Are you truly free?

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 2 Corinthians 3:7-8

The second time Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face shined because he had spoken with God.

The Israelites now had the Law. James wrote that if one commandment was broken, the entire Law was broken. God gave the Israelites a way to cover their sins–the sin offering, an offering of unblemished bulls, lambs, goats, doves, or pigeons. There was also a provision if the Israelite could not even afford a pigeon.

Jesus was the only man who was able to keep the entire Law. Jesus became our unblemished sacrifice. This Son of Man who knew no sin was beaten and nailed to a cross, and the sins of generations past, present, and future were placed upon Him. Jesus paid the price of the world’s sins.

Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:15-18

The veil hid the glory of God. A veil hung between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in the temple. When Jesus released His Spirit and died, the veil ripped in two from top to bottom, and believers gained access to the Holy of Holies, gained direct access to God.

When Jesus recruited followers, He said, “Follow me; learn of me.” Jesus told the rich young ruler to go and sell all that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Him.

In Jesus, there is freedom. Freedom from being a slave to sin. Freedom to approach God in the most intimate manner possible. Freedom to meditate on the Lord’s glory. Freedom to be transformed into His image. Freedom to be what God formed you to be … His poem.

Are you truly free?

My prayer for you

Glorious Father, thank You for giving us freedom in Jesus. It is amazing that You, Creator of the Universe, have given us direct access to You. You have given Your Son, Jesus, as the Perfect Sacrifice to pay the price for our sins, all we need to do is turn to Jesus and follow Him. Thank You, Father, for giving us complete freedom in Jesus.

 

 

Unwrapping Lazarus, a review

Unwrapping Lazarus: Freeing the Supernatural in Your Life

Dr. Pete Carter’s job description is “to bring hope wherever I am.” Unwrapping Lazarus: Freeing the Supernatural in Your Life beckons the reader to unwrap the bindings of traditions and learned religion in order to open our lives to the great and precious promises and possibilities that God has for His children–to live in freedom to experience intimacy with God.

“… let us understand that the resources of the Kingdom of heaven are at our disposal–and that our Father in heaven is more than happy for us to use them. … It is time to heal the sick, set people free, raise the dead and enjoy the goodness and greatness of our Father.”

Carter asserts that the church has shifted its focus from Jesus and the Kingdom of heaven to the sin of its people.  This shift has the church doing the work of the Holy Spirit, convicting the world of sin.

“The normal Christian life is one filled with the Spirit and experiencing miracles.”

Healings and miracles follow Dr. Carter’s ministry at North Kent Community Church in the United Kingdom. The church has established a School of Supernatural Ministry.

As a physician, Dr. Carter has seen his patients healed through his medical practice and through the miraculous work of God.

I know that the Lord heals and works miracles today. The Lord miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome on November 21, 2010, confirmed by my doctor. There is no cure for fibromyalgia. I had no hope; medicine was not working.

Before I was healed, the Lord took me on a two-year journey to unwrap my bindings of taught religion and traditional thinking, so that I could be free to experience God’s healing touch. Through Dr. Carter’s words, I relived that journey. Thank you, Dr. Carter for making that so real.

Throughout the book, Dr. Carter speaks of the freedom that the Christian can experience if she will only recognize and remove the limitations that she has placed upon God.

However, Dr. Carter writes that he knows that the reader may not agree with all that he writes, and he urges the reader to pray, study the Bible and think through what he has written, in other words be good Bereans. Thank you, Dr. Carter for this teaching.

The focus of the book shifts from miracles and healings to “falling over, laughing, crying, much joy, people so intoxicated by the Holy Spirit that they found themselves incapable of walking.”

Many such strange things happened in our church. We had to open our minds to the new things that God was doing. … I recall one of our members “swimming” across the floor, breaststroke style if I remember rightly. When asked afterward what he had been doing, he said that the Lord had invited him to swim in the river of God.

Dr. Carter writes of hosting a team from the church where the Toronto Blessing started. “It was holy chaos.”

The Bible says

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33

Dr. Carter has written a hope-filled book that has practical teaching for today. However, gold dust, floating feathers, and “holy chaos” have been sprinkled throughout some of its chapters.

My response: Unwrap the bindings that limit God, but wrap your mind in the Word of God, so that you are free for God to work in your life.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you

Father, thank You for Dr. Carter and his passion for spreading hope to Your children. Fill him with Your perfect wisdom and truth. Fill us all with Your wisdom and truth as we unwrap the bindings of our thinking, consume Your Word, and experience the freedom that You have for us. We love you, Lord.

Full Disclosure

Whoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:54. I’ve been chewing on that for the past two weeks. John 16 is another way of saying it. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, possessing His promises, partaking in the divine nature. What a privilege and blessing we have! Thank you, Jesus!

Hosanna! King of Israel enters Jerusalem in peace

Palm Leaves

On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel. John 12:12-13

The One Who raised Lazarus from the dead

The Teacher Who astonished rabbis, Pharisees and Sadducees

The Healer Who opened blind eyes, cleansed the spots of lepers, and opened deaf ears

The Miracle Worker Who fed thousands, walked on water, and calmed the sea

The King of Israel Who comes in the name of the LORD

The Victor Who rides on a donkey in peace

Hosanna! Save Now!

Wave palm branches, lay them down

Carpet the ground with our coats

Hosanna!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand

Hosanna!

The Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world

The Perfect Sacrifice Who sets His eyes on the cross

BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

My prayer for you

Father, pour out the Holy Spirit upon Your people, so that we understand in a fuller measure the entry of Jesus these six days before His last Passover on earth. During this next week, bless us with the ability to meditate on that last week. May we grow in an intense practice of Your great Presence. Thank You, Father, for Your incomprehensible love and mercy. We love You, Lord

Are you limiting God?

Ein GeddiEin Geddi

Jesus went out from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief. Mark 6:1-6

Jesus crisscrossed the Sea of Galilee going from countryside to villages teaching, opening blind eyes, casting out demons, healing all who came to Him, and raising a little girl from the dead.

Word of this Miracle-Worker had spread throughout the region.

Jesus went to His hometown with His disciples, and on the Sabbath, He began to teach in the synagogue.

Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?”

Friends and neighbors of Jesus’ family acknowledged that He had been given wisdom and that He had performed miracles, but they knew Him as the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joses, Judas, Simon, and His sisters.

And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.

I consumed the Scriptures and believed that the miracles and healings recorded in the Bible actually happened. But I had been taught that the miracles and healings were for the early church and not for today, except for an occasional miracle or healing.

Although Jesus’ hometown friends and neighbors heard extraordinary wisdom come from the lips of Jesus, they were offended … Jesus was a carpenter! Although Jesus worked miracles, His family lived in Nazareth.

I believed that Jesus could work miracles, that Jesus could heal … others.

Just as those in Nazareth, I limited Jesus, and Jesus is a gentleman; He will not cross boundaries that we draw.

It took two years of praying and Bible study after God told Keith and me that He was going to heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. During those two years, we learned to drop our expectation of the ordinary and to wait in great expectation for the extraordinary: a healing.

Three years after the Lord healed me, He is breaking down walls other people have placed on Jesus as they witness what He has accomplished in my body.

People who knew me when I was pain-riddled, still ask me how I am feeling.

I’m healed!

Still, I have other walls that I’ve placed around Jesus. I’m praying and studying to break those walls down as well.

My prayer for you

Jesus, You are all about faith, expectation, and possibility. You are our hope. Teach us to lean You. Guide us as we learn of You. Show us how we are limiting You and enable us to remove those boundaries, so that we invite You to accomplish Your great works in our lives.

How are you limiting Jesus?

Walls can’t come crashing down without the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Step out as the Holy Spirit guides you.

From pounding cabbage to healing focus

Cabbage2Today, I crushed juniper berries, shredded three huge cabbages, tossed the shreds with salt and juniper berries, squeezed the water out of the cabbage, dumped bowls of mixture into the fermenting crock and pounded until more water appeared. Then, I covered the mixture with a cabbage leaf and pressed weights onto the leaf. Lid on, I poured boiled water around the lid to create a seal. Three to six weeks after the crushing, squeezing, pounding, and darkness, savory sauerkraut will reward my tastebuds.

As I prepared the cabbage to become Vitamin C-rich sauerkraut, I was reminded of how fibromyalgia crushed my spirit and twisted my nerves and muscles into knots of pain. I was reminded of Job.

“And now my soul is poured out within me;
Days of affliction have seized me.
17 “At night it pierces my bones within me,
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
18 “By a great force my garment is distorted;
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
19 “He has cast me into the mire,
And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 “I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me.
21 “You have become cruel to me;
With the might of Your hand You persecute me.
22 “You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride;
And You dissolve me in a storm.
23 “For I know that You will bring me to death
And to the house of meeting for all living. Job 30-16-23

26 “When I expected good, then evil came;
When I waited for light, then darkness came.
27 “I am seething within and cannot relax;
Days of affliction confront me.
28 “I go about mourning without comfort;
I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help. Job 30:26-28

Intense nights crawled.

“Lord, where are You?”

Weary mornings shouted.

“Lord, help me get up.”

Demanding days disheartened.

“Lord, I can’t do this.”

Crushing  commutes castdown.

“Lord, I’m so tired.”

Piercing pain pervaded.

“Lord, I want to quit.”

Praising Psalms prevailed.

“Lord, Your lovingkindness endures.”

Eager eyes examined.

“Lord, Your Word is life.”

Listening heart refocused.

“Lord, You are my desire.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said,

“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6

12 The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; …17 And Job died, an old man and full of days. Job 42:12-17

God healed Job when he turned his eyes off his sickness and loss and onto the greatness of God.

God healed me when I gave up and told the Lord that all I wanted was more of Him. At that point, the Holy Spirit empowered me to present my body to the Lord as a living sacrifice.

My prayer for you

Father in heaven, You are all we need. Heal our lives, our bodies, and our spirits. Father, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us. Enable us to see You as You are. Enable us to present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices to You. We love You, Lord and bask in the light of Your glory.

What will be the fruit of your crushing and pounding?