Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Counter Strike

Ah yes, the turnaround. We love it! It's not all the time getting shot down, kicked around, beaten and left for dead. Whenever God feels like it His Spirit rises up in us and in a moment reminds our enemies and the entire World System that Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

In a moment He dumbfounds them all. And it just takes a moment, just one incident to knock over their entire house of cards. While they labor and strive against the children of God with deliberate and diabolical schemes hatched in the realm of the demonic, in just a moment in can all come to naught. Remember Daniel in the Lions den? The wicked thought they had it all figured out. They had dotted their "I"s and crossed their "T"s. The one factor that the wicked men who plotted against Daniel never counted on was God having something to say about it.

And God didn't have to do much. He just told His angel to keep the lions mouths shut for the night. Oh, the lions would get fed soon enough!! God feeds the lions, the birds, and those who seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness. He takes care of His own. The wicked ALWAYS reap what they have sown.

The realization of the true state of affairs often comes for the saints of God when they are in their darkest hour. It is at that time when they continue to look to God and He moves, and the Light breaks forth, THEN they understand!

It's all good in Jesus. Don't worry about a thing! Down for a moment but God's people are never out. Whereas the wicked are laid low in a moment and they never recover. Wicked Be Warned: You cross the wrong one, if you cross one marked for God you have a date with the lions ... and they've gotten really hungry overnight. The moment you realize what you've done is the moment when your scheme collapsed and you are hurtling to your cowardly death screaming in fear. You crossed a true child of God, playing a game with your soul and you lost.

Oops! ;-)

In Christ,

The faithmix Team

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Cruel Joke

At times that can be what this life feels like. Why hope for what never seems to come? Why want and have any desire to only have them thwarted or ripped from under you at the first hint of being fulfilled ... Pain and tears. Most don't want that. How could a loving God allow that?

So people look for the quick fix. How do i get what i want? "God didn't come through, and doesn't it say that He helps those who help themselves?" (please catch the necessary sarcasm).

Desires, hopes, emotions, dreams. To have them is pain and sorrow. The Buddhist suggestion is to empty yourself of all desire, and in doing so you will be free. The logic being that if you want nothing and desire nothing then there is nothing holding you back, nothing that can make you sad or rampage your emotional state as you twist and turn in a churning sea of unfulfilled hopes and expectations. O.K. So empty yourself. Go ahead ... Not so easy is it.

You don't live in a vacuum and also the human being is a vessel. If one thing goes out something else comes in. It is the nature of the human being to be filled with something. That is why the followers of Christ are instructed to be "filled with the Holy Spirit."

Note: To let go is important. You will serve nothing else besides Christ. All other hopes, desires and dreams fall at the foot of that Cross. It is a death, and a painful one at that. Pain because you thought you had a right to that hope or desire. We have no rights as slaves of Christ. We are soldiers for Him to do with as He wishes. That said, know that He is kind, He is just. He is trying to give us His best (the abundant life) if only we'd trust Him enough to recieve it.

It is painful, but He is cutting the cancer of self out of you. It is the will of God that your desires, hopes and dreams be manifest in their fullness, only to be crushed completely until there is nothing left but Him in you. No hope but Him. No desire, no dream but Him. Nothing left but Jesus. And from that place He can make out of you what He wills unto His glory, with your full compliance and willful participation in the process. You are nothing but a dejected mess on the floor in tears before the Father. He likes that, He can do something with that. Let a man think he has something he can offer to God that is of value and you meet a man that is yet to be broken in that area and all others underlying it. Completely shattered lives turned over to Him.

Does it scare you to be so utterly broken? Does it scare you to allow the hand of God to shape and fire you? To burn every hope and desire out of you till there is nothing left but Him. Why does is scare you? It is the path of freedom. He allows for your weeping with promise. That though your weeping may last for the night, His joy comes in the morning.

In Christ,

The faithmix Team

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Why So Downcast?

"Why so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God." ... A lyric i remember from my younger church going days. The days when i just went because i went; the days that i believed that the men in charge were all legitimate, the days when we were gonna save the world and all those lost souls going to hell ... I think the tooth fairy was still around then too.

The lyric does stands true, put you hope in God! The would be rulers have since fallen and at best are just regular men pretending to be something they are not. The need to evangilize the world ... Well, it needed to be put into perspective to the fact that "No one comes to the Father unless the Spirit draws him" and realizing that activities outside of that work of the Father are acts of human self will and something done apart from Him. Better to pray and ask that the Father would cross your path with someone that He is drawing unto Himself, rather than seeking to go out there and win the world to Jesus. The bulk of the people walking around don't want Him. They want a show, they want to be entertained, they want to be healed, success in business, someone to marry, healthy kids, a big home, friends, and answer to their inconvenient problems ... But not Jesus. No they don't want Jesus unless he is of use to them. And while they would use Jesus if they could, they don't love Him (the Real Jesus). They don't even like Him.

Why do I write stuff like this? Because i'm not one for the farce. When you see in Spirit it becomes painfully evident the hearts and motives of people ... And He knows! You think He doesn't know, you think He doesn't see? You think He is anything like fallen humanity? You think He can be stopped when He chooses to act? You think there is a ruler or a man of status and position that can buy his way out when the very breath he is borrowing is withdrawn? It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a living God.

Father wants His people to be real and raw with Him. Open up your heart and let there be real communication (for some of you this will be the first time in your lives). Rend your hearts, not your garments. Skip the show and be real with Him!

It's time to move on. Let us be the ones to break it to you, there is no tooth fairy. What is real is becoming clear as eyes are being open and He is giving sight to the blind. Are you willing to wake up?

In Christ,

The faithmix Team