Jesus and the New Normal

By Abby Hersh (Ready For The Harvest Intern)
 

What kind of “normal” has Jesus called me to?
 
It’s something I’ve been pondering more and more in these recent months, during a season of being surrounded by amazingly inspiring, anointed men and women of God- and life-changing moves of God- like never before in my life. I’m hearing so much, being challenged and mentored and refined by so much, but so far feeling like I’m still seeing quite little of the Kingdom in my own day-to-day “normal” living. A holy hunger is steadily but surely building up, where I can’t be satisfied to remain a passive observer in my comforting little boat of familiarity any longer.
 
To provide a bit of an introduction, my name is Abby and I’m a brand new intern for a friend and mentor who is quickly becoming very dear to me, Donna McCabe! I can share more about my upbringing and personal journey in later posts, but Donna and I’s paths crossed and hearts connected during a weekend of nightly revival meetings in San Diego, a community that has made a tremendous impact on my life in a short but really special time. At these meetings Donna began sharing testimonies of her missions and ministry work, her life journey, her struggles and her incredible encounters with the Lord, His love and His power; I quickly realized this was a realm of intimacy and obedience and trust with Papa God that I had not yet known, and absolutely had to learn! Even though I hadn’t yet seen it in my life or the lives of those nearest and dearest to me, I believed there truly was so much more… so much more of the Father to know and abide in, so much more of His anointing to be walking in, and so much more of the Kingdom (and most importantly His affectionate love) to be ushering in around me!
 
If you can relate to that place of tension and anticipation- between what the Word says, Jesus exemplified and what you’ve heard time and again from others, vs what you’re experiencing in your own life- then I invite you to join me in this blog-documented adventure! It’s an adventure of pressing past our past and all its shortcomings and disappointments; pressing past what we’re always known and done; casting aside every reason we hear in our minds for why we aren’t closer with the Lord, or hearing Him more clearly, or obeying Him more, or having heavenly encounters, or seeing people healed and touched by His presence, and so on and so forth. Please join me in a journey of believing there really is so much more (that the Father is more than joyous to reveal)! Join me in rejecting the paralyzing fears and disqualifying accusations, and running after Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength!
 
I don’t yet know what this stepping-out looks like (and it’ll be a completely unique path the Lord wants to pave with each one of us) but the best starting point is simply a willing and faith-filled heart! Feel free to join me in this prayer (and then articulate one straight from your own heart)!: “Father God, I’m going to choose to seek Your face today, with a humbled, excited, grateful and expectant heart! I repent of my sinful and selfish ways, and ask you to cleanse me of all unrighteousness by the mighty blood of Jesus. Thank you for making me new Father, thank you for allowing me to sit in your lap and soak you in and learn your ways. Thank you for loving and rejoicing over me in the most precious and life-giving way. Thank you Papa that no voice of condemnation or shame is EVER of you; that you delight in mercy and grace, and see me for who you created me to be. Lord, I ask that you help me abide in you and commune with you in the most intimate and special way today. I receive your daily bread; I receive all that you have for me, and I ask that you flood me with your perfect, refining, purifying, healing love! I receive the fullness of your firey love Lord, so that I can let it flow right out of me into everyone I encounter! Holy Spirit please take control; help me to rest in you and trust your voice and see your unmatchable goodness, and please help me to walk in the authority and confidence and power I already have in you. Please give me eyes to see the wounded, the hurting, the weak, to see every single person as you do Father. I thank you so much for this beautiful day, your beautiful Presence and how you’re taking me deeper and deeper and deeper into your heart. I choose YOUR will Lord, your ways and your thoughts, and I say Kingdom of Heaven come right now into my life! In the amazing name of Jesus, amen!”
 
So here we go, Burning, Hungry and Trusting Children of God! With Jesus we CAN step out of what we’ve always known, into the great Spirit-led unknown, hand-in-hand with the victorious One. There’s no better place to be!

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God’s Love

God’s Love

My love is perfect
My love is whole
A love like no other
My love restores
Sets captives free
Heals broken hearts
My love is perfect
My love is whole

My love is perfect
My love is whole
Restoring the broken bodies
Refreshing all who come
Opens hearts
Opens minds
Heals all
Restores all
My love is perfect
My love is whole

Removes all guilt
Shame is no more
Freedom from fear
Silencing all lies
My love is perfect
My love is whole

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What’s reality

The other day my son was watching an old Star Trek TV show. You know, the really, really old ones from the 60’s. In this particular episode the landing party was doomed to repeat US history of the shootout at OK Corral. They were the Earps who would be shot and killed that day. Try as they might, the couldn’t escape and everything pointed towards their inevitable death at 5pm. That is until Spock realized that the world they were in did not hold true to natural laws. What they saw appeared to be reality, but was only real to the extent that they believed it to be real. That was it! They found the key to surviving this shootout without injuring others – believing a different reality!

I sat there and couldn’t believe the Spiritual realities of this episode. Too often we are consumed by the lies and realities of our world we live in. We can’t see the Truth of the Kingdom realities God offers. Because we can’t see His realities we end up face to face with what we believe is true. We get what we have faith for. The key to stepping into more of God’s reality is to renew our minds to the Truth of God’s Word and His Kingdom realities. It takes time with God in intimacy to accomplish such a wonderful thing. As we commune with God we begin to think like he thinks, see what he sees, and act as he acts. We have the mind of Christ! 1 Cor 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ!

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Accepted in Christ

God recently set me free from some lies I have believed! I know that others too struggle with these same lies. We may be able to recite scripture, which states the Truth, but if it is not a living reality to us we are prone to walk in deception.

Let me see if I can describe it without a picture. I knew that once I was saved, I was made right with God. Pictorially, God was over me and I was fully in alignment with Him, right below him. The lie I believed is that if I did something wrong or failed to do the right thing that I was moved off to the side of God, no longer in alignment. I believed that if I sinned, I was no longer right with God until I confessed it and repented. I had to do something to get right with God again. Sounds like trying to keep the Law to me. We cannot earn right standing with God. This doesn’t mean we do not need to keep a clean conscience with God or to ignore the impact of what we did on others. No, we stay in relationship with both God and people.

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:4). That is the only way. So, what was really happening is that my belief (my faith) that I was no longer right with God because I failed to do the right thing or did the wrong thing, made me not right with God. I got what I had faith for! Here’s the deal, when we are saved, it’s no longer us who live but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). The Son of Righteousness lives in us! How can we NOT be right? Impossible unless we believe we are not right. We are always right with God.

When we feel bad because we sinned that shows that it isn’t our desire or our nature to sin anymore. We don’t want it. It is not who we are! That shows we are changed, new creations. By faith we say yes to God’s grace and we remain in right standing with him. Nothing can ever change that unless we believe it will. I got to renew my mind to this Truth so that I can always stay in right standing with God and not go hide myself and disqualify myself. Nothing disqualifies me from being right with God! Nothing but my beliefs.

Now that is Good News!!!

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Praying For Our Leaders

So often, I have found it challenging to pray for our leaders in government. I know we are supposed to, but what exactly does that look like? How can we do it with a sincere heart when we are angry and unsatisfied with what they are doing and how they are leading the country. I know people who flat out don’t pray for our government leaders because they don’t know how to pray for them without feeling hypocritical.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? I believe God has given me a strategy to pray for our leaders. He took me to 1 Kings 3:7-12 this morning. This is where Solomon is praying to God before (or as) he becomes King.

1 Kings 3:9 – “So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Several things stand out about Solomon and his request:

Solomon asks for a discerning heart to discern good from evil.
He came to God with a humble heart.
He was interested in serving people over his own selfish ways.
He knew he needed God’s help to rule.
God blessed Solomon’s desire to discern ‘rightly’ BECAUSE it wasn’t a request for Solomon’s own selfish gain.
1 Kings 3:11 – God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,

These are strategies to pray for those in leadership/governmental positions and for those who will be in power/governmental positions. Pray for:
selfless, servant leaders
leaders who put people’s needs, livelihoods, and welfare over their own personal gain (ie welfare of others higher priority that legislation that profits their own pockets)
They would have wisdom to discern good from evil.
They would know their need for God.

That’s it. I know it’s an OT scripture. Does it hold under NT grace? Absolutely! If you notice the things talked about here can all be summed up under one word: LOVE! See 1 Cor 13:4-7 and find out.

Blessings!

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Our Shepherd

Yesterday in church we were singing a song based on Psalm 23. There’s a part that goes something like this:
Yea though I walk through the valley of shadows
I will fear no evil.
I find peace.

That was when it struck me. We find Peace! We find the One who is the Prince of Peace when we go through troubles. In the midst of our trials and tribulations or whatever is going on in this world, if we search for Him, we will find the Prince of Peace! Too often we are focused only on getting our own needs met and searching out comfort for our souls when we can find a deeper relationship with THE Comforter. He is there with us regardless of what we are going through. Sometimes just a slight shift in perspective changes everything. This is one of those moments for me and I pray will be for you too!

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Amazing Love

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I am struck that we can do all the right things and yet it means nothing if we don’t have love. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love changes everything. We can prophesy, have a major healing ministry, be an evangelist like Billy Graham but without love it is a big ZERO! Wow. We go around worrying about who has the right theology and such when it doesn’t matter. You can have the right theology but without love, it’s nothing. You can have wrong theology but a heart of love and it counts for everything! Love is truly the most AMAZING gift ever!

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Growing Up Into Love

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1Corinthians 13:4-7

This is the Truth of who we are created to be. This is the Truth of who God is. God is love. We are created in His image and we grow up into Him in all things. We grow up into love in all things.

When I first read this scripture through the eyes of ‘this is me’, I was confronted with all of the ‘yeah buts’ and reminded of every time I had done anything contrary to this. This is the beauty of dying and putting off the old and putting on the new. I get to say I wish I hadn’t done those things, renounce the lies that say I am someone who is contrary to love and clothe myself with the beauty of His Truth. I come into agreement that this is who He made me to be, that even though I may not be that now, it is who I am destined to be and who I am becoming. Then, a grace comes upon my life to walk out and live the fullness of this definition of love. I don’t have to try to do the right things and be loving, it’s who I’ve become. I’ve become just like Him.

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Running The Race

Fix your eyes on Me
Find out who you’re made to be
Put on love
It fits like a glove
Put off the old
So your love won’t grow cold
Put on the new
See you anew.

In love step out
Don’t whisper but shout
Tell all of my new
It’s love you will use.
There are many to reach
Please ‘GO’ I beseech
The lost, they call
Go out with your all
Rescue the lost
Regardless of the cost
It’s not about you
So don’t be blue
Lay your life down
Rescuing those who drown
This is life and death
Run, to your last breath.

Above it all
My love for you recall.

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Love in Grace

I love God’s Truth that says we are righteous before Him. It’s True. His grace covers us and makes us right with Him by the Blood of Christ. That is an unshakeable Truth. We can deny all things that say contrary. There is a piece however that I’ve seen where people take this truth to the extreme in error and say they don’t need people or need to make things right with others when they hurt them. That isn’t love and isn’t the truth about who we are created to be.

We must stay in relationship with people and stay in love. Love doesn’t hold judgments and isn’t resentful. It isn’t easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. That means that when we make a mistake and hurt someone or they feel we have hurt them; love, in humility, reaches out to them to make sure they know they are God’s treasure and we are sorry. We are all the body of Christ and need to stay together in one mind (growing up into Christ in all things).

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than ourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

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