The mind of Christ
At some point we have to lay aside our ways for His ways. We have to care enough to find out His ways and allow His standard to change us. My premise being, once He sees that our hearts desire is to promote His Kingdom in all that we do, well, that is a gamechanger. I am His precious little girl, His ambassador, His ordained queen and priestess...whether I am cooking healthy food or taking dance classes of all kinds. I tell fellow believers, He is with me and inspires me in each of those pursuits...sometimes I get an awkward laugh, but sometimes I get further inquiry, which is the better response. You see, you can tell a lot about a person by how they respond to what it is they do not fully understand. As I stated in my teaching, we all have a tendency to fear what we do not understand. However, none of us, no matter how long you have been saved, fully comprehend the Kingdom of God and His purposes. So if we are not careful, we will unintentionally reject the very Kingdom we long to see here on earth.
Luke 6:47-48 (KJV)
Overcome your fear of the opinion of men
I've encountered a glimpse of Kingdom Culture, just a glimpse. Culture is about beliefs and values that shape human creativity and even intellect. We have to ask Jesus for help in understanding His culture. I know that what matters to the Father is what is in your heart. Jesus said "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." We need to have accountability and spiritual leaders in our life to guide us or this can be a slippery slope. However, if you heart is pure, I believe you will produce pure things, no matter your endeavor.
Ironically, many American Christians complain about the shows on TV or the latest Pop song, yet refuse to step in those arenas and bring the power of God. I'm not talking about partnering with Luciferian power holders, that's just stupid. I'm talking about relying on God for the resources and influence you need to make the impact you were born to make. This can come in the most unexpected ways, it just needs to promote the King and the Kingdom.
Please understand, this is more than a "chase your dreams" pep talk. I'm talking about overcoming the fear of the opinion of men, while also staying humble and teachable...no easy task.
Let me tell you a story to challenge you. I remember the night I was going out to celebrate with a friend for her birthday a few years ago. Before heading over to the nightclub, I went into my secret place and I prayed. I prayed for the people there, I prayed for my friends, I prayed with my spiritual language and with 100% confidence that when I walked in there, I brought the Kingdom of God with me. Oh. Yes. I. Did. You would have to understand my backstory but I didn't pray because I was afraid to go, I didn't feel anything about it other than the usual awareness that a lot of bad can happen, especially at those hours. However, that night was so much fun! Three different people came up to me and said "there is just something about you", one woman said "your joy makes me feel happy, you light up this place!" I promise you, I was sober!
For me, this was not about approval or disapproval of where I was, it was confirmation from Jesus to me: "Desiree, YOU ARE MINE. I am responsible for you, be mindful of the situations you put yourself in. Together, there is no atmosphere WE cannot shift, I AM the Resurrection, I AM the way, the truth, and the life, I have overcome this world, I am bigger than any demon in hell. As long as you are with ME 100%, I AM with you 100%." In that unusual situation, I received such an confirmation of my relationship with God and therefore, a greater awareness of the situations I put myself (and consequently Him) in. Isn't that so backwards and amazing at the same time? So many Christians see Him as just Judge, when He is so Pappa!!
I believe many believers focus so much on the right or wrong (or confuse taboo with sin) because they lack faith in the promise of resurrection, renewal, and transformation through the power of the Spirit. We also don't give each other the grace to go through our individual processes. Instead it's easier to judge one another...than believe that God could be so good. Yes I know, some people are playing games with the name of Jesus but I'm talking about those of us who are honestly trying to figure it all out. I've learned that instead of striving to be perfect or fit into everyone's definition of how I should be, I need to make sure of one thing: I am His and He is mine. In this space I don't have time to judge, or covet what others have, or feel forsaken at any moment. I'm just working out my own soul salvation AND living in this life more abundantly, free from powerless religiosity.
Only then do I believe we will see the manifestations of the Kingdom of God we have been desiring to see. We need each other. We each of a piece of the puzzle the other needs. We each have revelation so many need to hear if they are willing to listen. We can change our communities and our nation if we begin to see the things beyond what worked 50 years ago. Just because your grandma was at the same church for 200 years and prayed every Friday night at the church meeting that doesn't mean that is what God needs from you. We were made to conquer, Father God is waiting to promote us with more authority but first we have to
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Identity then revelation of purpose
Have you ever felt like you needed to step away from something in order to see it more clearly?
The FAther is jealous for you
It had been building up for a long time. I have been seeking God in a deeper way in the last 2 years. The powder keg, so to speak, exploded after coming back from Carolina Revival on October 6, 2018. I don't know exactly what happened, why, or how. I just know there was an encounter with Yeshua that I desperately needed. I let go of somethings, but I gained something too. I just didn't know exactly what. After a day of pondering of all this, I was given permission to pause. I felt the Spirit, saying, "just stop for a minute," it was a deep unction within me to push pause on any spiritual influences outside of this one thing: devotion. I heard pause from church for a minute, enjoy this season, stop performing, stop striving. Spend time with your family and with Me. That's it.
The power is not actually in the pause, the power is in obedience to Christ.
At the time I had told two different people I would praise dance with them. I'm a woman of my word, even to a fault sometimes. I delayed obedience to this unction of the Spirit to complete these two praise dances and then...I stopped. Like I said in my previous post, I was spending time with family, including Kingdom family outside of church. However during this time, the main attraction was of course Jesus Himself. I knew He was positioning me. That's why, no matter who you think you are, when God tells you to push pause, you push pause brothers and sisters. No matter who gets offended, misunderstands, or turns their back on you.
There is only one place you NEED to be
The True Vine
15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me,he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." - Yeshua
John 15 (NKJV)
It's amazing how Christians apply certain concepts we hear in church to our lives, but we don't know what Jesus actually said. For example, church leaders say " you need to be planted at a church." The intention behind the concept is based on good intentions, however, Jesus never said that. He said we needed to be connected to Him. Abide. There are many people committed to a church building that are not committed to Christ in their daily decisions. They are not connected to the Vine. Commitment to attendance is no good if that commitment is not producing an abiding in Christ that leads to deepening roots in Christ; growth. Remember Ephesians 4, church government is designed to cultivate your relationship with Christ not grow the business of church. I don't want to receive a text message every time I miss a church event. I want to receive a text message that makes sure I sought out the secret place that day. That's the kind of accountability that produces abiding believers who walk in consecration and change their world.
I don't want to go off on a rant about religion here. Although, I just might. There are too many church-goers who become fascinated by believers who live a life of consecration, actually love people, and make hard decisions to honor Christ and others behind closed doors. This fascination, is the fruit of dysfunction in the body of Christ. People supplement their lack of authentic Christ-centered devotion by making sure others see them as devoted, kind of like the Pharisees:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness." - Yeshua (Matthew 23:27)
I purposefully want to make a distinction between church-goers and believers. They are not the same. Abiding in Jesus is much more than attending church. I would even dare say modern "church" is a distraction from the family Jesus sought to create. Assembling yourself with other believers is a beautiful thing that adds incredible stability, accountability, and joy. Spiritual authority in your life is most beneficial and you will miss out on a lot without it. However, what is most important, is to cultivate a close enough relationship with Jesus, so that you hear His voice clearly. Especially if you are a leader of any kind including of a household. And sometimes, the seeking to hear His voice, requires you to silence a few others for a season.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Every human being wants peace, comfort, happiness, joy, satisfaction, affirmation, rest, excitement, and fulfillment. How we go about achieving these things vary as much as there are people on the earth. I want to share a revelation that I hope will lead people to the Source of all those things, so you can keep yourself grounded.
True freedom and peace must be found in the quiet of your core: what I call Centeredness. Centeredness means you find all you need within the Presence of God around you and within you. There are many humanistic explanations of this but because I believe in the Master of the Universe and not some spooky personless "universe," my perspective is a bit different. While mindfulness and "the secret" followers have good points to make, it's all incomplete without the Heavenly Father, the source of all life and light. Jesus already had this figured out over 2000 years ago, these humanist-universe people are late.
How It All Started
A few weeks ago when I went to an office Christmas Party for the sole purpose of shaking a tail-feather, afterwards, I begin analyzing myself, why did I do this or that, etc. This might seem weird but bear with me. \
Let's read I John 1:5-10 from The Message Bible:
5 This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
Where I would normally feel uncertainty and maybe even guilt, I begin to see opportunity to look within myself. It was then the Holy Spirit shared this truth: You are not defined by your desires. In other words, don't define who you are or what is good for you, based on your urges or impulses. First of all, we are products of our culture, we do well to take some time away from familiar faces and places to really ask our Creator to define us. Just you and Him. Its not about whether our wants are good or bad, its the perspective that the obtaining of those things are going to bring us into peace, comfort, freedom, etc. After all, some of my thoughts or desires have made me say..."dang...am I even saved?"
Has that ever happened to you? Probably so. The more people I talk to, the more I realize we all have things: tempers, bad habits, thoughts, or other weaknesses we wish we didn't. Then, there are those gray areas that we wrestle with like, what to do on a Friday night, alcohol, secular music, etc.. As Christians we are taught to feel guilty about temptations, not just because they are "wrong," but because "Christians don't act like that." What a strange concept!! How DO Christians act then? Are they human? Did some Christians come up from their baptism with zero fleshly urges, while others still had theirs? Were some baptized in Olive oil or maybe Kool-aid? God only knows what's in that stuff. Anyway, just trying to figure out this "holier than thou" crap, aka hypocrisy.
Instead of focusing on how we are "supposed" to act, based on some type of subjective idealism, I decided there has to be a better way.
Psalms 16:11 (KJV)
Listen, God is not angry with you because you are flesh. In fact, God is not frustrated with your carnality. Yes, it is the enemy of His purposes because He desires us to come into wholeness (what I am calling Centeredness) and we cannot come into wholeness as long as our every desire controls us. However the answer is not some Pharisee type legalism. Let's read again: "If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing." Surrender to God was never equal to the denial of our flesh. Surrender to God is the pursuit of God and yes there are some issues He will deal with along the way. However, that is not the main focus of our fellowship with the Father. He is the potter, we are the clay. We just need to stay in His hands.
Let's get real, we are who we are based on an unknown combination of nature and nurture. So, for example my expression of my sensuality on the dance floor is just ME...not some alter ego I have to hide. I am able to approach God and others as my full authentic self, when I take ownership of ME. My surrender to God is saying you have better use for this sensuality and I can find it's purpose in You. That doesn't mean I am losing anything by getting my groove on, but I am also not gaining anything either and that is key to breakthrough. That's where you stop relying on outward things and begin to seek Him and ask Him to rule your inward.
For example, anger is often a mask to cover feelings of sorrow, helplessness, frustration, etc. Only with our connection to the Father, the Source, can we find our path to letting go of anger and be empowered to overcome what we are seeing as helplessness and the cause of our frustrations. In Heaven there are no pointless pursuits, anger is a valid emotion but we have to filter it through God, because God is Love, only He can use that energy of anger and turn it into something useful and beautiful.
Peace is powerful, because, when used correctly, it can provide us with the ease and comfort we crave regardless of our surroundings. Peace leads to freedom but for the purpose of this journey I am separating the two because I am defining freedom as the ability to have satisfaction and fulfillment which is usually the aim of "fun" anyways.
I encourage you to sit down with your Creator and discuss yourself with Him. I think you'll enjoy it and you'd be surprised at the affirmation that you get from Yehovah Himself. You definitely need to be free from religion though before you try to have these conversations with the Almighty. Your misconceptions about The Most High can hinder your ability to "have an ear to ear." God cannot give you revelation you are not ready for. So please read Let Your Religion Die, So Your Faith Can Live if you haven't already.
Desiree Cummings is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Liturgical Dancer, Fitness Enthusiasts and Foodie that has been impacted by the goodness and love of Jesus. All these things are woven throughout her writings.