Living by Grace through Faith.

September 17, 2016
by Kim Sue

Shift into a Different Kingdom Reality

Thursday night I had a dream that really touched me.  I don’t remember the detail except that initially I it was heavy and dark.  I was observing a curse happening.  It was something to the affect that every Friday people would have to do everything twice and no matter what they did this force would

  • stop their progress and
  • drag them into this cycle of unnecessary, fruitless repetition.

Maybe you have felt that in your own life.  You have an experience of renewed joy and hope but then somehow get sucked into depressing thought that things will never change.

During this part of the dream I also felt fear and demonic oppression.  You know that sense that some huge oppressive force is going to squash you and you want to go under your covers.  I knew this should not be happening.  Jesus broke EVERY curse.  It made me angry, frustrated, and confused that I would feel afraid when I know the enemy has no authority.  At this point, I awoke and began to feel physical symptoms like I was getting sick with a cold.  I could feel a scratchy throat and my ears were hurting.

Again, I felt frustrated and like it was out of my control, but next I sensed the Lord invite me to shift into a different reality.

He reminded me I was of a different Kingdom.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. Col 1:13 NASB

This verse just popped into my mind and I just rested there.  I kept thinking, “Hey, I am in the Kingdom of Light.  He took me out of the kingdom of darkness.  It was really simple and light.  I just kept thinking, “it’s really wonderful that I am in the kingdom of light”.

As I thought about Him having brought me into His kingdom, I saw a bicyclist and I heard “Shift into a new gear”.    He reminded me to simply shift my heart belief and be happy about His kingdom.    He told me I could bring His kingdom into my situation.  The fear left and do did the physical symptoms but there wasn’t any struggle.  I was just thinking how good it is to be in the Kingdom of Light.

Isn’t that like our Father, our Shepherd?  He did the heavy lifting to remove curses to secure an abundant life.  I can say I woke up feeling great and had a very joyful and productive Friday.

His burden is light and His yoke is easy.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus and the things of earth will grown faintly dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  Yet it’s more than that.  While we are looking at Jesus, I believe circumstances will shift in response to what is happening in our heart.  Our “job” is only to simply gaze upon Him – kind of like with googly eyes and let His love glance back take care of and activate the rest.

Activate the rest

Now there’s a paradox worth pondering !  May His rest be activated in our hearts.  Let’s enjoy the simplicity of our ordinary lives lived in His extraordinary kingdom.

February 8, 2016
by Kim Sue

Worship -Walk in Through the Torn Veil

photo credit: Leader lock via photopin (license)

photo credit: Leader lock via photopin (license)

One simple paradigm has transformed my worship experience more than any other teaching or revelation times ten.

Apart from that first experience of finally knowing God’s love for me, the understanding of what He has done for me has turned my experience of Him in worship upside down, in a good way.

It used to be that I approached Him through me. I would consider how my week has gone, how good of a Christian I have been, what evidence of good fruit I see in my life. This leads to an up and down experience based on my pattern of success or failure. Maybe on the way to church I was angry with someone, maybe I was carrying concern for a situation, or maybe I felt the condemnation of a poor decision that week. At other times it may have been a typical week but I still carried that sense that I am not doing as much as I should for Him. Worship songs can help to lift us from our own introspection to see God’s view more clearly.   Yet, it seemed some Sundays that might take 5 songs! Partly, because I felt that the more I worshiped the more I was drawing near.

The point I missed is that He is always near.

We do not have to climb back up some worship mountain to find Him. When we begin to receive His goodness and His promises by faith, we enter into His glory. The Biblical word for glory refers to the view and opinion of God. In His opinion, He is the vine and we are the branches. In His opinion there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, in His opinion nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

However, we don’t naturally think these thoughts.

To be saved we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth -and this is how we continue to live in Him. I find that singing lyrics of faith will do so much good for your heart. You simply have to ask the Holy Spirit to make you cognizant of what is truly God’s view and opinion.

Here is where I have to admit that at times I make up my own lyrics. It may seem insignificant, but you wouldn’t believe how it will affect your heart to sing “thank you” instead of “I need” or to acknowledge you are loved and cherished child of God versus I am such an undeserving servant. We come to Him with nothing this is true, but after that we can never deny that He has given us everything.

If I am worshiping Jesus- I am celebrating what He has done, I am acknowledging who I am in Him. He has not covered my sins – He has born them and separated them from me as far as the east is from the west. I am not begging Him to hear my humble plea, I am thanking Him deeply for hearing my cry and giving me all that I need for life and godliness.

If you sing out of His view and opinion it may sound arrogant. We are so used to the unworthy poor sinner mantle we can be afraid to discard it. However, does it honor the sacrifice of Jesus to call unclean what He has made clean?

I challenge you to give this a try:

Lean in and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and dare to come boldly into His presence in your time of need. Imagine you are the favorite child singing for a daddy who is pleased with you simply because He is. He doesn’t need or require your worship. Of course He enjoys and loves the voice of His children but what happens in your heart when you sing of His love for you and opinion of you will amaze you.

When Jesus was crucified the veil in the temple was torn. There is no more separation. What was lost is now found when we enter back into the relationship he planned from the beginning. We now experience Immanuel, God with Us. He came into our world to be with us and He followed the father’s plan to completion that we would never be separated again.

There are other voices in this world, but you will see clearly when you lift your voice to join in with His. He declared it is finished. His death, burial, and resurrection declare you are loved.

My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalm 45:1 NASB