O Dark Clouds of Nurturing Water…

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
 Ecclesiastes 11:4 (KJV)

I am born of God as He formed me in my mother’s womb. I am sanctified in Jesus Christ and nurtured each moment by the Holy Spirit. I spend days in the warmth of the light He provides and my nights in rest He gives. I am truly blessed by the Lord. To Him be all glory.

I sing songs of worship to honor the Lord. It is His delight that my heart leaps toward Him as He beckons. These are great times of spiritual prosperity. I see my Lord and hear His voice. I gather with His other children and praise Him as one Body. We are the Bride who greatly anticipates but is patient for the return of the Bridegroom. I know with all of my heart His return is imminent.

I am patient and I am loving. I seek out the poor and the hopeless and offer bread and life for I know I can lead the lost to Jesus. The Spirit abides. Father open doors.

O, how I dream of a walk as stated. Lord, I confess I am not perfect and fall short in many ways and at many times. But, I know You love me.

Many times I watch the wind rush through an open door and continue watching as it slams shut. A missed opportunity. But, I know You are patient with me.

I seek the strength and wisdom to walk the straight path. A place where I can have focus on the Lord and still run to a crying heart, a hungry soul. “I can do these things”, I ponder watching the drifting clouds. Time passes and soon opportunities will pass too. Conversations about how I will change and how I will act soon will fade without the following response to God’s beckon. For He gives me ample opportunity to be a great husband, a steady and nurturing father, a lover of many souls.  I should not tarry much longer or I will be a tree that falls north, and stays. (Ecc 11:3)

The day of judgment will come and I will wonder why I didn’t respond always. God speaks and I hear and I watch the rain fall and the wind blow and Spring comes, there is not a harvest. Well, maybe a small one.  My desire to do more is great but my feet are sometimes in a boggy mire. Free my feet, O Lord. I hear Your voice. I am tired of just desire and wish to sow for a fruitful harvest. I am a man of many words and want to compliment these words with action.

Action is my response to God’s speaking. Response is being in God’s will and walking the straight path He has laid out before me.  My one goal is to respond. If I do, my heart is set in its proper place. Intention to respond is not of God’s will. It is hearing and not acting. Good intention is watching the clouds float by without sowing. “Where is the fruit?” the ones of good intention cry at the time of harvest. There is none. But, God loves me and He is patient. He continues to try.

I have received many gifts from the Lord. I pray I will respond now to His voice. I must sow seed into my marriage, into my children, my faith…. I must offer an olive branch to my enemies a loaf of bread to the hungry. A kind word to the hopeless. Yes God asks me to do this. Will I respond? Or will I continue to watch clouds pass, darkened, as they are filled with an abundance of rain. They are ready to nurture with water the seeds I plant. I plant because my good intentions have turned to action therefore there will be a harvest.

I have hope because I listen to God and this is the best first step. I will respond or I will realize the consequence of a sterile harvest. I will try to be a man of godly integrity. I hear You Lord. Let the harvest come and the seed planted bear fruit. Let me rest assured that I need not see the harvest always, but have a smiling heart of joy that You will. Fortify my family. Be our center, God. Our core is the Spirit that emanates to others but especially to each other. Husband and wife, Father and son and daughter.

For good intention is listening, acting on that intention is response. O dark clouds of nurturing water. Let me watch you rain. Spirit nurture the seeds of a responsive intention. I hear You Lord. Amen

Rick Stassi

July 8, 2012

Re-blogged 2013

Release, My Bound Heart

Artist: Loriann Signori

9 How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Psalm 119

O Father I give all of myself to You now to do with as You wish. Amen

Our heart was and is defiled. We have come from a place where our heart is putrefied in the ungodly ways of the world. All of us have been and are still sinners. We know that our journey is a constant one in His way. He is perfecting, ever-completing us until the day of the Return of Christ Jesus. Yet as we were defiled we need not lay claim and pay homage to that defilement now! We shall acknowledge our sin and make an oath of repentance. For in His way, we walk without a defiled heart. O our once contaminated heart! We believed the world. We were deceived because death has a deceiving sweet fragrance for which to lure the outwitted.

So how can I cleanse my heart? I was tasked with this endeavor recently. I searched my heart thoroughly. I took note of all things that currently and in the past, have bound my heart in sin. The list is long. Follow the Lords precepts and count your sins. Write them so you may see them. It serves you well, this exercise. We will see the clutter of the lack of forgiveness, lust, dislike, foul language, distrust, and more. Is this just me?

So how can I cleanse my heart? In this inventory we now have the chance to acknowledge past and present clutter held tightly against the walls of our heart. The very place we are promised the indwelling of the Spirit. The Light. The light and darkness – we cannot appease both simultaneously. We cannot straddle the fence of light and darkness. To cleanse our heart -to purge darkness, we acknowledge and cast off the darkness with an oath of repentance, a vow to cast burdens on the shoulder of Jesus.

We take heed according to Your word, Father. Cast our burden onto the shoulder of He whose burden is light. According to Your word Lord: Matthew 11:30

The cleansing of our heart is a special invitation to the Spirit who already works in us. Now with less clutter thus clearing a conduit between us and God! With the clutter in our heart, we walk on God’s path with ankles chained. Slow progress. With clutter cast off,  we have the brisk gait of a Spirit-filled life. Our one-on-One relationship with the Holy Spirit and the precepts of our Lord are now clear. Clarity brings growth. His commandments ring in all fullness. However, if we do not choose to do this inventory, the burdens from our past-our present, delay our walk into godly fruition and hold firmly against the walls of our heart like a plaque. We do not know the fullness of the Lord’s work. Our progress is slow but he will progress us. He is the Master surgeon Who will perform the work that is well required on our hearts.  We choose: Quick or drawn out.

With a cleansed heart and with clarity, we hear God. We see Him with a greater clarity. The Spirit moves in us with greater fluidity. We adhere closer to His commandments. His laws. His freedom for us. Chains are broken and we are restored in greater fullness today than yesterday. This process is giving ALL of ourselves to God. Not a portion. We already stated that oath! Yet, we see that all of our self isn’t necessarily all.  Acknowledge the past pain, hurt unto others, lusts of the flesh, hatred for man, gossip… Cleanse the past. Cast it away. We are saved to be sure and clear. But to see the fullness of God’s work today through His spirit, we clean house. With a clean heart, the Spirit is able to give His gifts, and we will see Him. Feel God. Know the perfect law of liberty as freedom – the response from God, as we first respond to Him with obedience.

Believe He does a great work in us. Even as we walk with chains. But also believe, we can loose these binding chains to walk with a brisk gait along His path.

For a new day dawns and we are thus refreshed. Release my heart that is bound, In Jesus’ Name.

Rick Stassi

February 24, 2012

…O foolish man

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy  Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:13,14

We accept Jesus Christ into our lives and we are reborn. We accept the Spirit as our Helper, into our hearts where He abides. He Helps in the understanding of God’s will and intentions for us, I pray I write under that condition.

We are humble servants of the Lord – speaking and comparing spiritual things with those spiritual. Man cannot teach us this. His wisdom will not approach the realm of which we are spiritually taught:

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25

 Comparing  spiritual things is our discernment of comparing those things God imparts upon us to things of the nature of the abiding Spirit. It is our spirituality:

“…plainly declared the doctrine of Christ, in terms also taught them by the Holy Spirit. He not only gave them the knowledge of these things, but gave them utterance.” Matthew Henry

Henry explains what our spirituality is: hear and speak the things of the Spirit. Man’s teaching will not approach this. As the verse says: The [impossible] foolishness of God, and the [impossible] weakness of God is still wiser and stronger than man. I say “impossible” because God is omnipotent and all-powerful. There is no foolishness or weakness in Him. It is but a sarcastic example from Paul to illustrate the relationship between God and man and who man is in comparison to God. That is why we have fear, or reverence. That is why we are humble. We are in the midst of the Creator who made all things but still knows us personally.

Man will not teach this because man is confounded and is distracted by the depths of the seas, the distance of the stars, atomic structure, and the single-cell beginning of life. Do not compare what the Spirit teaches with what man observes and utters. They are not close in relevance. But compare what the Spirit teaches with the results of the wonders of God in our life. How is God working in our lives? What miracles has He performed? We must not be absorbed into the teaching of man for it is not us that is confounded yet we may become deceived. Thus we seek the teaching of our Helper who leads us in the ways far above the leanings of man. Man will not see this separation until he has asked Jesus  for forgiveness and submitted to His loving-kindness. It is not possible for man to understand but he can see Christ in us. That is a connection between our purpose in God and God’s will.

Reflect His image. Emanate His joy. Shine His love. Divert the fading spirit of man to the Spirit.  It is man’s salvation that he will be led to. Not by us, but by what we are taught, hear, and utter from the Holy Spirit. God as our Helper.

Rick Stassi

December 2, 2011

…in my heart

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years

and bring you prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 

Proverbs 3:1-4

The Holy Spirit abides in us as we abide in Him. Our heart is filled with the Spirit until it overflows creating the true reflection of the Lord so that all may see. In us is a desire for a relationship with God. There is not one man who can tarnish that desire, for it is plainly said in Scripture that Jesus is our Advocate to the Father (1 John 2:1). None other.

All wisdom is in God. Read the Bible and do not forget what He is saying and how the Spirit in our heart helps understand the meaning and context. We are not all teachers – I am not a teacher – but I can plainly understand that God desires us to remember His word and to keep His commands in our heart. For relying on His commands in our heart makes us be aware of the Spirit inside. It makes us listen intently for the Spirit within.

I desire spiritual prosperity for spiritual prosperity will outlast material prosperity. Love and faithfulness are written on a tablet in our heart. This is my verse of how I understand my relationship with God. Our guidance in from the Spirit within, our wisdom is from God above, our representation to God is through the blood of Jesus Christ, resurrected. It is in our sincerity in our relationship with God that helps assure us we are on His path.

I will try to be sincere. For I mean not to deceive but to confess before man and God that I believe His commands are written on my heart and I will try and listen. I will be humble in adversity and strong in my passion to know the Lord. I am only a man but God is there with me and with you and we have hope. That is the best I can do.

I pray these verses bless you this morning as they have blessed me. I pray your day is a day that will glorify God. Pray and strengthen your relationship with Him. I will, as well. Peace to all.

Rick