Your goal in giving revelation to others should be to encourage them that they aren’t just good runners in a race, but that they are worthy of the first place prize. Revelation empowers you to see everyone around you as winners, as the bride. It also helps you see how to help people and groups overcome obstacles that would keep them from empowerment. 

—Shawn Bolz, Translating God

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As you walk with God and he speaks to you, he always talks about whom he loves and what he loves, which gives you an enlarged capacity to experience more. 

—Shawn Bolz, Translating God

There is no power that is separated from love. If you want to have influence, you have to join yourself to his love nature. This is more than a feeling or an emotion. It is an attitude of acceptance toward everyone and everything that is God’s, even if you can’t control it, manage it, or even nurture it. You are called to love. 

—Shawn Bolz, Translating God

When bright lights shine, darkness looks like darkness and other lights look dull. We don’t have to worry about other lights or even darkness; we just have to focus on being as bright as we can and remembering our responsibility to love. 

—Shawn Bolz, Translating God

Is my talk cheap?

They say,
As a leader you’ll
need to confront your own
lack of integrity
over and over again
and seek to close the gap.

I’ve been writing
some devotional guides
hoping to draw readers
closer to the Father.
But I review
what I’ve written
and I wonder if
my heart has been stale.
My own words have
not yet an effect
on my own heart.

Yet, the Lord has grace.
He speaks, gently,
The reason for such is
you have not tapped into
My power and My relationship
with you. Abideth in Me,
ask Me, seek of Me, and
you will find what I yearn
to speak and write
with your fingers.
First receive from Me.
Drink from My deeper wells,
not from the shallow waters
of your mind.

Thank you Daddy.
Bring restoration to my soul.

All things new

Unlike the metamorphosis of a butterfly that requires nothing of the caterpillar but to obey the wirings of its making and submit to its will to lay dormant within the cocoon for  7 – 14 days before emerging as a new creation, my metamorphosis is made up of multiple conscious decisions that must be acted out with much effort.

I am writing this piece on the iMac that I have finally been able to make space for, by making tough decisions to throw much of my past life away. I am a hoarder in rehabilitation, hoping to kick the habit before it consumes me and buries me under the objects that I could not bear to part with. I still have much to get rid of, but I have made significant progress, and it deserves to be celebrated.

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During this journey, I have found some tips from Marie Kondo to be helpful, especially the point about using joy as a selection criteria of what to keep. On top of that, my identity as a Child of God who has been adopted into an eternal inheritance demands that I no longer hold on to what’s behind, but run with perseverance the race set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Jesus, while He was on earth, said,

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.

Beyond the act of hoarding, in the final analysis, it is all about the heart condition, about making room for what really matters till the end of time.