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Figure Me Out
(#151 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Though I Am to become predictable to you, it is only possible by My Spirit. Are all of your efforts and the cultivation of your faith focused on figuring Me out? Are you attempting to move My strong arm where you think it should be? When I tell you to seek Me, do you think it is so you can know My every move? Yes, My loved one, I do want you to operate according to My will. Be careful though; you must remember that My will overrides your wishes (hopes often steeped in “self” desire). My will has the last say. Do I have your permission to lead you right to the edge of My will, only to change course in the final hour? If the thought of this concerns you, then I need to remind you that My ways are higher than yours. They are better than and more perfect than yours (Isaiah 55:9).
May I give you an example? Oftentimes, you seek for only what My will is for your life. Perhaps you might even seek for the lives of those close to you. I am much bigger than that! I have a world vision in mind at all times, and it is very rare when one of My children seek according to My purposes alone, not mixed with their personal desires. A global plan for My body is paramount, but be of good cheer, I Am also concerned for the details of your life. I have your every desire in mind, even as I plan globally. I know all your needs ahead of time; every thought and every tear is collected (Psalm 56:8).
I have a word for all of you who are heartbroken, those who were so sure they had Me pinned down, those who had Me “figured out.” Yes, I never stopped being near to you. In time, you will see the bigger vision. You are not supposed to figure Me out; you are, instead, commanded to follow Me. Knowing My will means staying close to Me, as I do My work in and through you. Your obedience, your healthy fear, and love, all of these will open every necessary door, as I permit. Look at My ever globally focused Son. He was always attentive to Me, always doing as I say. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is the way to Me, the truth about Me, and the life found in Me. Do as He did; be as He was. Leave the rest to Me. I do love you so very deeply. You will love My plan when I Am done; I promise. His shed blood guarantees it.
Break it Down
(#143 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Note from the editors: take a breath; clear your mind; and enjoy the ride!
Blessed [favored] are those [the ones who follow the pattern] whose strength [power, provision, purpose] is in You [Abba], who have [without guessing, moving forward] set [like in concrete, steadfast] their hearts [minds] on a pilgrimage [advancing, moving, no rust, no moths]. As they pass [yes, they leave and move on] the Valley [low places] of Baca [weeping], they [the ones operating in Abba’s power] make it [create a new thing] a place of springs [life, abundance, real reality]; the autumn [falling] rains [Spirit outpouring] also [as well as, doubly] cover [sustain] it [the mind in the valley] with pools [abundant blessing, overflow]. They [the blessed ones] go [keep moving] from strength [trust in Yahweh] to strength [more trust in Yahweh, closer to perfection] till each appears [kneels] before the Mighty One [Yahweh] in Zion [un-obstruction, perfection, a pure mind].
Here is a powerful paraphrase for your edification:
Favored are the ones who follow the pattern, whose provision and purpose are in the Father, who move forward without guessing and with steadfast minds advance. They leave the lower place of weeping by operating in Abba’s power and create something new, a place of abundance; the Holy Spirit pouring out in double portion is what sustains their new thinking with abundant overflow and blessings. These blessed children of Yahweh continue to move from trusting in Yahweh to even more trust in Yahweh as they approach perfection, until each kneels before the Mighty One with a perfect, un-obstructed, pure mind.
When We Lift Our Hands
(#134 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
When we lift our hands to You Abba, what do we really intend? Are we worshipping? Do we really mean it? Is it possible to be filled with fears and doubt, and yet worship? Do You receive the worship of doubting people? How can we say we worship and adore You, but not trust You?
So very few of Your children live a life filled with power and grace. Is this why they hold up hands to You? Are they trying to pull something down from You, something deeply lacking in themselves? I ask again Abba; how can we worship You, but not truly trust You? Find me the man who says he does. Yes, Your Son is our comparison. How many raise their hands begging for mercy? This seems an appropriate reason to hold up holy hands. Is that worship Father? It seems like desperation. Is desperation power Father? Do we really believe Yahshua died for us? At times, it ironically seems more tangible to believe it was for Abraham, Moses or even Paul. Is it really for us?
Where are the ones who are anointed by Your touch Father, the ones who have lost their lives and found You? There are so few. Why Abba? Why? Your promises are for all of us who say we believe, correct? Forgive us for the mixed message we send, as we raise hands with doubt in our hearts. Help us believe, to believe in Your promises through Your Son and Your Ruach (Spirit). Grant us the faith of a mustard seed Abba (Matthew 13:31-32, 17:20). Birth belief in us Father, true belief. Make it real to us so we can move mountains (Mark 11:23). Prepare our hearts (minds) to suffer well for it. Help us to die to “self” so that we might offer genuine worship, for worship’s sake, and also for those who wonder about the faith of all who claim to believe what they so passionately preach, and seemingly, so strongly affirm.
(#125 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
But You took me from my mother’s womb; You made me trust in You, even from my mother’s breast! (Psalm 22:9)
So many words, so much idle chatter, and so much babbling. Babble on? Babylon! Sit still My child. Rest your soul. Rest your tongue and listen! You need to receive this. This needs to break into the matrix of your mind. A paradigm shift is what I offer. I Am Spirit and you must choose who to serve (Joshua 24:15). Will you serve your flesh or the Spirit?
What speaks to you most about Psalm 22:9? Does it matter? Does it speak to you at all? May I now tell you what I Am saying here? Yes, David wrote it, but I told him to. “You brought me out of the womb.” Yes, you are here by My choice. Long before you were birthed from the womb, I birthed the thought of you; I set all of your days in order. I Am the beginning and the end of all things. This includes your beginning and end. “You made me trust in You.” And herein, you have My greatest gift to you.
This is My plan: I CREATED YOU and MADE YOU TRUST ME! It then begs the question; why do you continue to fight Me? Love is what established this irreversible pattern, a pattern emphasized in Ezekiel 11:20. “Then they will follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws. They will be My people, and I will be their Mighty One.” Just the first four words are needed for this lesson; “Then they will follow.” Does it say, “Then they might follow?” or “Then they could follow?” or “Then they should follow?” No, it says, “Will follow!” Do not turn My gift of life into your vain quest for personal independence. You are My earthen vessel. I will finish the work I intend for you. It is My life inside of you.
This is the promise I have made to you. The Refiner’s fire always begins in My house. (1 Peter 4:17) When I bring this fire into My house, My Temple, your body (1 Corinthians 6:19), you will be very pleased then, for Me to take over all aspects of your life. When this fire comes upon you, I Am quite sure you may even rejoice for Me to take over. Be of good cheer though My child, you were never in control anyway.
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of the Mighty One; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the good news of the Almighty? (1 Peter 4:17) Or do you not know that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from the Mighty One, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
Again, the question is, why do you fight Me in this? Do you really believe that if I had left any of it to you that you would ever be able to be joined to Me as One? It’s time for the arrogance, the foolishness, and the lust for death to end. You will trust in Me sons and daughters. You will.
Enticement to Slavery
(#119 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Where in My word have I given you dominion over another? From where do you fabricate these ideologies that imprison all mankind? Of course you are void of answers, as there is no spiritually intelligent answer for these questions. Any answer, well thought out, should leave one ashamed for falling into such a matrix of human error.
Have I asked you to be kings in the way you interpret kingship? It is you who asked for kings (carnally dominant mindsets) to rule over you (1 Samuel 8:5). I honored your request so you would experience the absolute foolishness of your desires. Yet you failed to see it! To this day you continue to feed the very system you asked for, when all this system does is keep you in slavery (Read all of 1 Samuel 8). It is simply fear that drives your man-made device, and yet you embrace it as if this system protects you. I will certainly show you the end result of your desire to be ruled over. My word discusses it. It is called the eighth beast empire (Revelation 17:8-11). It is the worst man has ever seen. It will come to swallow up even those who believe such rulership and government is of Me. It will destroy all those who follow after it, including many of My own children who failed to heed My revelation long ago that it would happen.
In your crafty design of governing authorities, you have managed to produce paupers and dictators. Both feed off each other in fear and have come to be comfortable in this way of life. You have convinced yourself that it is My will for you. Oh My dear little ones, how could I ask you to submit to something that bears no resemblance of My rulership? Although I use wicked men for My purposes, I never asked you to honor them! I command that you give honor where honor is due, not where it isn’t! (Romans 13:7)
I wish to reveal a secret for you. This matrix in your mind is easily corrected if you would just look at My family for a moment. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit have only one way of interacting. We only seek the best for and of each other. There is no other way with Us. There is only perfection and the beautiful blend of all that emanates from perfection. Why would I change perfect government? Perfect government satisfies each soul completely. It does not rule by majority, has no opposing parties, and nothing but complete individual freedom, all while giving every other “family” member the same freedom. Oh My children, I will bring you back to perfect government. I only wish you would have realized yourselves what I offered all along. Now, free your mind. The matrix is easily solved if you just remove the fear. Ask Us to help. We are always willing. And might We remind you that Our government (the perfect conscience; the mind of Yahweh) is the same yesterday, today and forever? (Hebrews 13:8)
“Be careful, or your hearts [minds] will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36)
Bound and Released
(#108 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
For Yahweh has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on many. (Romans 11:32)
Yes My child, this is how I left you, shackled and bound. I cannot release you until you fully understand where you are. Only a prisoner truly rejoices in freedom. Only a prisoner understands his limitations. Confess to Me. Tell me you understand that you start in prison and move on from there. Tell Me that you perceive your complete inability to break the chains on your own, at all! And may I remind you that these chains are of your own doing, the works of your own hands (mental grasping) and heart (center of intellect).
In order for Me to truly set you free, you must see your prison. You must understand prison was a choice you made and would continually make, apart from My mercy. Your heart will only ever confine you.
Rejoice, for My mercy has overcome your judgment of death. My mercy removes the shackles. My mercy puts a new song in your heart. From the pit (self-reliant thoughts) to the palace (unity of heavenly thoughts), I will bring you. I will then release you to do My will on the earth. You will operate in obedience and you will come to love My plan for you.
Yes, this is another pattern, an unshakeable pattern. You confess your lack; I bring My power and provision. You will never be able to conquer on your own. On your own, your choice is to gratify “self.” Yes, just like Adam, you will always disobey. Yes, on your own you only gratify yourself. Tell Me you see the bars that surround you. Tell Me you can hear the shackles that bind you. Only then can we begin the work. I have an eager expectation for you. Now let’s go!
What Do You Do?
(#104 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Reality, true reality, exists only where there is no human intervention. It exists between you and your Maker in the crucible of the refiner’s fire (judgment for every thought you think). Everything in you is exposed and laid bare. He enters by force, illuminating every crevice of your heart (mind). Every action, every word, every deed, and all your “secret motivations” are uncovered. There will be no waiting. You stand face-to-face with Him now!
Your emotions: naked, ashamed, remorseful, alone and bare. You wonder what’s left. You know, deep down, there’s no going back. When He exposes you, He lets others know. Directly or indirectly, others know. There is no more hiding the real you. At this point, it matters not if others know. You see it! Whatever was removed was not of Him; and so much has been removed, so little seems left. In truth, what is left is pure and holy; what is left is the “real you.”
You can’t run from it! Stripped bare, only what is of Him remains. You spent all those years running and hiding, and in an instant the lies are revealed. The weakness, the rebellion, the insecurity, and the fear, are all on display. Everyone can see what you believed in the past, because who you had become was the result. Now, look what’s left; there’s not much. What has been removed is now on display for all to see by virtue of what remains in the new creature left behind.
It is because of “Messiah in you” that you have hope (Colossians 1:27). You need it; it’s all you have. You hold onto promises not yet fulfilled. It is painful; it is a brutal realization of just how much He had to remove. “Just stop existing,” is the new emotion you so often feel about your own life.
You wonder if your suffering makes others happy. A voice speaks. “I will restore. I will repair. This was for good. Don’t give up. Dream again.” You cry. That’s what you do. You cry and hope, and hold on.
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve Yahweh acceptably with reverence and with fear and awe of the Almighty. For our Mighty One is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:25-29)
Of Paramount Importance
(#102 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. (John 12:24)
“It’s not my life!” Have this mind in you My child. It is the starting place for all things: all hopes, dreams, ambitions, goals, and mindsets. If the foundation is not properly laid, all things will go askew.
Take a moment and ponder this concept, as it is the only way to true life. Are you hoping for things without My approval? Are you dreaming of things I have not asked of you? Are your ambitions undermining My will? If you have goals, where did you get them? Whose mind is guiding all of this?
Listen to Me! This one will be very, very difficult for you, but it must be done. How do I know it will be difficult? I made it that way. This is the narrow path, the path of true life. This must be a decision you make. Make it now, or you will only realize later how much pain your delay has caused. Decide whose life it is, yours or Mine. If you answered correctly, then you know what must be done.
Once you acknowledge that your life is Mine, My child, be ready to let go quickly. Ask Me about your goals and see if I approve. If not, let go. All of your hopes must be placed at My feet. Purpose to let go of all you have hoped for. Ask Me to return what was always of Me and to release all that was not.
Yes, this is a death. I acknowledge that this is a fearful place for you. It is the place wherein you fully decide who I Am to you. Am I the I Am? Are My promises real? Will I give you true life? All of these are answered inside of your decision to let go. You must let go. I sent My son and My Spirit to help, but you must make the first move. Confess to Me that I have permission to do whatever I will with your life.
I love you. I created you for this moment. Give in to Me. I don’t lie. I don’t hurt. Give in and I will show you true life. No more guessing about who I am. Give in.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. (Ephesians 1:11)
One Thing I Do
(#097 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it [the mind of Messiah]. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which the Mighty One has called me heavenward in Yahshua the Messiah. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Yes, Paul understood, and his journey to Damascus was his place of revelation (Acts 9). It is the same “light from heaven” that is available to knock you off your “donkey” (stubborn religious pride). All of your energies should strain towards this one goal. This one goal, if achieved, fulfills all other goals. This is Matthew 6:33 (Seek first…) obeyed in all of its fullness. This is the race towards perfection: perfect oneness, perfect speech, perfect unity, and perfect peace. It is a violent “rooting out” of all that does not conform to this one goal. The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12) The process is a precision analysis and dissection of all that is not of Yahweh, which then moves us toward maturity (the unoffendable mind).
Yes, Paul understood this revealed gift, this unchanging pattern. This is the superior pattern that girds up all other patterns. It is the quest for Messiah-likeness, or in other words, the mind of Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:16). For righteousness is nothing other than right thinking. It is a call that requires all your attention; your face set like a flint (Isaiah 50:7-9). This should be your one overarching purpose for living after you have come to “know Him” (Philippians 3:8, 10).
The goal is to gain understanding, but not just any understanding. The goal is understanding with wisdom; wisdom to navigate on the way to the finish line; wisdom to know that if anything gets in the way, it is not your problem. You just simply hand it over to Yahweh! Understanding and wisdom together, intimate knowledge which comes with a guide. Oh, that it would manifest in even greater measure. Keep your mind stayed on Yahshua, set like a flint. You are almost there; the finish line is in sight. Victory!
Cut to the Chase – Like a Flint
(#095 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)www.sufferwell.org
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not turn aside to the right or the left; keep your feet from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27)
A flint is a hard gray mineral quartz that produces a spark when struck by steel. When you set your face like a flint, you should expect “sparks to fly!” Sparks produce heat; without the heat, the flint is not displaying the depth of its full potential.
There is no turning back Father. Although both the road and the gate that lead to Your presence are narrow, and move in one direction, my face (conscious countenance) prays this: “I will not turn back! I will not stop seeking the One way, nor slow down on the road to it! Victory is my finish line and I will run this race for the ultimate prize. I will be conformed to Your likeness! It is right and it is true; my face is set like a flint, and the sparks and the heat are signs that I am close. Set me ablaze Abba!”
For the Master Yahweh will help me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50:7)