“Fully inhale your dream and completely exhale manifestation of it.” T.F. Hodge

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23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Galatians 3:23-29

The Walk of the Bride in the Kingdom of God has reached a plateau. There is a transition phase on the horizon as we have moved from the inner work of prayer and purification of the 1st 5 beauty treatments to the outer workings found in the remaining 5 tenets, such as the Mind of Christ, humility, etc. It is how we will manifest what has been initiated through our obedience to Christ in us. I am excited to discover what is up ahead and I will return to these writings once I understand how these things should be conveyed.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
2 Corinthians 3:18

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society –Saint Francis of Assisi

We must bear in mind that holiness is not something that we can procure for ourselves or obtain with our quality and our skills. Holiness is gifted to us by the Lord Jesus, when He takes us up with Him and clothes us in Himself, making us like Him. In the Letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul says that “Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself up for her, to make her holy”(Eph 5.25 to 26).

There, holiness truly is the most beautiful face of the Church, the most beautiful face: it is rediscovering ourselves in communion with God, in the fullness of His life and His love. It is understandable, then, that holiness is not the prerogative of only a few: holiness is a gift that is offered to all, without exception, so that it constitutes the distinctive character of every Christian.

Pope Francis on the “Universal Call to Holiness” Vatican Radio

Righteousness is the truth revealed and working in you!

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Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God

The tenets of this path were inspired by the Book of Esther.
The beauty treatments prepared for the maidens who were to go before the king consisted of 6 months of purification with oil of myrrh and 6 months of perfumes and cosmetics. As I continue to “walk as the Bride”, I am growing in understanding as I experience it. Prayer, Praise, Purity, Practicing the Presence of God and the Beauty of Holiness are metaphorically speaking, the ingredients that detoxify our hearts and minds, to increase our capacity to receive spiritually. As we activate the 1st 5 treatments, we are being cleansed of the dead weight that we have been carrying around most of our lives. Low self-esteem, guilt, insecurities, past hurts, shame, etc.; all these and more are drawn out and burned by the fire of the Holy Spirit as we pray, praise and practice His presence in order to heal and make us new in Him.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61

Let me be clear, this walk is about Christ Jesus! The above scriptures were spoken by our Lord when he introduced his ministry on earth (Luke 4). Christ is our Bridegroom. Our growing in intimacy with God through Christ brings the reality of “Christ in you” to bear in our lives!

The cleansing water of the Word of God and the precious Blood of Jesus entitles us to partake in that which has been obtained for us. It is our intimacy, our developing relationship with the One who loves us that enables us to acquire and establish the Kingdom of Heaven within. Not head knowledge only but a true experience that can be seen and demonstrated in our lives. Thus the purpose of becoming “oaks of righteousness”, whereby those in our circle of influence may come under our shade to grow in the things of God and to establish His Kingdom in their lives.

You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
Psalm 30:11-12

Submission to God’s will is the softest pillow on which to rest.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
Psalms 62:5-8 NIV

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it.
Hebrews 4:1 NLV

Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down? Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”

Mark 4:35-40 MSG

Don’t worry, Be happy!

Reach out and touch somebody’s hand and make your world a better place!

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:19-20

There have been many positive changes in my life since I began Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God. Over the past year, I have continued to grow spiritually, increase materially and change physically- lost 30 lbs and I no longer have high blood pressure! The path is an ongoing process as I do not think you “arrive”; you just go higher and higher in Him.

One area that has been a challenge for me: People. I am not one to migrate to large groups or cliques so I tend to be careful about whom I engage one on one. I attended corporate prayer at my church this weekend and the prayer minister asked that we join hands with someone to share a prayer that we have on our heart. I watched everyone pair up and planned to continue to pray on my own. I noticed a man that I had never seen before and I felt a familiar scratchy feeling in my spirit (haven’t figured out how to describe it yet) that inspired me to go to him. As I shared my prayer, the man squeezed my hand. When it was his turn to share, he had a similar request. After we prayed he said, “Maybe The Lord sent you over here because we are praying about the same thing”.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:4-5

On Monday, the concern that I had prayed about was resolved. I believe my answer was resolved quickly because of my obedience to that “scratchy feeling” that inspired to me “touch and agree”. Most of all, I believe it was a demonstration of the Word of God in action.

It is up to us to activate the Word!!!

Hocus Pocus, Alakazam!

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Prayer

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

When we pray we are communicating with The Lord, the One who loves us. We must come to Him knowing that our words are heard and we expect He will communicate with us also.
When you go to the bank to withdraw money (that you know that you have), do you say a few words at the door and cross your fingers before you approach the teller? Of course not! You boldly walk up to the counter and present your request with full expectation of receiving what you ask.
If we come before The Lord in prayer and we “hope” someone is listening but we only vaguely believe that God exists, then we are no different than a child pretending to be a magician, who says “Abracadabra” waving a magic wand, expecting a rabbit to come out of his hat!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Praise is what I do!

Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God

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In an earlier post, I listed 10 tenets or beauty treatments inspired by the Book of Esther and I stated that the order did not matter. This is incorrect. After reviewing my personal experiences and the order in which I received these inspirations, the path is as follows:
Prayer
Praise
Purity
Practicing the Presence of God
Beauty of Holiness
Singleness of mind/Mind of Christ
Humility
Giving
Trust
Consistency
Why is the order important?
Sometime after I began this path, I had the opportunity to share these tenets with the congregation of my local church. I mentioned that the Beauty of Holiness (tenet 5) seemed to come of itself without any conscious effort or action on my part. Later, our Pastor, Ed Brinson shared that “Praise is comely to the upright”.   Psalm 33:1.

A Bible commentary from The Treasury of David on Psalm 33:1 states “For praise is comely for the upright.” God has an eye to things which are becoming. When saints wear their choral robes, they look fair in the Lord’s sight. A harp suits a blood-washed hand. No jewel more ornamental to a holy face than sacred praise.

The simple statement Pastor Ed brought forth gave clarity to what I perceived as “coming from nowhere”. In truth, Praise (tenet 2) is a link to what follows on this path to increase in every area of our lives.

Our praise and thankfulness to God is the beginning of Beauty, to be complete in Him. As we praise, we are set apart to Him, to worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness.

I am with you always, even until the end of the world

Practicing the Presence of God

The Lord is an ever present help (Psalm 46). How we experience this is through Practicing His Presence. In this practice, we “taste and see that the LORD is good, for blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8). By this I mean we are meditating on or rather ‘chewing’ on the tastiness of God’s presence in our lives.

It is our experience as we walk this path with Him. As you ponder these things, going along as usual in your daily life, you will notice a marked increase in what you perceive as His ever presence. The Lord manifests His presence to us in many ways. As it is “Christ in you”, it is you, having the experience, thus perceiving in your own way.

However, it is during worship that the anointing; the presence of the power of God is perceived, giving our spirits a boost in this awareness.

Take a listen and see if you notice anything; perhaps a stirring in your spirit?

* I apologize for the additional step to YouTube but it is worth the trip.