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The Word Opens Up Encounters

By faith we inherit…Therefore inheriting the promises is the outcome of faith and depends entirely on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace, to make it stable and valid and guarenteed to all his descendants… Romans 4 (Amplified).

Grace, Faith and Promise

By grace through a promise we receive. Takes a load of performance pressure off doesn’t it? Whatever point of our journey, God is anticipating using our experiences as opportunities to reveal Himself to us that we might know Him- not just doctrinally, but experientially. One of my favorite things is noticing a verse or paragraph and then experientially understanding it, or having some encounter with God and then finding a verse that affirms it. This is a story about that. Encountering God experientially after meditating on a passage of scripture for a time- Romans 4.

Singing a Love Song

I love to sing. More to the point I love to worship through song. Since I was a child, who discovered she could carry a tune and do a half decent rendition of Dolly Parton’s Jolleen, I have sung my way through life’s joys and sorrows. I grew up on Country and later imagined myself singing Jazz and Blues in the nightclubs (it was the only place I knew where crooners would be welcome).

To hone my craft, I joined school and church choirs, moved on to duets and finally “solos” then on to weddings, christian ladies brunches, and funerals. For a very short stint, I was the singer for a band called Sweet and Nasty– I was the sweet, and other members were the nasty. We had one gig at Klondike Days (K-Days) in the Christian Motorcycle Group’s tent and then I faded into obscurity. I was later invited to join another band that had some small time tour plans but by that time I had a beautiful 5 month old son, and my priorities had shifted. My band days were behind me.

At some point I decided my voice had been given by God and belonged to purposes that put the spotlight on Him alone, so I never did croon the jazz and blues as I had dreamed. But He was attentive to my heart desires and opened up a place for me to lead worship in the church, something that I had prayed secretly for but had not voiced. I was delighted! This is the background upon which my personal encounter with Him became staged…

Trial and Pain

Somewhere between singing and diapers I began to experience pain on the right side of my jaw. I ignored it as long as possible until I began getting headaches as well and sharp biting pains that would move from my jaw up the side to the top of my head, and my jaw began to click when it opened and closed. A little trauma at the dentist as a child made me anxious-avoidant but the pain became too frequent to ignore, so I made an appointment. The x-rays showed my wisdom teeth on both sides were turned and impacted. One tooth kept trying to move up into place but because of its orientation it was pushing against the molar in front of it instead. This was what caused the jaw and headache issues.

At the time I didn’t know much about the authority and power given to believers for intervention or how miracles came about, so I made my next appointment with the specialist, and began scrimping to save the cost of the surgery, around $1500 dollars. The day arrived and the doctor came out to speak to me as a preview to surgery. He asked a number of medical questions and what I did for hobbies. I shared with them that I was a singer, I sang in the church and a few other places.

He left and returned after a short examination of the x-rays with some unhappy news. One of the teeth was oriented in such a way that it appeared to go through the nasal cavity. This would mean that when they removed it, it would change my airways and my sound when I sang. Basically it might ruin my singing. Further, because it was an awkward surgery, it would be about $300 more than they had quoted me. I’ve heard this is the same reason Barbara Streisand chose to leave her nose as it was, the nose or the song. If it’s true, I’d say she chose well. Wind Beneath My Wings is a great song.

Laying it Down, Choosing Faith, Believing

This became a hard decision to make in a matter of minutes. I didn’t have more money- not in paper or plastic. And I loved to sing- I couldn’t imagine not singing. But this pain was becoming somewhat debilitating and I couldn’t see myself trying to live with it any longer. As I sat in the waiting room I turned to the Lord and offered Him back His gift I had used for His glory, as best I knew how. I said simply, “You gave me this ability to sing, and I really don’t want to lose it–but this pain is too much. I’m going to have the surgery and I’ll leave it to you whether I can still sing or not when I wake up.” I had an expectancy, and I was willing to entrust it all to Him.

An Encounter with my Beloved

I remember waking up from my own cry feeling drugged and nauseous, the nurse assuring me of where I was, that I was okay, but I must “breathe deeper”. Others had come after me and left before me, and I was having a difficult time waking up from the anesthetic. Yet before the fog lifted from me and consciousness returned, I experienced something that feels just as profound to me now as it did in that moment. It’s a little hard to describe, but I’ll attempt it and hope you can imagine how it would feel to you.

The thick cloaking presence of God was moving over and around me- I imagine like in Genesis, where it says the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the deep. Simultaneously I heard the most masculine, deep, strong with authority, voice speaking to me saying, “Abraham believed God”. Then I woke with a start by my own cry of pain. Please, close your eyes for a moment and imagine the sense of God’s spirit hovering and moving over you and hearing a deep voice speak the Word you have been studying back to you. It is a sense of sacred, of holy, and of power. I was in wonder and awe. I still am.

The Word Is Reality

I no longer would merely muse about Romans 4, and what that might look like in my life. I had a living encounter with my Lord, who using a short phrase and a foreknowing of circumstance chose to personally reveal Himself and His word to me in a deeper way. When I was conscious enough, the dentist informed me that although it had been scrupulously close to the nasal cavity, the tooth was not through it; I could continue to sing to, and about, the one I love. As an odd sort of bonus, a cyst was found on one of the teeth which would allow them to file a type of claim and reduce the cost of the surgery back to the original amount. I was given more than I thought to ask for.

Mediating on the Word sets us up for personal encounters with Him. Believing Him is our most basic need, and our glory. Years later I’m still singing, sharing how faithful He is to watch over His word to perform it, and that He is no respecter of persons. He will meet with each of us and perform His word.

Father, You are amazingly Good. We anticipate meeting you in both typical and unusual places and circumstances. The everyday life is a doorway to encountering your loving kindness. Thank you that your written words are gateways to meeting You, the living Word. Help us to honor your Word, make it alive to each of us, that we may intimately know you, and love you more.

 

Graced to Fully Know

Graced to Fully Know, Even As We Are Fully Known

“I desire to Be Fully Known”.

It gave me pause. Fully? Would The God of All be Fully Known?

Yet my heart followed after Him, His spirit drawing me.(Song of Songs 1:4)

It had started out a mere single word, FULLNESS, and became a poetic theme, softly echoing and resounding through the chambers of my heart, contracting and expanding, filling my understanding until it found release through my voice,

“I want to Know you Even As I am fully Known!!”

Then He unveiled to my mind what my heart already believed.

‘I Desire to Be Fully Known’

The Lover Unveils for the Beloved

Love unwraps and lays open the inmost secrets of the heart; the hidden becomes the revealed.

Marriage is the imagery He created for us to understand how we are to know Him and whereby we understand that “the one who joins oneself to the Lord is One Spirit” (with Him). 1 Corinthians 6:17

The Two shall become One

I’d known of the word Epignosis, meaning ‘intercourse’-not simply verbal communications, but a communing of heart, an entwining together through the experience of one another. Now another aspect was this reality was being unveiled. His desire is that we continue to know Him more fully in the sense of shared intimacies. Oneness.

What does Being One Spirit reveal to us?iphone 009

Intimate Knowing

In the same way one’s spouse or child could be not be counterfeited, little intimate details known only to the beloved are discernible-a scar, a quirk, a birthmark… the eyes-the soul’s mirrors truth tell, so it is in our union with God.

“Does not a son know the father’s heart? Does not a bride know her husband’s eyes? And don’t best friends tell each other secrets? This is why I am alive…. I want to Know You Lord” Rick Pino

Then He brought into my view another word: Kenosis -from the great kenosis passage, meaning in it’s verb form to empty- “to give outward expression of one’s inner intrinsic nature.”* (Philippians 2)

It refers to the Union of Divine Love and Glory expressed between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each giving into the complete, beneficial experience of the other, and expressed to us through the Spirit of The Son, Jesus.

Love relinquishes Self: Emanuel, God with us

The Philippians 2  passage reads in part:

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. 6 He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. 7 Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a servant, became human! 8 Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death– even death on a cross. (Message)

Jesus further reveals the intent of this word Kenosis in his prayer for us to the Father.

John 17:21….in order that all might be one, even as you, Father, are in me and I in you, in order that they themselves also might be in us,…

22 And as for myself, the glory which you have given me, I have given them, in order that they might be one even as we are one,

23 I in them and you in me, in order that they, having been brought to the complete state with respect to oneness, may persist in that state of completeness, to the end that the world might be understanding that you sent me on a mission and that you loved them even as you loved me. (my emphasis)

“Even As”   

Love in its true and fullest form, is always Reciprocal.

As if this weren’t enough for us to be certain that He desires to be fully known, co-joined to Him, we were caught up in spirit into the existence and experience of this Kenosis-caught up into Christ, into God, seated in heavenly places.   Ephesians 2:6, Col. 3:3 & 10

We are placed into the most secure place, directly into the receivership of the kenosis of God. The heart space of His fullness-His very bosom.

For out of His fullness (abundance) we have All received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one Grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favorand gift [heaped] upon gift. (Amplified)     John 1:16

The fullness o His heart is emptied into the earth, into us; Holy Spirit abiding and indwelling us, gracing us and enabling us to explore the heights and widths and depths and breadths of this vast boundlessness

                           Love revolutions (cycles).

                                                       bring resolutions (clarity)

1Corinthians 2: 10…as the scripture says: “What no one ever saw or heard what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him.”

tig, longboards 070To us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through HisSpirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]…….

12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered:

Christ knows, and We Have Christ’s Spirit.”

Being secure within the fullness of Divine Kenosis, we understand how it can be true, that there is no room for fear in Love and no withholding. Kenosis, its perfected state, displaces all fear.    1John 4:18 & 19

First we were fully loved; now we may fully love.

As He is, so We Are.

Before the foundations of the world, with great detail and care, He planned to share the grace of kenosis with mankind-

In the face of mankind’s self love, He self-emptied.

Page after page of God’s journal reveals it was always His intent to fulfill our desire above all we would ask or think. How Adam and Eve “knew” each other and how they knew God was a mere “image” of the union He planned with us-the Indwelling Presence joined with ours.

So you also are complete through your union with Christ who is the head over every ruler and authority.  Colossians 2:9

“What do you think the scriptures mean when they say God longs jealously for the human spirit He has placed within us?    James 4:5-6&8

(Greek 1971 ἐπιποθέω from 1909 and potheo (to yearn); to dote upon, i.e. intensely crave possession (lawfully or wrongfully):–(earnestly) desire (greatly), (greatly) long (after), lust.   Strongs concordance.

Or that Holy Spirit placed within us, opposes our envy? (Greek 1971)But He gives us more Grace, (to be satiated; satisfied by Him, (Greek 5485)

Come close to God and He will come close to You

 He’s longing to be Known

Fully

P3 Communicating Spirit to Spirit

In parts 1 and 2 I shared the basis of why we can all communicate spirit to spirit and shared some personal experiences. In Part 3, some friends, authors of The Adoption Ministries,  Godly Sexuality, Go to Heaven Now and Faith Living Now, share some of their experiences.

By Yvette R Dempster
The Adoption Ministries

I’ve always had a clear spiritual connection with God ever since I was little. I guess it just came from the fact that I knew God as a ‘person’ and people communicate. So I expected no less from Him. After all, if He created us surely He’d want to talk to us?

The other thing I’ve always had is an ‘open communication line’ in the spirit realm regarding others. I’m not even sure when I became aware of it, it’s just one of those things I’ve always known I suppose. Simply put, I’ve always been aware of ‘others’ in the spirit realm. I can hear their thoughts, see their pasts like a motion picture above their heads or in my ‘head.’
The following example is how I often hear in the spirit. I believe this is possible with any believer. We are spiritual beings after all.
Keep in mind, as you read, that I have never ‘tried’ to make this communication happen. It just happens.

The most recent occurrence was a few weeks ago. My oldest son (23) had just had a minor surgery. His wife and children were out of town and I had given him supper, checked in on him and said good-night.
After midnight I was awoken by my son’s voice. He said, “I could just cry.”
The pain in his voice was unmistakable and it ground my heart to a halt. I in a half-whisper, “Steve, be healed in Jesus’ Name right now. Pain leave. And sleep well, son.” After a few moments I felt peace and drifted back to sleep.

The next morning I asked him how he was feeling. He said, “better than I was last night.”
Of course this triggered me to ask him if he’d felt like crying around midnight. And if he actually spoke those words or just thought them.
He said, “I certainly did say that out loud. The pain was so bad, Mom. But then it just left and I was able to sleep.”
I smiled and told him what had transpired. Together we rejoiced in Holy Spirit’s immeasurable love and ability to comfort us. What an amazing Father who alerts others in our lives to pray!

Most recently I’ve discovered another really interesting form of communication. Texting in the spirit.

This happened a few months ago during a time my family had been going through some trauma for two years. This form of communication occurred just before the breakthrough.

I was lying in bed awake, staring at the back of my husband’s sleeping form. I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular I was just waiting for sleep to come. At that moment a vision of my iPhone appeared in front of me with a text message. I receive text alerts on the upper portion of my screen. In order to respond to the message I have to drag my finger down to read the entire message and reply. Forgetting this was a vision, I did just that. I dragged my finger down to read the message. It was from my good friend Cyndi.
It simply said, “Hurricane.”
Now, that could’ve been a warning (I’ve received warnings before that are preceded by a dream of a hurricane), but this was different. I ‘knew’ it wasn’t a warning, it was a promise.
Another ‘text’ appeared but just when I reached up to read the rest of it, it blinked away. To this day I have no idea what it said or who it was from.

The next morning I was reminded of the text while reading scripture. I was studying the book of Acts and remembered something about a hurricane in one of the chapters. I eagerly looked it up. What I discovered completely enveloped me in a warm trust. I KNEW God was reassuring those of us affected by the trauma. This is the scripture attached to the text “hurricane.”

Acts 27 (When Paul sails for Rome)

V.14. “Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.”

(The men had to use ropes to hold the ship together and they were throwing cargo overboard. When the storm continued to rage, they began to give up all hope of being saved. Paul stands up and begins to encourage them.)

V.23-26 “Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trail before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Instantly I understood what He was saying to me. Two years earlier (when the trauma had began) He had told me and another family member exactly what would transpire. I saw the events play out day by day in a vision. He told us it would be a painful time, but the outcome would be great. We just needed to trust Him.

A few days later it happened exactly as He had told us two years previously, and everyone was unharmed. Our family greatly rejoiced in God’s faithfulness.
the-adoption.org/

The interesting thing about her story is that I have texted this very thing in the past: same short text–Hurricane–same scripture reference, and have later talked about the eye of the storm being a place of peace.

This excerpt is by my friend John Spencer host of Godly Sexuality.

The best example I have experienced of this deep joining is when my wife was undergoing a sozo prayer session. I was in another room and found myself undergoing all sorts of emotions from jubilation to fear and back again. When we met together after her session she discussed the journey of healing that the Spirit led her on and it coincided exactly with the emotions that I had been experiencing.                                http://www.godlysexuality.org/ 

The following excerpt is by my friend Jonathan Brenneman, author of Go to Heaven Now.

After spending considerable time laying hands on him and commanding healing, little changed. The pain level was the same. The only thing that he noticed was that his vision improved slightly.
I felt my heart drop in my chest. Disappointment. We got his hopes up, and then we let him down. I knew that it was Jesus’ will to heal him. But we weren’t able to demonstrate what I knew in my heart to be true.
At least that was what I felt. But then a thought came to me. The Bible says that I can do what Jesus did, because Jesus lives in me. I had just begun to realize that the Spirit of Christ dwelling in Christians is an extension of the truth that Jesus has come in the flesh. Therefore a spirit that denied I could do what Jesus did was a spirit that denied Jesus had come in the flesh. It was anti-Christ!
I didn’t say a word out loud, but my heart shouted. “Shut up, you lying anti-Christ spirit! You’re saying that Jesus doesn’t live in me and that I can’t do what Jesus did. But you’re a liar! This man will be healed, and Jesus will be glorified in this situation!” I was aggressive, strengthened in my innermost being by the power of the Holy Spirit, bursting with strength. I refused to be disappointed. I stood on truth, my heart screaming “Shut up!” to the devil.
Four days later I got a phone call from him. The pain was the same when we said goodbye to him. But by the end of the day it was gone. Years of chronic, excruciating pain. Not a moment without pain-gone! Within four days, all of the sores on his body had cleared up.
http://gotoheavennow.com/jesus-came-in-the-flesh-i-can-do-what-he-did-because-he-lives-in-me/

What I like about Jonathan’s experience is that it was a natural response to speak from his spirit, expecting he’d be heard. This is a key factor for people who experience things like a heavy weight settling on their chest while sleeping and feeling like they can’t breathe or find the air to command the spirit to leave out loud. You don’t need to be able to speak aloud. This is evidenced by several testimonies where the weight began to leave as they spoke from within themselves and could only speak aloud after the weight began to shift off them.

This last excerpt is by my friend Faith of Faith Living Now. I love her story for the way she shares how she began hearing  God’s voice and how she could know it was indeed His, not another’s.

I told my voice about this problem and He said, “Test Me.”  So I tried, but without conclusion because no matter what question I devised, I knew that evil had the correct answers, too.  How would I know who was speaking to me?  Unresolved I said to my voice, “If you are God, then You know what I need to believe. Help me.”
This time the comment wasn’t words.  It was an impression.  It reminded me of two friends having many heart to heart talks over the course of years.  They begin to know and trust each other so deeply that there is nothing that can’t be said…                                                              http://faithlivingnow.com/how-i-began-hearing-gods-voice/

Communicating spirit to spirit is normal for all of us because we are all spirits created in the likeness of God. This isn’t something uncommon or only for super spiritual people. Hearing voices doesn’t determine someone is mentally ill, and it doesn’t determine you’ve dabbled in something you shouldn’t have, although it’s possible to do since not every spirit is truthful or rightly motivated in communicating with us.
I hope you have enjoyed this series and have been able to identify various ways you may have communicated spirit to spirit. It is also my hope that if you haven’t been aware there is a Father that longs for union with you, which is far above any sort of psychic powers or spiritualism, that you will reach out to Him; He already  knows you intimately and has been calling your name.

The Glory Doorway

I reached to access a storage container and stopped still, staring. Brilliant sparkles winked and twinked in the air before me. There was nothing special about this corner of the room, or the room itself. I hadn’t stood up too fast, I hadn’t bent over; I wasn’t “seeing stars” but I was seeing … Starry lights. Then they disappeared as quickly as they had appeared.
I was left in wonder…

They next time they appeared, I was telling my son something about Jesus. I was multitasking and in next room as we dialogued, but as I walked into the same room as he, I stopped abruptly. Dancing before my eyes, and in a cloud like cluster about a 1×2 feet in depth and breadth were these effervescent diamonds. Slowly turning my gaze, I sized up the cloud.

I asked if my son saw them. “No.”  

But I saw them, as clearly as I was seeing anything else in the room. 

Filled with wonder…Awestruck wonder. 

This must be glory

Now, hope rose in place of surprise. 

This. Was. Real.

Scientific training has had its use; considering correlations, one was definitive. I had been shifting my focus considerably- it was all on HIM: Jesus, Dad, and the Holy Ghost. Something was changing. Joy was becoming a constant companion. Praise and worship came in bursts and raptures. It felt like a endorphin high only better and longer lasting. And then…the glory began to appear. It. Was. Beautiful! 

This encouraged me to engage with Him even more. I was dazzled. This was how things were meant to be! Heaven in Earth; as above, so below. 
I often listen to messages as I fall asleep at night. I like the first and last of my day specifically centered on the Giver and the good news of the kingdom. Following the treasure clues, I often stumble upon Gold. Around that time I discovered a Joshua Mills podcast- it was truly the title that caught my eye. 

      JESUS IS THE GLORY DOORWAY.

I listened attentively, absorbing the beauty of Jesus. Then my prophetess friend asked the next day if I knew anything about Jesus & a glory door, because Holy Spirit mentioned it- I shared the link and happily went on to part 2.

However, this particular night, the glory doorway appeared differently in my dreams. 
Glory spilled out, it’s golden luminescence beautiful, but inaccessible except for the sliver of beauty I could see from the crack beneath the door. The door was shut tight, leaving me in outer darkness. I could only stare at the door with a sense of loss.

Consciousness began its work, and with it came a sense as though joy had dropped through the bottom of a trap door. It felt sucked away and in its place was an adipose, nauseous sensation. 
Feeling drugged, I realized I’d been “slimed” by an enemy. It was the best my mind could offer at the moment. For several days afterward I felt that spiritual residue I had encountered in spirit via night vision, affecting me inwardly and outwardly. I couldn’t seem to shake the sense of gross residue.
 My thoughts often returned to that crack beneath the door where glory awaited me on the other side. Worse, a void replaced the joy and passion building in momentum beforehand. Everything I had been experiencing now seemed inaccessible and far removed. I didn’t know how to get back to where I’d been. It all felt so real, so affective, and so continuous.

Days passed and with them the slimed sense. Still, I felt rather defeated somehow, and I didn’t understand how this had occurred. I wanted the glory back! The union I’d been experiencing with God was the best sense of life I’d had yet, I knew it was supposed to be my everyday normal, and somehow…I’d lost it. 
Soon, as the Lord taught me, I came to realize that I’d fallen for an old trick. Perception is a powerful sensory experience! The defeated enemy has limited strategies to work with but they’re not going to just go quietly into the night without a final last attempt to influence our beliefs. They know how reliant we can become on our senses and feelings, and they will manipulate our perception if they can. They will try what they can to distract us from engaging with God to the fullness- good thing they’re no match for us and the Giver of good gifts.

It was partly through this experience I began to learn to walk more by faith than my senses, or lack of. Because my senses felt locked out of the glory, and the gross residue felt so tangible, I behaved as though it was true. My feelings led the way. In reality it was nothing more than illusion. A magic man’s trick. We don’t have to be poisoned by a negative experience. 

As I learned about truth trumping feelings, and sense, I began to stand in the knowledge of Him. Jesus Is the Glory Doorway. Jesus is the Door (John 10:7) What He opens cannot be shut and what He shuts cannot be opened (Revelations 3:7) especially by a defeated enemy. The door stands open for all who are willing to enter. (Revelations 4:1)
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38,39)

I paid less attention to how things felt or seemed, and studied about our union with Christ, our oneness. I chose truth; truth trumps feelings, senses, and experiences.

In that manner I learned strategy: to know the enemy was still beneath my feet, even if he managed to lob a smoke bomb,  and my emotions are subject to the spirit of Truth. The schemes of the enemy backfired. 

As this became my greater reality, I briefly caught a sparkle again, and realized they have been there all along. It was only my awareness that changed. Now, I often see them, without thinking about it. They are part of us.

“I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one…”             (John 17:22)

Being one spirit means we won’t be separated. We have an all access pass- His name is Jesus. When we know the truth, we know we are free. Free to live in the Glory and majesty of God all all times.

Experiencing Oneness-the Unexpected Element

Experiencing Oneness: the Unexpected Element

quite what I expected to hear say….. “Are you willing to be inconvenienced? “I barely thought for a moment before emphatically exclaiming, “Yes anything, I just want to know what it is to experience this oneness with you!”
That theme had been running through my soul for a couple months..? Oneness with God…to be one with Him… What exactly did it mean? I knew He lived in me, and was all around… So what was this echo in my soul I kept hearing? Oneness with God…there seemed to be an invitation in the words.

On the drive in to the city I was lost in His presence, Experiencing His tangible Love. There was an intensity to it I’d not known before..my whole being knew then what the psalmist, prophet, king, David had experienced when he penned: My heart & flesh cry out, for you the living God; your spirit is water for my soul, so my whole being longs for you.

Now standing at the jewelry counter just days before Christmas, my mind was transfixed, not on the gold and sparkling gems, but on what had transpired during that last 3/4 hour of the drive. I’d asked Him, what does it Really mean to be One with you? How do I experience it fully?  He replied,” Are you willing to be inconvenienced? In awe of everything I’d experienced thus far with God, caution was flung aside, in my resounding “Yes!”

“Then be ready,” I heard within. I left the store with my distraction, smiling as the fragrance of His presence flowed with me as I went, wafting as strong as any young girl’s zealous application of her favorite perfume…it seemed as though a vial of it were being poured out from the heavens, and I breathed it in as I went.
After that time, I found that in the midst of my busy life, Suddenlys occurred…Suddenly when I was doing one thing… I would be drawn into another. Suddenly & often. And I began to set aside what I was doing, to take the five minutes to reply to a text now instead of later & by the spirit of God in me, suddenly hearing the thoughts & feeling the emotions of another that I might reach out to them.

And ten or fifteen more minutes in the grocery store when the woman who I passed in the aisle & said hi to, stopped her cart & within moments shared her grieving heart. It was who told her sister not to go to the doctor, “it was nothing,” but now she was gone, a few months had taken her…so with my heart feeling the pain of hers, I prayed with her to know the God of all Comfort’s ease in her own heart.

An hour on the phone answering questions when I should have been doing my course work, more talking rather than sleeping when fear & anxiety knocked on someones door just as they were trying to get some rest–on and on they’ve come… these “inconveniences”.

I didnt always yeild myself so willingly….I debated & ignored on occasion. Once out walking on the golf course, I noticed a man who seemed to have a brace on his knee. I was contemplating praying for him for healing as I spied him out, when I heard the Lord whisper- ‘Go over there, ‘I peered safely from a distance a moment longer & then asked increduously, “Is that a Prostheses!?,” and froze. Again I heard Him softly whisper; this time saying; ‘Go home daughter”, and heart heavy, I did, again regretting my selfish choice….

Another time , I’d awkwardly left the middle of worship practice when a lady came in at nine-thirty am before the service saying; “Can you take me to emergency? I don’t feel well at all,” and then having sat beside the gurney praying, thinking to God, “THIS is Real Christianity isnt it?”

Remembering this occasion amidst others caused me to begin to understand; All those incidences were part of experiencing Oneness with God. They were the reason for His question “Are you to be inconvenienced?” Through every incident His Will & Compassion were molding mine to His. When I objected, I had an acute awareness of being out of synch with His desires; when I reached out, life & love flowed to the hurting, Two hearts beat as one, His will became my will, His compassion- my compassion, His being-my being, His thoughts-my thoughts and even unto My voice being as His voice, My hands-His hands in Healing,  a Beautiful Partnering & Exchange as I began to know in a fuller sense what it is to be One with God.

1Corinthians 6: 17 But he who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit (with Him) . As I yielded my will to His, amazing things began to happen… People we’re becoming whole, suddenly! I was recieving feedback. A young woman who complained of feminine issues reported back the next day the issue stopped! I had simply said; Oh thats just not right! pointed at her feminine parts and said; Just stop it right now!” … and, it did. Our lizards lumps “that lizzards don’t get” dried up & left in the order they came as my son & I persisted insisting that they “Go!” They come more frequently now, reports of the Lord’s goodness, as I experience what it is to be one spirit with Him.

Most often these encounters no longer feel like an inconvenience; my heart leaps at the chance to share the goodness of a God who desires to intimately be One with people, giving His strength to our weakness & wholeness & beauty where pain has ravaged the landscapes of our being, spirit, soul and body. It turns out the inconvenience is really an honor.

Then the King will say to them,  “In solemn truth I tell you that in so far as you rendered such services( visiting, feeding, sheltering, clothing, healing etc) to one of the humblest of these my brethren, you rendered them to myself.” Likewise, “in solemn truth in so far as you withheld such services from one of the humblest of these, you withheld them from me.” Matt. 25:40+

How closely He identifies Himself with us, and how closely we can identify with Him, if we are willing to be inconvenienced…..if we are willing to experience our being One….

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