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PUPPY LOVE

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I was at a flea market and came by a booth that was selling puppies. They were cute little things in variegated colors and shapes. Some were actively sparring and wrestling. Some were sleeping, even while being stepped on by their siblings.

The lady at the booth had cupped one in her hand and was kissing its tiny head. I said, “God’s creatures, great and small.” She said, “Yes, they’re my babies and I love them.”

I walked away with this impression. What if God is taking the same tender delight in us, his tiny creatures? What if God has a case of puppy love toward us and he simply desires to cuddle us and kiss our little noggins?

What if God actually found us dear and darling rather than seeing us as a pile of stale, dirty, unwashed laundry? What if God could look past our poop and see us as cute?

We know from scripture that God is very serious about sin. But He is even more serious about caring for the creatures he has conceived. The puppies were going for $200 each. But our loving Savior Jesus really splurged, and paid quite a lot more for us. He did it because he found us precious. Perhaps he was overcome with puppy love.

Steven C. Johnson

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PROTOCOL FOR ENTRY

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Esther before King Ahasuerus. Fransesco Fontebasso, National Trust.

Is there a protocol for entering the Lord’s presence?

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If we were to visit with the President an aide would inform us of the timing of activities, where we will be walking in and moving to, and the process of greeting and speaking. And if we are petitioning for action on a matter we typically thank the President and then honor the President as we begin.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your interest in the infrastructure of our highways. We honor you for your attentiveness to the safety of our citizens and the durability and longevity of our roads and bridges.”

There are times when we dial heaven’s 911 hotline and say without formality, “Lord, I’m in a crisis. Help, now!” The Lord is gracious and understands our pounding hearts looking for relief. But typically, there is a protocol for entering the King’s courts, even for Sons and Daughters, which involves thanksgiving and praise.

Psalms 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Thanks and praise properly stages our entrance, helping us be grateful for the benefits we have received, and appreciative for the person who has brought those benefits.

When someone shares a gift with us we all know to be thankful, but we don’t always remember to “praise” or esteem the giver. A friend gives a gift. The first response is “Thanks you, kindly!” But our second response may be of praise.

“You are so thoughtful! You remembered my husband died a year ago. These were his favorite flowers!”

“You are so creative! Wow, to think of the time and skillful energy you put into this gift!”

“You are so generous! This is such a precious and valuable gift!”

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR ENTERING OUR HEAVENLY FRIENDS’ PRESENCE:

 

THANKS                               PRAISE

For safety                                I feel so secure with you as my protector!
For healing                             You are a compassionate physician!
For help in trouble                You are such an attentive comforter!
For solutions to problems    You are a river of wisdom!
For food and clothing           You are a caring provider!
For beauty                              You are so artfully creative!
For joy                                     Your love endures forever!
For abundant blessings        You are so generous!

“Give thanks to the Lord,     For his love endures forever.”

How wonderful that communion with God is just a breath away!                      

How do you enter in with Thanks and Praise?

Steven C Johnson

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A VISION OF PASSOVER BLOOD

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Pam and I were in bed preparing for sleep. She had beaten me to the pillow. I was reading a book with a light beside me. I put the book down and looked across the room to the door and ceiling. Then I had a vision.

I saw an old clay bowl full of blood. Then a leafy branch was being dipped into it. The bloody branch painted the door jams and lentil. As I was seeing this vision I assumed Pam had fallen asleep. Then she began to pray, “Lord, may You take the blood and put it upon our doorpost.“ Pretty remarkable! The experience left an impression.

“Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.”  Ex 12:22

God told Israel to put the blood on the doorposts. Keeping it in a bowl was not enough. The angel of death would need to see the blood applied on the posts in order to pass over.

       We apply ointment to aching muscles.

       We apply math formulas to build.

       We apply action to diet and exercise plans.

       The blood applied makes all the difference!

We should meditate daily on the Passion and Victory of our Lord! Pam and I have been sharing communion daily. I touch our home’s door frames and affirm the covering of our Lord’s blood. Do you have ways to remind yourselves of Christ’s atoning blood?

In my early days as a believer many preachers talked about the blood of the Lord Jesus. In recent decades we hear less of our ruby-red hope. Of course, if you wish to study the potency of Christ’s blood there is a treasury of Scripture. Here are a few clips from Hebrews for your fortification.

Heb 9:11-14 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Heb 10:19-22 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 12:24 …to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Heb 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.

Heb 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

May His Spirit show us what applications to make today of His cleansing, protective, life-giving blood so we may rest safe and secure in Yeshua!!!

Tell us how you make applications of our Savior’s vibrant life-giving blood.

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises.com

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Listen to “Leveraging Crimson” an affirmation of the Blood of Jesus from an earlier post HERE. 

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JUDO AND THE CORONAVIRUS

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How can we leverage Covid-19? Some investors are making lots of money by investing in services and products used in treatments, or by capitalizing on the fears of others. But what can we as Christians do to leverage the Coronavirus for the King and His Kingdom?

               The coronavirus has brought us:

     Genuine sickness and death – and the threat of more

     Financial loss – and the threat of more

     Isolation and loneliness – and the threat of more

“The threat of more” the past couple weeks has been the fearmonger’s paradise.  Heaven’s intent is that the threat be transformed into “the promise of more!” We have been given authority and power to leverage fearful threats for good.

Social distancing may protect us from disease but it does not cure fear. In fact, being mindful of social distancing is an opportunity for fear to go viral.

Judo uses the energy of the attacker to our advantage. What if, using our spiritual Judo skills, we absolutely magnified, as much as we could, the possibility that we and our families could all get sick and die? What if we pulled that fear toward us, took a side step, and pulled that fear, tripping past us, into Jesus’ refining fire? Toasted fears! The same move could be used with other “threats of more.”

One strategy to overcome fear is to try to minimize. Another is to magnify the fears as valid and send them on to Jesus for His judgement. What if we told the fearmongers, “You can’t possibly know how really bad it could become! And, you simply can’t imagine how Jesus’ consuming fire disintegrates those monstrous fears!”

When fearsome threats come we don’t deny them. We leverage their energy and send them on for Heaven’s judgement! By doing so we end up:

     Healthy and vigorous – with the promise of more!

     Financially strong – with the promise of more!

     Socially connected – with the promise of more!

What Biblical martial arts moves do you make when “the threat of more” comes menacing?

Steven C Johnson

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CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION CONNECTIONS

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We’ve been talking to our neighbors over the fences, and at a respectable distance at the front door or at the grocery. We’ve done phone calls with friends and texting of Corona jokes. We picked up some groceries for an elderly neighbor and for fun mowed the front yard of another neighbor.

What are you doing with your time? What kind of conversations are you having? Find something in this list of conversations which may take you beyond Corona and weather talk. What a great time to work on relationships from other angles!

How are your love, joy and peace levels during this time?

What do you do to keep your faith strong?

Do you have financial concerns? 

If you have more on your plate than you know how to handle, what help or resources could you use?

What are your favorite Coronavirus jokes?

If you have more time available how are you using it?

Is it time to start a new business or retool for other work?

Are you studying a subject or reading things you’ve hoped to get to?

Are you getting rest?

What is your prayer focus?

Are you getting connections with family?

How do you handle isolation? Do you get cabin fever? Can you get out for a walk?

What friends, old and new, can you reach out to?

Do you check in with your neighbors?

What lessons are you learning? Who would benefit from those lessons?

Do you have a plan to come out of this stronger than ever?

Are you watching too much news or just enough?

Are you laughing, singing and dancing enough?

What questions or statements do you use to get connections going in a Covid 19 environment?

Steve Johnson

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JESUS DEFIES QUARANTINE!

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Jesus “broke” the quarantine rules of the day, but got away with it!

According to Moses, lepers were to be isolated outside the camp. No one got close to lepers. It was revolting and unthinkable. If you accidently came in contact with a leper there were all sorts of religious cleansings you were obligated to observe. But Jesus touched the leper and got away with it, because as soon as he touched him the leper was a leper no more.

 

Only the closest of family were to touch dead bodies.If you touched a dead body there were rituals of cleansing and sacrifice to follow. But Jesus got away with it, because when he touched the dead they came to life.

 

To be touched by a woman with an issue of blood was to be defiled. There were rituals to follow in order to be cleansed. But Jesus was touched by a woman unclean because of a persistent bleeding problem. Yes, he was touched and would have been contaminated according to the law, but the woman who touched Him was no longer defiled.

 

The Covid 19 virus would not have been diagnosed in Jesus’ day. One thing we know is that people were brought to Jesus with all kinds of diseases, including the corona viruses of the day. Jesus was not afraid of become defiled and contaminated. When the sick touched Jesus they “contracted” Jesus’ vitalizing health!

There is a day when Jesus will walk through the graveyards. He will not be contaminated by doing this because the dead will rise!  Jesus did not actually break or degrade Moses’ law by breaking quarantine. He transcended and superseded it  with a superior covenant of love and power!

Today non-Christians don’t think of bringing their sick to a church for prayer. They know most Christians are powerless to help. It will not always be that way. The Church is laying hold of the “greater things!”

I am not suggesting you expose yourself to people defiled by Covid 19. Unless, of course, you possess Jesus’ revitalizing health to bring the cure.

Acts 5:15 “As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid

them on beds and mats so that at least

Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.“

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are we to be satisfied with the present state of the Church’s power or are we to go up to new levels? 

Stretching with you for greater things!

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.com

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