August 31, 2006

Still Processing...

Hey there... I am not quite ready to write today... We are getting used to those Fall Routines and schedules here... and I am still processing and studying out what the Lord was showing me yesterday... I will write soon though!

Until then...Be Blessed!

August 22, 2006

The Shape of Things to Come!

"I am Molding you into the Shape of Things to Come!"

Today, as I prepared to go to my weekly Intercessory Prayer Meeting, I was asking the Lord for direction in what to read in the Word... I didn't have 'time' to really dig into a devotion and didn't want to rush through my morning time with Him all together - but knew I was running behind schedule...

Aaah the last days of Summer! I know I will need to get back to a regular routine and that will mean more consistent Quiet Time in the mornings I know! Another one of the things I LOVE about Fall! Anyway - the Lord led me to 2 Chronicles chapter 20! It seems the Lord often speaks to me with this portion of Scripture! And often, it is when I feel too rushed or too busy... which can also mean the enemy is trying to pour on guilt and condemnation as well! However, I know that when I am rushed and overwhelmed - it is Praise and Worship that my spirit is in need of!

I encourage you to read 2 Chronicles 20 if you are not familiar with it... I love King Jehoshaphat! This chapter reminds us of the importance and power of prayer & worship... we are called to cry out to the Lord, and to do battle with praise and worship... so often that alone will bring an end to the battle! I love that when King Jehoshaphat was told of the army coming for him, he "resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast..." (vs 3) and then verse 4 goes on to say that the people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD... I pray you are familiar with this story... we know that God showed up and fought the battle... setting ambush on the enemy and causing them to turn on one another. The Lords' people were simply called to "not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' " (2 Chron 20:15-17) I love that they were called to take ACTION - and yet - once in motion - to STAND FIRM and see the deliverance (or Salvation) of the Lord... another translation says it this way: "You won't have to lift a hand in this battle; just stand firm, Judah and Jerusalem, and watch God's saving work for you take shape. Don't be afraid, don't waver. March out boldly tomorrow—God is with you." (The Message) I love that! ... stay with me, and you will too!

In the midst of our worship today during Prayer, I had a vision of the LORD walking around that Prayer Room - mingling in the midst of the women there... I saw Him reaching into our hearts, one at a time... I could feel His Presence and when I asked Him, "Lord, what are you doing?!" He said, "Well, aren't you all praying to make your heart like Mine?" He said, "I Am Shaping you... molding you in the shape of things to come!" ..."The Shape of Things to Come..." ..."The Shape of Things to Come..." I kept hearing that repeat in my spirit over and over...

"What is the Shape of Things to Come, Lord?" I asked.
"It's something new... it's not like anything you've ever seen before" He replied.

Then, with a smile hinted on His lips, and a far away dream becoming His focus, He said, "Aaaaahhh - she's Beautiful, ...Glorious, ...a Wonder to Behold!!! She is almost ready to be revealed. She is fast approaching her time!" (End of vision!)

I knew then that She is His Bride... she IS the Shape of Things to Come...

He is at work in each of us... He is calling us to walk much like Jehoshaphat did. Towards the end of chapter 20, the Bible says that Jehoshaphat "...walked in the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD." However, that is not the end of his story. Verse 33 goes on to say that "the high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their fathers."

I believe that the Lord is at work in our midst... calling attention to some of our own 'high places' that need to be removed... we know that He has said that whatever can be shaken will be shaken... and we are now feeling the effects of a mighty shaking. I hate to say it - but I believe that this is still just the beginning... however... remember - He makes all things new! He is faithful to complete the work He began in you... and in me. He has a future and a hope for us... for good and not for evil... He is aware of what is going on... what is shaking down... and what will remain when the shaking is over!

When our foundation is secure in Him... and we allow Him to reach into our hearts and begin to remold and reshape us... we find that the Potters Hand is gently shaping us into the Shape of Things to Come!!! If you have ever watched a skilled artist using a Pottery wheel - you know that it simply takes a small shifting of their hands to change the entire look and feel of the clay...

May He ever so gently reach in to your heart and shift what needs to be shifted to make something beautiful out of your life!

In His Hands,

August 9, 2006

Step into Him...

Step Into Him...

As I was on my way to the weekly Prayer Meeting yesterday, I felt myself thinking about a message I had spoken on long ago. Basically it was a time when the Lord tied several seemingly unrelated Scriptures together and showed me that He is a Present God... We mere humans tend to go one way or the other... (dwelling in the past, or worrying about the future...) but our God is the I AM and He is a Present God. The Scriptures I was working with at the time were taken from each of the Gospels but were not about the same story or parable... but what God showed me was that they each dealt with "What if's" and "If Only's".

Wow... OK - so how many of us are guilty of one or the other (or both) of those things?! We either have regrets about the past and we fill our thoughts with "If Only's"... or we fret and stress about our unknown future and get caught up in the "What If's." What God had said to me all those years ago was this... "If Only's are about the past... What If's are about the future... I am not the "I Was"... nor am I the "I Will Be"... I am the "I AM"... He is right here... right now... fully aware of what is going on within and around us this very moment... He is 'present' with us at all times... not just 'here'... but truly Present... Webster's defines "Present" as something that is "now existing or in progress; being in view or at hand; existing in something mentioned or under consideration; relating to, ..." To be Present means to be attentive, to be instant and immediate... to pay attention to the details and all that is important... Isn't it good to know that our God is "Present" with us... all the time... every day... through every situation that we encounter!? Aaah - that gives me so much peace!

This memory also stirred up in me the words that I heard a few weeks ago regarding God being the Lion AND the Lamb... being the I AM and saying, "I AM in YOU!"

We had our faithful leader back from a month away... the other gals that stepped up to lead this group all did an excellent job - sharing from their hearts and touching His... yet I must say I was blessed to find my dear friend return... she brings such a heart for the Lord and such a passion for those around her to enter in deeper with Him... and she is simply so Real... What she shared with us built upon what God was speaking to me earlier... Christ in us... the hope of glory!

Sure - we know this... we have read it and studied it... and yet - are we truly learning how to walk it out?! To literally know and believe and walk in the fullness of what that means... I believe that would look like His Bride... pure and spotless - don't you!? Anyway - while we entered in to worship - I saw the feet of Jesus... standing firm on solid ground... strong and muscular legs that are undefeated in battle... and a mighty wind blowing His garment, yet He was unmoved... in His midst was a Brightness of Truth blazing through any storm or any darkness... I scanned up and saw His eyes of love, crying - literally DRIPPING with tears titled "Mercy" and "Grace"... but it was His smile, full of joy that caught my heart! His head was thrown back, laughing and crying in joy... BECAUSE ... (I realized) because He saw Himself in us... in me. I FELT Him step into me... I literally 'saw' Him step into my body and fill me up... I felt all that He is stirring around inside of me... and the vision ended.

Christ in you, the hope of glory... we are no longer HOPING for it, you know!? We have it... Christ lives in us... if we could stay 'present' and remember that He lives in us... all that He is - is available for us... all that He is capable of - can flow through us when we are aware of the union we have with Him. We must look for that Abiding Fruit...

I pray this week you will find yourself thinking of all that it means to have Christ abiding in you... that you will walk taller, feel deeper, and laugh with a joy that is not just your own! After all - the joy of the Lord is our strength! May you walk STRONG this week and Step into Him!


August 7, 2006

Update/Prayer Request

Hey there Everyone...

This is not a normal Post, but it is a Prayer Request for my husband, Dave...

We went back to the Bone Specialist today for a new set of X-rays and a check-up to see how Dave's hand/bone is healing on it's own... and the X-rays unfortunately did not show much new growth... the healing is slower than the Dr. had hoped for and he agreed to let it sit on it's own for three more weeks... and after that he said if there was not much new growth, he would probably suggest surgery... needless to say Dave is not happy about this report. Surgery would start the healing process all over again and set him back that much farther from actually being able to play guitar... not to mention do his job at work and just basically function normally with the use of both hands.

We know that we have had prayers sent up on our behalf through out this ordeal... and we do so appreciate it... I must say that Dave's natural disposition is so encouraging and positive... it is difficult to watch him go through these negative, depression battles and yet I know it is 'normal' I suppose... we are just praying for faith and healing to rise up... we are believing that God is well aware of all that is going on and we want to follow His lead and stand on His Word in this trial. We are trusting in God that His plans and purposes for Dave are for good and that He will see us THROUGH this - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially!

So many others we know are battling serious illnesses and diseases... trials and tribulations that seem so much bigger than our own - and yet - I can't convey enough how much Music is a part of who Dave is and what drives him onward... other than God and family - it is his biggest passion and greatest desire... it is the area that the enemy is most attacking him right now in his thoughts and worries!!?

We have three weeks... three weeks to see God work a miracle in recreating his bones in his left hand and strengthening him - mind, body, and spirit! We appreciate the prayers of agreement more than you can know! Pray however the Lords leads you...

In Him,
~Karrilee Aggett~

August 1, 2006

Getting Back to "Center"

Back to Center...

What does that mean to you!? What sorts of images does that stir up within you?

For me... my 'Center' is when all seems right with my world... my husband is happy, my daughter is loved, my house is at peace... I am hearing clearly and communicating with the Lord on a somewhat regular basis...

It seems it is oh so easy for us to get off-center without even realizing it! I know for me, sometimes in the midst of having fun or, as my daughter used to say, Freelaxing... the Holy Spirit will give me a different perspective and I will see that even though the 'fun' or 'freelaxing' I am enjoying is not wrong or bad... it is casually taking me downstream to a place that is not centered in what I am called to do. Don't get me wrong... the Lord desires that we have fun and relax... he loves it when we laugh out loud with friends, or enjoy an afternoon in the sun... He said Himself that He came that we may have life, and have it MORE ABUNDANTLY... I truly believe He gets Joy in watching us enjoy that abundant life!

However, we can get so caught up in our daily lives, caught up in our lists of things to do that we can drift away from what God has called us to do without even realizing it! Thankfully - His grace is sufficient and His Mercy is new every morning! He will gladly help put us back on course!

The trick - or learned skill - is to enjoy life and even enjoy those little moments of drifting - and yet know enough to know when to jump ship and swim back... to know when and where to find your "Center" again!

When we are off-center... we are often Off -balanced too... things just don't seem right! We are easily annoyed and aggravated... if we stop and think about it... we will find that we are lacking peace! When we are Centered... peace is abundant, as well as Grace & Mercy... Joy follows quickly behind and we find we are able to once again enjoy that Life Abundant...

I share all of this to say that I found myself slowly floating... it was nice to feel that airy. light awareness... I don't think I was necessarily off center or drifting away... but that line is so thin going from floating and resting... to drifting and sleeping!

When I went on vacation over the weekend, we went to a great church in Boise, Idaho (Calvary Chapel)... the message was all around Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls... so funny if you have been in touch the past few months to what the Lord has been saying... very timely message!

I wanted to share briefly what the Lord spoke to me a week or so ago that I was not really that into and wasn't so sure I understood or even liked it. Not that I have the fullness of what His intentions are... I do not... but I have come to realize that much of what He was showing me will deal closely with staying Centered... and not allowing ourselves to Drift and Sleep... but rather to enjoy those down times... to enjoy the Floating and Resting... so when He says go... we will be ready!

I don't remember what all I have shared here... so I will just give an outline of what I've been hearing! Around the middle of July, I heard the Lord say: "I am the Lion and the Lamb, I am the Lion AND the Lamb... I am the I AM and I AM in YOU!" OK! Great! I know this - but I also know that if we would all walk in that awareness all the more - we would be busy doing those works and greater works... like we are called to do! So - this is exciting! I went home and began to look up all the verses dealing with Jesus being the Lion and the Lamb... the one that stood out the most was in Revelation 5-7... in the Opening of the Seals. Yikes?! OK!? I feel like this Season we are about to enter into... while it will be covered and dripping in Blessings and powerful Manifestations of His Love and Presence... it will also require of us a greater sense of discernment... there will be times and situations that we will need to allow the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to flow through us ...and there will be times when we'll need to allow the Lamb of God to work through us... we must know and remember at all times - that Christ lives IN US... the fullness of HIM resides within us... we must learn to tap into that power!

A few days later, I felt the Lord speak to me and say, "NOW is the time to understand Ezekiel!" As I thought about that book in the Bible and all the times I have read it and not really felt like I got it... I began to feel over my head... then the Holy Spirit said, "I am raising up Ezekiels, if you want to play the part!" Oh... how I do!!! While Ezekiel was called to do many difficult things in intercession for Israel... he was also able and called to do many miraculous things!!! Such an exciting time! I read through the first half of Ezekiel... I have to say that the two areas right away that would always get me stuck where the visions of the Wheel within a wheel... and of the four creatures!

Well - I believe that the Wheel within the wheel is a picture of our spirits and how we should be able to move in the Spirit as we live in tune with and covered by His Spirit! We are the wheel within... He is the Wheel... we are called to a greater level of discernment to know when and where to go!

The Four creatures - which - by the way - are also in Rev 5-7... I still wasn't sure! I knew they were a picture of Christ somehow... or pointed to Him....but I couldn't get it. Then - last week at Prayer - out of the blue, the leader shared that the Four Creatures in Ezekiel and Revelation are pictures of Christ AND of the four Gospels...

The Lion (The Lion of the Tribe of Judah) = Gospel of Matthew points to Jesus the KING/Lion
The Man (Man) = Gospel of Luke points to Jesus the Man
The Ox (The Servant) = Gospel of Mark points to Jesus as Servant
The Eagle (Only Begotten Son) = Gospel of John points to the Only Begotten Son!

Wow!? So cool!? I feel it is so very key in this time and at this hour to know and find your Center... where do you feel the most Centered and what is it that you are called to do!? The Season change is fast approaching and we will need to know how to stay Centered and how to stay in tune with Him...

I don't know about you - but I am feeling pretty excited at the prospect of God raising up Ezekiels in our day... and the fact that He is inviting us to play along is huge! I believe we are coming to an end of things being the way they have always been... there is a shift coming... a change fast approaching that may take many by surprise - but it is not because the Lord has been silent... but because we were not Centered on Him and in tune with what He is saying!

I will study it out further and share whatever I gain from this... but if any of you have any input I would LOVE to hear it!

Until next time,
May you enjoy God's Blessings and ABUNDANT living!!!

"Endtime... the end of Business as Usual for everyone..."
(Ezekiel 7:2 The Message)

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