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The time is come yes its already here in that the Word of the Lord the shining of His bride is coming not from the gifts but from the everyday person.  It’s not that the gifts, the pastors and leaders won’t shine, oh they will shine, but they will shine as the bride, the person not the gift.

 

The Word of the Lord and the Glory of the Bride will again come from those who are ordinary: the fisherman, the postman, the store clerk, the housekeeper, and student.  The lawyer, the school teacher, the highway patrolman. Both the overlooked and unexpected will come into the light with direction and revelation that is revolutionary and out of sight. The fresh and the revolutionary is not in a pulpit or on a tv screen. Don’t look to the “known”, the famous, and usual.  It is found in the hearts, minds, souls, hands of the ones on the streets.

 

Fishers of men, even tax collectors, ordinary folk, like Jesus’ disciples of old. You are hearing “Come, follow Me!” Arise and turn the status quo on its ear.  You carry the light and revelation of the the Lord’s year. Not a year as in a number of days, but a year as in a cycle of seasons that repeats (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). A year as in a growing process with times of rest, new life, growth, and letting go of what is no longer necessary to make room for new life after another season of rest. Not a year/cycle of fear, destruction, and woe.  A “year” or cycle of love, light, and unity to grow. For you know the Shepherd and you know His voice.

 

He leads gently and not with threats.  Calling patiently, with a whisper and still small voice. Your Shepherd enters in with the flock, and does not stand above, far away, looking on. Your Shepherd does not grandstand, self promote, or make flashy claims.

 

But what of the miracles?  What about signs, wonders and such? Remember an evil and adulterous generation seeks after signs. Signs will happen, they are a byproduct of eternal life. Natural cannot help but respond to Spiritual. Signs and Wonders will not be the hallmark, but lives changed, for ego must surrender in order to reflect the image and likeness of the eternal one. Like the loaves and the fish, miracles and signs will happen in and through the hands of the many, in the crowd, who are feeding the hungry followers of truthful words of life. No one disciple could take the credit, all they knew is that Jesus blessed it.

 

So shall be this new normal.  All any individual will be able to claim is to be a part of something impossible that became possible because Jesus blessed it.

 

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Ha llegado el momento, sí, ya está aquí en que la Palabra del Señor, el resplandor de su novia, no proviene de los dones ministeriales sino de la persona común. No es que los dones, los pastores y los líderes no brillen, oh que brillarán, sino que brillarán como la novia, la persona no el don.

 

La Palabra del Señor y la Gloria de la Novia vendrán nuevamente de aquellos que son comunes: el pescador, el cartero, el empleado de la tienda, el ama de casas y el estudiante. El abogado, el maestro de escuela, el médico y el patrullero de carreteras. Tanto los que se pasa por alto como lo inesperado saldrán a la luz con una dirección y una revelación que son revolucionarias y están fuera de la vista. Lo fresco y lo revolucionario no está en un púlpito o en una pantalla de televisión. No mires a lo "conocido", lo famoso y el fuente usual. Se encuentra en los corazones, mentes, almas y manos de los que están en las calles.

 

Pescadores de hombres, incluso recaudadores de impuestos, gente común, como los antiguos discípulos de Jesús. Estás escuchando "¡Ven, sígueme!" Levántate y gira lo que ha sido comúnmente acceptable cabeza arriba. Tú llevas la luz y la revelación del año del Señor. No un año como en varios días, sino un año como un ciclo de estaciones que se repite (invierno, primavera, verano, otoño). Un año como un proceso de crecimiento con tiempos de descanso (invierno), nueva vida (primavera), crecimiento (verano) y dejar de lado (otoño) lo que ya no es necesario para dejar espacio para una nueva vida después de otra temporada de descanso. No es un año / ciclo de miedo, destrucción y desgracia. Un “año” o ciclo de amor, luz y unidad para crecer. Porque conoces al Buen Pastor y conoces Su voz.

 

Él lidera gentilmente y no con amenazas. Llamando pacientemente, con un susurro y todavía pequeña voz. Tu Pastor entra con el rebaño y no se para arriba, muy lejos, mirando. Su Pastor no te disminuye, no se promueve a sí mismo, ni hace afirmaciones llamativas.

 

Pero ¿y los milagros? ¿Qué pasa con los signos, las maravillas y tal? Recuerda que una generación malvada y adúltera busca los signos. Las señales pasarán, son un subproducto de la vida eterna. Lo natural no puede dejar de responder a lo espiritual. Los signos y las maravillas no serán el sello distintivo, sino que las vidas cambiadas, ya que el ego debe rendirse para reflejar la imagen y la semejanza de la eternidad. Al igual que los panes y los peces del niño, sucederán milagros y señales en las manos de la multitud que alimenta a los hambrientos seguidores de verdaderas palabras de vida. Ningún discípulo podía tomar el crédito, todo lo que sabían era que Jesús lo bendijo.

 

Así será esta nueva normalidad. Todo lo que cualquier persona podrá reclamar es ser parte de algo imposible que se hizo posible porque Jesús lo bendijo.

Easter thoughts

Happy Easter Everyone!  I pray that today the reality of what Jesus did on the cross will resonate within you deeply!  My deepest desire is that we all with “unveiled face” behold his image both individually and corporately that we might be transformed through this unveiling and go from glory to glory as we walk out this path through the realities of His unending grace.  Let us not go back to superficial legalism or fall into egoistic lawlessness: for by grace are you saved through faith, and not of your personal works – what a God-sent gift!

 

Galatians 2:16-18 in the Mirror Bible states:

 

“16. As Jews we should be the first to know that no one will achieve a blameless standing before God through personal performance according the requirements of the Law.  What Jesus Christ believes concerning our innocence matters most; he is persuaded that he did enough to declare man righteous.  Our best intentions to do good cannot add any weight to our righteousness. Righteousness is not a reward for our good behavior. As Jewish believers we know this!  We have no advantage over any other person. Jew and Gentile alike were equally guilty, now we are equally justified because of Jesus and for no other reason! 17. However, if in our quest to discover righteousness by faith in what Christ did for us. We find that it is still possible to stumble; do not now label yourself a sinner yet again!  The fact that you sinned does not cancel the cross of Christ and gives you no reason to abandon justification by faith as if Christ is to be blamed for your distraction!  That would be absurd!

18. Only a con artist will try to be a law-man and a grace-man at the same time!” 

 

Here in lays the good news of the Gospel – Christ died for all: saint and sinner, Jew and Gentile (Ro. 6:10; 2 Cor. 5:15)!  I have many friends who balk at the attempts of my fellow believers who try to evangelize them (get them saved) from a stand point of: “turn or burn…join us in declaring that God is angry at you until you agree with Him and become one of us…Then you must struggle your whole life to please Him by living the way we say even though we all know that you cannot do it…” 

 

My friends, this is not the heart of God nor the reason Jesus died on the cross.  Let us turn away from the bondage of egoism and sin-consciousness and awaken to the reality of Grace and Faith: we are created in God’s image and likeness and all we are required to do is acknowledge this truth and walk the journey toward unveiling the Image of the Limitless One through transformation not conformity to some self-impose moral code (Rom. 12:1-2).

 

Let us move past the superficial, hypocritical, vicious/endless/mad cycle of sin-repent-sin-repent and open our eyes to a pathway of transforming our egoistic, self-serving, self-protecting, self-exalting and sin-conscious way of living and being into Christ’s selfless, others-preferring, self-sacrificing, humble and life-giving reflection of the true nature of the Godhead.  What Jesus offers us is so much more that a religious code and rule book to attempt to live by and measure up to.  Jesus offers us the opportunity to become WHO we truly are, on the inside, free from failure, condemnation, and guilt…and to walk that path with us toward the Light who is the Life of mankind.