Anything + Christ = More Than Enough

Pastor Wilkes is now resting in eternity. I remember him from years ago. He was a small humble man who saw his large family through what seemed to me like unending trials. He’d smile saying, “Anything plus Jesus is more than enough.” He used that same saying in a sermon once; when I went with my mother to hear him speak to a congregation of people in Los Angeles. I learned what Paul spoke of when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9
“…But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

As of late I have decided to walk through life with my eyes closed. By this I mean my human sight. Looking inward to my heart where the Holy Spirit dwells. Moving through this world I can see things as they are with a greater clarity; even my own wretched flesh constantly whining like a spoiled child.

With my eyes wide shut I see through His perspective. No longer distracted and tripping over stumbling blocks. His eye will guide me. Truly He is the Light within that breaks through darkness to shine outwardly to guide us and lead us.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105

By prayer and meditating on His Word, taking time to totally abandon every human sense and response; I surrender all that I am to Him. Then truly it is not me… but Him working in me.

Therefore it is His ear that listens to hear the sadness of a the wounded heart. And His shoulder offered as comfort. It is His heart and a measure of His compassionate love that is shown to the disadvantaged, even to our enemies. It is His feet that walk; hurrying us off to tell the Good News to those in need of a Saviour. It is the very Spirit of God’s Anointed One reaching out as hands are laid upon the one who’s ill …surely they will have an encounter with the Great Physician.

When we surrender all that we are to Him and totally allow Him to reign not only in our live but with in us. Then our human striving will cease. Self-interest, our ego, etc..   melting away down to our core being; which is our eternal souls. Then through His gracious mercy His power comes to perfection in our human weakness. We then pray not for the desires of our hearts because we are in this moment sharing an intimate fellowship with Him which can only perceive the desires of His heart and all things that Glorify Him. In Him we are made whole and lack for nothing.

Matthew 15:35-38 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.

Anything plus Jesus in more than enough.

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

I think we all desire to be loved in a deep and intimate way. I know that I do. Having found myself in all kinds of situations and dilemnas… I knew there was no where else to run except to the arms of my first Love. He is not the lover of my body but the Lover of my soul. When I am with Him I find Joy, Peace, Truth, a great matchless Love and above all a very sweet repose.

A dear close friend of mine told me two things that I am often reminded and I NEVER forget:

1. Sin will make you stay longer than you want to stay and pay more than you want to pay.

2. FEAR is:

As I cast my cares upon my Beloved’s refining fire… I can relax in His strength. Chaos may encircle me externally, but He makes me to be unaware and not to worry. He leads me to green fields and quiet waters to rest and to be restored to Him.

I am a prodigal and yet He embraces me with a deep, ever-faithful abiding Love and seats me with Himself in High (Heavenly) Places.

Weapons Used to Fight the good Fight

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.