I hope you did that word study I suggested yesterday. I did one too. I don't know what scripture you looked at but would love to hear from you on what you saw. I looked at John 17. What I saw has prompted me to do something kind of really different.....surprise! :)
I have written below, Philip's Paraphrase of John 17: 16-23 based on the understanding I shared yesterday. It sure sounds awesome to me! :)
Can I go in another direction? Well, not really another direction....just turning the diamond so we can explore another facet of how Satan has deceived us. I would like you to literally throw out what these words presently mean to you......the words sacred, holy, saint, sanctify and sanctification. I believe Satan has done a real number on us through every religious system by sending a religious spirit into every renewal or move of God, that has twisted and distorted the true meaning of these words into some saccharine sweet portrait of Jesus with a painted on smile that is supposed to portray holiness and a saint looks just like that only with a glowing halo over their heads.
This is not a word study or a bible study, although I would encourage you to go do one on these words while throwing out every silly stereotype religious connotation along the way. This whole thing is so simple! Dare I touch this Sacred (in all the ugly meaning of the word) Cow?
You know I will anyway. :)
Paul (of paul's musings) is going to call me tomorrow and do that interview I referred to a couple days back.........
"He has asked me to do an interview about my making my dream happen to incorporate in one of his tools…….expressing it this way……..”My objective in creating this product is to encourage “would-be” entrepreneurs to venture out (as you have) and create work more in tune with their passion and purpose.”
Our words are very important....beyond showing what's really in our hearts, they create. God spoke a word....and it happened. What we speak not only shows that stuff which is deep down in our hearts but when we speak them they create....sometimes things for good, sometimes things for evil....as we sow our words, we reap the fruit of those words.
There was a man in my life a while back (my pastor at that time) who told me I had never ever had an original thought in my life........and that I had stolen everything I ever taught or preached from someone else. I was totally devastated. There were many terrible destructive things he told me but this one was up there at the top along with telling me that when I served the body, I always had to do it alone because I had no life to give anyone.....no wonder I was a spiritual wreck after 5 years of that.
Because I believe so strongly that God has placed special gifts in each one, and in such a variety, I also believe we will keep discovering those gifts for the rest of our lives. My strongest encouragement to everyone is to follow your heart and discover your gifts.
Picking up where I left off last time...... Jesus has set us free to be what he has called us to be. Not only has He called us to be something but He has designed us specifically for that, gifted us to be that, equipped us for the task in every way and has placed that desire in our hearts, that pull, that thing that niggles inside us, that we can't get away from till we've made the choice to take that next step towards what He has for us.
Picking this up from yesterday, us born again Christian type folk, have really done a number on the capital "M" Ministry thing. When we talk about God's Call on our lives, it has somehow been religious-cized into our call by God into some sort of full time religious service.....whatever individual interpretation we put on that one.
Once upon a time....in a Galaxy far far away....Satan concocted this glorious scheme....if he couldn't stop people from meeting the Lord, what he could do is separate God's people into the spiritual haves and have nots, just as he did in the physical....the haves and have nots, the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, the suits and the blue collars......(hopefully you can begin to see where this is going).
I don't even know who coined the "Not to worry!" phrase but it sure is biblical. Mt 6:24-34 is a great read where we are encouraged "Do not be anxious...." Maybe a little bit easier to say than to do?
This past weekend, I kept getting what I am about to say in so many different ways.... impressions during my morning time with the Lord, scriptures I read, my daily devotional readings I do, impressions from within and without....it was just there all the time.