“When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” [Acts 5:27-32]
I am standing in an unfamiliar, yet beautifully familiar sanctuary. Oh how I have missed pure, unadulterated,… Spirit-led worship. To go where almost no one knows my name [any of them]… so blessed me. Thank You Lord! It was as if someone unplugged me and I could see, hear, and feel Him without distraction. I could focus on Him without derailment or religious dissection. I was free!
The enemy who lurks around like a roaring lion to lure me away, that he may devour my joy and relationship with Jesus, is also a ‘sneaky devil’. He comes by way of the back door, which is sometimes left opened or unlocked, and attempts to tempt me with my past history of wrongs, fears, and failures. So as this [spiritual warfare] snuck up behind me this day, Jesus was ready for it. Immediately as I felt this lure in the pit of my stomach, I cried Jesus and knew to ‘be still and know that He [Jesus] is God’. And at that moment I heard clearly “talk to Me!”
Have you ever been in a place where you were fearful or anxious and someone who cared about you, who was with you, helped you by getting your attention and then they said “never mind them, just look at me and talk to me”… And somehow this worked? I know I have. So… imagine how much more, when the Father in Heaven says it and helps. SO…
As my voice opened in worship, I began to see…
Encompassing my area of vision, was God’s landscape; with a huge mountain standing before an emerging Sun rise. I tried to see beyond the mountain to the light, but could not see passed the obstacle [mountain] in front of me. Oh my God, why am I seeing this and what is Your significance in it? I have been seeing and capturing Your marvelous signs and wonders Lord for months, but what do I make of this sight? (It wasn’t until I was driving home that I knew the mountain was built on adversity and divisiveness, and that I must over… ‘Come’ to the other side… “Make the transfer”[ a previous word prayed over me July 23, 2011 at the Seed of Abraham One New Man Messianic Congregation in Albany, NY… along with Isaiah 61… a true blessing].)
And as if that was not enough of a blessing to me for one day, when He directed me to the altar at the end with “Come and submit to Me”, I thought of Mary Magdalene and her position at His feet. [This position with Jesus always blesses me.] Being a visual learner, I sought for a cross to fix my eyes and pray, and lo and BEHOLD, as I lifted my eyes and began to focus… right in front, just above me, was a glass jar of oil with an embezzled cross at its top. “Absolutely I touched it”… and I was joyfully FREE!
♪♪ My chains are gone. I’ve been set free. My God my Savior, has ransomed me… ♪♪
“And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” [Matthew 21:21-22]
I pray… with all my heart, soul, mind, and in the strength that only Jesus provides… “Mountain move out of my way, it is Jesus I seek to see. It is Jesus I want in me.”
What you don’t know is… this was an answer to my prayer at the altar, at the end of a great service and an always familiar message to me… ‘Although I know I am not worthy, I so want to be worth it to You Lord. And when I question or doubt Your love for me, I just look to the cross… where You tell me just how much You do… even me.’ Thank You JESUS!
This mountain, I’ll call “religion”, can no longer hold me in chains. I am free INDEED! Religion and its religious ‘do-gooders’ no longer have any teeth to hold me down or bite me, throw stones at me, or the power to curse me. I cannot be moved… from Jesus. And when they try… I will fight with the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. “With all prayer and petition—pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance.” – [Ephesians 6:17-18].
Absolutely nothing can separate me from my Jesus, nothing and nobody…
not even an enormous mountain.
If there are any among you who are reading this, have mountains in front of you [some even with names], I hope you find this moving…
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. [Ephesians 1]
and, of course…
And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” [Matthew 21:21-22]
We believe Lord, help our unbelief!
It is Jesus, who moves me…
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God Blesses… INDEED!
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”]
I had questioned whether or not to include the potential stone throwing Scriptures in this post originally, but thought it wasn’t the right time. It wasn’t. Today the Lord had brought John 8 to me through my Daily Devotional [InTouch.org] Scripture reading. So I post… today.