Don’t We Want the REAL Definition? {the truth of who a woman is}

 

Bible pageHave you ever looked up a word to find that the real definition was quite different than what you had believed it to be?  How did that change your understanding of the sentence or the verse?  Completely, right?

When we get the real, true definition of something it changes our perspective and can change us in the process.

The most significant surprises for me have had to do with God’s definition of….me.  I had struggled with who I was, struggled with insecurity and fear and many times felt like I was somehow not worth as much because I was a woman.

I found as I studied and prayed to understand that there was a lot that I’d been taught or had modeled for me as a child that simply wasn’t true, or it was a mixture of truth and error.

There are many things in the world that attempt to define us.  What are the main influencers in our lives? Our parents, teachers, friends; our church, community, education system, and traditions; our environment, media, workplace, and choices; our life experiences and words spoken by us or to us, all teach us about life.

The truth is that anywhere else we look to find out who we are, to find out if we’re acceptable or good enough, is always going to let us down.  Sometimes we are looking to our spouse, our friends, even our church to tell us we’re OK and approved of.  Those things won’t ever give us what we need.

The things of the world will leave us thinking about what we can’t do, can’t be, will never get over, or what we will never become.

Then what we’re left with is a heart that has grown heavy with wrong beliefs, fears, and hesitant, negative attitudes about ourselves that hide who we are really intended to be.

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Each of us has a belief system that has been constructed over the years of our lives and many of us have packed our life with what’s inside due to wrong beliefs about ourselves, others, or God.  The results are usually fear, inadequacy, unforgiveness, bitterness, self-doubt, rejection, low self-esteem – the issues we carry around inside ourselves.

We can have wrong beliefs inside, and even though they may be wrong, they will still guide our thoughts, feelings, behavior and life results — because we BELIEVE them.

What I truly believed will be lived out in my life. Romans 12:2 was written to believers.  “Do not be conformed to the image of the world; instead, let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  This tells us that our minds are capable of being renewed and that God knew we would need that renewal to come into agreement with what He says is true. Do not take your blueprint or schematic from the world, but learn how God thinks and learn to think that way.

1 Peter 1:18-19 says, For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value.  It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”  God doesn’t want us to live an empty life, but to live a full, intentional life of value and purpose, knowing who we are as His children.  We were created to make a difference and with a pretty big assignment!  Genesis 1:26-28 is still our assignment from the very beginning:

26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Before we can fill the assignment given in Genesis to come alongside our husbands and brothers, we have to invite the Holy Spirit to lead us into what is true.  We have to pick up the Word, we have to make the truth our own.  We have to be willing for God to show us where we have inherited wrong beliefs or where we’ve been taught incorrectly.  We have to let Him ENTER INTO where we still secretly hurt over things that have happened to us or places that stink with guilt over what we’ve done to others.

There are places, especially in the South, where Christian women have been more influenced by culture and tradition than by the Word of God.  We have tended to either want to do what others do, believing that is best, OR become what others want us to become.  A lot more than men, women many times tend to allow others to choose for them what their life will be like.  That’s not what God intended.

This kind of believing about our identity can leave us with vacuums in our lives, feeling unfulfilled, but the Holy Spirit can fill these places of emptiness.  We begin to change by discovering our true identity and value.

How do you want to feel about your life?  What do you want to believe could be possible for you?  What dreams in your heart have been covered over or gifts and talents restrained because someone said it’s not “lady-like” or my favorite, “a woman is not permitted to do that”?   Luke 1:37 – “For nothing is impossible with God.”  Gabriel said that to a young lady who was going to conceive and gift birth to the Messiah.  God has always used women to do great works, not just men.

In Genesis, He gave the same assignment to both the man and the woman.  So why does it surprise us that He would have great things for us to do today?   God created with intention a purposeful, blessed team, an alliance.  He knew it would be too much for the man alone.  Genesis 2:18 tells us that He understood His creation, that it wasn’t good for the man to be alone, that he would need someone else, a strong helper.

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Our Hebrew word for helper or help-mate is the word ezer –  e-z-e-r.

Ezer means strong helper, in God’s image or like God, one that aligns with God at every possible level to share His heart, love what He loves, and join Him in His work in the earth.

An ezer is a theologian, created to know God and make Him known.  Created to reproduce the likeness of God in others.  An ezer is created to walk alongside others in authority, protecting and co-ruling in a Kingdom way to advance the influence of the Kingdom of Heaven where they are.  An ezer is a disciple, a mentor, a leader, one who serves, one who brings their spiritual gifts into fullness.

Ezer is a military term, therefore, an ezer is a warrior, called to action in every relationship, season, neighborhood, and walk of life.  An ezer is a staunch ally in the life of faith, not in the background of everyday activities, but in the foreground where leadership, prayers, and decisions happen.  The word ezer declares strength!

In fact, the word ezer is used 21 times in the Old Testament.  Out of the 21, 16 of those references describe how God comes alongside Israel as a very strong Helper in times of trouble!

You’ll find ezers in every aspect of life – the home, church, workplace, community, and government.  An ezer is part of a powerful union, a team, an alliance formed and purposed by God.  Are you ready for it?

An ezer is a woman.  That word translated ‘help meet” or “helper” – yeah, that word is ezer.  That is you.  God said “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will create an ezer for him.”

This little word, ezer – just 4 letters – is the beginning of you knowing who God created you to be.  This word that God chose gives you identity, value, legitimacy, and permission to walk in the life He created and dreams for you.  It’s the definition of who you are in the Kingdom of Heaven AND in the earth.

We are ezers from birth.  Marriage is just one major area where the ezer stands with the man in battle, but it by no means exhausts the possibilities.  Neither man nor woman are limited by where God can call them and use them to be a blessing and bring the Kingdom of Heaven’s influence.  Being an ezer is the core of who a woman is and as such is not dependent upon season of life or circumstance.

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In Genesis 1:26-28, if the call to rule and subdue the WHOLE EARTH means anything, God calls the ezer to join the man in every sphere of life; not in COMPETITION, but to COMPLIMENT each other.  It takes the man and the woman together to learn to display the full image of God.  Each one is an image bearer in God’s likeness with different attributes.  In other words, we need each other.

God’s plan to reveal Himself to the world involved both MALE & FEMALE.  Adam needed Eve’s gifts and strengths to fulfill his calling, and she needed his gifts and strengths, too!  She was called to enter his struggles, bolster his faith, encourage his obedience to God.  Each was called to promote the faithfulness of the other in a relationship of equality and blessing where they reproduce more ‘image bearers’ that today we call disciples.

God’s never thrown out His original blueprint for men and women to bear His image together.

So…in our search for meaning and significance, this definition is the beginning of who you are.  This is the real definition of who you are.  This is not an angry-liberal-feminist voice.  We weren’t made for that – we don’t need that.  We just need to do whatever God calls us to do, knowing He will strengthen and equip us to do it.  So jealousy and competition can be things of the past.  God is doing a new thing among women today, just like he did about 2,000 years ago.

When Gabriel came to Mary and told her she would give birth to the Messiah, she said, “May it be unto me as you have said.”  The literal interpretation of that would read…

“May the Word of the Lord be created in me.”

That’s my prayer for each of you.  That the Word of the Lord would be created in you, that the truth of your identity, value, and significance would begin to replace any false ideas of who you are, or what you’re capable of, as a woman, made in God’s image.

We are God’s image bearers, we are ezers.  Chosen by God to soldier and live alongside our brothers as a Blessed Alliance, advancing Christ’s Kingdom in the hearts of people all around us, bringing change in our families, churches, communities, and world.

There is no higher calling than to be who God created us to be and bring the influence of His presence where we are, in the way He calls us to carry that out.

If this is who we are, what are we doing with it?

Do we remain where we are, like we are, or do we pour into others what God is pouring into us?

We can choose.  We can remain in the box that others want us to stay in, but wouldn’t you rather live with enthusiasm and experience more of who God designed you to be?  Wouldn’t we rather live expecting God to do miracles and amazing things through us who are here on the earth?your story isnt over yet

We MUST gain a larger view – of ourselves and of the Kingdom of God – of what is possible through our lives as God empowers us to carry His love.  We are half the church and our story is not over yet – it’s just beginning.

We get one life, you and I.  Don’t you want to know more of who He created you to be?  God’s definition of us carries in it all the identity, value, and significance we will ever need.

We just have to learn to believe it. Your story isn’t over yet.

Grace for the journey,

Robin

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC – May 2016 (originally posted August 2014)

Sources: All books by Carolyn Custis James at http://www.whitbyforum.com/; Grace Church Ezer Women’s Ministry at http://chrystiecole.com/ezer-body-matters/; Why Women Matter by Loren Cunningham and David Joel Hamilton.  Loren Cunningham is the founder of YWAM (Youth With A Mission).

 

Best-Ever-Life {conquer your wall}

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I wrestled for sleep most of the night and realized I was having a running conversation in my head that went something like this:
God: Where do you want these goals of yours to go?
Me: I don’t know.
God: Where do you want these to actually go? You’ve written them out for a year and they are do-able. What else do you want? Hint: they need to be bigger than you.
Me: I don’t know! Wait.
Me: I want more, but I need help to see bigger. Help me!
God: Get up. Write it down. I’ll help.
Me: It’s 4:15, but this is important; OK. Some ideas are starting to rise.

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I’ve struggled with letting my vision emerge. Sometimes we need to train our brain to learn to think bigger – especially if daily life and some not-so-good life experiences have squashed dreams before. We need to tell our dreams that they have our permission to come forth. When they arrive, large or small, we need to celebrate them and thank God for what He planted within us. Do you know that “ask, think, or imagine” verse?

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 Amplified Bible)

Discovering our vision, goals, or purpose is part of Lordship – of letting Jesus be LORD over every area of our lives. We tend to think of the parts we can see (like bible reading, what movies we watch, if we can share Jesus with someone, or if we cuss). But it’s so much more than behavior – it’s our heart, mind, will, emotions, conscience. It’s our dreams and visions He placed within us when He created us as a living person. It’s within. It’s allowing God to examine our beliefs with us and show us where we’re simply not believing for enough, and then beginning to believe that he really can do this according to His power at work inside us!

I hear you. I hear the “But you don’t know me. I’m not special.” {Did you have someone tell you that you would never be anything significant? Did you grow up in a place where the general attitude is to just be thankful that you have a job, any job? Maybe you were raised in a church that has the wrong idea of what the Christian life should to look like…with an “always take it on the chin and be thankful” theology? Or where they focused more on outward behavior, never teaching you about discipleship or the enemy of God and that he hates you, too. Experiences like this lead to wrong beliefs that guide our very lives.}

LORDSHIP of Jesus over our dreams and visions allows Him to lead us into adventure, accomplishment, service, and growth – all with submission to Him into things that are far more than we could ever do alone. Easy? No way. But worth it? Oh yeah! So while I wait, listen, and jot down ideas, I’m following His lead, because I know that will be the best-ever-life where I will refuse to let fear stop me or make me turn a different way. I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m moving forward anyway.

We conquer our wall of vision or anything else by refusing to let fear stop us, by giving permission to let the God-life in us to emerge, and to realize that WE are playing a significant role in the Kingdom of Heaven story. That WE have agency and He will never force us, but wants to co-create and write our story with us.

What’s your wall? I promise you that you and God together can conquer it. He is just big enough, loving enough, and has promised to never leave you. Look at your wall again. Any idea what’s on the other side?

(Psssst! You are part of my vision. Let me know if you want to strategize over vision together!)

Love & so much grace!

Robin

From the desk by the window where a shining, milky-white crescent moon is waiting to hide in the sunshine.2016-01-05 16.50.00

PS: I love the Amplified Bible as I want the fuller meaning of the words. I want it to amplify my life. If you’re unfamiliar with using different translations for study, try Bible Gateway. It’s my favorite!

Spiritual Life Coaching / Speaking – email me today at robinlewiswords@gmail.com

(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, Feb. 3, 2016

“It’s A Girl!” {Part One}

To all you wonderful daughters of Eve:

Ephesians 1:17-18 (AMP) says this to us:

17  I pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones).

As you read, I want to release to you an anointing for a fresh revelation of your true identity in God. Until we hear and accept His definition of who we are, we will never live the life He created, designed, and fashioned for us to live.

Rebecca, Hannah 3-7-15As women, we are created to be God’s image bearers. But whose image are we reflecting?

The world is full of definitions of who you are supposed to be – from the women’s magazine with the tummy tuck ad, to the Barbie doll newscasters on TV, and even sometimes to the small thinking church doctrine. Everybody wants to tell you who you are supposed to be, and most of those voices want to try and change you. Whether you are a man or a woman, they want to change you and fill you with questions of fear and doubt. They want to define and paint a picture of your life that’s less than who God says you are.

So who does the Father say that you are? He says you are His masterpiece!

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) says this to us:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

In this verse we can find our identity, value, and purpose. A masterpiece is an artist’s greatest work, a one-of-a-kind, original, a “can’t be copied” work of great beauty, design, color, and image.

The Father, our Master Artist, chose everything about you, from your hair color to your eye color to your shoe size. He chose your family of origin, reaching back in the generations before you and pulling forward certain blessings you would need. He chose different parts of your heritage – some parts maybe not so beautiful, but some parts absolutely gorgeous. He planned for you, willing you into existence.

He chose the timing of your birth to be in this generation. He chose the talents, spiritual gifts, and dreams that would be developed for the purpose and call on your life. And He chose your gender.

He chose your gender. He wanted you to be a girl – a girl that would grow up to discover her true identity, true value, and true purpose, and learn to walk in that alongside her brothers. Not behind them or beneath them, but beside them. Not in competition with them, but in a complimentary relationship that displays the full image of God.

C.S. Lewis wrote:journal tied

“We are a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character.

We are the work which the artist loves intensely, and over this work the artist will take endless trouble, showing his great love for the creation. ― C.S. LewisThe Problem of Pain

We are God’s masterpiece in the making, and out of love He doesn’t stop, He doesn’t stop – until we reflect His image – and all this done with immeasurable love, sweet compassion, and tender care to detail, for we are each His one of a kind unique design, greatly valued, and created for a purposeful life.

You are exceptional, memorable, unconventional, created to make a difference, to add value to life, to solve problems, to bring change where others are desperate for it, for you bring something no one else can or ever will.

That is who you are. You were born on purpose – as a PERFECT PART of the Kingdom of Heaven plan! You were born, purposed by God, and no matter what your birth was like or who was there, when you first breathed air, all of Heaven rejoiced with a shout, “It’s a girl!” “It’s a girl!”

{Be sure to catch next week’s post for more!}

Loads of Grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window, where His love & words overflow…

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, March 20, 2015

When It’s Time to Go {how to turn your back on the crowd}

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“Now when the time drew near for Him to be received up again into Heaven, He proceeded with FIXED PURPOSE towards Jerusalem, and sent messengers before Him”. (Luke 9:51)

Another translation says: “It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he INTENTLY SET HIS FACE to go to Jerusalem.”

Have you faced a time of knowing the pathway, and even though the journey would not be easy, you started walking in the direction of your goal?

We all face times where one season is ending and another is beginning, and grace for the way is only accomplished by “intently setting our face” in that direction. Transition is usually messy and we do our best to walk forward with what we’ve learned so far, and clumsily step into the new, trying to avoid delays or distractions. We are aware we have an enemy who wants to keep us where we are through fear or a refocus on the past. As we continue to walk in the new place, our footing becomes more sure, and our hearts, stronger.

Lance Wallnau recently posted, “Many of us stumble because we do not know when to ignore the crowd, turn our back on the popular trend and focus on the task, even the painful task that the Father has given us to do.”

In the passage above, Jesus knew He was going to suffer and die. Are we trying to move forward expecting only success and good feelings? If you have walked with the Lord for any length of time, you already know we learn the most valuable lessons through difficulty. We learn we can trust Him by needing to trust and lean the full weight of our cares on Him. The calling and purpose of our lives is valuable and impactful. I’ve heard that the weight of the call determines the journey we must take. We should expect victory, but victory comes after the battle.

In the living of our lives, we have times where we must “set our face like flint” and go forward strong with what we know we are called to do, not stopping to explain to everyone or waiting on others to join us. There are times we must turn our back on the crowd and set out in the direction of our destiny. Leaning hard on the Father, we can learn to walk in grace and power. We can be overcomers who follow the One who “has overcome the world”, Jesus.

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Say with me, “We will not go back, we will not be distracted, and we will not give up in pursuing the call of our destiny for the sake of Jesus Christ. We will transition through this season and into the next, seeing Him open doors and hearing Him give precise direction. We will stand boldly and bring truth that transforms into the Church and the Marketplace and bring the influence of Heaven with love, peace, honor, and power. We will see lives changed, and one of those will be ours! And those days that are dark and it’s hard to find our way, we will go on as everything is just fine, because in God, it is.”

Who among you fears the Lord  and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.

~Isaiah 50:10~

Amen!

Love & Grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window where the Christmas twinkle lights are burning bright on a cold evening.

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, December 10, 2014

Sources: Lance Wallnau, Shirley Weaver

The Journey to Fulfillment (and why we don’t often choose it)

woman at computerThere are times, if I’m still enough to listen, I can hear the battle in my mind for my moment or my day.  Recently, I realized I was feeling unfulfilled, testy.  The thoughts were something like these…

“Why is it so hard?”

“Why can’t this work out better?  With less effort?”

“Just put it off.  I don’t have to do that right now.  I am not sure what to do anyway.”

“If I stick my neck out again, what if nothing comes of it?”

“What if no one wants what I have?  What if this doesn’t succeed?”

“Maybe I’d better check Facebook or do another webinar to get ideas.”

I have a life purpose that is bigger than me.  I am called to do a certain thing and I have been doing it full-time since February.  I practically flew out of the starting gate like California Chrome, and like that horse, my career / calling had its ups and downs quickly.  Such is life, such is learning, such is the journey to becoming better.  But when we listen and realize what is happening in our thought life, we must step in and interrupt the conversation!

I can let that play out and become discouraged (the enemy’s goal to stop me), or I can jump in and declare truth over my moment, my day, and my life.  When I know the Truth, it’s that Truth that will set me free from the lies attempting to run through  my mind.  If I appropriate it.

But it takes effort.  And we read all the writers who tell us all we’re capable of accomplishing, and we take it like a vitamin and then sit down.  It’s like expecting to become more fit, but not ever leaving the couch.  (We are all culture-influenced.)

So I stopped the thought flow and asked, “OK, Father, what am I hearing?  Why do I feel unfulfilled?”  I heard in my spirit, “You know the things that lead to fulfillment, but you’re not doing them.”

In other words, I know what I’m called to do, but I’m letting these “what if’s” stop me while I try to figure out the best way, instead of seeking the Lord and then taking action!  We must do something in order to have or accomplish something.  And thank God that He lets us get dissatisfied in order to move us forward.  He’s a great Dad.

I believe that Jesus was thrilled to go back to Heaven for one reason: He wanted us to have the fullness of the Holy Spirit living inside us.  He knew what that was like, and wanted it for us.  A returning to God’s original plan for the life of people!  We have full access to a Spirit-led life.  We have full access to all the Father gave the Son, but we don’t appropriate it.

If you know your calling, what you should be doing, but aren’t, you might want to get still and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the thought conversation happening in your head.  And believe me, the best way to make it stop is to seek the Lord’s guidance and take an action step.  And adversity?  Yeah, you can expect it.  There will always be opposition to God’s plan.  And since He fulfills that plan through us, we will have to face adversity.

We can let fear rule the day, or we can stand in the authority given to us and clear some more brush from the Kingdom path we’re blazing and make a way for others to follow.  This is the journey to fulfillment.  This is the way to Sozo Life.  Let’s get moving.  Like Ann Voskamp says, “Everything the Lord has for you is over the fence of fear.”

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Grace and more Grace,

Robin

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, June 26, 2014

The Crack in the Sidewalk

flowers sidewalkSomeone once asked me, “I bet you see every crack in the sidewalk, don’t you?”

At times, this “gift” of mine has driven others crazy.  Yes, I am wired to spot the problem.  That’s easy, but working to find a solution is what is required of us who are created to repair, heal, restore, and expand life where we are.

I wrote a blog about three years ago about an old house that wasn’t far from crumbling to the ground.  At the end of a dirt drive, the paint had long been gone, probably right after the people left it, but a pink curtain still hung through the window, blowing in the breeze – a picture of what it had once been and a promise of what it could be again in the right hands.

“Anyone can rant in their journal or on the internet,” my friend said, “but can you find the solution and provide that for your readers?”  Can I do more than point out the problem?  That crack in the sidewalk?  Can I seek God and the wisdom of my journey to help find the solution?  Whether it’s embraced is not always my choice, but to say the answer out loud, to wave a picture of what it could become, to declare over a life or over land God’s provision can help make a way forward.  For one or many – that ripple effect of a Kingdom life.

The Pharisees in Jesus’ day were great at making rules and finding fault.  They cared not about a solution that actually was life-giving.  They cared more about finger-pointing.  They had  no eyes for possibility, only problems.  They would have missed or criticized the pink curtain.

To those who wanted more, Jesus took time to pray and offer what He had – healing, life again, words of truth that cut through the darkness, restoration, gentle teaching, and understanding about how much God loves…the things of fresh air that bless the soul with value, love, and honor.

But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick.  ~Luke 9:11 NLT

He came to solve a problem – to restore everything that was broken.  We are also created with certain problems to solve.  We aren’t just here to accept His cross sacrifice and hold onto the hope of Heaven.  We are here to live in a way that makes a Kingdom difference.  So when you see that crack in the sidewalk, or that crack in a soul, take time with God to seek a solution.  You may have an answer that blesses and changes the lives of  many.

And watch for that pink curtain, that promise of what God deposited there, what needs restoring for fullest life.

(c) Robin Lawrimore Lewis, Jan. 2014

From the home place next to tall pines on an icy day.

God Doesn’t Sweat the Darkness

ivory candle burningIn the early morning before the earth has turned this side of itself into the sun, I light a candle.  It reminds me that God created that light, that He has placed the light of His Spirit in me, and I watch it spread into the room.  I hold my hot cup of coffee in my hands and pray to be like that.

I worship God’s effortless capacity to bring something from nothing.  I worship God’s ability to decide, speak, and it is done.  He doesn’t categorize problems into large or small.  They are all the same to Him.  He doesn’t break out into a sweat over my needs or the needs of the world.  He doesn’t sweat the darkness that we, in our limited minds, give too much attention.

There was once a young man, dear to my heart, who was being deployed to Afghanistan.  I asked the Lord how to pray for him.  I heard, “You realize that it doesn’t take any more effort on My part to protect him there as it does you here, right?”  {Yeah. God is big.}  So I prayed and knew it was done.  He returned safely.

I am amazed at His promises for us, that we have His word in us, and how little we understand it or use the power available to us.  And I have a teaspoonful of knowledge about Him, that when understood, feels like an ocean, and He gets bigger and bigger to me.

Jesus left us His word.  We are the Kingdom builders who bring light into darkness, who bear the image of the One who made us, whose first words we have recorded were “Let there be light,” and there was light.  (Genesis 1:3)  The Father and the Word let their light spread out and become visible.  Literally…from the spiritual right into the physical.

Genesis 1:3 “Let the light in Me be”: and there was light” and is and is….

And the darkness will never overcome it.

But is that how we live?  Do we see the possibility designed inside us?  Does the reality and power of God continue to get bigger in our eyes…as He should?  Do we live and speak in such a way that brings light where we are?

Like the candle flickering on my desk, let the light in me be physically evident, not just in my actions, but in my world to bring positive influence and change.  To bring blessing, peace, and make a way for God’s wholeness.  He will help me.

Grace & peace…

(c) Robin Lawrimore Lewis, Jan. 2014

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