Be Not Offended

     You have tasted and seen that I Am good. You are in awe at how I’ve changed your heart with even one choice to deny your flesh and follow Me. You thought you would have to be perfect and strive for months until I made you free, as though you had to earn your freedom. Oh no, just deny your right to yourself and be not offended, for I set you free. See Me as your great reward, not what man does or does not do to you. Here you dwell on the heights with Me, here you are above offense, for it does not even touch you. You can see that in the natural you would be upset and take offense to man’s actions toward you, but now you do not even feel these flaming arrows.

     How light not to walk each day as though man owes you respect and honor, but to get your worth in Me. Whether man praises or insults you, in this place with your focus on Me and your identity resting in Me, you are unmoved. Give up all right to yourself, even love not your life unto death, but give all so that you may obtain Me. How delightful I make your path in comfort or in hardship, I am your reward and deliverer. You are one with Me and all I Am is yours.

     You will see men’s strivings not as personal attacks or the unfairness of it all, but as what fallen man becomes without Me. Your heart will be filled with compassion rather than judgment, your desire will be not be to escape all turmoil or persecution but you will desire that they know Me. Display My love toward them through the gifts I give you, operate only in the fruits of the Spirit. You overcome not by might or power but by My spirit says the Lord.

     Stay so connected with Me that you breathe Me in and out each moment. You will not have to run to your prayer closet each time you face a difficulty to find My will and heart on a situation or seek to be endued with My power, but you will know Me, fellowship, and operate in Me each moment of the day and night. This is not natural, this is supernatural. This is My will on earth as it is in Heaven. There are times to steal away to be alone with Me but live always in Me never letting our communion be broken.

     Where there are strivings within, let them cease. Where there are questions of why, let them be answered in Me. Every good and perfect gift is from above, but the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Walk in Me and see above the turmoil of the now. Ask for wisdom and I will freely give it. Operate no longer in what man says is possible at every age and in your circumstance, operate only in what I say is possible.

     Oh how expanded your life will be and when you step into eternity out of time and behold Me face to face. How your heart will continue to swell with joy that you counted not your life dear to yourself but gave all to follow Me. Behold, I unveil great mysteries to My beloveds of what is possible, let Me expand your mind that all things are possible in Me.

Bloom

I Corinthians 3:16 – 4:5

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness;’ and again, ‘The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.’ So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

Romans 8:1-39

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation – but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”