Sunday, June 12, 2016

"The Forgotten Way", the Lord's Prayer


From:  "The Forgotten Way"

Taken From The Lord's Prayer:

"My Father, who is of the eternal realm, full of power and love far beyond my comprehension.

May the expression of  your love and power be manifested here in my earthly experience in the same way it is known in your eternal realm.

May your sovereign will be manifested in every waking experience of my life even as it is in your sovereign realm.

Give me what I need to live on earth--food, shelter, and clothing--even as you give to the birds of the air and the flowers of the field.

May I know that I am one with you as I let go of the offenses I have against any other.  Lead me not into the temptation to place other gods before you, and deliver me from the deception that they can save me.  I am saved already in you.

For yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever."

Amen

From:  "The Forgotten Way" by Ted Dekker, with reflections by Bill Vanderbush


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Kingdom of God, Come On Earth As In Heaven



God's eyes are on you and your city...One person....One prayer...can change EVERYTHING!




"God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship... If my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on [wickedness], I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. From now on I’m alert day and night to the prayers offered at this place. Believe me, I’ve chosen and sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel—make it a sure thing on a sure foundation. The same covenant guarantee I gave to David your father I’m giving to you, namely, ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne." 2 Chronicles 7:14 MSG

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Aligning With the Light is Choosing Love

"Today, we think once more on alignment. As we go through this life as students and apprentices of the Way who is Christ in and as us, aligning to our true selves bears immediate and staggering reward.

What is alignment? If you've read The Forgotten Way, you know it is simply being in the vine. It's coming into 'obedience' with that incredible power called love in which there is no fear. It is being one with the light in which there is no darkness.

In any given moment, you are primarily aligned with one of two masters: Love or fear. Light or darkness. You can only serve one at a time.

Here's what bends the egoic mind: aligning with the light is to align with your true self, because you are the light of the world. It is aligning or attuning to the frequency of love who is God in you.

This, now, is our only journey.


"When you are in fear, you create more fear.

When you are in love, there is no fear and you create more love.

So let us align with who we are in Christ and so love the world. As he is, so are we in this world.

Yes?"

~ Theo Dekker, "The Forgotten Way"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

"The Forgotten Way" (Now Available)



Welcome to "The Forgotten Way"
by Ted Dekker

"The Forgotten Way is as important to this generation as C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity was to his generation. 
A profound Scriptural work that won't be forgotten; a modern day Biblical masterpiece bathed in the presence of God with generational impact. It's an amazing and gripping read."  ~ Ryan Kibbe, Elevation Church

#TheForgottenWay

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How Is Your Life Making a Differnce?

“God is the solver of impossible problems. He often does this through the co-laboring effect of His people.” ~Bill Johnson



How Is Your Life Making a Difference?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Opportunity for Salvation, Counting All Trials As Joy



"This evening, a new way to think of our journey in this life, using new terms to help us think differently. Have you had any trials in the last week? Times when you experienced frustration with yourself or anyone else on any level? Yes?

Good. So have I. And from now on we will think of each of these trials as an "opportunity for salvation" in this life. Opportunity because each trouble that comes our way is simply a chance to see the world without threat, just like Yeshua saw the storm without threat even though his disciples were afraid. And salvation because we long to be saved from the fear and anxiety that rises on the storms of this life. Finding salvation in the storm is finding peace.

An opportunity for salvation. A trial.

So the next time someone yells at you or cuts you off in traffic or treats you unkindly in any respect, think to yourself "I am being given an opportunity for salvation in this moment. Will I be crushed by this storm, or will I walk on these waters as the son, the daughter of the Father?"

Try it. You might be surprised. It's the only way to count all trials as joy, as Paul says.
Make sense?"

~ Theo Dekker, "The Forgotten Way"

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pray and Praise Always



"Beloved:
Is anyone among you suffering?
He should pray.
Is anyone in good spirits?
He should sing a song of praise."
(James: 5)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

There's No Place Like Home

"Many biologists would say that the most exotic fish still living is the turquoise killfish in equatorial Africa. Why? For starters, these little fish lay dormant in their eggs on dry ground for months until the rains come and fill vast bodies of water for them to thrive in. Fish need water to survive. Especially the little ‘virgin’ fishies. Now imagine with me that one day these little fishies decided differently. Millions of them hatched on dry ground next to a great ocean of water. Having lived comfortably in their eggs on dry ground for so long, it occurred to the first hatched among these virgin fishies that he should just remain on dry ground. So he began to wiggle away from the ocean.

“Where are you going?” the other newly-hatched fishies nearby asked him. “Aren’t we supposed to live in the water?” The little virgin fish looked at the vast lake. “The water’s too wet,” he said.
The other fishies looked puzzled. “How can water be too wet?”
The first fish shrugged. “And too deep. If i get thirsty I'll just take a drink.”

With frightful glances and whispered concern, word spread on the breeze. Nearly all of the virgin fishies joined the first fish and struggled up the bank, convinced that the water was too wet and too deep. That year only a few of the virgin fishies entered the water and thrived. The rest shriveled up on the parched ground.
They were the virgin suicides. (Remind you of another parable about virgins?)

In this parable, you and I are the fish. The dry ground is our perception of the world we are born into. And the ocean is our natural home—a deep spiritual feast in which we swim and feed and live and move and have our being. We might say, “How absurd for a fish to think that the water is too wet to live in.” But are we not the same? We, like those little virgin fishies, can only thrive in that deep ocean of spirituality, but we have somehow been led to believe that being too spiritually minded will make us no earthly good.

How can this be? Our entire existence is spiritual. We are spiritual beings and we live in spirit. Everything else is temporal and passing away, as Paul puts it. A costume or earthen-vessel worn for a brief moment before being discarded.

So may we enter in, awaken to, become aware of who we are in the water. Breathe it, drink it, swim in it, be it. Spirituality cannot be too spiritual for us any more than water can be too wet for a fish.
Does this post resonate with you?"
~ Theo Dekker, "The Forgotten Way"


I especially loved today's parable, as I am a "Pisces" (sign of the fish), my favorite color is turquoise and I often feel like the ocean is a sample of heaven! And I love your point that there is no such thing as too much spirituality. We all need to remember that Heaven is not some place in the distance future, faraway somewhere. Heaven is Here, Heaven is Now, Heaven is Within, Heaven is our HOME!

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we do not need to look beyond our own backyard, because there really is no place like HOME.
YEA!!! \o/
~ me

Saturday, May 14, 2016

We are Called to Oneness


".....marriage is simply a metaphor for two becoming one, as Paul writes, it is one a good one. Our union with Christ is the greatest of all mysteries.
How can two be one? How can you and Christ be one? And yet it is so as both Yeshua and Paul made so clear in so many texts we have ignored for so many years.
But no more. Today we awaken from our deep slumber and step into that wild mystery of who we actually are in these moral bodies.
May we all abide in the deep knowing of our union with Christ, hidden in God as one with Him, sharing His divine nature.
This world will fail us as surely as each cell in our bodies fail us in death. In fact, while reading even this one post, millions of your cells have died and fallen from your body.
But that is not who we are. We are light and love in our divine being, in union with and in Christ. Know this and and find peace and power in your mortal body. Remember always that nothing impermanent is worth striving for. Or as Paul put it, fix your eyes not on what is seen and temporal, but on what is unseen and eternal.
Why? Because THAT is who you are. You are the light and in that light there is no darkness."
~ Theo Dekker, author of  "The Forgotten Way"