TEL TELESTI: No Exchange, No Return.

 

Tel  Telesti.

The work of the  cross cannot be undone!

In all the enemy’s  attempts to wreak havoc in the world and threaten Believers,

it’s the ONE thing that cannot be touched, moved, rearranged or undone.

It is utterly, unequivocally impossible! He has only a short time to try to discourage us.

A limited time.  And God, our Lion of Judah,  laughs. (Psalm 2:4)

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So the next time you come against an attack, instead of automatically going into

Bible- Man-Rambo-tie-it all up- cast- it- all -out mode;

                                     stop and remember: Tel Telesti.      Remember that it is finished.

                                       Accomplished.

shalom       ; nothing missing, nothing broken.  All things accounted for.

                                                              ALL.

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Trust in Him. Count on it.

Allow the wave of  His joy to wash over you ’til it grows into a laugh.

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God laughs at the enemy’s plans.           Join with me in the laughter, join  Him!

jesus laughingThe cross is your invitation to peace, to joy.

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His ways are perfect. His days are infinite.

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Prince & Pauper: A twist on Soul Prosperity and the “Orphan Spirit”

 Jesus is Saviour when He is available

and provides for all that you need in life.

When He is ALL you need,

then He is your

LORD.

There is much talk about the “orphan spirit” in the Body of Christ these days. Having grown up with 20+ foster children as a part of our family- several of them truly orphans; and living/ministering at Casa Hogar Benito Juarez , Tamaulipas, Mexico  I have had a good deal of interaction and learned much from children and adults who deal with feelings of loss, abandonment and lack of true identity.

I am glad that this teaching regarding the orphan spirit ( not knowing your true identity as it is rooted in Christ) is available.

I wholeheartedly support the circulation of it and pray for the truth to be the foundation in the lives of Believers.

But, yes, there often is a “but”, isn’t there?  Well, this post is no exception…

  I have seen a bit of error creep into this popular thought.

Let me “rabbit trail” here for a moment to illustrate my point…

    At age 11, my parents accepted a call to be full time “houseparents” at Ladoga Christian Children’s Home.  They had already had two years as emergency foster parents and wanted extended interraction with children in their care. When the call came, they accepted and we moved to another state, new schools, new home and NEW family! Instantly our number went from my parents and 2 sisters to 14!  We traveled together, ate at a  very looooooooooooooong Amish built table together, worshipped, washed dishes and fought together.

Now, if I were to line up  all of us kids in front of you, would you be able to tell anyone which of us were orphans?

NO! You couldn”t!  Because you cannot discern that by appearance.  In fact, here is one photo of us just so you can try!

So, why do we do that in the Body of Christ???   Some are stopping just short of the full glory and wonder of this teaching regarding our identities by giving the impression or just outright teaching that if you are truly free from the orphan spirit, or of feeling ” less than”, that you will

have all your needs met. That success as the world measures it { position, promotion, house, job, car(s), strong cash flow}

are indicators of your degree of freedom.

Well, I wonder. I wonder about Jesus if that is true.  The very Son of God, the Anointed One, the King of Kings had NO PLACE to lay His head when He walked the earth as an adult!  He had no castle, no caravan, no 401K, yet HE was NOT poor in spirit.

His identity did not rest in His title or what He received as the Son.

It rested in

WHO He knew.

Yes, there are many blessings, including financial prosperity that are inherited from sonship.  And we should appropriate them in our lives!  But we cannot, must not make them the identifiers of true son-ship, if you will pardon the pun. 🙂   Often the Lord is doing a deep work in one who is intimately acquainted with Him through trial, suffering and “want”, and that person is so very much richer than the one who believes and lives comfortably in his plenty.

Let’s look a few current examples.    Pastor Saheed Abendini:

This man is being held prisoner in Iran because of his faithfulness. He was arrested because of his ministry as a Christian.  He has been held captive for nearly two years.  Some American “word” teachers would claim he is lacking in his faith, or that he just doesn’t comprehend his inheritance so he remains in an unchanged circumstance.  REALLY?!!!   Then I guess he is in good company because Paul and other apostles were also held against their will.  To face adverse circumstances, opposition or material lack does not mean you do not understand the Father’s love for you.

My husband and I have been in a long season of testing, opposition and preparation. Previous to this season we had plenty and we learned to rejoice during want. We were stewards of hundreds, then thousands, and then tens of thousands of dollars for Kingdom purposes. The last eight years of our “standing in the waiting room” have been to hone us, to reshape us to steward millions.  How do I know this? Because one evening  we prayed together regarding the Kingdom  mandate we’ve been  given; asking for the millions needed to accomplish it , and shortly thereafter this season began.

What God has shown us is that storms cause roots to run deep.

Son-ship is about roots. You can’t see roots. You know a tree is healthy if it gives life, produces fruit.

The fruit of son-ship is spiritual and eternal , not physical and temporal.

    Storms  also cause love to be purified and teach you that hope often grows best in the dark.  During these dark years, we’ve had several “brothers & sisters” accuse us of lack of faith, lack of identity, lack of whatever!  In response, we respectfully say that if you are not absolutely certain of who you are in Christ, and who He is, then you could not endure eight months of hardship let alone eight years.  Pastor Saheed could not endure beatings, great hunger and separation of family if he was not convinced of who He is.  Jesus personified son-ship as he willingly entrusted His life to the Father through His arrest, crucifixion and burial.

For us, it has become more of a matter of inconvenience. None of the things that we “lack” or are waiting on really affect our relationship with our Abba.   We know HIM so much better, in such a deeper dimension than we did before this season began,than even after years of ministry and mission work,  know His character as we do now.

Isn’t that what sonship is about?  Truly?  That you not only know who you are, but that you know HIM?

See, once you know Him, circumstances are irrelevant.  Because only He and His love are eternal.  Callings, giftings, ministry, possessions, wealth, accomplishments will all melt away in times of persecution.  But to be utterly convicted that He is with you regardless of where you go or whom you face until the end of time is what will sustain you. This is soul prosperity!

7But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith ina Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

To know Him in the power of His resurrection and His sufferings-

is to truly identify with Him as a son of God.

I would rather know that He and I are inseparable than to have the millions and the silly list of things I think that I need.   And He has been working that in me and my husband for this long season.  He loves us enough to not want wealth to be a corrosive factor between the three of us.

THAT is a Father’s love: to withhold the very thing that you desire to give your child until they are fully prepared to manage it.

To submit to that parental wisdom is true sonship;   “If you are trusting in Jesus Christ this morning, the roots of your life were planted in the eternal counsels of God, and the branches of your life are growing into an absolutely sure and glorious future with God. There are no unimportant days in your life. You don’t ever have to go to bed at night feeling that your life is going nowhere. You don’t ever have to give in to the lie that you are not connected to an awesome purpose.”  -Desiring God by John Piper.

 

How  is Abba working son-ship  in you right now?