a face that is trying to figure out what the heck just happened.  A big smile comes upon him as he begins to thank me. It was amazing, his pain was first at a 7 which went all the way down to a 0.  Praise Jesus!  I obviously share with him that it was the great Holy Ghost who healed him.

 

 

You my friend, are destined to greatness.  You are a flame of revival, called to raise the dead with the reality of Christ.  No matter where you work or what you do, you are called to love.  Signs and wonders will follow you.  See, I don't have great faith, I just believe what God says in the bible.  I believe that Christ is the one that lives in and through me.  (Gal 2:20) This naturally supernatural lifestyle is lived by surrender to God.  It first happens by encountering His love for you.  We must see Him face to face.  It is in his presence that we find ourselves.  So if you have never had an encounter with the furious love of Christ I want you to ask Holy Spirit to baptize you in His fiery love right now.  Then go and shine like the sun.

 

 

If this has helped you in any way, its a safe bet that this will help your friends.  Help me spread the gospel by hitting those social buttons below. :)

 

Much love,

 

adam luckey

The Love of God- My God adventure at a bar

god of adventure Today I want to share with you one of my adventures. The Lord has so many different facets to His personality, one of my favorites is to know that He is the God of adventure.

So this is a testimony of the love of god.  A pure demonstration of His power and grace.  Its the reality of heaven invading earth. Its what we were all made for, to love and be loved.

It starts on a good ol saturday.  The day begins by watching a good flick, "dark night rises."  Yes it may be dark but it has a great story of persistence, selflessness, heroism, and greatness.  I love movies. They have the power to tap into the deepest desires of your heart. Deep calls unto deep.  The greatness hidden inside of a man is made manifest on a movie screen, activating our imagination, calling us to a higher standard.  Surely if superman can save the world, we can be kind to our neighbor.  A good story causes you to aspire to greatness.  Theres a great saying that goes, "surely the job of fiction is to tell the truth."  Selah :)

 

After being inspired by the batman, I hit the gym with my bro and my nephew.  Man I love working out with the boys. Theres nothing like pumping the iron.  The masculine heart has a need for regular physical activity.   It goes back to the roots of our humanity, you know caveman stuff.   Ok I know, Im going all "Wild at Heart" on you.

Lets move on.

So later in the evening is when it gets interesting.  My buddy invites me out to the bars to hang out.   Most christians would shun this kind of thing.  "oh no you might get corrupted with all those dirty sinners."  "You might fall into temptation brother, you gotta be careful."

 

I don't know about you, but the Holy Ghost is quite the big boy.  He isn't afraid of sin.  I mean the bar is exactly where you would find Jesus.  Thats why they accused Him of being a glutton and a drunkard, he always hung out with the broken hearted.

When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." Mark 2:17

 

I love this kind of environment.  I thrive on being in the uncomfortable situations.  It tickles my fancy.  I get super excited because I know that light shines brightest in the dark places.

the love of god

So, that little spark of adventure inside of me accepted the request, and off I go.  As I arrive to the bar, I make my way through and meet up with some old friends.  My first assessment of the atmosphere was a thick sense of rebellion and debauchery.  I have a big smile on my face because I am the influencer not the influenced.  No, its not arrogance, just faith in a mighty God. I am firmly rooted in His Grace, knowing that my atmosphere dominates every other atmosphere, because my atmosphere is love.  See, I don't walk with fear of being contaminated, I walk knowing I carry the cure to their disease.  Not by my effort, but by His Grace.

 

As I am sitting at the table chatting with my old friends, a fight breaks out in front of us. The security guards rushes over to break it up I can literally feel the powers of sin and death at work.  It's always interesting to see into the spirit realm.  Much like puppets on a string, darkness controls people through anger, bitterness, pride, strife, the flesh, and so on.  For a moment I can hear the voices of the enemy seeking to influence my heart, "you shouldn't be here, your a hypocrite, your out here for your own desires, your going to fall into this corruption." Blah blah blah, all lies from those who will burn in hell for eternity.

love of godThen it hit me, the compassionate heart of Jesus, like a mighty wave it ran through my heart and filled my eyes with tears. In that instant, I  felt the heart of Jesus for His children.  I felt His passionate pursuit of His lost children, His desire to show them His unconditional love.  Simultaneously, I encountered the various pains and hurts in the room.  So many hearts hurt by the religious system, broken relationships, deceived souls, anger, bitterness, just pure bondage.   I became so aware of the condition of their souls I could not escape its plea for help.   I imagine the battle is fierce in the soul of a man unawakened to the gospel. It is a slave to sin, bound and chained to darkness.  In this state, a man seeks to fill the void with everything it can, sex, drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, money, or any other thing non eternal. (Ask me how I know.)  This person lives under the illusion of being in control of their life, when in all reality they are in complete and utter hopelessness.   My heart cries, "if they only knew that they have a Father who adores them, He is good, He loves you, His love is unconditional, He doesn't want your sacrifice, your good works, your effort, just your heart."

 

See, we are called to be light in a dark place.  Who lights a lamp and hides it under a basket?  (Matthew 5:15)  We aren't called to be covert christians.   We are designed to live a life of surrender to the great Holy Ghost, letting Christ dominate in and through us.  Everywhere you go, you shine.  The christian life isn't, "this little light of mine."  Its more like this gamma ray light of mine.  I just looked it up, a gamma ray burst is a few hundred times brighter than our sun.  Now this is better metaphorical language.  I mean, Holy Ghost created all things and He lives inside of us.

 

 

In this moment, the scripture comes to mind, "how will they hear and believe unless someone preaches."  (Romans 10:14) As I feel this compassion and desire to stand up and start preaching the gospel, I hear an all to familiar voice.  Its the voice of fear, "your going to look stupid, everyone is going to reject you, who do you think you are,  your friends will be freaked out, they will all mock you and make fun of you."  Its the fear of man that seeks to paralyze us.  I don't know about you, but I have a fierce hatred toward that thing.  I have fallen to many times to this voice, but thank God there is no condemnation or guilt for those in Christ.  I also will not make excuses, I will ask for a greater revelation of His love.

 

How I feel when it comes to fear

OK PAUSE, WE HAVE A GLORY NEWS FLASH

 

As I am writing this, someone knocks at my door.  Its a young man named Trent, he is fundraising for His freshmen football team.  I remember being in his shoes so I decide to buy what he is selling.  I go to get my wallet to bless this kid and I get a word of knowledge that he has pain in his knees.  So as I get back to the door I ask him if he has pain in his knees, he says yes and tells me the pain is at a 5 out of 10.  I say watch this, and I put my hand on his knee and command all the pain to leave in the name of Jesus.  He begins to move his legs around and tells me that all the pain is gone!! I begin to tell him that God loves him so much and one of His greatest signs of love is healing.  YAY JESUS!  His signs and wonders will always follow those who believe.

 

 

 

Alrighty, back to the story.  Fear causes us to want to back down, it seeks to sow seeds of doubt, uncertainty, and weakness into our minds.  We have all fallen victim to its grasp.  This is why the apostles cried out in Acts  4:29 "Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness."  They were afraid, but their response was to go back out with even more boldness.

 

I didn't end up standing on a bar stool preaching the gospel, lol, maybe next time.   But I believe that stopping for the one is what matters.  The bold moments are amazing as well but love can shine in many ways.   It could manifest in simply listening intently to your friends, prophesying over them, encouraging them, or whatever is on your heart.  Love never fails!

 

This must be why Paul exhorts us to desire the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:31 so that we may show the world HIS love for them.  After all, signs and wonders are a much more effective way to proclaim his love instead of mere words.   The gospel is always backed up with the power of the spirit.

This is why Jesus says John 14:11, "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves."

 

The gifts of the spirit are not for you, they are for others. We get to give them away.  They are designed to manifest the nature of God.  Healing broken bodies, healing hearts, prophesying the Father's love,  showing them that God has nothing but good thoughts for them… This is love in action.

signs and wonders

Before the night was over, the security guard who so valiantly broke up the fight earlier in the night was highlighted to me.  I received a word of knowledge for pain in his body, I thought it was in his back but it was in his shoulder.  See, I don't always get it right, we just have to take risk.  Don't be afraid to make mistakes. If your goal is to love, you can never fail.  So I say, "watch this, God is going to heal you right now."  I place my hand on his shoulder, pray a quick 5 sec prayer and then have him check it out.  His reaction was priceless, it never gets old.  Its a face that is trying to figure out what the heck just happened.  A big smile comes upon him as he begins to thank me. It was amazing, his pain was first at a 7 which went all the way down to a 0.  Praise Jesus!  I obviously share with him that it was the great Holy Ghost who healed him.

 

 

You my friend, are destined to greatness.  You are a flame of revival, called to raise the dead with the reality of Christ.  No matter where you work or what you do, you are called to love.  Signs and wonders will follow you.  See, I don't have great faith, I just believe what God says in the bible.  I believe that Christ is the one that lives in and through me.  (Gal 2:20) This naturally supernatural lifestyle is lived by surrender to God.  It first happens by encountering His love for you.  We must see Him face to face.  It is in his presence that we find ourselves.  So if you have never had an encounter with the furious love of Christ I want you to ask Holy Spirit to baptize you in His fiery love right now.  Then go and shine like the sun.

 

 

If this has helped you in any way, its a safe bet that this will help your friends.  Help me spread the gospel by hitting those social buttons below. :)

 

Much love,

 

adam luckey

Happy 4th, FREEDOM, classic

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I can't help myself.  This is such a classic.  Very moving and inspirational.  We must remember however, that we are not fighting for freedom, we fight FROM freedom.  CHRIST alone has won the battle.  It is our great privilege to go and proclaim this amazing Grace to all creation!

 

 

 

If you have been bound by fear, depression, anxiety,  sin, shame, guilt, and condemnation then be FREE right now in the name of Jesus.  You won't get your freedom anywhere else but the cross my friend.  Receive it today.

 

What has the freedom of Jesus Christ done for you?   Comment below. :)

 

 

 

Inspiration- You can do it

   

inspiration This is a video of a man named Roger who wanted to do something different with his life…

“In 2008, Roger set out on a quest to lose weight, get healthy and eventually run in the Boston Marathon. But not just for himself, for his niece who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. His goal was to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, along with raising money for research into the treatment and cure of this heartbreaking disease. This video highlights his incredible journey at age 47, from obesity to accomplished marathon runner.

Roger is a humble man, and continues to run marathons to this day to raise money for CF research. He works tirelessly to spread the message that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.” – (description from the youtube video)

The video starts off a little slow but then around 3:00 in it really its you when you see what can happen in as little as just 9 months, when someone decides that they are going to change something in their life, and then stick with their decision! It is truly an inspiration of what can happen when we make the decisions in our heart to go for something and “never look back.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9BFx5Mhqo&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever thought to yourself?  I am not good enough, I will never amount to anything.  I can't do that, its to big...  Has anyone ever told you the very same thing which confirmed you were a failure?

 

Then your right on track.  Watch this. You can do anything with the right inspiration.

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzBCI13rJmA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Change your perspective

Perspective is an amazing thing.  How you view life determines the quality of it.  Here is an amazing story of a man with a victory mindset.  Its not denial, its perspective.  

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13N6gAlhAqg&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

 

 

That will make you think twice about your bad day huh?

 

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