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In my last post, I shared some scripture related to this story, which appears in three gospels: Matthew, Mark, and John. You should check it out if you haven’t already read it. Having read these things, I asked Jesus: “Lord, what would You say to me about this sign? What is it pointing to? This is what I believe I heard from Him:

This was a sure sign of My deity, and it was for My disciples alone, since no one else saw it. They knew God healed through the hands of the prophets, and they knew He made the oil flow and not cease (2 Kings 4:1-7) and prolonged the stores of the widow of Zarephath. (1 Kings 17:9-16) They knew He healed the poisonous waters through Moses (Ex 15:23-25) and the poisoned stew through Elisha. (2 Kings 4:38-41) Therefore, changing the water to wine meant I was a prophet; healing the nobleman’s son at a distance meant I was a great prophet. Healing the cripple at the Pool of Bethesda started things on the way to being deeper than expected. Feeding the 5000 showed me as king, father, provider–but walking on the water provoked a different response, didn’t it? (The disciples worshiped Him when they saw Him do this.)

Walking on the water didn’t fit the profile of the temporal king they thought I had come to be. Walking on the water proved I was more than they expected. In that moment, they knew I was God. Yes, afterward the filters kicked back in and they wavered, but this was a milepost–the dawning of holy fear and reverence.

I’ll post more in a couple of days.

Blessings, Cindy

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In our ekklesia we’ve been meditating on the signs Jesus performed, which the apostle John describes in his gospel. John describes only seven signs–and he calls them signs rather than miracles. Signs tell us something, so what was John trying to say by the particular signs he chose? The past couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the healing of the cripple at the Pool of Bethesda. You can find this story in John 5, and it’s probably a good idea to read the whole chapter as it’s all pertinent to what happened here. I’m sure you know the story, but you should read it. Some of what follows depends on your being familiar with the details of the account for full comprehension. So here’s what I believe I heard God saying to me about this sign over the period of several days.

“Lord, what does this sign say about You”

This sign displays restoration. Do you want to be restored? Are you going to wait for the waters (the masses of people) to move, or will you bi-pass all that and choose to connect directly with Me?

I am here, ready to make you whole. Having been restored to life, would you also be restored to fullness–to wholeness–to full functioning?

I see a picture of His hands reaching back into the past (my past) through me, weaving strands together, healing old wounds, repairing damaged fabric, and even taking to Himself services I’ve done in the flesh, restoring what the locusts have eaten–even in the past.

See? You have been made whole. Don’t go on sinning, but rather come follow Me. My Father is always working, and so am I. I will continue to work in you as you submit to My ministrations. As for you, rest in Me and do those things I give you to do. As you rest in Me, it is no longer you who do the works, but as the Father worked in Me, so I will work in you and you will do, by My power, the works I give you to do–I will always be doing My works in and through you.

This is full functioning–that you live by Me as I live by the Father and so we all live by one Life. We all partake of the one life, and so we are all in one accord to do those things that edify and build up one another in love. I take you unto Myself and you come. We revel in one another’s life and rejoice in one another’s joy. And so is the will of My Father perfectly served in our unity of Spirit and our joy.

Day 2: this is what I sensed Him saying to me:

The pool at Bethesda was a “me first, every man for himself” kind of thing. For one to be blessed, others had to be denied. Whoever could hop into the pool first got the blessing. All eyes were focused on the waters, waiting for a stirring–a ripple. If any small thing touched the water, hearts beat faster. The most afflicted were the least likely to be restored. And yet here I walked around the outer edges seeking someone. This man was the least able, the most needy–he finally knew he could not save himself. He was alive, but not functioning. Depending upon himself, he became helpless and ineffective. No one in My Kingdom lives by his own life. I live by My Father’s life and He lives by Mine–and you also must live by our life in you lest you find yourselves crippled with no hope of ever learning to live in us.

I am He who enlivens your spirit–who makes you glad with joy. I am He who delivers you from inherited death and makes your spirit live. I am He who restores you to full functioning in My body. Without Me you can do nothing but lie by the pool and wish you could get in. But I am He who cleanses, delivers from death and restores you to sonship. I shall bring you into full sonship if you will allow it–if you will but say, “Yes. I want to be made whole.” You have to desire this. It is only for those who want it. How much easier to just lie by the pool and dream languid dreams, never really expecting to be restored to the original grandeur and dignity and relationship I designed you for. I love all those who passively watch, but I offer healing to those who truly long to walk in My life.

I am your deliverer:

    From this world and its joylessness
    From the death you inherited
    From the debility of your race
    From spiritual hunger and thirst
    From the turmoil and trouble of this age
    From blindness and darkness
    From physical death and decay

There was another day after this, and a song. I’ll schedule that to post on Saturday. Meanwhile,

Grace and Peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Only seven signs or miracles are described in John’s gospel. John calls them signs–they’re not just stories, but stories intended to tell us something specific about Jesus. Our ekklesia has agreed to look at the first of those signs this week. We’ve all been reading, praying, meditating on John 2:1-11 and when we come together tomorrow, we’ll share what the Holy Spirit has given us. I’m excited to learn the different things He’s revealing to each member.

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told Him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

But His mother told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, He said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed His instructions.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed His glory. And His disciples believed in Him.
(John 2:1-11 NLT)

I was thinking, “I know this passage well–it’s going to be hard to hear from God on this rather than myself because I know this story through and through. I’ve studied it; I’ve memorized it. I’ll have to be careful not to inject my own intellect into this.” Here’s what I believe I received from Jesus:

“My daughter, you make things too simple at times, though at times you are right to simplify. Many times there is a depth you cannot comprehend, and I do not say you must–not yet. But here you say, “I cannot see more,” yet more is surely here. Open your ears. Open your eyes; your heart. Open your understanding to Me.

“My word is in you a transforming Spirit. You know how you all long for magical things? Wondrous things? Before your eyes, yet impossible to see the moment–the transformation–I make beauty of ashes; mortality becomes eternity; perishable becomes imperishable. Do you think you understand it? You do not. My hand works that which you can only experience and not understand. The servants drew and carried the wine. It was wine the moment I purposed it, but to them, water–yet they carried it to their lord, and it was wine in his cup.

“My Spirit is the wine element–that which enlivens the water. The water, in this case, is the human spirit cleansed not by ritual purification–the common use of the stone water pots–but by my words–Myself (symbolized by the water pots of stone. In the Exodus, water came from the rock–a type of Jesus). Your position in Me not only cleanses the evil away by destroying sin in you, but mingles in the divine essence–My Spirit–the wine element.

“This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘Your sons and daughters shall prophesy; your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.’ My Spirit is upon you to set you free from the constraints of human limitations. First I drew you out from all the waters, then I cleansed you by placing you in Myself. With Me, you died. I am now your source–the source from which you originate. When I pour you out, I pour you out from Myself, that you may sanctify all that will receive you, for whoever receives you as being Mine receives Me.

“You are in Me, from Me, to Me, and I make you to be wine–fine wine–the wine of My Holy Spirit enlivens you.

“Though the wedding guests have tasted and tasted, this wine is different. They may have drunk freely before, but the true wine from the true vine, unadulterated, they have yet to taste.

“You be that wine. Draw near, be in Me until I pour you forth. Stay in Me–be cleansed, be transformed as you hide yourselves in Me. When I pour you forth–when you are ready, you will be to the nations a fine vintage–a wine of blessing that glorifies whomever will drink of it. In that day, when I pour you forth, you will see My glory and be glorified in Me. Do not fear, little ones. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

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There’s been a lot of scary stuff posted lately about trouble coming to the western church, and I think it’s straight on. The brothers and sisters have been exhorting us to take care of the state of our relationship with God now–before the full brunt of the storm hits us.

Heed the warnings! This is the time to go over the ship and make sure everything is sound–it’s no good waiting for the hurricane to hit before you find you can’t batten down the hatches because the hardware has gone all loose and rusted. That said, the most ardent lovers of our Lord can still experience trepidation, thinking we will not have the strength to stand when the storm comes. This is so. Thank God, then, that it is not in our strength that we will have to trust. It is in His. Here is a word I believe He gave me last week as I meditated on the following passage:

Joh 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

And here’s what I sensed Him saying to me. Modern English has no form for the word, “you” in the plural. Keep in mind, though, that “you” in this quotation is mostly plural. Oh, it’s singular, too, but beyond that, and primarily, it’s plural. So when you see “you,” apply it to yourself and your own band of brothers (and sisters, of course)!

From eternity, you were inside Me–in My heart. I have longed for you to be brought forth. My love is on you. How could I leave you in your blood and not take pity on you? (Ez 16:6) I called you and your heart cried out to Me, and we became one; locked together in an instant; fore-ordained in eternity past. You are My own dear one and I have known and loved you forever.

My blessed, My beloved child, hold onto Me and I will take you where I want you to be.

No more fretting and worry and tears.
Give now to Me all your frights and your fears.
You are My angel (messenger) to this dying world.
Through you shall My message to them be unfurled.
But always in comforting love I’ll enfold
the heart of the ones in My hand I do hold.
No one can take you from My holy presence;
no one estrange you from Him who has said
that you are His treasure; His remnant; His bride.
Run to My arms, Love. In Me shalt abide.
Here in My presence from evil shalt hide.

God does not always (or even often) take us out of the storm, but He does carry us through it to the other side.

Mat 10:28 Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Once our enemy has killed the body, there’s nothing else he can do to us. In that sense, we (and our loved ones in the Lord) are indestructible. We are in His hand–who is able to pluck us out? He will keep us, and we will stand fast, because He is able to make us stand.

Grace and Peace,

Cindy

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