One of the greatest annoyances that I face regularly is people thinking that their thoughts, ideas, beliefs, emotions, and perspectives are superior to that of others. This applies especially to Christians. Even if what you are believing is in fact true, that still does not give you a right to think of others as being in the wrong as if you have soaked up more insight from God than anyone else in the world. God is vast. He has no beginning and no end. Even in the fulness of His indwelling in us, our minds are not capable of complete understanding.
Jesus does not give us the right to think we are further along than others. Jesus does not give us the right to an elitist mentality. The only thing we have the right to do as Christians is to love people relentlessly, putting everyone higher than ourselves. We are called to be peace makers. We are called to have a mentality of universal unity grounded in love and peace. Every human being on the face of this planet has something equally amazing to express for the benefit of others. Every person is created equally.
I get scared of dreaming about my life when pursuing God's will is most important. It seems irrational, but its because I've been outside of His will before (by sinful choices) and don't trust myself.
Ah, yes. Step one is always to fall passionately in love with Jesus. I believe that we are called to step into the desires that God gave us. If a desire comes from a place of being a son/daughter of the King, I say DREAM BIG! God created us perfectly with perfect desires. Desires that are sinful come from a lack of revelation that we were crucified with Christ, buried with him, risen with him, and seated with him. Its all about stepping into who you are! Your true self is found by letting go of everything outside of perfection. I would encourage you to dream over the top and know that you were created SO PERFECTLY and you don’t have to fight against your flesh because it is dead! I love you and God loves you. No fear! :)
I see myself being an author and moving to NYC. I see myself experiencing the finer things of life, and having a lot of money. I can see myself speaking and creating new systems of thought. I can see myself influencing people and acting as a pastor to many. I can see myself living luxuriously.
I see myself on a mountain side in a foreign land living in the dirt. I see myself homeless and nomadic. I see myself taking in orphans and living minimally. I see myself living on rice and beans with only one dirty t-shirt and a pair of pants. I see myself enduring pain and being exposed to utter hopelessness.
It is so important to take your passions and allow them to manifest as vision. Life is to be lived to the fullest measure of excellence, purpose, and worth. Nothing is beyond reach. We are not called to settle for second best. You have every reason to be excited about what is to come for your life.
I didn’t want to do this, but I need to ask for help. I moved to Tennessee as a college drop out with loans to pay off because I strongly believed, and still do, that God wanted me here. I am an arrogant east coaster so moving to the south was the humbling work of the Holy Ghost. I was able to…
I’m literally spending my Thanksgiving alone hundreds of miles away from my family not eating food and no plans of anything special. Yet I remember that I have a family. I have hopes and dreams and passion. I am happy and satisfied. I have people that love me and people that I love. I have the best friends in the entire world. I get to experience the Divine every day. I get to dive into the supernatural realm all the time. I have fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink from. I have a house to live in. I have a job. I have a car. I have a bed.
Focus on today. Stop and remember that every breath is precious. Go on a walk through the woods and force yourself into silence. Smile at someone and say something nice. Cherish every moment you are alive.
Let go of the idea that you are superior to others. Remember that people are not to be compared, but celebrated. So even if you disagree with someone, do not think that you know something that they don’t. Rather, confide in love and kindness. Do not come from a place that elevates self over others. Allow your brain, body, and emotions to back down and settle down. Come into a place of complete rest.
As sons and daughters we have every reason to dream big and never settle for less. Dream up those passions deep within you, allowing them to well up inside of you. Dream of how you want to change the world. Christ in you is revolutionary. Holy Spirit within you causes a supernatural universe of unlimited expression! Let creativity stir in your heart. We are pioneers of the faith. We are a new generation, increasing in the wisdom and revelation of God. We are evolving as the Body of Christ more rapidly than ever before. Claim your sonship today! Its okay to be over-the-top. You were created to be excellent. You are a unique and powerful expression of Love, and you can change the world.
Gotten specific words concerning locations and events
Laughed myself to bed
Dreamed prophetic dreams
Had my face and body blasted with glory
Turning to God is always worth it. I would rather be “too Charismatic” and “spiritual” and “crazy” if it means I get to live the life God has for me. I would rather be insane in Him than sane without Him. He is the one who is the One. He is the Supernatural God. I don’t care about the opinion of man— I live for an audience of one.
You know the ways of the old country, its joys and pains, its happy and sad moments. You have spent most of your days there. Even though you know that you have not found there what your heart most desires, you remain quite attached to it. It has become part of your very bones.
Now you have come to realize that you must leave it and enter the new country, where your Beloved dwells. You know that what helped and guided you in the old country no longer works, but what else do you have to go by?
The new country is where you are called to go, and the only way to go there is naked and vulnerable.
People are so fearful of being alone. The way we single out people that we want to know, date, talk to, spend time with, hook up with, or be friends with. We are constantly communicating at work, at home, in the freaking bathroom. Through the internet we have the means to be in constant communication. We define our lives by the people in our lives. Marriage is the key to happiness and purpose. If we are alone for even a few hours, we will not be happy. We will not feel complete. If we lose friends we act as if we have lost a part of ourselves. This is wrong. Wrong. WRONG.
This way of thinking robs us from so much painful beauty.
I’ve spent a good chunk of the last month of my life alone. And right now, for the first time in a long time, I don’t have anyone to look forward to seeing. Nobody that is going to satisfy my need for happiness. Nobody that is truly going to give me the affection that I need. I work with strangers, I come home to an empty room, and I spend my days and nights alone. I go on walks, lay in my candlelit room, and at times it is very painful. In fact, sometimes it is unbearable. I’m alone. It is possibly the most painful blessing a person can experience, yet so profoundly formative.
As my face is pressed against the cold wood floor of my room, I am forced to feel my own thoughts. When its just the trees and I dancing through the park, the moonlight exposes the dark areas of my heart. All of a sudden I see myself. Me minus everyone. It scares the hell out of me sometimes. The longer I look the more secure I become. The longer I endure the pain the more I love myself. The hours feel like days and the weeks feel like a few seconds. And in the midst of the pain my purpose is revealed, and I begin to step into my destiny. Mystical things happen to me in these times. I go into trances almost on a daily basis now. I get high, and not off of drugs. I slip into deep dreams. Its like the door to my soul has been opened, and I can hear the distant laughter of a King resounding deep within my spirit.
That is more alluring than anything else; my Creator and I are harmoniously acting as one.
He leads us out of darkness and into light. He is with us in our darkest moments of perversion. He takes us out of sexual immorality, depression, materialism, dependency on other people, hate, anger, abuse, manipulation, and fear. He picks us up in His arms and passionately carries us out of darkness and into light. He effectively severs the ties between our souls and anything that is not of His perfection. Everything He has for us is perfect, and He desires for us to relate and identify with perfection. So now we are made new. We see the fruit of the Spirit as familiar, not far off. We know that we are sons and daughters of a King. We live like royal ambassadors of the Kingdom for the sake of the world. We are intoxicated because of Love, the most prevalent identifier of our God. We are not orphans and so we will not live and feel like orphans. We are compelled to love God’s creation passionately. We love people at all costs, because every person is worth it. Whether they believe it or not, every person is a beloved child of God. This is not an exclusive club or a religion full of prerequisites. This is the God of reality and clarity, who knows all and loves all. This is the God revealed in the magnificent creation that we take part in. This is the One who is the One. This is Jesus.
I decided to start a selfie blog so that I don’t flood your dashes with pictures of me all the time. You’re welcome. And if you’re one of those weird people that likes seeing pictures of me you can follow me here. God bless.
“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Never again fall for those catch phrases of today, prompting you to ‘get hungry’ for God. How can I do that, when I have been feasting on the Lamb? The admission of hunger is an admission of lack. A hungry child is a sign of bad parenting. It is an assertion that Christ’s sacrifice was not a good enough meal for you. Do you need something more than His Cross? Let the Cross be the only thing that mesmerizes you. Stop begging for things He’s already given. Stop asking from an Old Covenant perspective. He has already poured out all that Heaven has to offer.”—John Crowder, A Case for Divine Complacency, Living Grace (via maddyeline)
You really have. I have moved past just knowing who you are. Now I experience who you are every day. I look forward to our time together every morning and day and night. You make me happy, sweet Jesus.
Why did you allow me to go through so much turmoil to get to this place? Why did you allow the pain and the offense? The addictions and all the strongholds? Why has life been complicated as hell? Why has everything been so drawn out and difficult? Why have so many people been hurt because of me? Why have I been hurt by so many people?
Maybe I am just really stubborn. Or maybe I’m just really slow. Maybe I was just really distracted. Or maybe I was just really addicted. Maybe I was crazy, or maybe I was just really afraid.
It doesn’t matter anymore.
All that matters now is that you got me here. It is by your grace that my heart has surrendered. It is by your love that I say “Jesus, you have won me”.
Today I choose to live in reality. I choose to believe that angels are all around me, some unseen and others disguised. I choose to believe God is present everywhere, working in all things to pull light out of darkness. I choose to believe that I am seated in heavenly places, with an…
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”—Matthew 5:44-45
You and Jesus are doing great, keep with it. Don’t get distracted by this or that, just keep looking straight forward. You are done depending on horizontal relationships. Its over. ~~Freedom~~
The whole world can doubt you, and you still will be okay. You can be dismissed by those you care about the most, and you will still do exceedingly excellent. What other people think about you or where you are at means nothing. Other people’s perceptions of you are false and will only discourage and bring death to you. Distance yourself from such situations, and let your Father tell you who you are.
The past is dead to you, keep it that way. You don’t need long, drawn out deliverance. You are doing so well right now. Like, you are already there. You’ve made it, congratulations. Welcome to manhood.
You are not hindered by the state of those around you. You know right from wrong for yourself, so stick to that right now. Mind your own business, and trust that God will take care of everything. Lead by example.
Be more like Jesus every day. You’re doing so well, I’m actually in awe. Testify of the freedom God has given you! You are released from all curses spoken over and about you by those you love. You are free!
What other people say or have said about me, if it was anything other than positive and encouraging, means nothing to me. People’s opinions of me, whether it be acquaintances or close friends, are invalid if they do not bring life. Mean words, no matter what the motive may be, are not of God.
I am who I am.
My name is Nolan.
I love Jesus and He loves me so much. He loves how I laugh, and how I ramble on and on when I talk. He loves how I can be sensitive and cry about stuff sometimes. He is the only one that is allowed to tell me who I am. He loves my goofy voices and silly impressions. He loves and is the cause of my ridiculous drunkenness in Him. He is my best friend.
He will never call me stupid or crazy. Jesus will never disrespect me. All He does is love me. He loves me so much. Jesus honors me and has called me worthy, by His grace and love.
So any words that have ever been spoken to or about me that are not from Jesus mean nothing to me. I’m not trying to please or impress anyone. I am my own man— defined and living in Christ.
I will continue to be who I am, confidently. Being confident in how wonderful I am is one of the healthiest revelations I have ever had. God made me. To receive negativity about myself would be to insult what God created.
What I have done wrong has nothing to do with me. My faults have nothing to do with who I am. This is the major difference between how people tend to see me and how God sees me. People see me through the lens of what I have done and fail to recognize who I really am. God, however, sees me for who I really am— wonderful, amazing, and perfect in Him and because of Him. I remain wonderful, despite my failures, because my failures have nothing to do with me.
I am a man of God, and nobody can minimize that.
This is not to be confused with arrogance. God desires His children to be exceedingly confident in who they are in Him.
As cheesy as it is, I’m going to conclude with a quote by Joyce Meyer, because why not.
“Knowing who we are in Christ sets us free from the need to impress others. As long as we know who we are, we don’t have to be overly concerned about what others think of us. Once we know who we are and accept ourselves, we no longer have anything to prove… we can relax and be at ease in every situation.”
I’m not happy because the circumstances of my life are miserable and impossible. I’m stuck. If I continue in my current state of being I will slowly become more miserable. As much as I want to change the circumstances, I can’t. There is nothing more that I can do to reconstruct the situation that I’m in. It has already been created, and it is growing more each day. It is too developed now for me stop it. I’m left with only two choices: to abandon my circumstance by running from it, or to hope for drastic change in myself. I need my perspective to shift.
If the situation will not change, I must change.
Heaven and Earth will pass away, but you remain. You are the author and perfecter of my faith. You lead me through fire and bring forth the gold. Take my all my emotions— take my will and my ways from me. I cannot lean on my own understanding with this, Lord. My life is in your hands. You are sovereign over my life and your plans for me are good. You don’t desire pain for me, Lord. You don’t desire constant heartache for me, Lord. You desire freedom from people. You desire freedom from earthly relationships. You do not desire for me to be beaten or abused. You do not condone physical or emotional abuse. It does not exist in your kingdom. You do not condone impure thoughts and actions. It does not exist in your kingdom. You don’t desire for me to be constantly fighting anger, sadness, and loneliness. You desire a pure community for me. You desire genuine brothers for me. You desire Godly friends for me. You desire life abundantly for me.
All of the garbage that I have been subject to for the past year— none of it was from you. Only good things come from you, Lord. So pour into me your Spirit of completeness, wholeness, purity, strength, and life. Provide for me men and women of courage and integrity. Bring to me people of maturity, soundness, and sincerity. Jesus, you are my only hope.
I will no longer submit to the spirit of control and manipulation.
In Christ I am led by the Spirit, and I surrender all control.
I will no longer allow my mind and heart to give into impure thoughts.
In Christ I have been given a mind and heart with motives of purity.
I will no longer be subject to loneliness.
Jesus is the best friend I could ever ask for.
I will no longer be subject to physical/verbal abuse.
I am royalty, and God has better for me.
I will not be held back because of other people’s decisions.
God determines my steps, protects me, and leads me into wisdom.
I will not let immaturity infect my heart.
I am a man of God.
I will not find my worth in any other person.
God has made me perfect in every way, and I will be secure in that.
Everything not of God in my life will cease to exist in light of the Messiah. I will not settle for anything less than God’s best for me. Here I am, Father, come do what only you can do!
Help me to dive deep into your intimacy again. I want to rest in your arms like I once did. I want to look in your eyes and everything be okay. Take me higher up, draw me deeper still. Come fix what seems to be impossible to fix. Have your way, Father. Your will be done on Earth and in my life and in this entire situation, as it is in Heaven.