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Sun, Aug 02, 2015

Blue Moon, and Blue Skies

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 Proverbs 16:15 Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 Chronicles 12:32
Duration:32 mins 15 secs

Duluth Church Sunday Morning 8/2/2015 "Blue Moon and Blue Skies" 2 Corinthians 3:12-18New King James Version (NKJV) 12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. Intro. Friday night I stepped out on my front porch ... To experience the unique beauty of the blue moon. So clear and so bright so white one would say it had a blue tint to it. The other morning while we were in Seattle ... I looked out at the beauty of piercing blue skies .... Floating across the landscape. How many can remember the song ... I can see clearly now? "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash has been playing over and over in my head: "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun shiny day I think I can make it now, the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun shiny day Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies" When God invades a persons life, when His love flows into a heart ... a persons life, things change! Not only that but the impact of that life on the world also changes. The measure of Gods glory that rests upon a life following following a divine encounter affects very person we touch. We embrace a bounty of transformed lives. The supernatural becomes natural as God takes center stage in places where we have influence. Scripture describes those individuals whose lives are marked by power and blessing of a living God as those that their lives are marked by His favor. Proverbs 16:15 " in the light of the kings countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud of latter rain. " How many of us see a swirling happening in the spirit and there is a "disorientation" over many of the people of God. Circumstances and opposition causing a lack of "clarity" and a "confusion" of which way is up. Such deep sense of "disorientation" that may have felt like they have lost their "true north" point. Their point of focus. ( see all the names of churches cross pointe / way point / etc I believe The Lord is calling His people to come back to the place of being "face to face" with Him. The swirling wind, the swirling waves, the swirling circumstances and transition is attempting to steal "focus" from the people of God. The enemy is placing "smoke and mirrors" before the people of God to cause disorientation, to steal clarity. To make things look "not as they are" in a negative sense and cause frustration, anxiety, anguish and confusion. As the people of God press in, the Lord is releasing a waterfall of clarity to see things "not as they are in the physical" but from a heavenly perspective. To see through His eyes. There is glory in the face of Jesus, glory that can lift us above our circumstances, renew us in the arena of Gods grace, fill us with hope and boldness, and lead us onto a plane of existence where righteousness, peace, and joy are the order of the day, regardless of our circumstances. Suddenly heavenly clarity that pierces through the "smoke and mirrors" and brings forth the vision upon Father God’s heart concerning the situations. With unveiled faces we behold the knowledge of the glory of God revealed in the face if Jesus Christ and are transformed into the very same image which is Christ! Listen to this: I had a dream the other night and I saw clocks EVERYWHERE. All these clocks were ticking and had "alarms" set on them, and they were all about to "go off". I woke up with the sense of the people of God moving into their "appointed time" on many levels. That as the people of God press through the disorientation, through the "smoke and mirrors", through the haze, through the confusion, the Lord is bringing the people of God to a place of maturity where they are able to discern at DEEP levels the "times and seasons" that are upon them. "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1) The Lord is leading His people into deep discernment, raising up His people like the sons of Issachar, men and women who know the times and understand them. "Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.." ( 1 Chronicles 12:32) Get before the Lord, and ask Him about your time, about your season from a heaven of surrender. His waterfall of clarity will fall upon you to wash away all things attempting to steal your vision. Get face to face with Father again and let Him bring forth the discernment from deep within you, the discernment that comes from connecting with His heart. The way forward will be made plain, and your eyes will be opened, and ears be atuned again to hear His perspective. To see from His perspective is often very different to our "natural" way of thinking, but you will find treasures along the pathway of this process. Do not fear, nestle into His heart, ask for His wisdom and clarity and know that as you walk in that place of beautiful surrender, He will protect you moving "out of season" in the negative sense. The "smoke and mirrors" are going to fade away! You are going to see clearer than ever. "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash has been playing over and over in my head: "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun shiny day I think I can make it now, the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun shiny day Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies" *** No matter how hard the rain is pelting, no matter what obstacles are in your way, no matter what dark clouds have tried to blind you, or bad feelings have tried to keep you from seeing clearly, stand under the waterfall of His clarity through your prayers. He is leading you into a bring sunny day! He is healing your pain, He is showing you from His perspective that you can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13), the "rainbow" of His promises that you have been praying for IS HERE. You are GOING to look around and see THERE’S NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES!!! Look straight ahead through Father Gods eyes, and what do you see? "Nothin’ but blue skies"

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