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The God Who Is Love

As a little girl I remember so well the desire to please my dad. I did everything I could to gain his attention and his trust. I craved that validation. Then in high school I did something I wasn’t supposed to do. He was so angry that he looked me in the eyes and told me that he was disappointed in me and could not trust me.  It was a crushing blow.  To lose something that I had worked so hard for and craved so much was devastating.

As a believers we sometimes view our relationship with our heavenly Father with this same kind of delicate frailty. We believe that those who pray the most and who stay the busiest “working” for the Lord have a better relationship with Him. He has to love them more.  So we strive and we press in and we strive some more and we press in some more until we are burned out, spent, and anxious because enough is never really enough.

Then when you come to the end of the striving and you stop trying to be so perfect and work so hard you are finally introduced to your real Dad.  Not the father of your particular religion, not the father of your interpretation of the scripture, but the God who is Love, that is your real Father. It is then, and only then, that you are able to relax because you realize that He isn’t waiting on you to get your work done.  He has been waiting on you to realize that He already did all the work so He could spend His time with you.  You see, it’s not about getting Him to love you.  He IS love.  Its really about you accepting that you are lovable because of Him.  And in knowing that love, you are fulfilled in life instead of anxious. Enjoying Him and He you.  That is relationship.  That is love.

Ephesians 3:14-21; I John 4:9-10, 19; Romans 8:38-39; John 15:13; Romans 5:8

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It Is Finished

On this day darkness met light
Sin met righteousness
Life met death
A reconciliation of all things and all people into One
Not a sin forgotten
not a nationality left out
For God so loved the whole world
For God’s plan included the whole world
And into His Son would be placed all sin
In Him would be the final seperation
In Him would be all law exacted
In Him would justice meet love
In Him would the blood make its final payment
Darkness fell and the earth shook
The wages of sin were deposited into the bank of eternity
Making way for the gift of God to be withdrawn
Unto all and upon all them that believe
Days later Light broke through
Righteousness came forth
and eternal Life conquered death
What was without was placed within
What is now within is being seen
Out of death came Life eternal
and it’s exceedingly, abundantly above anything we could ask or think.
Heaven on earth, Heaven in earth
It is finished!

Wynema Clark 4/3/2015

Commentary, Ministry, Religion; spirituality

Smell What The Lord’s Been Cookin

Have you ever tried to bake a cake with the wrong ingredients? It just never quite turns out. This example has been used by church leadership and ministries many times to evoke a need to re-evaluate what we are doing to see a desired end result in our lives. The other day I woke up thinking about this. As I lay in bed meditating on what that means from a new covenant paradigm I thought the most logical thing: If I am the cook then all this cake needs is Jesus to be perfectly perfect. Then the Holy Spirit stopped me and said why do you suppose that you are the cook in the equation? I had never thought that way before. I had always assumed that I had the major role in what goes in. But as I lay there in bed I realized that everything I need for life and Godliness has already been placed within me in Christ, so the ingredients are already there. Then as I rest in Him, He is cooking up His life and His nature through me that is as fragrant to a hurting world as baked cake is to a hungry nose. Neither the cook nor the ingredients are up to me the only thing I do is put myself in His hands and believe that He is cooking up more through my life than I could ever cook up on my own. I yield to His life within me, rest in what He has already done and then taste and see that the Lord is good.  And when I say good, I mean Jesus, He is the “good” that will be seen in me and He is the fragrance that will be smelled on me.  God really does have it in our lives.

2 Peter 1:3-8; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21; Hebrews 4; Colossians 1:27; Romans 6:13; Psalm 34:8

Commentary

Jesus The Builder of God’s House

Do you realize that you are perfectly compatible to be the dwelling place of Christ on this earth?  Did you know that we are called the temple of the living God, as well as the temple of the Holy Ghost?

To be called a temple is a big deal.  Have you ever read the specifications for the tabernacle in the old covenant? I don’t recommend it unless you like lots and lots of details because God was amazingly detailed.  I mean he was pretty clear with Moses that every little stitch had to be perfect or He wouldn’t move in.  Amazingly Moses built everything to scale and God indeed moved in.  Of course that still meant that only the High Priest could talk with Him and that is another story for another day.

I think we have had that same kind of idea about God’s presence.  That we need to make everything ready for Him to come, like our heart, our attitude and we certainly can’t have any un-forgiveness, that’s a deal breaker for sure.  If you have all of these things just right and the mood is properly set you could get a visitation from God.  And some people go from conference to camp-meeting just to be present for one of these visitations.

News flash!!  In the new covenant, on this side of the cross you do not go to a location to meet with God.  In the new covenant, because of Christ and His finished work He made you the temple so that God could move into YOU.  You are His temple.  Where Moses was the builder in the first house, Jesus in the builder of God’s house today and you are that house!

Remember that I said, everything in the first tabernacle had to be perfect on every level and every detail or God would not move in.  Well, Jesus the builder of the last house got every detail right, He finished His job with perfection so that God could indeed move in.  You are that house he finished, every detail of your heart was made perfectly right.  All of your old stuff was moved out and all of God’s stuff was moved in when you believed.  There is no need for visitation because God moved in!

So the next time you are feeling less than right, remember that you are His workmanship, his craftsmanship, that the builder who is Jesus got all the points right, God inspected it and said well done good and faithful servant and then He moved in.  He got rid of all your stuff and brought all of His stuff therefore you must be A-OK!

Reference:  Exodus 25, I Cor. 6:16-20, I Cor. 3:16, Hebrews 3:4, Ps. 127:1, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 2:10

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The Totality of the Cross

When you know Jesus, as He is, and how complete His work actually was, and that His life is present within you, then confidence and security are natural. You do not fear science, you do not fear intellectual thought, you do not fear cultural change. Because your hope is in Christ, your security is in something that is eternal. Where there is security in Christ there is confidence and out of confidence is progress!

Do not mistake the term “know Christ” as being saved. You can be fully and completely saved and loved and headed to Heaven and not fully know what happened at the cross and the reality of his life within you. You can be a Christian and very, very insecure. That was me most of my life. My dad used to say that we start our Christian walk at the finish line. I thought I knew what he meant but it wasn’t till I was in my forties that I even began to understand it. In fact, I’m still getting a grasp of it today.

What I see as the central key to an inward grasping of the person and work of Christ, is the cross. It was the single moment in time when God took upon himself, the death of us all. He became for us the sin and took the wages of it, which was death, that we all were destined for. He fulfilled the requirements of a law that, within humanity, could not be fulfilled, and nailed it all to the cross. He died the death of all humanity. God poured out his love on this world by receiving the consequences of something we had not even been born into yet and He did it so completely that we never have to question its validity. We never have to question the scope of its power. He was raised because it was finished, he was raised because you were justified, He was raised because the job was done. We just simply have to believe it. And by believing, we enter into it. His history becomes ours.

When you believe it, the adventure truly begins. When you believe, you get it all. He took our old life and we get to live from His life. You actually begin the journey with everything you will ever need for life and Godliness. The process is understanding it. It is renewing our mind to the totality of it. It is exercising faith in the reality of it everyday. Putting our hope in it, our confidence in it and out of that is a security so relevant that rest in it, produces progress. Where else can progress be made from resting?

That life within you becomes your reference point in times of fear, that life within you becomes your mental stability in circumstances that are beyond your control. His work so complete and His life so present that greater is He that is within you than what is in this world. It’s not something we have to make true by our faith it is something that already is true so we just put our faith in it. It’s just that simple!

Wynema I Clark

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Here’s to 2017

Here’s To 2017

This year has been full of challenges and a roller coaster ride of emotions. I have been put to the test in every possible realm and I remain completely dependent on JESUS.

I finish this year off with lessons I never knew I needed to know. Awakened to a love that I sometimes forget and asleep to anything that says I am not all that God created me to be.

I am stronger now in my Heavenly Father and I can see him doing in me what I cannot do on my own. Bit by bit I am learning that doing anything a part from Him is a failure before it even starts. But what I do is in Him and therefore I’m a victor before I see it complete.

My greatest struggles are the ones I want to control, such as my kids or my husband. I have learned that I have no control and the sooner I am good with that the less of a struggle I experience. I am not their answer, He is. And as long as I set my self up to be their answer, means the longer they wait to find that He is theirs as well. I’m just not that powerful.

This year I have become increasingly, painfully and blissfully aware that Christ is indeed the only life I have. Apart from Him I am nothing more than entertainment or a side show of good ideas and big talk.

I have become very content with the smell of honeysuckle on a spring walk, the satisfaction of a strong hug from my kids, or the unexpected clasp of my hand by Jeremy.

Every day is a reminder that “now” is all I have to work with. And in my “now” He is my great “I Am.” He has set me up from the beginning and it’s amazing to take advantage of that. 😉

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Endings and Beginnings

Endings can be awful, just awful at the moment, but in that moment when you have come to that end it means something new, something fresh is at its beginning.

A new perspective, a new way of seeing things or of doing life. If you will stop trying to make something that has come to an end, continue.

You find yourself in that place where you’re yelling, “OH WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM, WHO CAN SAVE ME?”

God says, “I already did, through JESUS Christ your Lord”. He is saying, I’m here, will you trust ME this time? I have always been here letting you do it your way, because you were convinced it would work. Waiting patiently till you would come to the end of doing it all by yourself and you would finally give it me.

I love you, I sculpted you exactly as I wanted so that you could enjoy life as I walked through you on this earth. Relax, trust me, I will lead you with my eyes, to people and places that allow you to grow and thrive. Those battles you’re fighting I already won, put down your weapon and rest in Me.

Wynema Clark – 11/29/2017

Commentary, Life

When Bad Things Happen

It’s so important to notice and appreciate the good moments, soaking them in and being present. Moment by moment things change, news happens and sometimes it can take your breath away for a time. The ups and downs of life are natural processes to this earth-walk. But remember that this is all temporary and you my friend, are eternal. That means your resources do not come from this place that is in a constant state of turmoil.

You are an eternal being with eternal resources filled with peace that is heavenly and life that is JESUS. This does not take away the temporary pain of the moment, but it does mean you do not live there. You live in Him and in Him is a peace that passes understanding. We are anchored, steady and have full
citizenship in a realm beyond this temporary place. We have JESUS to thank for that!

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“He Is”

 

He is the way, the journey and the destination.
He is the truth, the understanding, the revelation.
He is the life, the experience, what is real.
He is the bread, the wine, the entire meal.
He is the answer, the anointing, He is the call.
He is the first, the last, He is all.
Wynema I Clark  9/26/2016
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You Are Qualified

Jesus can revolutionize your life and world view. The idea of grace in its fullness characterizes the very nature of Jesus and changes our concept of the worth of humanity. Our world view in the past has been filtered through religion, which tainted our ability to accept those that would not qualify to be a part of our family. All the while hoping that the outcast and the freaks would conform to our image so that we would be more comfortable with them among us. After all we don’t want that kind of person to representing us, right? How ugly is that, how sad, bland, boring and comfortable.

In the old covenant only the high priest could go into the holy of holies in the presence of God. The high priest were the very upper crust, the closest to perfect that existed. They were the only ones worthy to even attempt to meet with God and even they would drop dead if they did not fully qualify. How frightening, how intimidating, how confident, how self assured would you have to be to attempt a journey into the presence of God?

The magnificent exchange was that the very God that the high priest feared, the God that reigned down manna from heaven and whose presence lived in the form of Shekinah glory behind the veil had a plan all along to come to us. To go to the darkest places and the deepest earth to identify with us. The very God we feared became one with those who would never qualify. Because what we failed to admit is that no matter how hard any of us try, none of us can ever qualify. It is only by grace through faith in this man Jesus Christ.

So you see, it’s not a matter of qualifying to get to God, it’s a matter of God qualifying to get to us. Who am I to disqualify anyone? Who am I to claim Christ death returns insufficient on anyone’s behalf. God wanted us all along. He wanted us to admit our dependence on him all along. So if you are an outcast, freak or classified weirdo Jesus came to you, identified with you and brought you freedom, grace, and love. Not freedom from who you are, but freedom from having to be who you’re not. We are all dependent on him, we require him, we thirst for him and in him we find our life. Run to him, don’t be afraid!

Hebrews 4:14-16, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Ephesians 3:19

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I’ve Come From:

From Adam to Christ  

From death to life

From old to new

From darkness to light

From works to rest

From law to grace

From judgment to righteousness

From exhausted to seated

From me to Him

From busy to content

From do to done

From anxiety to peace

From religion to relationship

From “what’s next” to “what’s finished”

From “have to” to “want to”

From temporal to eternal 

From glory to glory to glory 

Wynema Clark 5/26/15

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Authentic “You”

The reason the world is turned off by Christianity isn’t because we, as Christians, aren’t good enough.  It’s because we are very flawed but we present ourselves as if we are perfect, so we are fake. Glorified actors, who really have no idea who they are or what they really have to offer. Going through the motions. Doing what we believe looks like what a good Christian should be doing, what is acceptable in the religious community but to the world looks like fakery. Religion has essentially bound us to expectations and perfectionism. In some cases since early childhood.  So much so, that our creativity and individual expression havent been allowed to blossom. The problem is that the world sees through it, teenagers see through it and anyone who thinks sees straight through this act.  How are we as believers freed from expectations, preconceived ideas, perfectionism and being fake? Actually the message of the New Covenant authenticates the reality of our Christian walk.  Grace frees you to be very real, because you see that it’s all about Jesus anyway, and now you can relax.  Then you are faced with “now what” because for so long your actions have been determined by religion and now you are free to be you. All that you are left with is the expression of life that Christ can live through you and only you.  Are you good with that if it looks different or if it sounds foreign to the religious ear?  You are His workmanship, not the the religious establishment.  What would that even look like?  It’s a great big surprise but I can promise you that He will be seen.  This is what the world groans for, not our fake smiles and politics.  The world craves Jesus.