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Herding Cats…

Collecting my thoughts right now is a little bit like herding cats! “Focus, Deb, focus…”

I’m getting ready for my trip to the Holy Land. So while I would love to have more time for blogging and recording, the reality is, I don’t have the time or energy. I’ll be back in the saddle June 10. Looking forward to sharing my insights and travels with you!

Thank you for visiting this blog! I pray the Lord blesses you!

In Christ alone,
Deb Krum

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Alive IN Christ

If you are in Christ, you are ALIVE in Christ and Christ is ALIVE in you! I think that is an excellent reminder as we begin this day, don’t you?

Since He is ALIVE in you, then He desires to live through you. We might be asking Him, “Lord, how do you want to live through me today?” And then trust Him to do so as we surrender to Him…

Thank you for praying for tonight’s Grace Tapestries event.

May He abound through you today!

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I thought you might be blessed by Louie Giglio message. Laminin is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how coordinated God is!

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The question haunted me for years. I’d hear other Christians talk about abundant life, but I sure didn’t seem to possess it. “There must be something wrong with my faith,” I concluded. So, I tried harder. The end of that course of action left me feeling more defeated, than joyful. It always seemed as if abundant life was just beyond my grasp; or as I saw it, way out of my reach because I was so unworthy of it. I lived with a constant sense that God was displeased with my performance.

Then I heard there was a “second blessing” I ought to be pursuing. So I pursued that, but that was even less than I expected. After all was said and done, I did not receive the second blessing. It was pointed out to me later that I didn’t do it correctly. There was a certain technique and I had failed at that too. Oh.

After several years of beating myself up, I finally concluded that there was no such thing as abundant life in this life. Instead, I lived with the notion that life is hard, so get over it. Suck it up you silly wimp and get on with living a life of determined faith! I became largely unsympathetic toward those who were struggling in their walk with God—“Don’t they get it? We walk by faith not by sight. It’s all going to be a very difficult path from here on out, so count on happiness be a very sparse experience!” Oh.

Now what? Read another Christian book or attend the next conference that rolls into town? It’s easy to become cynical when we repeatedly turn to techniques or methods that don’t produce the results we were told to expect. And that’s exactly where God finally brought me and appeared to drop me off… That was a very good thing!

So, Deb, what if abundant life isn’t outside you? And what if abundant life isn’t something you have to produce at all? What if Abundant Life is the life of Jesus abiding in you? Oh.

I never saw it before. I said the words, “Jesus, come into my life,” but there was a huge disconnect between the words and the reality of it. Besides that, it sounded so very strange to articulate that the same Jesus Christ who walked the earth over 2000 years ago was living in me now in the form of a Spirit. That was almost a creepy realization. You know, like the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

I even read The Indwelling Life of Christ by Major Ina Thomas and attended churches that taught New Covenant theology, but it did not soak in until I accepted by faith that the life He lived on earth, He now longs to live through the life of every believer.

A dear friend gave me Dan Stone’s book, The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has You Worn Out” and that opened my eyes even further. I also picked up Major Thomas’ book again and found new insight from his message. It was through reading both of these books, and especially meditating on the Scriptures, that the Holy Spirit began to stir in me the reality of His life in me as the Abundant Life I was looking for.

Dan Stone put it this way, “God is a Spirit Being in union with your spirit being. You are in God. He is in you. He lives as you. All the life comes through you. You have a full, complete, perfect union” (The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has You Worn Out, pg 81, One Press, Corvallis, Oregon).

When I saw this line in Major Ian Thomas’ book it finally hit me: “The Christian life is nothing less than the life which He lived then…lived now by Him in you” (The Indwelling Life of Christ: All of Him in All of You, pg 10, Multnomah Publishers, Sisters, Oregon).

Oh. OH! At once, I saw what I had never seen before: I, a 21st Century believer in Jesus Christ, possess the very life of Christ in Spirit form. If I will surrender to His life in me, He will flow through me His character and power—it is the fruit of the Spirit. …and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

This is the message the church so desperately needs to know today. Somehow we have gotten off track. We seem to be pursuing all sorts of things, but I think this is so because the reality of Christ as our life has missed our notice. It’s even harder to discover it amid all the religious activity and chatter…

If for any reason you do not know the reality of Jesus Christ living in you, as you, I pray you will ask Him to make it real to you. That single truth changes everything. It’s then we come to know He is Life Abundant!

To listen to more on this topic click Abundant Life or refer to the “Listen To” portion of the blog.

In Christ alone!
Deb

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There are certain things from our difficult past that we never want to forget. Those things God’s shows us about our nature—what life looks likes apart from Him. These realizations are transformed into sweet memories when we yield to Him. I especially love Jeremiah’s reflection in this regard,

Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore, I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed never cease, they are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness” Lamentations 3:19-23.

LESSONS IN AWARENESS:
I will never forget how the Lord began to make me aware of the sound of my complaining, whiny voice. I’d be droning away over some horrible inconvenience and would suddenly become aware of this high-pitched murmur. It was as if He was playing it back to me—the sound was so offensive I instantly stopped what I was talking about. My friends were waiting for me to finish what I was saying, but I could not continue (talk about a very present, real encounter with the living Lord). I was so convicted I would confess my murmuring heart right on the spot. Their jaws hit the floor and of course, conviction spread to them too.

Then He started pointing out the same tone in other people. Not to criticize them, but to further reveal what I sound like when I complain. Yuck. I kept thinking, “Lord, you would go to this length to teach me about how miserable complaining makes your children? Thank you, Lord!”

That’s the truth: complaining makes us miserable! We think it’s our situation, but it’s all the murmuring… Think about it!

Let me encourage you to ask the Lord to reveal to you where you may have picked up a whiny attitude and then ask Him to fill your mouth with sweet praise and joy! What a difference it will make in your life!  Christ reflected in us is pure joy!

Do you know that the audio file is a slightly different message than the article? Try tuning in… Click this link Misery of Complaint or you will find it under LISTEN TO:

God bless you child of the Most High God!

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Extra Baggage

I am thoroughly distracted, totally excited, and completely an airhead right now! My word, gathering my thoughts is like trying to herd wild cats! So, I’ve just come to the realization that I might as well just settle down and enjoy the experience.

In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling to Israel with several other people for a tour of the Holy Land. With all the planning that goes into the trip, we might as well be leaving for the moon!

Weight restrictions limit what we can bring, making it all the more difficult for me to pack. No kidding, I am the worst packer! I pack for all contingencies and consequently my suitcase(s) always weigh more than my traveling companions. I take “don’t leave home without it” to the extreme! If you travel with me, you are quite grateful because I pretty much have what you forgot to bring… Not this time. Nothing but the essentials! O dear…

Sometimes I find myself praying, “Lord, what are the essentials of Christianity? What are the things we absolutely need to know as we travel with you?” You see, I think we end up packing a bunch of stuff into our Christianity that we just don’t need. Not only that, we end up lugging stuff around that deeply affects how we interact with the Lord and each other. It seems we should be off-loading things rather than accumulating more weight and paraphernalia. But, have you noticed how we tend to accumulate rather than eliminate?

I wonder what the writer of Hebrews meant by “…laying aside every encumbrance and sin that so easily entangles us…” Hebrews 12:1

Jesus traveled light. He invites us to do the same. What do we need to leave behind as we travel with Him?

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Encouragement

We all get down in the mouth from time to time. We hate to go there, but it’s all part of being human. I used to think that if someone would just bolster my morale and self-confidence, I’d feel a whole lot better. Sure, it feels good to be affirmed, but it’s like eating a donut for breakfast—it gives you a rush of energy and then quickly fades.

After all those years of looking for encouragement in all the wrong places, the Lord finally broke through with the truth about His Word. I especially love reading Psalm 119 as it reminds me of the importance of being in God’s word. “My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word” v25; “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” v105.

It’s true; the most significant encouragement we can give one another is the word of God. Telling each other the truth about God’s character, His plan, His provision, His strong counsel, His faithfulness, His love, His grace, and His peace is all we need to know to pull our lower lip out of the dust.

I pray He gives you plenty of opportunities to encourage someone today! For additional Encouragement click the link.

Remember, Jesus still lives today!

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