(Psalm 68:9 NIV- You gave abundant showers, O God; You refreshed Your weary inheritance.)
The other day, the sky was clear and blue and the sun was shining bright. It was extremely hot outside, yet still an incredibly beautiful day. And then all of a sudden, and I mean in an instance and out of nowhere— rain just came pouring down. Though the sun was shining and the sky was clear, the rain abundantly showered.
However, just as quickly as it had come, in the very next instance it simply stopped as if it had never started. In that moment, The Lord spoke to me and said, “That was just a reminder that when the “heat of life” seems unbearable, I Am there in the midst. And I can provide Living Water at a moment’s notice to renew, replenish, and refresh the hearts, minds, and spirits of the ones I love if only they would enter My Presence.”.
Beloved, Jesus is that Living Water and through His Holy Spirit we have an endless supply if only we would bring the cups of our hearts to Him that He may pour and we may drink.
(John 4:14 MSG-“Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless Life.”)
(John 7:37-39 MSG- Jesus took His stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Rivers of Living Water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in Me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to The Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.))
Had I not been outside, I would’ve never been able to feel the refreshing coolness of rain in the midst of the heat. The same can be said in regards to our relationship with God. If we never enter His Presence, we’ll never know The Life, Love, and replenishing calmness that is His Holy Spirit when the “heat of life” seems trying and unwavering. The Father says, it is in choosing to seek Him that we truly find Him.
(Proverbs 8:17 NIV- I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me.)
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 GNT- I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to Me. You will come and pray to Me, and I will answer you. You will seek Me, and you will find Me because you will seek Me with all your heart.)
Dear Hearts, can I just encourage you to intimately seek Him with your whole heart today? Our Heavenly Father is longing to be in relationship with you. His Word says seek because His heart deeply desires intimacy with you. It is in that intimate and personal time with Him that He can pour out The Living Water that is His Spirit upon you and shower you with His love and grace. It is in that secret place that God reveals His promises and purpose for the beauty that is your beating heart and His breath within you. You are His most treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6 MSG- You are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on earth for Himself as a cherished, personal treasure.)
Abba, I come to You this morning on behalf of every treasured being reading this asking and praying that You would help them to seek Your face with the understanding that it is in Your Presence that they shall find true Life. Father, I ask that You would pour out Your Holy and perfect Spirit upon them and shower them with The Living Water that is Your Life, Love, peace, joy, grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength. Let the purpose and power for Your breath within them prevail and every promise that You have for their lives spring forth. Abba, You are worthy, willing, and able. You are not just sufficient, but You are our more than enough. Let Your glory rest upon those that You treasure. I praise You for simply being You and I praise You for their lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“Christ is not a reservoir but a spring. His Life is continual, active and ever passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from The Living Fountain, we shall either grow stagnant or empty, It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.” ~ Albert Benjamin “A.B.” Simpson
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Before I share with you guys what God has put on my heart for you today, I first want to share with you this little lovely treat, so get excited! Yayyy! Haha! 😉
I don’t usually do book reviews or book giveaways, because when I started “AS-KS”, God gave me a specific vision and purpose for it. However, today I am honored to give away a signed copy of an incredible book written by an amazing woman of God and my sweet friend, Danise Jurado!
Danise is a Women’s Pastor and the Transitions Program Director at the LA Dream Center in Los Angeles, CA. She has a beautiful heart for God and for people. She is truly a gift from The Lord and just an awesome being. The name of her new book is “Fulfilled: Learning To Live The Life God Promised” and I can tell you that this is a book that you’ll want to read and be glad that you did.
Within “Fulfilled” Danise shares The Word of God, her heart, her personal experiences, and helpful and powerful practical tools and tips for life in such a way that it not only captures your attention, but your heart as well. Her words have paved a highway that will lead you to The Father’s heart and to His promises for your life.
My favorite quote from “Fulfilled” is actually from the last chapter of the book where Danise writes and I quote, “God sees the seed of promise He has placed within us. It has been designed perfectly by Him to come to full fruition.”. What a powerful truth!
I really love Danise’s heart, because she loves people so much that 50% of the proceeds from “Fulfilled” will be donated to the LA Dream Center which means that her words will literally be changing lives for the better. To God be the glory!
Be sure to enter the social media contest! The details are in the image above. And as I mentioned before, I will be giving away a copy of “Fulfilled”! So, if you’d like to enter to win the signed copy that I’m giving away, you can do so by leaving a comment on this post. I am then going to pray over every person who leaves a comment for two weeks, allow The Lord to guide me to the person who needs it the most, and then on 9/7/15, I will announce the winner and mail the book out to it’s recipient.
(John 6:32-35 GNT- “I Am telling you the truth,” Jesus said. “What Moses gave you was not The Bread from heaven; it is My Father Who gives you The Real Bread from heaven. For The Bread that God gives is He Who comes down from heaven and gives Life to the world.” “Sir,” they asked Him, “give us This Bread always.” “I Am The Bread Of Life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to Me will never be hungry; those who believe in Me will never be thirsty.)
In my last post, I shared with you guys how God has been continually taking me into deeper levels of intimacy in Him and how He has been revealing Himself to me in just the most incredible ways over the last few months, in which a couple of those ways have been through dreams and visions.
Well, this morning He spoke to me through a dream and I pray that I can find the right words to articulate and describe the encounter to you guys on the same level and magnitude that I experienced it.
The Lord called me to Him and when I entered His Presence, I was standing on what seemed like a large white cloud. There was no one there except for He and I. It was almost as if He had met me in a sacred place that was somewhere between heaven and earth. It wasn’t earth because the atmosphere was boundless and empty and all I saw was light all around me. Yet, somehow I knew that it wasn’t heaven either.
Though I didn’t physically see The Lord in front of me, I strongly felt His Presence with me. As I took a few steps forward, there before me was a large, rectangular shaped, wooden table that stood much taller than I was and it expanded as far as I could see both left and right. The table was completely filled with bread. The bread wasn’t in pieces, but instead it was just one large loaf and just like the table, it expanded as far as I could see in both directions. Right above the table was a wooden shelf that just existed in mid-air and on the shelf was a plaque that had the words “Bread Of Life” engraved on it in gold.
After reading the words on the plaque, I heard the voice of The Lord. He spoke to me and said,“In this Bread there is Spirit and Life. It is yours. I have freely given you an endless supply. Share It with My people.”.
When I woke up from the dream, I was a bit frustrated with myself because I knew that The Lord had said more to me than that, but I couldn’t remember it all. So, as I started to write down in my prayer journal what I did remember, He spoke those same words to me again and I knew in my heart that I had remembered what He wanted me to or what was most important to His heart for such a time as this.
After I finished journaling, several passages of Scripture came to mind.
(John 6:32-35 GNT- “I Am telling you the truth,” Jesus said. “What Moses gave you was not The Bread from heaven; it is My Father Who gives you The Real Bread from heaven.For The Bread that God gives is He Who comes down from heaven and gives Life to the world.” “Sir,” they asked Him, “give us This Bread always.” “I Am The Bread Of Life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to Me will never be hungry; those who believe in Me will never be thirsty.)
(John 6:63 NKJV- It is The Spirit Who gives Life; the flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak to you are Spirit, and They are Life.)
(John 14:6 NIV- Jesus answered, “I Am The Way and The Truth and The Life. No one comes to The Father except through Me.)
(Matthew 4:4 NIV- Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’”)
(Luke 22:19 NLV- Then Jesus took bread and gave thanks and broke it in pieces. He gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you. Do this to remember Me.”)
(John 1:1-4 NOG- In the beginning The Word already existed. The Word was with God, and The Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through Him. Not one thing that exists was made without Him. He was The Source of Life, and that Life was The Light for humanity.)
You see, The Bread that was before me on that table in my dream was symbolic of The Word of God and The Word of God is in fact— Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. So when God spoke to me and said, “In this Bread there is Spirit and Life. It is yours. I have freely given you an endless supply. Share It with My people.”, what He was really saying is, “I have freely given you My Son and through My Word His Spirit belongs to you, lives within you, and rests upon you. And in His Spirit there is Life. Share that Life with My people.”.
I believe sharing that Life with you means that yes, I share His Word with you. But, I also believe that it goes far beyond just feeding you Scripture. I believe it means that my life should reflect The Holy Spirit of Christ living within me in such a way that when you see me, you should first see Him. I believe means that I must love as He loves and arise to that which He has called in such a way that His glory becomes evident to every beating heart that I have the pleasure of encountering.
Jesus said that His Words are Spirit and Life and my prayer is that I would honor Him and live my life in such a way that my words, like His, would also be Spirit and Life; loving, comforting, encouraging, empowering, and soothing to the soul. I’ve said this many times before, and I am saying it again because I mean it with my whole heart and soul— everything that we need or long for is found in Him. He is the key that unlocks the door to The Life that we were purposed for; The Life that sustains us. Where our hearts hunger and thirst, He is The Bread Of Life and The Living Water that fills, quenches, and satisfies. The fulfilled life that we all seek and desire is as simple as making the choice to partake of The Bread Of Life that is Him.
Abba, I come before You this morning asking and praying that the words that You speak through me would truly be Spirit and Life to the heart and soul of every person reading this. May every word that I speak forth guide their hearts into Your Holy Presence. And in Your Presence may they realize, understand, and truly embrace their worth in You that they may know how precious they are in Your sight. Lord, today and everyday forth, I pray that Your perfect and everlasting love would infiltrate their beings. I pray that Your purpose for their lives would blossom, manifest, and come to fruition that they may thrive above and beyond their greatest expectations. Abba, let Your glory shine and rest upon them. I wholeheartedly praise You for their lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“Here is Bread, which strengthens man’s heart, and therefore is called The Staff Of Life.” ~ Matthew Henry
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