WHAT WOULD IT TAKE?
What would it cost to fully engage within the reality of our Homeland? What are we willing do in order to become the full habitation of Heaven? What are willing to lay down so that the joy that was set before Him may be fulfilled in all the realms? Nothing less than everything. Everything looks like one possessed. Everything looks like one obsessed. Everything looks like one consumed. Everything looks like one within whom an unquenchable FIRE rages.
It’s looks like an unbroken communion and it looks like union. If we would truly lose our lives for Him we will find a life that looks like the Son of YHVH. We will find the mind blowing, wave after wave after wave of the infinite revealing of the ONE. We will find the truth of LOVE. It’s nothing less than my life. My life? I dare to consider it my own? From the day I knelt at the foot of the cross and kissed the sacred, pierced feet of my Redeemer, the Living Word became encoded within my heart “You are not your own. You were bought with a price!” What a glorious marital union! As He laid down His own life in absolute surrender, willingly surrender to such infinite LOVE!
Once I was a slave to sin, separation and orphanhood but that day I became a slave to true Love. Yes the enemy tries to counterfeit that by causing us to be entangled with “lesser lovers;” it’s called idolatry. But Jesus said “IF ANYONE COMES TO ME AND DOES NOT HATE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND WIFE AND CHILDREN AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS - YES, EVEN HIS OWN LIFE - HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. AND WHOEVER DOES NOT CARRY HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE”
Now before we get all tied up in a knot. Do we really think that the one who said, “Love your enemies and honour your parents” is telling us to “hate?” When a soldier leaves his home to become enlisted in the army to fight for His country he has literally signed a paper of his death. By him walking away from everything it looks like hate as he swears allegiance to his country. In this place he become a new man. He is given a new name (number), a different set of clothing. His life is literally not his own. It belongs to his country.
This is still a weak analogy of the power of turning my life over to Yeshua - relinquishing control and abdicating the throne of my heart to Him.
There is a sound that has been released and those who can hear it is becoming possessed by the consuming desire to know Him. The sound of the voice of the Son is stirring the waters within and without. The waters are vibrating under the power of LET THERE BE LIGHT! Truth has been unfolding, flung across the heavens like an unending scroll. This is my beloved Son! Hear Him! That command resounded in all the realms as all creation united with the VOICE - SONS be manifested!
When the VOICE FILLS US, everything within us will be shaken to its core. Once again, the Voice will evict “illegal tradings” from His holy temple. Once again the LIVING WORD with declare unflinchingly “MY FATHER’S HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER” YHWH's house is a place of ceaseless dialogue. His house hums with the sound of His eternal Voice. It’s union. It is I in Him and Him in me. But what would it take? Yeshua could have said so many other words in Gethsemane. But this is what He said. “NOT MY WILL BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE”
This is the crux of it all. Someone said that we ask God to know His will for our lives usually because we want to be in control of our life and our future. But the Son of God laid down His will. He relinquished control. Control and responsibility are two different things. Be it unto me according to Your desire. He is a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him. And that is what it is exactly. Not seeking other things but seeking HIM. We will be “rewarded with HIMSELF” He is the mystic secret to all things. He is the pleasurable secret hidden in the Father. He said “I and my Father are one and the same”. This seeking is an eternal pursuit but it’s carried upon the wings of Rest. He himself is that Rest.
I know that there are a “few” who are “off their” rockers enough; who truly believe, who will hold nothing back, who are possessed enough, who are obsessed enough, who are weak and foolish enough, who are single-hearted enough - who are willing enough - who know that they know that they know - it’s all or nothing - loving not their lives even unto death.
Can’t you see? Can’t we see? We are a holy nation, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, a chosen people (YHWH’s precious possession - yes! Possession! Let's flip the switch on that word! That we may show/declare the praises/excellencies of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous LIGHT!” That we may walk in the light as He is in the Light of which He Is - that we may have “fellowship” with one another “in the light” and the blood of Jesus HIS SON cleanses from all sin! Why then do we return to the beggarly elements of this world? Why then do we live as though He did not translate us from a realm in darkness, by His very own hand? There is something to be said of a life that is given over to YHWH.
”...These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. (Even the memory from the dark country they refuse to hold in their memory).
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” These were beyond radical. They are those whom the world would call fanatics. They talk of a country that the world had no clue of. “No, we do not belong here. We are from another kingdom. Our kingdom is not of this world.” But the earth belongs to us! The earth and the world (two different entities!) So we are responsible for governance!
Are we willing to allow ourselves to become so possessed that living waters gushes out of us? And we cannot have preconceived notions of what that should look like. It may not look like what we think it should be. Our focus - our gaze should be entwined and locked within the burning flames of His eyes and just BE ...BECOME...
Where are those who would love not their lives even unto death?
~Elizabeth Gomes || August 18th 2018