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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ooooooooooooooo that smell!

Reminded listening to the radio on a trip to visit my Mom in a Hospice facility...by a Lynard Skynard song...and Oddly Godly reminded me of a Men's Encounter retreat in NC many years ago...we as a group were inundated by a stench..apparently (never before or after) a livestock ranch nearby was the source for this prevailing wind that wafted over our group as we sought an encounter with Jesus and were wanting a breaking and opening for the Holy Spirit in our seeking....as we discussed the smell...one person said he thought it was the enemy trying to distract us...that brought to mind that song "That Smell" and I started singing it...many laughed...but God was making even that stench to be an opportunity for ...encountering...And what was spoken was even in the midst of the smell of death...we can arise by the reaching and strong hand of the Lord...Take it and be lifted up...out of our stench out of our mess...completely even out of our generational curse that goes back to Adam...and then the finger of God points...and as we follow His gaze and look and see the Cross!  that pivotal and grand focus point of ALL creation in timeless time, endless eternity ,everything comes together in That Cross...His Cross...I am sure Adam saw it...wanting with all his heart to go back to the Garden....Abraham saw it and rejoiced! Read in John 8.  In the old covenant it was the "object" of faith God's deliverance the one the Hebrew Children tried to "make" in the golden calf...that symbol of the persons who enslaved them tried to brainwash them into believing...So amazing how easily distracted we are...and I am meaning me...how easily I am distracted how easily I give attention to the ruler of the world...forgetting the enemy has been defeated at that pivotal moment ...that Cross.  Thats one of the many reasons Jesus had to send the Holy Spirit..to remind us!  of what he said...for me like looking at my "marching orders"  to me He is saying " Here are your orders, your job, ...and here is your promise...your provision in Grace won for you at the Cross...
I encourage you to read again in Mat 28 and in the encouragement throughout His Word...esp in John 16...
And in John 6...
Jesus sensed that his disciples were having a hard time with this and said, “Does this throw you completely? What would happen if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where he came from? The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this.” (Jesus knew from the start that some weren’t going to risk themselves with him. He knew also who would betray him.) He went on to say, “This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father.”

Ah yes  I do have times when I am distracted, and sometimes His voice fades...Yeah those "hard times"  But God!   and sometimes I am reminded by my own self!..." In times like these it's good to know there have always been....times like these"  That is why I cherish His Word touching, feeding, filling, ...reminding me

Be reminded my Sistren and Brethren!
Rock and Roll!  Jesus is the Rock,,,,and we Roll!

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