Good Morning from England! It is a foggy morning here in the Midlands. But here is a teaching from the Lord that is designed to lift the fog from our hearts and let the glorious light of Jesus shine in. It's called "Be an INNIE not an UNNIE." If you're curious as to the meaning of the strange title, then read on...And BE BLESSED ABUNDANTLY this day, no matter what the weather may be where you are. Yours, PK x
BE AN INNIE NOT AN UNNIE
Early this morning I meditated on this sentence,
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..."
And here is what God gave me.
His righteousness. Right-standing with God. Right-standing before God. Clean hands and a clean heart.
“Who may ascend into the Holy Hill of the Lord (YHWH)?
And who may stand in His Holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” Psalm 24:3-4.
An image of the stuff I’d cleaned out of my purse flashed before me. Clean out all those unwanted things: those weights that hold us down, and keep us looking at the world;clean out anything that leads to sin, because SIN is UN-righteousness. And the UN things will choke out the IN things. The IN things might be there, but you’ll never be able to find them for the clutter.
David asks in Psalm 24, “Who may ascend...Who may stand...? He who has a clean hands and a pure heart.”
UN-righteousness. Sin. Disobedience. Rebellion.
I work to keep the UN out of my life, and it’s a daily thing, a minute-by-minute thing, cause the devil’s always right there, you know, looking for opportunities to say, “Do the UN thing. It’s f-UN.”
Then He’ll show you images of things. UN things. The plan is to get you to clutter up your heart, like a woman does her purse.
An UN begins this way. First the temptation or image. Then a cluttering. Here’s God’s solution from 2 Corinthians 10: CAST DOWN all imaginations and reasonings, and every UN thing that exalts itself in the knowledge of God, and bring each and every one into captivity unto Christ Jesus.
What if the thought comes back? Just cast it down again. Not by your own strength, but by God’s own strength. Cast it down and replace it with the Word. In Ephesians 6 we are told that when we stand against the enemy wearing God’ armour, and wielding His weapons. Better yet, we can expect victory every time.
2 Corinthians 10:1-7 and Ephesians 6 are talking about the same thing--we cannot fight satan by our own strength.
We will lose, because we are no match for him. He is an angel, we are human beings. He can lick us with one arm tied behind his back. However, within our earthen vessels, our bodies, we have a power that blows satan’s right out of the water: the power
of the living God, and satan is no match for Him. One time I became so aware of the difference between the Most High God and the devil, and I told him so. “You know what, satan? You are nothing next to God because you are only an angel, a created being,
and He is the Creator.” Next time you go to fight your spiritual battles alone, remember this, and open your Bible to 2 Corinthians 10:1,
“For we walk in the flesh, but we don’t WAR after the flesh,
Our weapons are supernatual to the pulling down of strongholds.”
So let God’s power work for you. You are nothing without Him, but you are everything IN HIM. So let Him be your everything. Let Him be that treasure within your earthen vessel so that the power be of God and not of you.
Jesus emptied Himself to the Father’s power. He spoke the words in faith; the Father did the works through the Holy Spirit. I said to the Lord once, “I can’t do this thing. I just can’t do it. You’re going to have to. I give up!” He answered back, “Then do, and let me.” Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I can still hear His answer, “Then do, and let me...Then do, and let me."
Jesus is quick to point out that it’s not what we eat
or drink or take in through our mouth that defiles us-- it’s what comes out of our mouth from our heart, not our stomach.
“Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also?
Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication (unmarried sex), false witness (lies which are anything that contradicts God’s Word), slanders.
These are the things which defile the man;
but to eat with unclean hands does not defile the man.” Matthew 15:16-20.
Nothing we eat defiles us, and breaking empty, pointless rituals does not defile us. It’s those UN things that clutter up our heart. They defile us.
So keep your heart UN-cluttered. UN-clutter it.
What kind of things go into my heart? The things I look at all the time, and what I spend my time doing. These things goes into my heart.
Do you spend time looking at UNs? Gossip, unmarried sex,uncleanness, strife, murder, witchcraft? Think tv, think movies, think about the content of most secular songs, and you’ll catch those UN culprits red-handed, those clutterers of the heart. Sin. Those UN things. UN things.
Jesus warns, “As a man thinks, so is he.”
As a man thinks. Thinks is the same as consider in Romans 4 when Abraham “considers not”. Thinks is the same as “Set your mind on.”
Set is also keep, as in “keep your mind on.”
Thinking is also looking. Looking to. And thinking is fixing your eyes on, and not letting go.
“As a man thinks, so is he.”
Each day I’ve learned to UN-clutter my heart. If there’s any UNS in my heart, that’s what will defile me.
How do I UN-clutter my heart? Glad you asked.
By the power of God. That’s how. (You just
knew I’d say that, didn’t you?) Consider I John 3:20-22,
“We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him.
In whatever our heart condemns us;
God is GREATER than our heart and knows all things.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us,
we have confidence before God;
and whatever we ask we receive from Him,
because we keep His commandments
and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.”
If I can catch the UN before it goes on to become heart clutter, I do.
Staying away from it is the best thing. Keeping that giant tv screen of my heart switched off is easier when I stay away from the things that tempt me the most.
Isn’t that hard nowadays? You bet. It takes discipline. SELF-discipline. Training. Learning,then practicing doing what Paul did, keeping the body (the body of UN-righteousness) under the spirit. Or like John puts it, I keep myself..."I keep myself AND the devil touches me not.”
And the devil touches me not. He sure tries, but as long as I keep my body under, he can’t touch me. All his flaming arrows are put out.
I’ve learned that God is greater. He is greater than my heart. He is greater than the UNS.
So along with David my prayer each day is “Create in me a clean heart.”
How? Well, God showed me something soon after I chose to follow Him no matter what. Before this time I was a boomerang Christian. I just couldn’t
seem to keep away from those UN things of the world, so I boomerang-ed back and forth between the things the world follows, and following Jesus.
Then, after my life was transformed in 2012, God began teaching me this, and it set me free.
You know those dreams the world has told you are harmless? You know the ones I’m talking about, where UN is involved, and there you are either going along with it or doing it? That’s the UN in our heart. That’s the sin within showing up on that giant tv screen of our heart.
I pray, “Create in me a clean heart.” I stay in the Word. I keep myself out of the gutter of the world.
As I say, I stay IN the Word. I study and meditate on truth. I keep my mind stayed on it, and I cast down the distractions. I’ve found that whenever I study any scriptures which list the UN things, God uses it to clean out my heart, cause if there are any clutterers lurking in there, they won’t be there for long. If He who searches my heart finds an UN thing, a short dream will follow.
And whenever I have a dream where UN is involved, all I have to do is confess that UN thing to Him, and ask God to forgive me for the sin within. He is merciful and He forgives me then and there, that very instant.
Then He cleanses me from all UN righteousness, as only He can do.
“If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all UN righteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9.
With a God like Him, like Jesus, let’s make this our motto: “Get the UN out before it comes out.”
Unclutter your heart. Get the UN out before it comes out. Get it out before you say it or do it. As Jesus says, “Deny your SELF DAILY and pick up your cross and follow me.”
Deny Self. Deny the body of sin and all of it’s desires that war with your spirit. This old SELF and it’s desires and lusts are enemies, not friends.
Again, God starts us small and builds up. Start denying SELF in little ways. When you “feel” like having just one more potato chip say to the body of sin, “I know you want it, but I CAN eat just one, because... “I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I CAN. So I do. You CAN. So do.
Start small. Like that. Does it sound silly to you?
It’s not as silly as it sounds. Not eating that chip, but choosing something else instead, something you don’t want as much as that chip, is a tiny way of building self-discipline, a necessary fruit of the spirit (See Galatians 5).
Sounds stupid, but this is how God started me out. When you learn to say no to that chip or that tv program that is filled with UNs, you are keeping your body under subjection to your spirit, so your spirit grows stronger, and your body weakens.
Work to keep the UN out and you will win the race. (Heb. 12:1-3)
Seek ye first. Follow. Follow. Follow. Follow and desire Jesus and His righteousness more than that chip, more than those shiny things of the world.
Seek and you shall find.
Love Him more. Love Him best. Love Him first. Just like that first commandment.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (mind), and with all your strength.”
Keep your eyes on Him. Don’t set your affection on the distractions of a world that’s crumbling away before your eyes.
UN-clutter. UN-clutter. Endure until the end then let your UN-cluttered heart rejoice, “Jesus is coming soon. Like the Lord has encouraged me in hard times. “Don’t worry. It won’t be long now.” Even better are those moments when He says, “Hold on. It’ll all be over soon.”
Then, that bright moment when Jesus bursts through those clouds in such majestic splendour and awesome power, you can say, “I’ve been expecting you. I’m ready, Son of Righteousness. I have endured till the end. In faith.” For you will be clothed, not in filthy UN rags, but in beautiful righteousness, God’s own, reflecting God’s own glory right back to Him.
1 Corinthians 13 tells us “Love does not think evil.” It does not think UN things. So how about it, guys? Don’t you think it’s about time to switch off those programs that glorify evil?
“Think on” is to concentrate, to centre yourself, and your thoughts.
If we spend our time concentrating on UN things, we will really become, as they say, “lost in it.” For it is the surest way to “lose yourself.” You see, God never loses us. Not for one brief moment. He is able to keep us from falling, and present us faultless in the presence of His glory on the day of Christ Jesus. We lose our Self by choosing our own way over His way, choosing UN-righteousness instead of seeking Righteousness.
So stop glorifying the world and the things of this world. It doesn’t deserve glory. Stop glorifying those dead things, cause that’s what UN things are: dead things, the things that lead to death. Stop glorifying them, and glorify He who was dead, but is alive forever more. Give your glory to Jesus.
Concentrate on Jesus and what He’s given you. Every good thing is from His hand, every bite of food you eat, even that money that pays the rent. It’s all from Him.
Switch off evil and concentrate on the Word.
The Lord just showed me something small but powerful while I was writing this. I saw an image of a world-follower chasing those bright and shiny things, so caught up in the UN things. Suddenly, the shiny clothes he was wearing turned to rags. Filthy, ugly, disgusting rags. This is the one concentrating on UN-righteousness. My heart was filled with pity. The Bible tells us that our own righteousness is nothing but filthy rags before God.
Next, I saw a huge crowd of people coming toward me. Like that first world-follower, their clothes were all filthy rags too. Like those homeless people, you may ask? No, even worse. Because the ones I saw appeared to have clothes made of rotting cloth, so they hung in shreds around them. But as I continued to look on, something else happened. Walking among these rag-pickers were souls dressed in light so bright that I couldn’t make out where the clothes ended and they began. What was the difference? They were wearing the Righteousness of God IN Christ Jesus. They were following Jesus, and seeking those IN Jesus things, instead of the UN things, and they shone and glistened more brightly than the brightest sun. Now that’s what I call standing out in the crowd!
If only the ones wearing the rags could see the beauty of Jesus. If only they will turn and see Him as He really is, they won’t settle for UN-righteous rags, they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the clothes of death. They’d trade them straight away for the dazzling glory He, Jesus, gives, when we concentrate on Him, and remain IN HIM and IN His Word.
Are you a rag-picker? Throw those rags away. It’s not what you wear on the outside, it’s what you wear on the inside. That’s the real you. It’s those IN-ner clothes that make you beautiful. So turn to Jesus and say, “Jesus, I want to be an INNIE, not an UNNIE.” Then follow and do as He says.
David is asking me and David is asking you, “Who may ascend into the Hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His Holy Place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart
who has not sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord
And righteousness from the God of His Salvation.
This (THIS, THIS, THIS-NOW!) is the generation of those who seek Him,
who seek your face forever Jacob. Selah.” Psalm 24:1-6.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you...
Which things are they? Those things we’ve been seeking instead of Him. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, that money to pay the bills. Those are the things that distract us, and become cares and weights and UN.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Follow. Follow. Follow. UN-clutter. UN-clutter. UN-clutter...
“And I shall be with you. I shall be your God and you shall be my people. Seek Me first. Follow. Abide in Me. And I shall be your solace. I shall be your strength. I shall be the UN-clutterer of your heart. Seek Me first. Follow. Follow. And I shall be your God and you shall be My people.”
Seek ye first, and then? When you need something just A.S.K.
Seek ye first and...
Ask and it shall be given unto you.
Seek and you shall find.
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.
When a need comes up, God tells us to just--
Seek His Righteousnness. He is righteous. Seek Him instead of those UN things, and all of those things we do need will be added unto us.
For He is our Righteousness.
“He (the Father) has made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that we might become the Righteousness of God IN HIM.”
Finally, replace those UN things with IN HIM things. Get to know what you have IN HIM, and start concentrating on them instead of the UN things the world follows.
We really are what we think just like Jesus says, so be an INNIE and not an UNNIE.
Become dead to those UN things. Start now.
“Look to the things that are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on the things that are above, and not on the things of this world,
for you are dead (to the world), and your life is hid in God in Christ Jesus,
and when Christ, who is your life, shall come, then you shall be with Him in glory.”
Be an INNIE, not an UNNIE.
Seek those IN-NER things instead of UNNIE things. Follow those things that are IN HIM.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.”