(Part 12 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
Be prepared for a mind shift. The way into the Kingdom of Heaven is with the mind of a child. One of the first things you’ll discover is the way Up into God is actually down. In order for Him to fill you and awaken you with His Spirit, your soul has to be dethroned. Get ready for war but in this case the appropriate response is surrender. You’ll be amazed at how you want to believe and to allow Jesus to be Lord in your life but for some reason your body and soul seem to have a mind of their own. In some ways they do….years of habit, generational behaviors, selfishness, fear… You’re not alone, we all have it. You will go through a season of war in which part of you is fighting against yourself.
I have taken a short break from writing on Transformation to focus all of my energy praying for an 8 year old girl from my church who has Stage IV cancer. Her name is Ellie Potvin. A group of us went to her home last week to pray for her healing and God was ever present. The King of Glory came to visit and left a miraculous sign of His time with us. Ellie had a sprinkling of gold dust on her head and hands. In the sweet innocence of a child she looked at her palms and said excitingly, “Glitter!” Others in the room discovered they also had this glitter in the palms of their hands. You can follow her story on her Caring Bridge site, scroll down to the May 22 entry to read about the gold dust:
Our God is a healer and no disease is too much for Him. Join with me in prayer for Ellie. We believe in miracles and know the sweet perfect love of God for his child. Let today be the day of the miraculous healing in Jesus’ name!
(Part 11 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
The journey with God is full of paradox, mystery, ecstasy, clarity and deep places of questioning your understanding. These extremes continue throughout because God is limitless, but at the same time He is unchanging. Spiritual transformation is all about getting to know God one facet at a time and allowing ourselves to be changed from the inside out into His likeness. Our journey’s are unique but also have common seasons.
(Part 10 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
To the casual on-looker Spiritual Transformation could be confused with self-help. They both include a gradual increased state of wellness and contentment in life. The most obvious difference is the focus; self-help is all about me and my needs, the gospel is all about Jesus the change-agent who is doing the work in me and it’s goal is not for me. I am changed in order to affect you. I am changed from the inside out causing my direct connection to God to be clean, crisp and powerful impacting my encounters with you.
My desire in moving forward in the process is not so I can be more beautiful and happy, those are just by-products. I am moving forward because God’s love for the world has ruined me and I want what He wants.
God isn’t satisfied until He is holding you and embracing you with a perfect love that sees no flaws, no weaknesses, only the perfect child that is His. If you are feeling drawn toward God, it’s because He is pursuing you. You are not forgotten. You matter.
You have one more opportunity to see “Day 5″ up close and personal with it’s Best of Show blue ribbon at Ciel Gallery, in the SouthEnd District Gallery Crawl tomorrow night from 6-9pm. Ciel Gallery is located at 1519 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC 28203. It is one of many galleries open for your walk about from 6-9pm. Family friendly or great Date Night out. Hope to see you there!