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Spiritual Mothering

 by Joanna Coppedge

Before I write for pages on how you must lay down your life and be filled with the Holy Spirit of Jesus and have five hour quiet times and memories full passages of the Word of God daily in order to be a Spirit Filled mom, let me just say, this is not that guilt-ridden, pressure-filled, be someone you are not article…

I pray these words will be a stream of living water, an eye-opening awareness of what you are doing. Who He already is in you because of Who He is, not because of one more way you can contour yourself to meet one more groups’ set of expectations…

I was asked to write to young moms. I know others will read this and whoever you are, you are most welcome to the conversation. A sweet young thing in her early twenties told me recently that I was a “mature mom.” Ouch! The point is that no matter your season of life, you are welcome. If you aren’t a mom, you have come from a mom. Male, female, young or old, the human race has this in common; we come from one male and one female. Regardless of the success you feel they had in their parenting, whether you ever met them or know them or walk with them through life now, you have had a mother.

At some level, this mother was a carrier of your presence. She bore you. You lived in her womb for about 9 months. I boldly say, in this way, she reflected the life of Christ. Please hear me, she may never have known Him, she may not acknowledge Him, she may have fought against the Living Lord Jesus all her life, but bearing life reflects Divine Life.

Being pregnant currently, I’m reminded again how the laying down of life is forced through this process of giving life  (not that I had quickly forgotten with my four “big” kids constantly present). But the reality of pregnancy forces one to remember, it is not possible to bring new life into the world without, at some very real level, dying to your own wishes, wants and desires, even if those are as simple as sleeping through the night and eating what sounds good to you.

Early in Luke’s gospel we see Elizabeth entering into motherhood, walking blameless before the Lord and then being filled with His Holy Spirit as Mary comes and greets her.

Mary, herself has the Holy Spirit come upon her and then the text reads, the power of theMost High overshadows her. I wonder if in this “new Mother,” we see a picture of what our mothering is meant to reflect.

The Holy Spirit comes upon her. It’s not that she worked really hard to make herself into someone that someone else said would look super-spiritual. She was just living her life. Humble and favored are the only clues we have. And then He comes! The work is His. Her response was to be willing.

And then He overshadows her. Any moms ever feel like hiding? Not that you want to leave your little ones, but just hide away for a moment of peace, the respite of silence. Just today I was trying to have a cup of tea with a friend and I had three people literally attached to me. And none of them are young enough anymore that they needed to be attached tohavelife! We hug, we cuddle, and love to snuggle, but really…I wanted to be hidden in that moment so that I could have one moment with my friend. This overshadowing- me hidden in Him- is the greatest love gift from the Father.

That is the invitation Jesus invites us to be hidden in His presence, overshadowed so that nothing is seen but Him. Will we be hidden? Will we choose to lay down our lives, choosing to let Him live through us, and in spite of us? Will we allow His Spirit to fill us and overshadow us each day as we lay our lives down for our precious families? Our response, like Mary’s, needs to be one of availability. It is in allowing Him to come and fill us, overshadowing us loving through us, that life can come and that is life abundant!

For those dear ones who scrolled through because someone truly was attached and needed to be to have life, let me sum it up:
1.    Be available to His coming! Invite Him daily, continually to COME!
2.    Allow His power to overshadow you…the power that gives you covering, care, provision.
3.    And finally…TRUST Him to do what He has promised!

Spring’s Weekly Prayer Focus
As you enter into the presence of Jesus open your heart to His invitation to be hidden in Him. Pray that He will fill you and overshadow you so that you might be what He wants you to be- willing and available. In those moments of your week when you want to run and hide from all that is yours to do, ask Him to fill you with His presence and be your very life and breath.

Surrendered or Filled?

by Kelly Hallahan

 Judges 13-21, Ezekiel 1-4, Acts 20-26

“But He showed us, ‘There is all the difference in the world between your surrendered life in My hands, and Me living My life in your body.’… We had thought that there was some virtue in our surrender: that we, with thousands of others, would be the people to evangelize the world in this generation. But now He had come, and we were out of it—except in so far as our bodies would become the temples in which He would dwell and through which He would work…”   

–Norman Grubb, Rees Howell, Intercessor

This week we have seen the Spirit on every page of our reading. We have seen His life filling and empowering ordinary men to do extraordinary things. InJudges we read of Samson who grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him… (Judges 13:24,25 NKJV). Samson was used by God and even gave his life in one final act of obedience to the Lord (Judges 16:30, NKJV). We read of Ezekiel whom the Spirit entered (Ezekiel 2:2, NKJV), spoke through, and made a watchman for the house of Israel (Ezekiel 3:17, NKJV). And we continued our journey with Paul whom we read last week purposed in the Spirit  (Acts 19:21, NKJV); he did not make decisions and then ask the Lord to bless them. He sought the will of the Father, He obeyed each prompting of the Spirit and moved accordingly.

From the Old Testament story of Samson to the prophet Ezekiel to the New Testament hero, Paul we have seen Spirit-filled men being used of God. And isn’t that what we want for ourselves? But the question God has put to my heart is this, “Are you willing to be emptied completely, to be put to death, to be undone on My terms, and not your own?”

The Holy Spirit is looking for bodies that He can fill and walk about in and do the bidding of the Father. But He can only fill those which are empty, He doesn’t share. It’s all of us, for all of Him! What an exchange! What is there in your life that is blocking His filling? Are you willing to ask “Spirit, reveal all that is keeping me from being wholly Yours.”?

“It isn’t a painless process, but we can trust Him to do it! “We understood that crucifixion was a slow death and that He would have much to deal with in us before He would really be free to do His work through us. But one thing we knew-He had come and He could never fail.”

–Norman Grubb, Rees Howell Intercessor

Take heart, dear woman! All of us at Titus Women are praying that the Spirit would come and fill each person reading today because we can trust Him.

Spring’s Weekly Prayer Focus
Take time this week, asking Jesus to reveal those things that keep you from drawing close to Him. Ask him to show you those things that keep you from trusting Him wholly. Allow Him to take all those things, emptying you so that you might be filled with the Holy Spirit, a temple in which He can dwell and through which He can work.

Knowing The Source – Your Inheritance Part Three

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by Linda Boyette 

 So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers,
and they possessed it and lived in it…  

Joshua 21:43

I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 
Acts 20:32

In this week’s reading of Joshua, the inheritance for God’s chosen people was still being distributed. This inheritance was the very land promised to their forefathers. The only problem was their fathers were stiff-necked, hard-hearted and would not trust God to bring this promise to reality. Because of Israel’s unbelief only two of those original fathers received God’s declared Promised Land. Upon their death, God kept His promise because of Abraham, who, five hundred years before, was reckoned righteous by his faith to trust in God’s Word. God prepared the land making the way for the next generation to claim what was now their inheritance.
There is a crucial clause of this willed inheritance for the people of Israel we tend to forget. You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel… to the tribe of Levi Moses did not give an inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as He had promised to them” (Numbers 18:20, 23; Joshua 13:13). The spiritual leaders, those who offered atoning sacrifices before Yahweh and expected offerings on behalf of the entire chosen people, were never promised an inheritance of land or riches. The priests and Levites were given the inheritance of God Himself according to His Word. He alone was to be their portion and they were to trust Him to be enough for all of their needs. When they failed to remember God Is Enough and coveted what the other chosen ones received, it became their downfall.

What I love about this easily overlooked truth is it applies to you and me today. We too have been called out to be separate unto God – not from others but from a world that rejects Jesus. We who live in Christ have an inheritance brought to us through God’s own blood and His given guarantee of receiving all that He has promised through the Holy Spirit of Jesus. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Our undefiled, imperishable inheritance begins now in the One who does not fade away- Jesus! When He alone is our portion, we live having hope, knowing peace and sharing holy love. Are you aware for all who will believe and ask, His Holy Spirit pours into us the Presence of Promise, guaranteeing an inheritance that was the intended life for our earliest forebearers, Adam and Eve? Adam and Eve could have chosen  God’s covenant of lavish love knowing unbroken fellowship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are the benefactors of their choice and God’s Calvary Grace. In Jesus’ blood and His Holy Spirit alone we  have offered to us all we need for living God’s intention, planned before the foundation of the world. This inheritance fulfills the will of God’s love. This gave Him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:4; II Thess.2:13).
Now rescued from darkness, reconciled to the Father through His Son Jesus, we are His own priceless possession, His chosen royal priesthood, a holy nation and the temple of His dwelling. We who are now holy and alive may offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (I Peter 2; Romans 12). Spirit-filled hearts are the home of His presence, commissioned to carry His love, come boldly to His throne and intercede on behalf of the whole world. Such hearts were never promised an inheritance of earthly treasures. I care for neither silver nor gold, land nor fame, just the inheritance written with blood, in Jesus’ name.

  Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.
Psalm 16:5

Jesus IS Enough!