The Latest from our Life
What has happened, what we are seeing, and what God has done.
Listen as Josiah discusses a fulfilled life for our new format of KDM Online in our series on “It is Finished” in October 2021.
Listen to a message from Josiah on the The Significance of the Cross during our “It is Finished” at KDM in June 2021.
Listen to a message from Brandi on Enthusiasm during our “What We Stand For” Series at KDM in July 2021.
Listen to a message from Josiah on the Walls of Disappointment at KDM in June 2021.
Listen to a message from Josiah on Faithfulness during the Unforbidden Fruit series at KDM in June 2021.
Listen to a message from Josiah on Self Control during the Unforbidden Fruit series at KDM in May 2021.
Listen to a message from Josiah during the Unforbidden Fruit series at KDM in May 2021.
I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.
Even now it sprouts and grows and matures.
Don’t you perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and open up flowing streams in the desert.
Wild beasts, jackals, and owls will glorify me.
For I supply streams of water in the desert
and rivers in the wilderness
to satisfy the thirst of my people, my chosen ones,
so that you, whom I have shaped and formed for myself,
will proclaim my praise.
Isaiah 43:19, TPT
Why do Millennials (defined as those between 23-38 years of age) spend an average of $228.10 on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the coming of a new year? And 80% of them feel more optimistic and hopeful for the next year than the last?
Because in the depths of our being, we all crave something new. You know that feeling after you go shopping for clothes or something for your favorite hobby and you get home and can’t wait to wear it or use it – why? Because we are drawn to new things!
And it’s no different with how we view ourselves, our lives, our dreams, our desires. We want a fresh start, a clean slate, to press the reset button. And if you’ve listened to any recent sermons or prophetic words recently with the coronavirus pandemic, there is a sense of something new happening.
God wants to do something new in us, through us, and in people all around the world! Are we expecting it and pressing in? Or just sitting back passing the time waiting (or begging God because you have kids) until this pandemic is over and life can return to “normal”?
I was reading in John 8 this morning and was challenged with Jesus’ words to the Jews whom were asking Him questions. They were asking Jesus who He was and asking about the freedom He spoke of. In verse 36, Jesus says, “So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be questionably free!” Notice, that Jesus sets us free from sin, but it’s our decision to SEE ourselves and ACT as sons/daughters and be UNQUESTIONABLY free. He is still the giver of freedom, it’s not something we can earn or buy, but it is a mindset change and action on our part to choose to live in FULL freedom that He offers and desires us to live in for His glory (read the book of Galatians for more about freedom).
Do you feel unquestionably free right now?
Or does fear, worry, anxiety, bondage from the past, self-doubt, or religious traditions seem to be weighing on you?
Jesus continues in John 8:44 describing the devil and how he is a “master of deception . . . But I am the true Prince who speaks nothing but the truth, yet you refuse to believe and you want nothing to do with me. . . . If you really knew God, you would listen, receive, and respond with faith to his words.” (verse 45, 47)
The Holy Spirit challenged me while reading this asking, “Who are you listening to? What are you listening to?”
Lies about who you are like “you can’t do that . . . you’re not good enough . . . you aren’t worthy because remember when you . . . you can never . . . “?
Or are you listening to His truth, “you are free from all shame and condemnation . . . you are chosen . . . I delight in You . . . you are loved and worthy of God’s blessings (all of them!) . . . you can hear my voice . . . you have the mind of Christ and have power to take your thoughts captive . . . you are patient, you have self-control. . . “?
What’s your response to these words of truth over yourself? Do you believe them deep down? Or do you find yourself thinking and speaking the lies over yourselves and even others? Are you “responding with faith” to what He is telling you and showing you?
Let’s take this season that we’re in and let it be a NEW season with the Lord! A new season in our lives! A new season in our family! A new season with our friends! A new season in our workplace! A new season in our cities! Let’s celebrate like it’s New Year’s Eve and be full of joy, expectation, hope, and optimism of what God not only wants to do in the future, but RIGHT NOW!
He desires to make us new . . . continually! His love and heart for us is too good to just leave us stagnant or complacent. 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “. . . our inner being is renewed EVERY SINGLE DAY.” But look at verse 18, “because we don’t FOCUS OUR ATTENTION on what is seen but on what is unseen.” It’s about our mindset, it’s about our focus, it’s about whose voice we are listening to and believing. When we have misconceptions of who He is, what He is like, who we are, and what He is capable of doing through us, our faith is restricted by those misconceptions. So let it go (“let it go, let it go, turn away and slam the door” ~ Frozen).
God never stops working; He doesn’t take holidays; He doesn’t sleep; He isn’t quarantined.
Make it your passion and desire today to not restrict Him and to “listen, receive, and respond with faith to his words.” (John 8:47)
It’s a NEW day, it’s a NEW season — don’t be a party pooper and miss out on what God is doing NOW.
Spend time with Him in His presence (face-to-face) like never before; allow Him to renew you every single day!
Being on a journey is okay…it’s more than okay because that’s where you experience My Presence, where we draw near to each other, where we experience things together, where you see Me come through again and again and again, where I cover you in my protection, my love, and you experience my goodness. So embrace the journey.”
Think about it. If you were single and all of the sudden you wake up one day and you were walking down the aisle to get married to someone that you didn’t know, or didn’t know very well, you probably would be a bit scared and feel not so sure about committing to covenant with this person forever, why? Because you don’t know them. You haven’t been on a journey together of dating, being engaged, getting to know each other (quirks and all), you haven’t experienced things together, you haven’t walked through difficult situations together, and so on. You haven’t been on a journey together.
So why do we view going through life any different and often dislike the journey “part”? It’s actually all about the journey. It’s all about Him and His Presence. It’s about the journey of chatting with Him, getting His view of things and people, and trusting Him because you truly know Him and His heart for you and this world. He wants us to stay focused on His Presence and His promises. And when this is our focus, peace and a thankful heart are the result. Not tension or anxiety from constantly just asking Him to fix this or fix that, being frustrated when we don’t see results in our timing (and what we think should be His timing), or just feeling overwhelmed or bored from daily life of work, taking kids to and fro, going to church on Sundays – because the focus there is on ourselves and just getting from Him (usually material or physical things). Psalm 46:10 (TPT) states, “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop striving and you will see that I am God…” Read that again, it’s about seeing that He is God – it’s about our relationship with Him. It’s about having a perspective change where we see what He sees, thinks what He thinks, acts as He acts, expecting something supernatural from God, and accepting the invitation to invade the impossible in His name through the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us!
So right now, I am learning this (again) and God is challenging me to embrace the journey, but He is meeting me there with His peace, love, and grace. In going through a specific journey right now in my life where many things are out of my control and the timing of receiving responses seems horrible through my natural eyes, God is reminding me to choose to view it and embrace each day as a journey with these two truths:
1) He is still in control and He is not surprised by anything.
Anything? Really? Yes, anything! “Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal, let ME set the pace. Slow down, and ENOY THE JOURNEY IN MY PRESENCE” (Jesus Calling). Did you hear it?…It’s a journey and it’s choosing daily to surrender control and allow Him to set the pace. SO I invite you to receive His gift that He is in control; it is a gift, not a frustration. Psalm 46:10 (GW) says, “Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God…” The CEV translation says it this way, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!” And learn…again, it’s about a journey with Him and learning that He is God and that is more than enough…He is God…PERIOD.
He also knows every single detail, and He has a plan – He had a plan for every situation that you would encounter before you were even born. Even if it’s something that seems so small and insignificant to you, it’s not disregarded by Him. Romans 8:28, “So we are convinced that EVERY detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”
2) Evaluate your mindset.
God is in the transformation of our mind business because He made our minds and knows how important they are to the rest of our beings. But often, I don’t take time to stop and evaluate my mind. But if in our minds (usually seen through our words out loud or that we play in our heads to ourselves), we don’t truly trust AND surrender our concerns to Him, we will be in a state of anxiety, frustration, fear, worry, and just negativity. It goes back to the truth earlier: “I am God.” Do we have that in the depth of our beings? Do we live from this place? Do we view every situation from this place?
Because when we do, asking and receiving His view of the situation (whether we have or know the answer or not is irrelevant), trusting His goodness in all things, releasing the power from the Holy Spirit into every circumstance in life, and letting go by not fixating our minds on the issues, but instead being thankful and focusing on His Presence and His Promises, what will flow out of us is “joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures…faith that prevails…,and strength of spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, TPT). And He is faithful; He is the Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness!
So I invite you to choose to embrace the journey. And tomorrow, choose to embrace the journey again. And in 4 months, choose to embrace the journey again. Because as I look back, this is what He has been continually reminding me of – it’s about being on a journey with Him, traveling from one place to another.
“…We are being transfigured (Greek verb, metamorphoō, which is the same word for our transfiguration through the renewing of the thoughts of our minds!!!) into his very image AS WE MOVE FROM ONE BRIGHTER LEVEL OF GLORY TO ANOTHER. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, TPT).
He delights in us, He delights in our intimacy with Him, He delights in our need to rely on Him in ALL things, He treasures the journey with us – it’s about relationship.
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