Dailies On The Vine

CHECED ~ Loving-Kindness

How do we look like Jesus?
How do we become like Him?
We allow love to have its perfect work in us that we may reflect Him rightly and purely.
To be like Him is to be godly, and to be godly is to be the person of loving-kindness. He heeds and responds to the voice of the godly. Their voices are heard echoing upon the waters of holiness with the light of His loving face shining on them.

“But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and given distinction to] him who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. The Lord listens and heeds when I call to Him.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭4‬:‭3‬ ‭AMPC

We are all loved by God, though to be set apart for Him; to have His favored ear and attention we must be people of loving-kindness.

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

People who know this loving-kindness and display it, and who are becoming it themselves are ones who know God intimately. The Hebrew word for loving-kindness in the above passage is חֵסֵד, checed: favour. The phonetic spelling is (kheh’-sed) which sounds like “kissed”. The definition is : goodness, kindness. The godly are devoted lovers and worshipers of the One true God; their understanding and belief in and the reception of His loving-kindness that are His kisses, provoke a holy response of praise from their lips, their way of offering kisses back to Him.

‬‬“But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and dealt wonderfully with] the godly man [the one of honorable character and moral courage—the one who does right]. The Lord hears and responds when I call to Him.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4‬:‭3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Heavenly Father, may we be a people who reflect You purely and rightly who are godly, displaying Your loving-kindness!

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I should not think it is the unbeliever who resists revival inasmuch as it is the religious person.

It is the control, jealously, pride and manipulation that we have continued to tolerate in our own Houses that are blockers to the move of the Spirit.

“But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent [to change her inner self and her sinful way of thinking], but she has no desire to repent of her immorality and refuses to do so.” Revelation 2:20,21

I pray we would become a Body who does not know or tolerate “the depths of Satan” (Rev 2:24); a Body who is not afraid to address and cut off that which chokes the breath from the Lord’s Church.

[I presume the graphics I created may offend some, but there is a reason why art was once used to reform culture, lead by Christians at that].

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The Way Home

He is Love. He is Breath. He is Life. He is Eden. He is Home.

The greatest loss to mankind is absence from the presence of God. To be separated from Him, is to have no breath in your lungs.

He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE

YESHUA

“Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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There Is Only One Rock

Only One

““For the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts says this, ‘I am the First and I am the Last; And there is no God besides Me. Who is like Me? Let him proclaim it and declare it; Yes, let him confront Me, Since I established the people of antiquity. And let them [those supposed gods] tell those people [who foolishly follow them] the things to come And the events that are going to take place. Do not tremble nor be afraid [of the violent upheavals to come]; Have I not long ago proclaimed it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? There is no other Rock; I know of none.’ ””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44‬:‭6‬-‭8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

““So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man [a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man] who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish (stupid) man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great and complete was its fall.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭24‬-‭27‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Precious In His Hands

“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

If we KNOW, ACKNOWLEDGE, and RECOGNIZE the Lord in all of our ways – we follow THE WAY.

When you trust the Lord with your heart – the core of who you are, it will be inevitable that you will find yourself on the right path.

It all begins with TRUST.

Even Jesus had to trust the Father, as He prayed “not my will, but Your will be done”. His relationship with the Father was founded in Love, and therefore He knew the outcome of His willful surrender was in trustworthy Hands.

I heard the Lord say this morning, “Trust that your heart is held precious in My Hands.”

We are not even semi-precious stones, we are precious – valuable, of great worth, price, costly. We are beloved and dear to our Lord. We are costly, and of great value to Him, for we have been bought at the highest price of His very life. Just as the physical heart gives life for the human existence, so the spiritual heart beats just the same. Without a healthy heart we have low quality of life, and most often a shortened life; which applies to the physical and spiritual. But when we give our heart to the Lord, He understands how it was created and cares for it more than we could ever know. He promises long life and salvation when we trust Him.

This may seem like one of the most elementary truths to follow, however none of us are above the need to check in – how much are we dependent and RELIANT upon He who is faithful? By not remaining childlike in this area, this is how we actually veer off the paths of righteousness. 

Friend, you are precious, your heart is precious in His hands. Trust Him completely as He is the one who has given you those desires in your heart. Let Him fulfill you by clearing the paths before you, leaning upon the Beloved is when the crooked ways become straight. Let the Lord do the work.

“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord. For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters, That spreads out its roots by the river; And will not fear the heat when it comes; But its leaves will be green and moist. And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought Nor stop bearing fruit.” Jeremiah‬ ‭17‬:‭7‬-‭8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God, and you will dwell in the land, feasting on his faithfulness. Find your delight and true pleasure in Yahweh, and he will give you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭3‬-‭5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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The Window is Closing

God is never to blame for a promise that has not come to pass. I feel a warning in my spirit very strongly, the Lord has been done and is done with carnival acts in the Church. He has given ample warning, time, and correction. In this next season (as in NOW) if you want what He promised you must be done with the carnal nonsense. That means people who you once trusted will no longer be part of the picture. Appearances are deceiving, the Lord has been showing me discerning the subtleties of the Spirit is the only pathway to truth. Narrow is the gate and few will find it. The window is closing, and He will find a Home to dwell, not just visit; your obedience is everything in this moment.

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Friendly Flames

Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes Himself God’s enemy (James 4:4).

This the scripture that the Lord gave me when I was interpreting a recent dream. In the dream He likened friendship with the world to an algebra mathematical problem, with the root of the division (from Him) entering through our eye gates. We have been in a stunted class where we have learned to obtain what we see, yet it still serving a “third-world spirit world” – it serves self and the brokenness of a fallen nature. It is poverty ridden in mindset, ladden with false acquisition and hope. Repeating the same systematic patterns in a secular world equate secular results. We are fixated on what is brief, our high reach is for what is momentary instead of eternal. The carnality of life is programmed from generation to generation. We are regressing instead of progressing. Our society is like a fracture that will not heal, and the Lord is resetting our bone structure to reunite broken parts.

If you study the etymology of the word Algebra, it quite plainly a spiritual allegory.
Reunion of broken parts and reducing fractions are two preparatory steps to solving algebraic equations ~ calculation by restoring and balancing. The Lord is longing to restore us, but will not reintegrate His people while still broken. He showed me in the dream, you will not graduate when conformed to the systems of the world.

I’ve written about this last year in a different article, however it most certainly applicable to this dream, and how we move forward in the ways of the Lord. The spiritual realm is mathematical! We must take the mental effort to transform from a worldly mind the to mind of Christ. The Greek the word for disciple is mathētḗs, a learner, disciple, pupil and comes from math – “the mental effort to think something through”. HELPS word study defines mathēteúō, “disciple” – to disciple, i.e. helping someone to progressively learn the Word of God to become a matured, growing disciple (literally, “a learner,” a true Christ-follower); to train (develop) in the truths of Scripture and the lifestyle required, i.e. helping a believer learn to be a disciple of Christ in belief and practice.”

“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Your eyes may be looking on things above and yet still carnal. High places aren’t necessarily His places. You may be looking up, but are you looking at Him?

“Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love? [Jer. 3:14; Hos. 2:19ff.]” James‬ ‭4‬:‭5‬ ‭AMPC‬

“Does the Scripture mean nothing to you that says, “The Spirit that God breathed into our hearts is a jealous Lover who intensely desires to have more and more of us”?” James 4‬:‭5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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The Face in the Storm

The Lord is looking for those who are willing to follow Him wherever He leads ~ into the ‘thunder, lightning, and smoking mountain’. Will you be courageous to go where He is? You say you love Him, but do you trust Him, do you truly reverence Him? Will you approach Him? Safety according to our standards will often limit the depth of our encounter. Could it be that on the other side of your perceived storm, is the face of the Lord?

“Now all the people witnessed the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the smoking mountain; and as they looked, the people were afraid, and they trembled [and moved backward] and stood at a [safe] distance. Then they said to Moses, “You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him [that is, a profound reverence for Him] will remain with you, so that you do not sin.” So the people stood at a [safe] distance, but Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.” Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭18‬-‭21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Isaiah 40

“Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become tired or grow weary; There is no searching of His understanding. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power. Even youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:27-31‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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The Way: His Will and His Voice

If you want to hear the Voice of the Lord you must sit at His table. It has always been and will always be about communion with Him.

The invitation is extended and you respond. You either show up or you do not. How you respond to the last invitation is important to where He will lead you next. You trust Him, and He trusts you.

Many years ago I boldly asked the Lord to walk on water, quite literally. His response was not what I was expecting, and He said to me, “If I called you, would you come?”. I understood in that moment the depths of the question. I felt the weight of the sacrifice and unwavering faith it would require. And after some years of maturing I realized it isn’t about the miracle of walking on water as much as it is being where He is.

If the Lord is in the storm, you’re safest in the waters there. If He is atop the mountain, you are in His will even if hanging from a cliff. If the Lord is in the valley He leads you to the streams of refreshing. You just need to be where He is, and really that is all that matters.

For some of you this journey began at a table for many, then you were moved to a table for a few, then for two and now for one. Never lose your wonder of Him and where He will lead. He is your Eden, He is Home.

When you are on the waters many will not understand because they are not there with you, it is just you and Jesus. Focus on Him, rest in Him, trust in Him. Peter was the only disciple walking on water, Esther was the only woman who petitioned the King, Moses encountered the Lord alone atop the mountain, Daniel was alone in the lions den…. you need no other but Him.

“WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. [Rev. 21:6, 7; 22:17.] Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. [Jer. 31:12-14.] Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. [II Sam. 7:8-16; Acts 13:34; Heb. 13:20.] Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah‬ ‭55:1-3, 6-9‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me! And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.” ‭‭John‬ ‭5:39-40‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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