Thursday, May 24, 2012

You are Light in the Lord

Thursday Night Live
May 31, 6:30-9:30 pm
Community, Connection,

This month our jumping off point will be LIGHT. "now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light." (Eph. 5:8). We will discover together what this verse means to our Identity, not by way of performance or requirement, but realization of our proper place as members of Christ's body.

All are welcome. Please call 770.690.0433 or email to let is know if you plan to attend. Come enjoy this opportunity to be yourself. Requested donation: $10

"The Light of the Gospel is intense, it has no respect for darkness.....As such, it can be either astoundingly beautiful or extremely and personally offensive. If we have built and clothed ourselves with any sort of glory (reputation) on the branches of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, the Gospel will confront that reputation with the full weight of Truth in revealing it's hypocrisy and ...falseness, and it will strip the leaves off, leaving one naked without that 'reputation'....
The awesome beauty of the Gospel is that it does not leave one standing naked without covering, because that same Light that reveals the false reputation, also covers us with the true reputation of Man.........
How does Light both reveal and cover ?
Light reveals or uncovers lies, however, it also enables discovery of who we really are by revealing our true selves hidden deep inside us, where we see that His reputation (glory, opinion) is also ours, and the knowledge of this glory comes without effort, because this same Light that reveals the false coverings, also reveals the True kernel within....and the knowledge of this True kernel, this 'being' which we are, is what allows us to stand naked and unashamed, clothed only in the Light that bathes us with the glorious Truth of His good estimate and opinion of who we Him..." 
Colin Lagerwall

You are light in the Lord
Walk as children of light. (Eph 5:8)

Do you see what it is like to be a spiritual body? 
You are light. 
You have been afraid 
(of sickness, of suffering, of death, of weakness, of failure) 
because you were identifying yourself with the physical body. 
You feel dejected because you lost something 
that you thought was your only source of life, 
but that is to see yourself only as a physical being. 

When you see yourself transfigured in Me, 
you can see that in fact you are a being of light. 
The body is just dust. 
All Flesh is grass, and it will die and pass away. 
It is beautifully shaped dust, exquisitely formed and held together
by My skill and power,
but It will age and be subject to sickness 
your whole life on earth. 

But when you see yourself as light, 
when your eye (perspective) is light, 
your whole body will be filled with light 
and you will see yourself as I see you, 
filled with the energy of My spirit, 
fully alive forever with no death in sight. 

You are a source of energy and love and power, 
because you are in me now. I am light. 
Walk in the light and the darkness cannot define you. 
Do not let the darkness, or the pain and suffering of the body, 
define you, 
instead step outside of that with Me and see yourself as Light. 

In my light you see light, and you can see that you yourself are light, 
because you are identified with me. 
You shine like a star in this world of darkness.
Luke 11: 33 “ No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34  The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”

You become what you behold.
Look on Jesus, on the glorious identity you have in Him, and your whole body is filled with light, is filled with that glory (2 Cor 3:18), just as Adam and Eve were when they still knew who they were in the garden: so free and focused in their spiritual connection to Father that they had no problem being nude; they were clothed in the glory of His love for them, too busy displaying that glory in their translucent selves to try to cover up with fig leaves. Look to Jesus as the visible sign of your new identity, with a healthy eye of desire, and you will discover that you are light in Him, just as Jesus was revealed to be when he was transfigured on the mountain before the disciples.

"It would appear that before sin and death entered, the couple lived in an acute awareness of the spirit dimension--so much so that they were hardly aware of their bodies except as the vehicles of their spirits. It would seem that the glory of the life of God shone through their bodies, clothing them in glorious light, much as it did Jesus in His transfiguration" (Malcolm Smith The Power of the Blood Covenant 34).

Look on sin, as if Christ did not remove it, which is a deception, and you remain full of darkness, in your own perception of yourself. You remain mired in lies and destructive thoughts, covered in the shame that you feel for yourself (shame that God has removed) and covering up everything you think you are because you believe that no one could love you.

Someone could, and does love you more than you know.

The spirit is capable of bathing all of you in the light of God’s love,
filling your whole body with light.
Now, as then, he says to us, you are light in Me, walk as a child of light.
He has placed us on the lampstand, to display His glory
so that those who  enter in may see by the light of His face.

The light of Christ shines in your eyes when you look to Him to know your true glory, doxa, His opinion of you. and the light illumines your whole body, and shines for those around to see the manifestation of God’s life in you.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Learning to Breathe in the Light

Lord, the longer I look into the lens of my heart, in response to the pain of my existence, the more I see Your love. I don’t understand how this works, but I see it clearly. Suffering brings knowledge of belovedness, it just is that way. Oh that I could enjoy a pain free life, but that is not to be. In the midst of the pain I find You in the midst of me, and that is a good thing.

what is there to do but breathe in the breath of God
and breath out the pain and the anger and the hate
that this world stirs up in the dusty room of my soul
and then to breathe in again, all the love and life that You are pouring into me.

Every move I make I make in you
You make me move Jesus
Every breath I take I breathe in You

Waves of mercy, waves of Grace, everywhere I look I see Your Face
Your Love has captured me, Oh my God this love how can it be?

somedays it seems that almost every breath is an agony, literally
Agon – battle, struggle, trial, duress, travail.

Over the past week, not every breath has been agony, but any one that I paid attention to was more struggle than I wanted to endure at the moment. If I let go, breathed deeply from my diaphragm, and trusted that I would be able to breathe again without coughing violently, I experienced a kind of peace, a release of the muscles that had spasmed, and a lightening of that hot nerve pain in my lungs and chest.

Charles, feel the light in it’s vibration through you.
I am the light.
You are now a member of the Light.
You are Light in Me.

Light [is] sown for the righteous, And for the upright of heart -- joy. Psalm 97:11

Feel the joy of My presence resonate through your whole being Charles
Rejoice and give thanks in Me, for all things are brought to completion
in the radiance of my Love.
And so you are brought to fullness in My love.
Each day, each night, each breath you breathe
you have a chance to experience the fullness of my Love more completely.
you have another moment to glory in My opinion of you.

I will that every man shall be saved
and come to the realization of the truth.
I am the truth, I am the Word of the good news of God’s love revealed from Heaven for My creation.
and I have reconciled the world to Myself through my cross.

Experience right now the joy of your salvation
and know that you are safe in Me.