Living in Sanctuary

Sanctuary- What a powerful word. When I think of this word Psalms 84:10 always comes to mind, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere”. I love to be in the sanctuary of the Lord, living in His presence and yes, one day in His presence is better than a thousand anywhere else. I believe God is calling all of us to live in that place of sanctuary with Him. The word Sanctuary by definition means a place of safety or refuge. We are told all throughout scripture that He is our safe place and our refuge, making Him our sanctuary. In John 17:20-22 we read a prayer of Jesus to the Father, which to me is one of the most powerful expressions of His love for us. He prays that we will be one with Him, “as You Father are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us….that they may be one just as We are one. I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one”. How amazing that Jesus is praying to the Father saying that He wants us to be one with Him and the Father. These words seem too powerful to fully comprehend, that we could live in oneness with our Creator. However, I believe if we can take hold of these truths and live in that place of unity with our Father, allowing our bodies to be a temple for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), living and moving and having our being in Him (Acts 17:28) then we will be empowered to live in sanctuary. To live in a place of refuge and safety enveloped in the love and presence of our Father where there is no room for fear and every plan of the enemy for our life is thwarted. The powerful fruit that comes from living in this place is that now we are enabled to become a sanctuary for someone else. God can bring those to us that are looking for the sanctuary He can provide through us. We become a partner with Him providing others a safe place and a refuge to find help, encouragement, strength, hope and love. Let’s set our hearts to live in the sanctuary of our Lord and then from that place provide sanctuary to all those we come in contact with.

I say yes Jesus, I too desire to be one with You, thank You for bringing me in so that the world may see that I am loved by You as You were loved by the Father and that same love continues to draw all men unto the Father so they too can find redemption and live in sanctuary.

Your Choice Matters

Most of the ups and downs of life can be summed up in the choices we made. Which voice did we choose to listen to? Did we listen to the voice of peace or anger; negative or positive; life giving or self seeking. Did we choose to forgive or let bitterness settle in? Did we choose to build people up around us or tear them down? There are also other choices like, picking the bible up verses the remote control; choosing to take a risk verses taking the easy course. Did you have a “will see” attitude or did you crush fear under you feet and say YES? Every choice matters. Remember, whatever you feed the most thrives the most so, choose to feed on the things that will produce the results that you are longing for. Choose words of life, choose to have hope, to believe, to love. Choose to stand as the apple of your Father’s eye!

I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;  Psalms 17:4-8

Heaven on Earth?

Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. Luke 11:2

 

Jesus wanted us to pray that His will would be accomplished on earth just as it is in heaven. My first thought is, He wouldn’t ask us to pray that prayer if it wasn’t possible. I don’t know about you, but when I imagine what heaven is like, it does not look like what I am experiencing here on earth. That challenges me to start asking some hard questions. Like, “Why Not?” and, “How can I make that happen?”

 

I think, first of all, we have to believe that it’s God’s will for us to experience heaven on earth.

 

Secondly, we have to loose ourselves in Him, recognizing that every true pleasure can only be found in our heavenly Father.

It was only when Adam and Eve looked for pleasures outside of what God offered them, that they lost their heaven on earth.

 

So, let’s turn our full attention to the things of God and get His plan to bring heaven to earth so that we can truly experience the joy, peace, freedom, wholeness that He designed each one of us to live and walk in.

When we are full of the light of Jesus, we will dispel the darkness in the world around us bringing about true reformation.

Let us take hold of the light of heaven and bring it into our world by letting the light of God invade every part of our being.

God’s love for us is so rich, so deep, and so powerful.

Lord help us to take hold of a love that transcends our human understanding so that through Your love we can fully grasp Your intent for our lives.

Joy in the Journey

 Well, we broke the rules Thursday night and let a guy speak at our all women’s group. He did a wonderful job encouraging us to stay at the feet of Jesus to receive all that He has for us. Our heavenly Father wants to walk out our life experiences with us. Unfortunately, as our special guest shared from his own personal experiences, we can get a word or direction from God and then take off running on our own, trying to make it happen. This will always put us on the longer, more difficult route to our desired goal. if we reach it at all. I think that many people get burned out, side tracked or lost in their journey due to running with, perhaps the will of God, but not with the plan of God.  I have found in my own life, when I am patient and wait on the Lord for not only what to do, but how and when to do it, I find much joy and peace in the journey. The bible says that Jesus, although He was on a very important seemingly difficult task, had more joy than them all. I believe that when we are doing God’s will, God’s way, no matter how difficult or important the task is, it is supposed to be fun and joyful.  Let’s determine to have joy on our journey with God while discovering all of the exciting things He has for us to learn, share and accomplish with Him guiding our every step. This will definitely lead to a rewarding and joyful journey.

Healing our Hearts

We are told that all the laws of the bible can be summed up in these two things: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. So how do we do this? Well, I believe, it is impossible without a heart connection with God as your Heavenly Father. I am praying that as you read this, you will determine to lay your heart open before a Heavenly Father that loves you and allow Him to heal your hurts, disappointments and brokenness  so that you can begin to fully love and be loved. Just be willing!

A farewell

We said good bye to one of our own tonight. Parting with sweet sorrow knowing she is leaving us to step into an exciting journey of embracing the hurting, orphaned souls of Haitian children to bring them the love of their Heavenly Father, letting them know that they have been adopted by a King; King Jesus. Our loss will be their gain. These beautiful children in Haiti are receiving a gift wrapped in love brought “special delivery” from their Heavenly Father that loves all His children so deeply.

God has a special journey, place, calling for each of us. Just remember, that life is a journey not a destination. So embrace the journey of discovering who you can bring life, hope, and love to. Sarah heads off to her new family in Haiti but who is in your sphere of influence that may need to know the love of their Heavenly Father. Perhaps, it will be the single mom across the street, your hair dresser or the grocery clerk. Let’s be mindful of those around us that may need someone to help put a little sass in their step.

P.S. You too can follow Sarah and her family’s journey to Haiti. Meet all 43+ kids that they are embracing as their own. Perhaps, it will inspire you to step out and go for your dreams. http://www.ayitibound.com