Dr. Kluane Spake
Lately, I haven’t wanted to be around a lot of my “old” friends anymore. I confess that I’ve avoided several conferences just because hearing their narrow-minded opinions (not mine of course) one more time is tooooo much! My friends are divided. We don’t have the closeness we once had. Differing opinions escalate our discomfort with one another.
WAIT! This disconnection is an ILLUSION.
JESUS SAID WE ARE ALREADY ONE… In His high priestly prayer, He prayed that we might be ONE as He and the Father are ONE, that the world might know that He was sent to the world (Jn. 17). Inside this prayer are Divine words with the power to come true within themselves. This prayer is finished — it is not ongoing. We are ONE because Jesus decreed it, right before He was crucified. It was his last will and testament to give us unity.
Within our individual humanity, it is difficult to see eternal Truth. Let us inquire of the Lord… one more time.
We don’t have to agree on worldly subjects. The imperative reality is ONENESS that already exists. We must apprehend and become aware of this Biblical Truth. Undifferentiated awareness shows us that love conquers all.
The only thing that can stop us is to remain divided – Let us lay down our narrow opinions and move together once again. Let us stop labeling others or assuming that we know their heart. The only way to have impact and to show Christ to the world is for us to STOP being divided by secular problems.
No matter what others may say or do, awaken to the Truth that they are (already) one with you. Allow them to be whoever they are – let the Holy Spirit speak to them about change. Ask the Lord to show you the Love that He has for them.
The “Lego – Batman” movie tells us that Lego pieces are built to CONNECT! So are we! We can’t build alone.
You can have opinions – but opinions should not own you.
Opinions should not dictate who you love or who you minister to with kindness. “Beloved, let us run together.”
#BreakingTheStainedGlassCeiling# #CreatedToLead# #Apostolic Authority# #Connecting#
REVIEW The Storm of Holiness: Numerous times, we stood on the shore and commanded the fierce storms to turn away. But, one day, the Lord clearly said to us that this next storm would not turn away. And a super-storm came into our midst. We named it, “Typhoon Holiness.”
So convincing was the Word, that many of our congregation bought generators, expecting a super-typhoon in the natural and as it came we began to understand what this spiritual typhoon would mean. This was a wind of personal purification.
There would be no way to escape, because it blew into every hidden place — even into our attics fixed with dust and into our hidden boxes of rummage and clandestine secrets. Many died in the merciless gale — never to be seen again. Only the survivors knew how to brace themselves — standing with outstretched arms and facing straight into the blasting winds.
We remember the story about the apostles being in a boat with Jesus when the tempestuous storm came. Jesus slept.
Along our journey, there’s always another storm to cross over with unchanging purpose. But, we ride in His boat — the vehicle of form provided for our safety.
Remember too, that all the disciples climbed into that one boat together. Peter didn’t have his little boat, and John another. We must cross over to the other side in a corporate boat, and in the process, our individual agendas meld into one.
He leads us from where we are to where He wants us to go; from the known to the wonderfully unfamiliar places of the unknown. Like the exhausted followers upon that stormy lake, we wearied of contending with the dark waves of adversity.
The One Who calms every storm teaches us to persevere. The waves may be over our head, but as with the ebb and flow of good times and bad, storms eventually end. Wind and waves can’t move us from our course. Through it all, His authority perfects itself as we yield to His dealings.
Keep in mind, there is always something bigger waiting on the other side. Even the disciples were ill prepared for what they found in the morning light. The exhausted travelers were finally able to SEE — and it was a steep cliff… You can almost hear their complaints, “Well, it’s too high, too cold, too far!” Oh it sounds so familiar.
What’s that? You’re getting the picture? It’s not tranquil over here either. Yes, AT THE OTHER END OF THE STORM, the GADERENE WAITS — the worst growler-packing, demonically depressed person that had ever been described. The whole city feared this lunatic with a legion of demons.
Suddenly, that violent storm brought Jesus to intersect and heal that hopelessly insane man. And more difficult still, the once terrified townspeople furiously demanded that Jesus leave town.
It didn’t make any sense, but they didn’t like the results. Why? This region raised pigs (even though Jews didn’t eat pig). Their livelihood just ran over the cliff! The destruction of their whole economic base caused them to forget the miracle — this was serious.
The result of that great miracle was that once again, the apostles were hated — and we should expect the same dislike. God’s game plan often opposes what others want.
Are you ready to withstand storms of ostracism and rejection, especially from other Christians? Are you willing to be of no reputation?
But the final realization is the real shocker. I’m the disciple in the boat AND I’m the Gadarene. The hopeless Gadarene, the chained person living in the tomb is me!
Somehow, I thought I was okay, but the habits of the spirit of death lingered, causing me to want to keep on dying. Inside that mausoleum, long held and mistaken philosophies silently breathe as nearby worms and spiders creep around my face. Within my un-dealt with carnal soul clings the spirit of death, crawling with legions of fear that entrap me in webs.
The ghosts of religious ideas and long held superstitions hauntingly hold me transfixed. But suddenly, He journeys with me through the storm and out from that isolated cemetery to a place of greater self-discovery.
How did He know how much I needed that Him to bring me though that storm? He brought me here to set me free from old mentalities. I’m not dead anymore. He rolled away my tomb stone of ineffectiveness! I knew about the resurrection but was not fully living IN IT. The storm brings me to the Third day — a place of LIFE. The typhoon called “Holiness” completes its work.
And I, stepping into the brightest daylight, watch as the veils of blindness drop from my eyelids, like the weighty cob-webs once strewn in the musty corners of my shrine, they detach and fall forever. Understanding of the finished work pulses a new strong cadence, and I can hear the bride now sing, “Winter is past and gone.”
Extending His hand, the Lord says, “Come away with me into the dawn of the NEW DAY.” The reasons are clear now; I went through the storms in order to fully be delivered from the narrow minded crypt of my own making. I walk out to find that the road winds up from here among the hills to that great city. Without regret, I leave the known script of yesterday and advance into the vibrant yellow-green day. Life explodes with fulfillment, moving full-tilt into divine destiny.
Storms bring me to an encounter with dying things that need to change in me.
The LORD has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm. Nahum 1:3
Storms of life… There seem to be too many — and so we ask to understand, why are there storms? I hope to write a few thoughts about OVERCOMING and Crossing Over IN THE WORST KINDS OF STORMS…
I know what it is like. Devastation and loss. Many years ago, we had a flood of over 5.5 feet in our new Alaska home where we had moved less than a month before. Many unpacked boxes were still in the garage… the garage door floated open. I was 7 months pregnant with our third child when we lost every personal belonging inside and out. Then, again in Guam we experienced many many super typhoons with great loss particularly to our Church.
The Lord sends His word to those who may be hurting right now — may the vision of God beat in your heart today. You’ve heard it before but let it become reality at this moment. Surely, you “Can do all things through Christ which strengthens” you (Phil. 4:13).
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Can you say this out loud with me? “Most of my life is the direct result of my decisions.”
The Bible calls indecisiveness being “double minded and unstable in all your ways” (Jms. 1:8).
Psychiatrists call this condition of internal vacillating war of indecision, “ambivalence,” which is when two feelings about the same objective coexist in one person.
Ambivalence means that you have given away your power of Free Will and choice. You can’t move forward until a decision is made.
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Dr. Kluane Spake
“ You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go .” Dr. Seuss
Decisions are the revolving door that creates everything that follows. The route you choose will determines everything that follows.
Think about it… Decisions could take you down an incredible pathway to success, or determine even who your grand-children will marry, or decide the health of your body and mind. Everything in your life is dependent upon the choices you make – that’s the way God made it. Yes… choose life and not death! (Deut. 30:19).
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While in Rome, we rushed off to find the Woman Pope! My study group and I heard rumors about her – and we wanted to find out more…
For over a thousand years her existence has been denied. But, her story will not die–Pope Joan,
It is widely said that she is a legend, apocryphal – a hoax… But, was she?
It didn’t take long for us to find this beautiful statue of her that still stands in Rome… Joanna with papal crown. Why is her statue there?
I think of this possibility every day — as “Woman Pope” has been my computer access code for the last 10 years!!
Of course, all 266 other popes are male… but this is a story of a woman in disguise.
It is said that Pope Joan reigned as John VIII from 855-859, in the strange gap between Pope Leo IV (847-855) and Benedict III (855-858). Apparently, she ruled the highest office possible in the Catholic Church – with greater spiritual and governmental authority or power than any other woman.
This is your official invitation to discover greater access to all that is yours… it is an invitation to begin exploring an exciting adventure. It is a journey into rest.
We are told to enter into the REST… but how? Here are some great ideas!
You will receive a daily message. Each one is a concept to add to your life. Each message will enhance the rest – with ideas that will grow and help you see what has hindered you. These ideas will increasingly expand for the rest of your life.
This idea of slowly learning life changing aspects is not new. It is based on a Japanese principle called Kaizen: the practice of continuous improvement. The Bible says it is precept by precept, here a little there a little… like how rain drops to bring us nutrients and life.
I am very excited to share this teaching with you.
The course starts whenever you do! Each day, you will receive an intentional email delivered to you – one day at a time. Some messages are short and some are a bit longer – just take time to be aware to consider each idea during the day.