GOT QUESTIONS?

Questions are okay. As a matter of fact, I believe God loves it when we want to know His mind about things. During my journey I have had more than my share of questions and concerns about making a major change in my belief system. After all, I had lived in one way my entire life and it is not easy to change my thinking.
So why did I feel the need to do so? First and foremost, I know the Holy Spirit was leading me in a different direction. My way simply was not working for me. Doing all the right things, even for the right reasons is not the answer to the longing in my soul for intimacy with God. Even though I was doing all of the “do’s” and avoiding all of the “don’ts”, I was lacking something major in my experience with the Lord. My heart was so heavy that I had to see something somewhere that gave hope before I gave up in discouragement and walked away from it all.

So allow me to answer a question or two that I asked the Holy Spirit. What did Jesus mean when He said “It is finished”? And what does that mean specifically for my life? To answer the first question would take volumes and still lack in completeness, but if I can say it simply, Jesus accomplished absolutely everything needed for my redemption, my righteousness, my sanctification, and He did it without any help from me. As a matter of fact, His atoning work is so complete that to try to please God by my good works is an insult to His grace. I went from a mindset that told me if I want to please God I needed to ……………..(fill in the blank – every religion has a list). So I believed that the responsibility for my right relationship with God was up to me and my performance. What was I doing? I had reduced all of God’s great mercy, His fathomless love, His amazing grace to depend on me and my performance That is called “religion”, and it is not from heaven.

Paul writes to the church in Galatia, saying they had been bewitched. Now that’s a pretty strong statement. What had bewitched them? They had accepted a belief system that started well in the atoning work of the cross, then decided that they had the responsibility to maintain that same work by they own efforts. Listen….only Jesus can redeem us, only Jesus can sanctify us, only Jesus can finish what He began in us. So what am I supposed to do with this information? For heaven’s sake, say yes! You must realize that when you say yes to Jesus’ offer it means letting go of the old methods. God has something much better. The Holy Spirit wants to live in you, give you God’s very thoughts, fill you with the atmosphere of heaven so you will literally partner with His purpose on this planet. “It is finished” was a moment in time that changed humanity for eternity. What if….you started at the ‘finish line’? What if, in your first moments as a believer in Jesus Christ you received absolutely everything God has done for you? What if you began your journey holy, righteous, complete, sanctified, and perfect in God’s sight? What if that is your identity right now, this moment as you are reading this? What if it doesn’t matter if you feel it or not, but is accepted by simple faith in what Jesus has already done?
Okay, if that is the case, what is the process and the journey of life about? There is a process, of course, but not one of working hard to chisel off everything you think God is not pleased with. That work was already finished at the cross, remember? The process becomes an adventure in discovering all that God has deposited in you already.

Talk about a paradigm shift in thinking. For most folks who love God with all their hearts, but are still stuck in a religious system, I encourage you to ask the questions. Then read the Book with the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear and in you heart what it means.

I will leave you with a scripture that was recently shared with me. It pretty much says it all. 2 Corinthians 11:3 …But I fear, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Do you remember what the lie was that the serpent used to deceive Eve? He told her that if she ate the fruit she would die, and she would be like God. In his usual method, he spoke to her a partial truth, but inferred an absolute lie. He questioned God’s motives and Eve followed him right into the trap. The truth? She was already made in God’s image. The deception was that she questioned her God-given identity. Seems like he is still using those same tactics today.

The truth sets us free. Philemon 6 THAT THE SHARING OF YOUR FAITH MAY BECOME EFFECTIVE BY THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF EVERY GOOD THINK WHICH IS IN YOU IN CHRIST JESUS.

Blessings, Judy

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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK

Have you heard it?   The voice of heaven calling us into our true identity for this time in history?    Eight years ago I heard God’s voice as clearly as I have ever heard anything.  He gave me a message:    “Like a giant tsunami I am going to send a new wave of My Spirit on the earth.   Beginning at the coastline and moving inland, this will be something people have never seen before.   I want you to lay down all your religious methods, put away everything you know about serving Me because this will be entirely new, and the old ways will not work for you any more.   The key is Kingdom.  Like a tsunami, My Kingdom will invade and overtake everything in its path.”

 

At the time I had no idea what was going to happen, and the impact it would have on my life.   Since then I have experienced more paradigm shifts than I can count regarding my relationship with God.    He has relieved me of all religious burdens that He did not put there in the first place.  He has given me incredible freedom; freedom from the law and freedom from sin and sin’s effects.  He has given me an entirely new mind where I am thinking from His point of view, and seeing life as God intended in the beginning.  I have an understanding of my identity that I had never dreamed of.   Today my prayers are no longer prayed to God, but I am praying with Him.

 

Allow me to share something that happened some time ago.   I had just accepted a new position of leadership in a global organization I belong to, and was contemplating and praying about how best to enter into it.   I happened to be in my home town, and alone for the day, so I decided to visit the first church my family attended after saying yes to Jesus.  I was surprised to find that the church is no longer there.  It has been replaced by a lovely business and apartments.   Well, the next step was the church that was built during my teen years (same church, different location).    I have had a great history there, and pictured myself sitting in the sanctuary, discovering my roots so I could better serve in my new position.   After a brief conversation with the pastor who was a very busy man and did not have time to hear about the amazing grace I have learned and lived, I was kindly excused and walked back to my car.   Well, so much for roots.   I was asking the Holy Spirit what had just happened.   His answer was astounding.  “I do not want you to even look back.”   Woah – I needed some confirmation about this.   I called my husband who spoke Isaiah 43:18-19 where God is telling Isaiah not to remember the former things because He is about to do something new.    Okay.  Thanks Lord.   I feel a little better.   Then I called my daughter and told her my story.   Her response was straight from the mouth of the Lord.   “Mom, what God has been showing you is not even the same plant species.   The root system is from an entirely different plant.”

 

Please don’t misunderstand me.   I am very grateful for my upbringing in the church.  It is because of what I learned there I am where I am today.   A few years ago the Holy Spirit spoke to me concerning the church.   He said that He was going to teach us a new way to do church.   There is was again – lay down old methods and ways of thinking because God is up to something greater.

 

 

 

It only took moments for me to see the truth.  God is bringing us into what was happening in the church’s very beginning, before religious ideas entered into their theology.   As a matter of fact, the early Christians did not have “theology” as we know it today.   They simply did what Jesus did.   Think about that for a week, or a month, or a year.   The gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus spoke of is not difficult.  It is not filled with law, although Jesus lived under the law.   He simply did and said what He saw His Father doing and saying.

 

Take a step back, relax, and breathe in the fresh air of the Holy Spirit.   Let your worried and fearful mind release all the “stuff” you have been programmed to perform.   Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth about the gospel of the Kingdom.   And be ready for the adventure of your life.  God created you for a purpose much higher than you realize.   It begins with accepting the truth about how God sees you.   You cannot become what you do not receive.  

 

What you do does not determine who you are.    Who you are determines what you do.

You are the beloved of God, called a saint because of His atoning work.   Why live below that identity?

 

Do you have questions about this?   I would worry if you did not!   Ask the Holy Spirit for the answers and begin by reading Romans.   I’ll share more about the questions I have asked, and the answers I was given.

 

Until then,    many blessings.

Judy

CAN’T GO FORWARD WITH MY EYES IN MY REAR VIEW MIRROR

Have you heard it?   The voice of heaven calling us into our true identity for this time in history?    Eight years ago I heard God’s voice as clearly as I have ever heard anything.  He gave me a message:    “Like a giant tsunami I am going to send a new wave of My Spirit on the earth.   Beginning at the coastline and moving inland, this will be something people have never seen before.   I want you to lay down all your religious methods, put away everything you know about serving Me because this will be entirely new, and the old ways will not work for you any more.   The key is Kingdom.  Like a tsunami, My Kingdom will invade and overtake everything in its path.”

 

At the time I had no idea what was going to happen, and the impact it would have on my life.   Since then I have experienced more paradigm shifts than I can count regarding my relationship with God.    He has relieved me of all religious burdens that He did not put there in the first place.  He has given me incredible freedom; freedom from the law and freedom from sin and sin’s effects.  He has given me an entirely new mind where I am thinking from His point of view, and seeing life as God intended in the beginning.  I have an understanding of my identity that I had never dreamed of.   Today my prayers are no longer prayed to God, but I am praying with Him.

 

Allow me to share something that happened some time ago.   I had just accepted a new position of leadership in a global organization I belong to, and was contemplating and praying about how best to enter into it.   I happened to be in my home town, and alone for the day, so I decided to visit the first church my family attended after saying yes to Jesus.  I was surprised to find that the church is no longer there.  It has been replaced by a lovely business and apartments.   Well, the next step was the church that was built during my teen years (same church, different location).    I have had a great history there, and pictured myself sitting in the sanctuary, discovering my roots so I could better serve in my new position.   After a brief conversation with the pastor who was a very busy man and did not have time to hear about the amazing grace I have learned and lived, I was kindly excused and walked back to my car.   Well, so much for roots.   I was asking the Holy Spirit what had just happened.   His answer was astounding.  “I do not want you to even look back.”   Woah – I needed some confirmation about this.   I called my husband who spoke Isaiah 43:18-19 where God is telling Isaiah not to remember the former things because He is about to do something new.    Okay.  Thanks Lord.   I feel a little better.   Then I called my daughter and told her my story.   Her response was straight from the mouth of the Lord.   “Mom, what God has been showing you is not even the same plant species.   The root system is from an entirely different plant.”

 

Please don’t misunderstand me.   I am very grateful for my upbringing in the church.  It is because of what I learned there I am where I am today.   A few years ago the Holy Spirit spoke to me concerning the church.   He said that He was going to teach us a new way to do church.   There is was again – lay down old methods and ways of thinking because God is up to something greater.

 

 

 

It only took moments for me to see the truth.  God is bringing us into what was happening in the church’s very beginning, before religious ideas entered into their theology.   As a matter of fact, the early Christians did not have “theology” as we know it today.   They simply did what Jesus did.   Think about that for a week, or a month, or a year.   The gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus spoke of is not difficult.  It is not filled with law, although Jesus lived under the law.   He simply did and said what He saw His Father doing and saying.

 

Take a step back, relax, and breathe in the fresh air of the Holy Spirit.   Let your worried and fearful mind release all the “stuff” you have been programmed to perform.   Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth about the gospel of the Kingdom.   And be ready for the adventure of your life.  God created you for a purpose much higher than you realize.   It begins with accepting the truth about how God sees you.   You cannot become what you do not receive.  

 

What you do does not determine who you are.    Who you are determines what you do.

You are the beloved of God, called a saint because of His atoning work.   Why live below that identity?

 

Do you have questions about this?   I would worry if you did not!   Ask the Holy Spirit for the answers and begin by reading Romans.   I’ll share more about the questions I have asked, and the answers I was given.

 

Until then,    many blessings.

Judy

HOW MUCH FAITH IS ENOUGH?

Faith.   I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately regarding having enough faith for whatever your need may be.   For many years I had lived under the assumption that I needed to work at faith; build my faith up; exercise those “faith muscles” in order to attain an answer.   Well, no matter how much work I put into it, it never was enough.  So I decided to look at this from another point of view.

 

What if the issue is not building up enough faith?  What if, instead of burdening myself with all the responsibility, I learn to let it go and put my faith in Someone else’s work?  What if the whole issue is not how much faith we can work up, but instead is about how much trust we can put in Jesus’ already finished work?   What if the issue of faith is not about exercising and building up my faith, but it is about the degree of rest I experience as I place all my trust in Jesus who has completed absolutely everything needed for this life?

 

That changes everything.   Rest changes the way I view God and what I believe about the cross.   It changes everything about how I relate to God; from performance lifestyle to freedom from works.   It changes everything about how I see myself; my identity.   It changes how I see situations and how I pray about them.   By putting all my faith in Jesus’ finished atoning work, I am letting go of all my efforts to come to some level of faith that will result in answers to prayer.   If I believe all that God has done in Christ is enough for all I need in this life I stop working for God and start working with Him. 

 

What if rest is a weapon against anything our enemy can try to use against us?  When we rest completely in what has already been accomplished, Satan will not be able to find a foothold anywhere in my life.   His tactics are dead before they get off the drawing table because there is nothing about the works of the flesh to hook.

 

Faith.   Rest.   Two sides of the same coin.   Amazing concept….I believe I’ll stay there.

 

Blessings,    Judy

TRANSITION

Good day, friends. Isn’t it wonderful how the Holy Spirit helps us on our journey through life? Have a question? He has the answer.

I probably have more than the normal questions. I guess it just comes naturally. It is fairly easy for me to receive revelation, but I want much more than that. I want the truth that I am currently processing to become reality in my life. A couple of recent encounters with people who are in “processing mode” made me realize how that is a very normal and natural response to something new God is teaching us.

My process usually goes something like this. Let’s take Romans 6 for an example. I was always taught that we must constantly be on the lookout for sin in our lives. I learned that God is obsessed with sin and wants us to walk the ‘straight and narrow’ in order to have His blessing. Paul had a very different view of sin. His revelator gave him some amazing truth: God is not obsessed with sin; on the contrary, He destroyed sin forever in the body of Jesus Christ. Jesus died for us, that surely is wonderful news, but the truth is that Jesus died as us. My sin was laid upon Him, and when God judged sin on that day, it was my sin that was judged. When sin was punished that day, it was my sin that was punished. It was a one time event, never needing to be repeated again. So I am faced with a decision to make. What shall I believe? I can, out of fear hang on to my old belief, or I can embrace the truth that will free me forever from the balancing act of perfection. If I reach out and receive the truth of the gospel in this point, I must let go of the things that I had at one time believed to be true.

A transition takes place with every new truth God is speaking into our lives today. In order for us to embrace what the Holy Spirit is leading us into, we must let go of anything that would inhibit that truth from becoming reality in our lives. From that point we begin to practice what He is bringing us into, and that truth usually grows and becomes reality in our lives. This is only one of many, many truths that have been distorted by religion and dished out as truth.

Whatever truth you are beginning to discover about God’s Kingdom, it will require two things of you. First, it will require you to make a choice, then it will require you to let go of something and embrace another. It may take a while, and some practice, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see real results immediately. They will come, and with them you will have stronger confidence in knowing which voice to listen to, and the joy that only comes when the chains of trying to perform perfectly are broken.

As a believer, you are in Christ. As He was, so are we in this world. The biggest paradigm shift for me was believing that I am who God says I am. We all know the story of the prince who angered a wizard and wound up on a lily pad, a sickly green color. It’s a funny story if it wasn’t true in so many people. There are people out there who are in God’s truth His Beloved, but believe they are a frog. They think like a frog, act like a frog, and see no hope for anything beyond the lily pad. God sees them with all potential and love; all they see is frog.

So, whatever transition you are in right now, see yourself in the truth of what God says about you. Allow the Holy Spirit free reign in your heart and mind. Ask Him what He wants you to let go of, and what He is giving you in exchange. Go with Him willingly into new and wonderful adventures. Dare to believe it, and toss the old as far away as you can. No fishing, either!

Blessings, Judy

FREEDOM!

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the Law of Sin and Death. So says the Apostle Paul in Romans 8.

Quite an amazing thought, isn’t it? I know many wonderful people who haven’t yet made their decision about this. Perhaps they don’t understand it, and cannot accept anything unless they understand it first. I think the truth is that most people do feel condemnation, guilt, or shame on a daily basis, so they have great difficulty being able to state that if you are in Christ Jesus there is no more condemnation in your life. Some believe that verse is conditional, stating the last half of the first sentence; “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” I have good news for those who tend toward that mindset…..first, that part of the verse is not in the original text, and even if we embrace the entire sentence, it is not a condition, it is a position. Freedom is not conditional on being perfect and living a life deserving of God’s grace. Freedom is part of your identity when you are in Christ. This freedom is not earned. It is graciously given; no charge.

Imagine what your days would look like if you knew total freedom from guilt, shame or condemnation. What would change about you? How would your thinking change? How would your words change? How would your relationships change if guilt had no more voice toward you? There have been layer after layer of amazing changes in my life as the Holy Spirit has unwrapped these truths for me.

How is this possible? I’m so glad you asked. First and foremost, a most important matter is that you cannot, under any circumstance, try this on your own. This freedom cannot be earned. It is not given only to those worthy of it. Only one man in all of human history can purchase this kind of freedom. His Name is Jesus Christ. Paul explains in Romans 6 that Jesus died once, for all humanity. It was enough. Nothing can be added to His redemptive work, and nothing diminished from His total completion of our freedom.

What I am sharing today is not my opinion. It is fact. Read it again….”for the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” When Jesus died, our old sinful nature died with Him. At that point all ties to this world were severed. Death does that. Think about it for a moment. When you are in Christ, His death was your death to sin. All of the world’s influence and ties are severed. They have not more influence in you. You are dead to it. Pretty elementary, but powerful truth. But wait! There’s more…..much more. Not only are we united together with Christ in His death, we are also united with Him in His resurrection. Death severed sin’s dominion, but resurrection gave us power over it. In Christ we have dominion over sin and sin’s effect. It is one thing to die to sin, it is quite another to have authority over it.
Jesus initiated a law that trumped the old law, making it null and void, taking away all of its power and influence to have any rule in our lives.

We are now living the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. We do not receive it by degrees, or layers. Nor by education, good works, and church attendance. The moment we say yes to this truth, our freedom is complete. From that point we begin a journey of discovery. We discover God’s nature. We discover what Jesus made available to us. We discover our true identity in Christ. We discover and experience the freedom that was in God’s heart for us before time began.

So, the next time condemnation wants you to come out and play, just give him a message:
THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN JESUS HAS SET US FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

Imagine that!
Blessings, Judy