Commentary, Gospel, Life, Love, Ministry

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", Commentary, Ministry, Poetry

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Making way for the gift of God to be withdrawn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

Commentary, Insticts, Life, Love, Ministry, Religion; spirituality

Instincts

I just heard the most awful sound. The high pitched squeal of a squirrel caught in the mouth of my sweet, but all too quick Bandit. I was mortified I was petrified, while he was basking in the adrenaline that comes from instincts fulfilled.

Between my sweet neighbor and I, we managed to free the little critter from his clutches. I had to call the vet because the sound of that squirrel goes against my nature. It was awful! But it’s completely within the realms of Bandit’s instincts. What he did was natural and to him it was a victory.

Here is the lesson! My instinct, my God given spiritual responses are to love, to speak peace, to do the next right thing. In an environment that tells us that our flesh rules and our emotions tell the truth, my spirit cries out LOVE. When that instinct is fulfilled I’m like Bandit, playful, I have that adrenaline rush and I know I’m walking in the life of my creator! Even when this world is saying NO and when lies are knocking at the door I will follow my God given instinct and LOVE and then run in the yard like a banshee!

How about that! ♥️♥️🤗

Breathe, Enjoy The Journey, Life, Poetry

Breathe

I like bluebonnets in a Texas springtime,

And the landscape of a desert sky.

How about a canopy of trees along a winding road.

These are the things that make me take life slow

And breathe.

Breath the smell of honeysuckle

along a path I like to ride,

Or the smell of dinner cookin

through the back porch screen.

Life is sweet, Life is beautiful

So breathe.

Enjoy the endless journey of the ocean,

as your toes are buried deeply in the sand.

Let the music of your life have a

pleasant beat.

Cause life is sweet and it’s beautiful

So breathe.

Take in the moments as they come.

Don’t let your troubles hold you down.

Kiss your babies before they’re grown

And put that laptop down.

Cause time is passing,

And it’s beautiful

So breathe.

Wynema I Clark

3-12-2018

Enjoy The Journey, Life, Poetry, poetry; commentary, Religion; spirituality, Religious

Enjoy The Journey

Sometimes I like to take a walk

Call a good friend for a

light-hearted talk

Read a good adventure book

Or look around and take

A long hard look

At what is mine in the here and now

To see it in creation

and just say “wow”

I see it in the trees and the sky

and I fill it in the air that is crisp

In the cute, freckle face kid

whose hair is in a wisp

I see it in the stars, in the sun

and the rain

I see it in the comfort and

I feel it in the pain

I see it in my home when

the kids are running free

I see it in the mirror when

you’re looking back at me

I see it all around so I can

slow down my pace

And enjoy this journey now

because of your amazing grace!

Commentary, Cross, Gospel, Life, Love, Religion; spirituality, Religious

Just Live

We over theologize. It’s actually really simple. I think it is us who require proof, explanation and experience. We spend lots of time and money to understand. We travel, we read, we study. Maybe it’s an American thing and it’s a good thing, but it’s really not necessary.

What if you don’t have access to all the resources or education? What if you can’t read or maybe you live in a country without religious freedom?

I’ve seen people in dire straights, desperate for help, who simple tell God I can’t, I give it to you, and He takes it and loves them as they slowly begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. People with no formal education and no means except for the simple ability to believe and they are transformed.

I’m convinced that it’s about relationship with a loving God who meets us where we are, we don’t have to find Him in an elaborate building or a well dressed speaker on a platform. Jesus made the way that simple. Do you believe?

We Americanized believers question our faith, our forgiveness, our walk, our church attendance, our clothing, when the heavenly standard was met in Christ, do you believe it? Then relax, have relationship and stop measuring God’s ability to love you by external measurements and open your eyes to see that He has been all along. Just live!

"It Is Finished", Cross, Gospel, Life, Love, Poetry

The Gift

He said, I have something for you,

Will you have it?

You receive the gift

You open it to find

Your first breath in new life

Clear, pure, organic

It’s as if you died

Only to wake up to eternity

But you’re still grounded

Strength with an eternal quality

Swimming in rivers of love

You look the same, but it’s different

It’s new, it’s otherworldly

In this single gift is everything

Absolutely everything

All you can think to say is,

Oh my gosh, thank you!

He smiles and you know

You’ve only just begun.

Wynema Clark 12-18-2017

"It Is Finished", Commentary, Cross, Life, Ministry, Religion; spirituality, Religious

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

Gospel, Life, Love, Religion; spirituality

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. 😉

Commentary, Cross, Gospel, Love, Ministry, Poetry, Religion; spirituality, Religious

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!

"It Is Finished", Commentary, Cross, Gospel, Life, Poetry, poetry; commentary, Religion; spirituality, Religious, Uncategorized

“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