HE TAKES US PLACES OF A DIFFERENT KIND
From the hill top, all I see is green
The rain that falls is seen
As it falls over the forest
and reflects off the leaves
The sun breaking through the clouds
Beams of light, as it gleams through the trees
Beautiful is not the word to describe, but glory
He took His time to tell a story
As I walk down the hill, the rain is pouring
It strikes my face with a slight sting
I’m ready for shelter
Very little on this journey did I bring
As I get to the edge of the the forest
I get out my sheer to cut a path
Looking forward to begin drying from the bath
The forest is very dark, with sunlight in certain places
Giants leaves, vines, bushes, and trees
Sounds of birds singing, and the buzzing of bees
little did I know what this journey would bring
I found shelter and a place to lay my head and then I dreamed
There was an Angel that glided down from the sky
Terrified, I asked myself, why, she was here
She said, this rain forest is a magical place
Where you will find the wonders of Gods grace
Everything here symbolizes spiritual truth
It is here if you open your heart, you’ll regain your youth
Your mind will open, your eyes will see, Him in everything
Journey, discover, enjoy the wonders of this holy ground
Look around and listen for His still small voice
when you wake, you can come back to visit, it’s a choice
At anytime open your heart and your mind to the spirit
In no time you will hear it, the rain pouring down
The wonderful sound of the trees blowing their leaves
You will see the unicorn glowing through the trees
As she makes her way to the falls, where the river calls to Him
Glory is the God on high, when we enter into the presence of the divine
He takes us places of a different kind
Jeremiah 33:3New International Version (NIV)
3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Is it wrong to put things like unicorns, the word magic, and female angels in a Christian post? Have things gotten so legalistic that simple imagination is seen as evil or mythology. Is it not possible there are creatures of beauty in heaven we have no concept of. I love to write, and I love figures of beauty. By no means do I desire to mislead anyone’s beliefs. Or add something that isn’t in the bible. I believe God knows our hearts and loves us to dream of beautiful things even if they are not mentioned in the bible. If it bothers you I will remove them, let me know!
The future is hard to see
What will I do, where will I be
Will my troubles be gone
It’s too far to see
Will I change and grow
Will I become someone proud to know
Will my worries subside
Will I learn to rely
On the Lord and the Lord alone
Will the world direct my course
Will I live in remorse
Or will i decide
To set myself aside
And live for Him
Letting go and letting in
Where trust and hope begin
I have to admit
I haven’t always been content
As I learn to surrender
I find out how tender
His love for me is, today
And even more, Tomorrow
Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
A PEARL FORMING
Out of Egypt you have followed
You started well, like me the idols, many swallowed
The continual turning back
As if Egypt wasn’t really that bad
I see the brokenness, some I have caused
A mirror of family demons passed down
Yet there are angels now and again
Finding their way in
There are many empty clams in the ocean
Yet we have one living among us holding a pearl
She has seen the sand and the damage it causes
Yet found a way to use it to produce greatness in her
Choices against generational failure
The sand continually doing it’s work in her
Yet some of us only know the one current
The current of the empty clam
Together we must fight the current
Using the sand to form our hearts
Leading us in a new direction
Forming a pearl of our own
To the pearl-less
Allow Him to write on the sand of your heart
A pearl forming
Deuteronomy Chapter 30
The scattered Israelites will be gathered from all nations when they remember the covenant—Moses places life or death, blessing or cursing, before the people. 1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee,
With generational curses and blessings, There are people truly struggling in their lives. Depending where you are in the generational family drama, brokenness and sin, It can bring you to identify with some of the deep rooted issues you might face. Trust me every family has problems even if your family has walked with Christ for years. If you are a first, second or third generational Christian it may prove why your struggles are at a greater degree then most! Walking out of Egypt is no easy task. It seems to me even God seemed more frustrated with them because of their indecisiveness and continual turning back to old habits and ways of thinking.
To be a first generational Christian some one had to do something! That someone was God moving in one of your family members to lead the family out of Egypt. The first of the empty clams began forming a pearl.
Exodus 14 New International Version (NIV)
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
With the Egyptians it was Mosses. Mosses never had an encounter with God before the burning bush, He was a first generation in the since the only family He knew was that of pharaohs house. yet he was chosen to lead the Israelite’s families out of Egypt. At the same time Mosses was learning to walk out of some prisons of His own!
Deuteronomy 7 New International Version (NIV)
7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. 10 But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction;he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.
God does not choose us because we are better than anyone else, He chooses us because we are the least of everyone else.
So to sum up my point, no matter how broken you are or your family, no matter what your Egypt is like, you can choose a different direction. You will see the difference it will make in your families future. It is a process and there will be those who are still working through the brokenness and there will be those who see the brokenness and choose right simply because they now can see more than anyone, the damage they come from.
I have come a long way as a first generational Christian, but from the outside if someone has walked many years with Christ they could see how much growth is still needed. When I look at those who are following, coming after me, I can still see some of the damage from Egypt, but I also see strength and favor where there was none. I can see pearls forming, and I can also see the sand at work. God is faithful to complete His good work in us! Press on!
A TIME FOR THE SWORD
Where there are clouds
There are lies ready to shout
In the wilderness it’s dark
Once inside it’s terror is stark
Where the Jedi is trained
Where a death remains
Of ones old self
The wilderness is transforming
A time to be conforming
To the one that is truth
A time to battle the burden of proof
Trusting on the Word alone
A time to set the tone
For future events
A time to build a tent
For the Lord
A time for the sword
Matthew 4:1-25 [Full Chapter]
[ Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness ] Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” …
If we are to walk as Jesus walked, we will be tested as He was tested. We will not have the perfect victory as He had, but we will see His perfect victory through our imperfections! Sometimes we create the wilderness experience ourselves by our own choices.
Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened.
Whether we created it ourselves or God simply led us into the wilderness, the wilderness experience is intended for us to come to a place of submission and worship to God. We will remain defeated until we are exhausted of all our efforts and learn to rely totally upon Him!
But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.
Notice the scapegoat was sent into the wilderness, just as the Israelite’s, Jesus, Job, Moses, You and I. It is important in our walks. It is probably the most important time for training purposes. How you come out of it will define the soldier you will be for God!
Psalm 15:1 [ Psalm 15 ] [ A psalm of David. ]
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
There must be the making of a sacred tent in the wilderness. A place for you and the Lord. A place where you throw out sin, and worship the Lord during the wilderness experience.
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.