For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.…

Walking in Love with God and With Man

We cannot separate our relations with our brethren from our relationship with God. True transparency is having a pure heart not only towards God, but our brothers and sisters and everyone.. How do we become transparent?

Often in our journey before Christ, wore masks to hide our inadequacies, short-comings and woundedness. Though Jesus gave us Holy Spirit to help transform our minds, some of us still struggle with the fear that we aren’t accepted, sufficient and have to live to such and suches expectation or we are failures. Some have worn the mask so well and for so long that their deception mindset inhibits Christ’s beautiful gift of freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Gal 5;1

4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[a] for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3: 4-6

This being said, we no longer are tethered to the bondage of the law, so we should rejoice in Christ’s spiritual freedom and the personal guidance, wisdom and company of precious Holy Spirit!?

The problem starts when the revealed truth of what true freedom is misinterpreted and a “legalistic” brand of faith (Christianity) prevails, leaving behind a trail of wounded and/or back-slidden people, who weren’t edified at all by our brand of truth…but repelled. Ouch!.
How heart-breaking to see so many walking in tension, fear and anxiety, when Christ should be their shelter and joy..

Recently a spiritual sister asked me to pray with her about a broken friendship with another sister. Things are crazy on FB and I’m amazed at the spats and ungodly episodes on public display. People unfriend each other for the stupidest differences of opinions or “grey-area” doctrinal beliefs. I can’t stand discord and confrontation. I was very saddened about my sisters plight and then later in the day, heard the news alert about the ISIS attacks on Parisian citizens. I knew I had to bring my burdens to the Lord during my intercession prayer time. My spirit begged to ask Holy Spirit why death and terror were exploding and a victorious remedy was nowhere to be found. Humanities fear was burgeoning like a nuclear mushroom cloud.

As I brought my sorrow and prayers to the throne room and waited for Holy Spirit to lead. My Bible opened up to 1 John 4:20 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

I pondered on the Hateth word. Jesus took hate and committing adultery to deeper roots issues of sin. In Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

This is the only passage in the Bible where the term raca is used. Raca comes from the Aramaic term reqa. It was a derogatory expression meaning “empty-headed,” insinuating a person’s stupidity or inferiority. It was an offensive name used to show utter contempt for another person. Jesus warned that the use of such a word to describe someone was tantamount to murder and deserving of the severest punishment of the law.

So it is pretty serious for us to be angry and see our brother or sister in an inferior position. We are certainly not honoring them nor being humble! Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 1 Pet 2:17

Paul gets very descriptive when he lists those acts of the flesh which are evil.
Eph 4:31 bitterness, rage, anger, brawling slander and every kind of malice. Our brother Peter also concurs with 1 Peter 2:1 Put away all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander of every kind.

I believe all of us have had tinges of one or more of any of these devious, sneaky sins and if our mouths have uttered them, they surely have come from the abundance of our hearts!
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Phil 2:3. There’s a lot to soul search and pray about here and it would be in our best interests to truly examine our hearts. Ask Holy Spirit to show us what is in our hearts. Let us allow Holy Spirit to job of being pure in every way.

Let our prayer each morning, even before we arise out of bed be….
4 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Walking in true love is a lot harder and just saying, :I love you or I’m praying for you.” Jesus stressed the commandment of love. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

In thinking about all the tragedies and demonic attacks I understood how our divine love or lack of it directly influences the happenings and the severity of what happens across the globe, in our own nation, our community and our family!

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34

To really drive the point of loving each other with a fervent love, the way Jesus commanded, I will take you deeper into Jesus teachings to the Pharisees and Saducees. You may have wondered why Jesus give another (and new) a new commandment when Moses had already given us the 10 commandments? If we do our research, we find that hundreds of extra laws were added by the Hebraic leaders. Most of the Pharisee and Rabbis were driven to abide by the myriad and very specific laws and believed they were righteous and pleasing Jehovah God.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Mat 23:13

Jesus rebuked them by telling them their strict adherence to the laws and outward holiness practices were nothing but hypocrisy to God because: they made it so difficult to follow. Many of the rabbis thought they could cover their sin and greed by long prayers and fasting. They often made shady business dealings and defrauded widows, the vulnerable and the poor. Further in the passage Jesus blasts them by saying they went so far as to tithe on the smallest things such as herbs, yet many of them denied justice for the widows, did not provide for orphans and were void of compassion for the needy and broken. I’m sure many of us are like those “quick-to-judge” and condemning pharisees and Sadducees who write off pastors and/or TV televangelists who fell from grace. Jim Bakker shares his story of how very few brethren ministered to him redemption, compassion and love while serving his time in prison. This should not be so. The body of Christ must be a place for refuge because Christ died for us ungodly and all are equal to receive his unmerited grace!

I repeat Jesus mandate again
…10″If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11″These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12″This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. John 15: 10-12

Love is the enduring motif crucial for unity and strength in the body. When we start taking seriously our love walks, (as Teacher Joyce Meyer calls) we will start seeing amazing authority and victories in our prayer lives, in our family relationships and in the spiritual condition of our world. It is 11:59 and counting. Your heart purity, deep love for your Christian brothers and sisters and the resulting prayer victorious all depend on how transparent you are with God and yourself. I believe that when we come together in the manner of divine purity, we will see amazing miracles and victories against the ever-increasing evil and demonic activity.

Prayer, Abba Father, let us be excited to know each other and what makes us tick. Let us help each other with burdens, sins, fears, pouring in the balm of compassion and patience with those who have disabilities and past woundings. Let us honor each others boundaries and listen with our hearts when we have offended each other. Let us strive to reconcile broken relationship. Let “I’m sorry that I hurt you. How can I change so that this doesn’t happen again?” be comfortable. I now come to the throne room of grace and and into the Holy courtroom with confidence, believing that my powerful prayers have changed my circumstance,and my world, In Jesus name. Amen

TWEAK ME, (Every Idle Word)

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Tweak Me (Every Idle Word)
February 14, 2014

A Life of Tweaking
In the process of professional music recording, the work must go through many tweakings. I start out laying basic lead vocal, acoustic guitar played with a click track. I take the rough draft home and work on harmony. Then I get ideas for motifs, which I then give to my lead guitarist, bassist and drummer. We all meet for a recording session. Then comes the artsy part. My producer-engineer and husband Mark, sit together and listen back to the tracks. We listen carefully for any notes I sang flat or sharp, any bad bass notes or any dissonance. We take home the track again, listen and continue to fine-tune the song. By the time it’s ready for mastering, we have tweaked and tweaked until the mixes sound radio ready! It can be an arduous process, but joyously rewarding. I’ve learned so much, recording all of six original CDs and three cover ones. After over twenty solid years of professional recording, I can say I’m a veteran songwriter-producer but still always evolving to ever higher musical heights.

Thankfully, my hunger for excellence has spilled into the area of my personal spiritual growth as worship leader-songwriter, journalist and soul sculptor desiring to see glorious transformation within the body of Christ. Upon awakening each morning, I start meditating about Father God searching my heart, testing my anxious thoughts and showing me if there is any evil. Psalm 139:23 &24. I ask Him to help set a guard over my lips. Psalm 141:3 I daily have to yield and give Him permission to tweak me, my actions and even my deepest unconscious response. Why am I so concerned?

The hour is late the world is getting darker and more evil by the day. Atrocities beyond the most barbaric horror movies ever created are occurring everywhere. During my prayer time, I’m even more aware of the lateness and urgency f the time I’m in and how I must be salt and light. You and I are ambassador of peace and reconciliation and a king and a priest!

Sloppy Agape or a penchant for priestliness

In one of my earlier blogs, Sloppy Agape or Penchant for Priestliness, I focused on living an excellent life in Christ. I hope Tweak Me zeroes in about the reality of the demonic realm violently belching out profound evil attacks worldwide and in every area of peoples lives. This demonic assault is so powerful, unless God’s people get it together in unity, we will be overcome by death and destruction. This is not to scare anyone but to show how we must approach the demonic dilemma. We must be unified in love and fit for the master’s use. It has grieved me to hear about so much friction, strife and dissension amongst my brethren. Being brought up in a multi-cultural family, a hard-working, gregarious Puerto-Rican father and stoic, moody German mother, was a cause for many difficult times for my three sisters and I. It was here in family that I learned how important diplomacy, a desire to quickly forgiveness is essential to be emotionally and spiritually at peace. I willingness to keep communication lines open is golden!

I want to be closer to God and be the expression of his kindness, patience, mercy and grace. Rather than just read God’s word, I desire to meditate on it, so it can become a beautiful part of me. I’ve learned that it’s not enough to just read the word, but to ask Holy Spirit to bring it to life in our spirits. Here is where the transformation occurs!

Jesus discourse in the Gospels was penetrating and not easily forgettable. His words cut like a knife as he spoke in parables or true events with a conviction so strong, many were transformed forever! The framework of family and society is so fragile and dependent upon us abiding in Him, (the vine) that without our meticulous interaction and intervention, society will cease to exists as we know it! We must work hard to overcome rivalry, impatience, frustration, strife and anger by asking for God’s help. We must discipline ourselves to daily by gazing into the Holy Spirit mirror. Only then can we receive the help we need to be the overcomers and transformers of our world!

Addressing confect has always been one of my weak points I hate confrontation because usually it is with someone intent upon imposing their will or perspective on mine and usually ends up with hard words said.. Sometimes even just angry, closed body language and angry facial grimaces make my stomach ill.

The past few days while going about my usual mundane chores, I kept thinking about the phrase… ..every idle word .I knew God wanted me to elaborate on how our speech affects our lives and the lives of all in our world. .All week, friends and loved ones ask me to stand with them in prayer about their frustration with their chaotic family unhappy spouses and kids and unfruitful ministries. Sins of the flesh are usually at work.

I grapple with my own share of issues with my husband that we must work out together. Sometimes during an argument with my husband, (thankfully we don’t cuss each other or disrespect each other), but his body language and disrespect may anger me. My voices gets high and he will walk right away, refusing to talk with me unless my voice gets lower. After the argument, we wonder what happened. I always soul search and ask God to show me how I contributed negatively to the situation. With that in mind, I know that communication entails a delicate blend of respect, self-control and patience. We have much work to do together to navigate the atmosphere of resolving our hard issues. One thing for sure, we both know that we must forgive and hug each other sincerely, so we can both go to sleep with a clear conscience! Resolving conflict and forgiving should enter the equation whether we have a conflict with our spouse, children, co-workers or neighbors. Holding on to anger will never set us free to receive the peace and blessing father has for us. We should always soul search to see if there was something we said or did that would have positively resoled the issue. Sometimes our lives or relationships are unfruitful not because of doing bad things but because of not doing the right thing!
I love Joyce Meyer’s ministry because she focuses often on teachings about cultivating fruitful love walks. I love to compare the concept of our love walk with my planting of my vegetable garden this past summer. There are very deliberate things one has to do to have a garden that produces lush produce. One can’t expect to just plant the seeds and forget about them. First came the tilling of the hard, lifeless soil, then adding and mixing organic fertilizer , more tilling and then rest and wait. After a few days, the small seedlings growing in small containers were transplanted carefully into their place in the soil. Certain plants would grow and take much space so they had to be positioned with that in mind so they wouldn’t overcrowd those plants which took less room. To the avid gardener or professional farmer, nurturing their crop is a prized and precious endeavor. We should look at it in the same we do growing fruitfully in God’s vine!
The power of love is the fortifying agent we produce, (after learning spiritual warfare skills.). What good is being an loving child of God everyone gets along with, but you’re bound,, miserable and fearful and you can’t help anyone be set free!? Responding positively in faith when faced with trials, cris and tragedy is what Father desires in his people. Perseverance and humor assuages the burden of grief and difficult times.

We all love the gift of grace. We do something wrong, treat others roughly, are harsh or condemning, then confess our sin in a casual, unconcerned manner to God. Some of us continually offend or aggressively confront our brethren with our newly revealed and illuminated Biblical truths or growth. An offended brother or sister makes us feel guilty and so we confess to God, but we rarely look in the mirror and see our error. We are just like the man who looks in the mirror briefly and walks away unchanged! James 1:23

Approved and Disapproved workers

Jesus gave a serious rebuke that every idle word we speak shall be revealed on the day of judgement. After an argument, we may say, “Oh, I didn’t mean to say that.” But it came right out of our hearts. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.,” Luke 6:48.
Jesus says that a good tree is known by its good fruit. If we are bearing good fruit then good things should come from our hearts to our mouths. I believe more pastors, teachers and prophets should be teaching their people about the necessity fo bearing good fruit and abiding in the vine to illuminate the glory of our Father! I pray the body of Christ meditates on the concept of the becoming that beautiful tree planted by the waters that bears fruit even in the desert and famine times. Let us not live our lives casually, but purposefully. Let’s refrain from saying aloud things that ought not be even thought of!

Paul writes to his spiritual son, Timothy about the analogy of the holy house God is building with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. Some of us are vessels of gold, silver, wood or clay. Some are for the Lord’s common use and some for His special occasions! Wouldn’t we all love to be a vessel that is for His special use? Not all of us will get a mansion in glory and many righteous crowns. Only those who have surrendered themselves and their flesh will receive the best rewards. Paul reminds us to run the race unhindered and for the prize. There will be many who get into heaven by the skin of their teeth and get a log cabin and a cotton tunic! Others,(like missionaries who gave all, even their own lives for the lost) are having their opulent mansions build right now! It is our choice while we are alive on earth to produce as much fruit as we can. That doesn’t mean completing projects successfully, graduating at the top of the class, maintaining a strong internet presence or being the most wealthy CEO of a corporation. It means preaching the good news to the lost and broken and discipline-grooming people for kingdom service and filling practical needs like food, shelter and provision. God loves people, not things and projects

In participating in the building of of Father’s kingdom, we must be very precise and focused. Let’s fine tune our reactions and habits of communication and ministry buy putting off contentious, strife, envy, wrath, pride critical and legalistic spirits. Whoever names Christ as their savior must put away (and be aware of the tendency to have) iniquity. Strife is a real killer of unity in the body and good relationships and we should avoid strife at all costs. We are called to live at peace with all men.

God’s sons and daughters must be perfect…perfect as Father is perfect. Perfection in this context is not the sense of never being wrong, making mistakes, having a strong disagreement with someone, but having an awareness and desire to be the best we can even in our thoughts, speech and actions. Let us focus on nurturing our spiritual garden, our hearts, with wonderful and edifying things.

At the Bema Seat

To close, I wanted to share on my recent meditating of Rev 20:12 , I’m humbled by reverential fear reading about the Bema Seat . It has caused me to remain vigilant and watchful for demonic attacks which would make me soppy in my love walk. The scene of the Bema Seat on Judgement day for all people reminds me that our whole lives will be wrapped up in a nutshell within the pages of our book of life. There will be no time to take back anything we’ve done or make excuses to God. Let’s seriously meditate on being prepared, in true intimacy with Father-Christ and having our relationships in order. Let’s put away all bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and/or hate.

Imagine the deafening silence as the angels stand at attendance. As we are called up before the Lord. The books are opened…and another book is opened, The Book of Life. Just envisioning myself standing before Christ, (in this instance) as my judge, makes me tremble. I think about my own book in heaven chronicling every unconfessed thought, action and motivation.. All I can groan in prayer to Father is “help me, Lord.”and “more of You and less of me.”

Imagine, beloved, your own book in heaven. I pray that you and I will have few recorded negative incidents to be ashamed of. I pray that now, while we still have a little time, that we will start today tweaking our love walks and be fruitful in every good work! 2 Tim 2:21. Let us not say evil things about our president, wish that murderers and rapists all die or blast TV pastors and evangelists and their past indiscretions. We need to pray fervently that all men may receive Christ. Paul and Moses were both murderers, Two of the most infamous Muslim terrorists had a Damascus experience and received Christ as Savior and Lord!. We don’t know which enemies now are our friends and brethren in the future!

A Damascus Experience, Kamal Saleem

Father, help us to speak life-giving words and not look for the faults in others. Help us to discipline ourselves in meditating on how to have good fruit and to tweak our love walks even if we get along with everyone. Help us to have an attitude of gratitude for all people and to find the good in everyone. Help us also to pry for our enemies and those who persecute us because we don’t know will of them will be other brother or sister!

A New Life and Master. Walid Shoebat

God bless you as you ask Father, “Tweak us, Lord!