The Law of Lift . . .

I had to fly to Houston this week and since I live in a rural area I took a puddle-jumper to San Francisco.  As we flew North, I watched the full moon set over the Pacific in the pre-dawn hours from my window on the little plane.

I actually enjoy flying and often choose a window seat.  I looked out over the landscape and saw a bright line of cars snaking along the freeway in the grayish light.  I could see around the hill where the traffic got a little clearer and thought of how wonderful it would be for those drivers to be able to see around the bend.

Obviously, my perspective on the plane gave me the ability to see so much more than those on the ground.  I looked ahead and saw the coastline drawing a beautiful sweeping arc northward.  The cars on the freeway couldn’t see over the mountains, even though they were so close to the lovely scene.

I began thinking about how much I enjoy looking down at scenes from the heights, whether on a mountain top or from a plane.  I love floor plans and doll houses for the same reason.

It’s all about perspective.  As we descended toward the San Francisco airport, it almost looked like we were going to land on the bay.  Even from my vantage point above the ground, yet inside the cabin, I realized I still had limited vision.  The pilot could see ahead to the runway despite the water below us, and was in communication with the control tower.  He had greater information than I did.

This triggered a recollection of something I had written years ago about flying, but had somehow lost track of.  Once we landed, I had a 3 hour layover, so I found a comfy spot in the airport food court as I awaited my next flight.  I watched people, enjoyed a muffin and a cup of decaf coffee (caffeine doesn’t like me.)

I decided to try to capture the gist of what I’d written a long time ago.  I realized that when I stepped onto the little airplane that I had actually stepped into a different realm.  At first it just seemed like normal. Once we took off something happened inside that cabin which I still marvel at even after many flights.

The law of lift had superseded the law of gravity.  Strangely however when I dropped something on the plane the law of gravity still had sway over everything but when we lifted off we were actually in a completely different atmosphere. The immediate surroundings still revealed gravity’s influence, but the plane itself had just defied the natural law.

If I were to jump up inside this realm of the lifted plane, I’d still come back down quickly.  So, even though we were flying thousands of feet above the ground, gravity still had impact on us.  But, in actuality, we had been transferred into a supernatural realm as soon as the plane took off.

If I were to stupidly decide to try to open the door to the plane and step off of it, then the full effect of gravity would again have its impact.  It would take over and I would splatter on the earth below; an impact I’m not interested in experiencing.

Thankfully I understand that inside the airplane cabin I am protected from the law of gravity on the plane as a whole.  Even though I still experienced its law when I dropped my pen, I’m really in a kind of supernatural bubble.  Fascinating!

As I pondered these things, I realized God was showing me a spiritual principle I think we can learn from today. When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior, we are immediately transferred to the kingdom of light out of the kingdom of darkness.

It’s like stepping into the airplane cabin.  Once we have done that, we are completely protected from the effects of eternal death and now walk in new life. The condition is indisputable.  It’s past tense.  Once in this realm we can ascend into the heavenly atmosphere just like the plane rises into the air.

Believers are granted the ability, in the Spirit, to rise above the normal life below us in the natural. We can begin to see from a viewpoint not even available to those who are in the flesh.

I also realized that inside the plane, I could still participate in all the normal activities of life without hindrance, unless, perhaps the seat belt sign was lit up!

But I was in a realm protected from the effects of the exterior atmosphere.  Crystals had formed on the outside of the plane window as we reached cruising altitude.  As long as I stayed inside the cabin, I was still warm and felt no wind or cold even though those things raged outside.

The thought occurred to me that once we are inside our new supernatural heavenly realm, but still in this flesh, we are protected from the harshness of the natural world around us.

We still feel some of the effects but we are not really subject to what goes on outside of this bubble in the Spirit.  Naturally speaking, we still go about all our daily activities just like those who aren’t saved, but we are completely enveloped in a new spiritual realm.

As long as we don’t step outside of this place we can rise above every circumstance and see clearly what’s ahead. The Holy Spirit gives us new eyes and a new perspective; a godly one.

As we had descended down towards the airport to land, there was some fog and it looked a little chilly.  But I didn’t have to even concern myself with that at all because I was safe inside the plane.

We went through a cloud and experienced a little bit of turbulence but it was over very quickly because our destination was only a few yards away.

I was starting to understand that because of our new position in Christ, we can see farther ahead and can recognize obstacles and ways around those obstacles.  Like seeing the line of white car lights that looks like illuminated ants on a trail, we are able to get a heavenly perspective to navigate difficult circumstances.  We also have direct communication with our ‘Control Tower’ in Christ, no matter what dark clouds we must go through.

Spiritually speaking, we will still be somewhat affected by the reality of the natural world around us but because our destiny is set and established by the Lord, we don’t have to endure those effects for very long.

Most of you probably know that our destination is the full inheritance of the kingdom of heaven.  So just like the plane going through the cloud, we can pass through whatever threatens us or tries to hinder us.

The natural laws of life may affect us, but the supernatural laws can supersede them.  This is how we can face whatever the enemy throws at us.  Regardless of how real it is, we have to understand that in actuality, we are not of this world.

The moment you step off a flying plane you’re again subject to the full effect of gravity and the earthly atmosphere.   Please just don’t do that at 10,000 or 30,000 feet, though.

Spiritually, we need to make sure we stay in the heavenly mindset in order to navigate with our supernatural protection and perspective.  This is the only way we can experience the spiritual realm exerting it’s laws over the natural.  This takes faith.

I believe this is what the Lord wants us to grasp from this experience. Our mindset has to be so transformed by the fact that we are not subject to all the same laws of the natural realm any longer.

We operate in this other atmosphere where loss, lack, pain, sickness and even death can’t truly affect us the same way anymore, at least not for very long.

Yes, we may feel some of the effects but we walk as overcomers.  I challenge you to try putting on this new mindset.  The next time you face a trial, see if you can get your mind into the realm of the Spirit as if you had just stepped onto a plane.

As you allow yourself to be lifted above the natural circumstances into the protection of the heavenly, you will be able to set your mind and focus on the truth of the kingdom you really belong to.

This is what it means to walk in the Spirit.  This transformation is crucial if we are to live effectively in the world but still not be of it.  Nothing that happens to us inside the spiritual realm can overtake us if we see it like being on the plane where the law of gravity is superseded by the law of lift.Trailing Ellipsis marks

Galatians 5:16-18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Always in Jesus,

Desireé Figg

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Red Flags of the Soul . . .

Red Flags. Pixabay.

Red Flags. Pixabay.

Our town is going through several street repairs of late.  On one section there has been a flagman waving people along.  He had a red flag and held it up to get people to pay attention to him.  I realized while watching him that the red flag was an indication of what was going on.  It was a clear picture of a spiritual truth we can look at today.

Like the red flags, I recognized that our feelings command us to notice them.  They are so ‘in your face’ that we really can’t ignore them.  I believe they are a God-given gift to our souls.

Feelings themselves are neither good nor bad, right nor wrong.  They just ARE.  However, their existence has a purpose.  Without them, life would be extremely boring and static.

God knew before He ever created us that we would have feelings.   They are never a surprise to Him.  In fact, I believe they are one of the many ways we, as humankind, can identify with our Maker.

It may surprise you, but God has feelings as widely ranging as we do.  In Genesis 6:6 it says, “The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”

In this verse, we glimpse the deepest sadness of a Holy God.  Now read Psalm 105:43,  “And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout.”  Those two extremes show us the range of emotions God has.  They are only two examples of God’s feelings being expressed.  There are many more.

The point is, we must not forget that God has feelings and can identify with us on a deeply intimate level.  I haven’t even mentioned the emotions Jesus experienced while He was on the earth.  The difference with Jesus was that He never simply followed His feelings, but always surrendered and submitted them to His Father.

Feelings, then, should be seen as indicators, not only of our humanity, but of our being created in God’s image.  They should not be frowned upon, squelched, ignored, or feared. They should be expressed, but in a godly way.  They are what I call ‘Red Flags of the Soul.’

Just like physical pain or adrenaline is to the body, feelings indicate to the soul that something is out of the ordinary.  It may be something wonderful, something horrible, or anywhere in between.  If you will take the time to examine what your feelings are, I believe you’ll be able to learn to deal with them in godly ways.

First, identify your feelings, and then draw near to your Heavenly Father and share the feelings with Him.  Ask Him to show you what the feelings indicate.  Then ask Him to bring your feelings into line with His truth in the Word.

Galatians 5:17 says, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.”  Verse 24 goes on to say, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

What this means to me is that Feelings are not GOD.  Many people seem to treat them as if they are.  I know I used to act as if they were.  Sadly, even Christians often allow themselves to be mastered by them.

Instead, I encourage you to train yourself to identify them, bring them to the Lord, and submit them to the truth.  I believe this is what Jesus meant when He prayed before His crucifixion, “Sanctify them by the truth, Your word is truth.”  John 17:17.

In other words, the more you can submit your feelings to God and have them line up with Scripture, the more godly you will become.

If you will practice becoming aware of what you are feeling instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by feelings, you’ll be on your way to dealing with them in a healthy manner.

If you will allow Jesus, our Intercessor and High Priest, to wash them with the purity of His word, then you won’t run the risk of being overwhelmed by them.  When we allow our feelings to determine our behavior instead of the Holy Spirit, then we are actually walking by the flesh and not the Spirit.

When you examine your feelings and bring them before the Lord and the truth of His word, I believe you’ll discover a greater intimacy with Him.

Don’t be afraid to share each feeling intimately with God.  Allow Him to soothe, comfort, encourage and correct you.

My prayer for you today is that you will get into the habit of bringing every feeling to Him and lay them at His feet. This is the reality of what it means to surrender.

God didn’t give you feelings so you’d be overwhelmed and incapable of functioning.  No, He gave you feelings so you could fully experience this amazing abundant life and so you would learn to share every tiny detail with your beloved Savior.

The more you practice this intimacy, the sooner you’ll find yourself dependent on Him and soon you’ll be walking fully in the Spirit and not be mastered any longer by the bright red flags of the soul.

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Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

Always in Jesus,

Desireé Figg

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Puzzling Thoughts . . .

puzzle-226743_640You either love them or hate them. Puzzles, I mean.  Maybe that brush stroke is too broad.  Instead, perhaps I should say, ‘You like to do them, or you don’t.’  I don’t know if there is a middle ground.  Ut- oh, I can already feel the puns coming on.  I’ll try to restrain myself.  

Puzzles are those things we do when there’s nothing else to do, or when we have a million things to do but don’t want to do them.  They allow our conscious minds to rest a little while we do something that makes us feel a sense of accomplishment.

Some people like the challenge of trying to make sense out of chaos.  Some enjoy setting everything in order and watching an image form out of what seemed to be nothing but non-cohesive parts; hundreds or thousands of them.

They force us into complicity with the puzzle maker’s vision.  Some people are rebels and will shove a piece in that doesn’t really fit, just because…  There are those who take a long time to complete the project, and others who can’t stop until they’ve knocked out the task.

Some people end up gluing their puzzles together and varnishing them after completion.  Maybe they don’t want to risk all of their hard work possibly ending up taken apart and scrambled into oblivion.

Whichever kind of puzzle worker you are, I believe there is something to be learned through examining this subject ‘out of the box.’ (Sorry, these puns, they just show up!)

I’m not going to go into all the possible psychological ramifications, though.  Because I think the Lord has a bigger picture in mind.  (Really? Another one)

Years ago, when I was a church administrator in Texas, our Pastor wanted to create a visual reminder for our congregation on his theme for the year.  He had me contract a wall sized board which looked like a giant puzzle.

His message was simple, but profound.  The motto was “Every member a minister.”  The focus was to help each person find their unique place in the Body of Christ.  I still believe this is a very worthwhile pursuit for any church.

As I was recalling this, a kind of sadness crept in to my spirit.  I realized that almost two decades later, I haven’t witnessed the reality of this principle taking place in the Church.  It might even be worse than before.

Even in vibrant congregations that I’m aware of today, the old addage still holds true, ’20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work.’  Thankfully, the fellowhip I’m in now has a better percentage, but there is still a huge need.

What I see is a vision God wants to have come to fruition, like the puzzle maker’s picture on the outside of the puzzle box.  He wants it to look a certain way.  But because too many pieces are missing, the picture is not complete.

The Lord has patience and knows how long it takes to get His children to submit to His will.  But there comes a time when He issues a call to action and time is suddenly of the essence.

I believe we have entered that time where God’s plans need to take shape and the picture needs to become visible to the world.  In other words, it’s time to get the puzzle closer to completion.

However you feel about puzzles and however you respond to their challenge, what I believe God is insisting on is that we must find out where we fit in His body.  The word tells us of the importance of this.

Ephesians 4:11 says, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,”

If you are called into the office of any of these, you likely already know and are working toward God’s goals.  But if you are not, this doesn’t let you off the hook!

Verse 12 and following states the reason for the 5 fold ministry gifts Jesus gave to His Body.

“for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

It continues in verse 15b

“we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,  from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”

I know you’ve heard this before.  But today. I’m challenging you to take a fresh look at this passage.  If you can recognize it as a giant puzzle God wants us to complete, then I believe you will see the great need for ‘all hands on deck.’

The world in this hour is so quickly rushing towards the darkness.  The need is for God’s vision to be seen clearly, so we can rescue as many souls as possible before it’s too late.

So, my admonition today is that you take a very serious look inward.  If you are not actively connected to a vibrant local body, then you are out of God’s will.  No excuses.

If you do attend church, but only punch your little Christian time clock and are not fitting in to your place in that Body, then you are out of the will of God.

I know I risk offending some by calling out the truth.  But in the midst of the above passage, verse 14 & the first part of 15 says,

14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
15 but speaking the truth in love,”

It is with a heavy heart but one full of love that I throw down the gauntlet today.  I am speaking the truth in love, for anyone who has ears to hear.

Prophetically, there is so much scripture dealing with the hour of testing we are heading into right now in the world.  Jesus told us we would have persecution.  We may be spared some of the most horrific things ahead, but leading up to that, we must be aware that God has forewarned us of the trials coming.

If the Body of Christ isn’t “being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part,” then we cannot hope to survive the testing.

Every single piece of a puzzle is designed to fit properly and within the precise context of the whole for which it was created.  If you aren’t doing your part, the rest of us will suffer greater difficulty and God’s vision will be less than complete.  Who knows what loss will take place if you refuse to plug in.

Sure, He will find someone else to do your job, but you will forfeit the crown He had planned for you.  I don’t want to see that happen to anyone.

I believe Jesus is calling out your name today and specifically asking you to do the work of finding out where you fit into the puzzle.  If you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, maybe a time of fasting and prayer is in order.

God wants you to be vitally connected in the puzzle area where He designed you to fit.  He doesn’t want you shoved in to a place you don’t fit.  There is a place He made for you, where no one else will fit just the way you can.

I pray that you will not allow yourself to feel condemned today.  God knows you and wants you to be of value to the kingdom. 

I pray that you’ll be encouraged that you do have a specific place to serve.  Somewhere!  The hardest part is finding where.  Allow the Lord to reveal it to you and please don’t settle for sitting on the sidelines anymore, forever plagued by all those puzzling thoughts.

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1 Corinthians 12:12,14 ” for even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ…For the body is not one member, but many.”

Always in Jesus,

Desireé Figg

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