How do you kiss? There’s a right way and a wrong way. A passionate way… A strong way… a heavenly ecstatic way…
It’s Your touch, God… arousing hurricanes in open seas. Your clutch transporting shiverings into the lighting at warp speed. How do you know where the sun sets when my heart is resting in Yours… I can see the light behind the veil I couldn’t see before… when my lips are touching Yours.
Awaken me again…
Jesus’ kisses ripple into the body transcending the physical… igniting the spiritual… soothing the soul in deep places touched by an angel.
Let Him kiss you…
I’m reminded of Jesus being kissed in 2 ways in the gospels.
I can see Him in the garden of Gethsamane. Judas Iscariot nearby. It’s the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion and His betrayer will hand Him over with a mark of ultimate disloyalty. A kiss on the cheek.
We find this in Matthew chapter 26.
“Now the betrayer Judas had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize Him.”
Judas was one of the 12 disciples but he was not one of Jesus’ beloved. His closeness to the God who formed him was apparent as he walked the roads they travelled yet he restricted himself from becoming who he was meant to be. Because He didn’t honor Jesus as Messiah. He didn’t want to love Jesus.
Judas didn’t kiss to love.
He kissed to kill.
Some will kiss you because they love you.
Some will kiss you because they hate you.
Beware of those who flatter you up close but slander you in secret.
Kisses from an enemy are bad nourishment. Toxic. Spit it out.
True friends kiss well and rebuke well. They’re honest.
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Friends challenge you to grow. To be better. If you cannot handle a straightforward rebuke, you will never ascend to new heights of who you were created to be. Be encouraged: this does not give license to dishonor and criticize. There’s a difference between genuine rebuke and criticism. One is pure. One is impure.
Rebuke is a godly response to anything off-kilter. Rebuke realigns us with what God defines as perfect, right, pure, true. It enhances you. Seeks to uplift and empower. Liberates you into ecstatic living.
Criticism is a flesh response to anything in its proximity, wreaking destruction in its wake. Never uplifting. Never justified. Criticism always finds a flaw where there isn’t one and calls what is pure, impure. It kills you. It doesn’t flow from God.
Satan is the author of criticism. God is the author of rebuke. One is meant to train you into your better self. And the other intends to erode away at your royal identity.
Reject criticism and be okay with rebuke when it comes.
Embrace godly rebuke and you will find yourself traversing into territory where it’s not present as much. The more you say yes to God when He rebukes, the more you will grow and sustain the pattern of doing what is right. So that you don’t have to be rebuked all of the time.
It is possible to reach the heights of every level in your spiritual life. Don’t settle for base camp. Keep climbing.
Be kissed by the God of the universe…
Ascend to where He is by the Holy Spirit inside you connecting your mind, soul and body.
In Hebrews chapter 5, Paul addresses the early church. It was time for them to grow into the next phases of what they believe. Like a tree grows. Like a baby grows into an adult. But they were still operating like infant christians… why? Because they would not accept rebuke when it came and would not change.
Don’t get too comfortable in your flesh that you don’t want to part with it when God refines you.
You’re meant to metamorphosize into more and more beauty the more you get to know Jesus. And it comes from inhaling deep spiritual nourishment.
Paul exhorted the early church in Hebrews chapter 5 to start eating solid food of the word instead of remaining infants who continually lived off milk. It’s time to start eating right.
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14
Pride will lock you out of the next dimension. Embarassment of your sin will hold you captive in it. There is no shame in saying yes I need to grow. I let go of embrassment a long time ago and God can refine me however He wants to. So He does. And I grow. And I soar. Because I’m willing to detatch myself from me and let Him do whatever He wants to me. Because I know He is perfectly good and pure in His intent towards me. Every way He refines me only beautifies.
Be confident enough to embrace strength.
God created you to be holy and constantly reaching higher ground with Him.
Paul said he was strong when weakness seemed to surface. There is no reason to sulk in weakness and low levels when you put your life into the hands of the God of the universe.
Those who are willing to bear the rebuke and grow… they fly high. And it’s stunning to see those that do.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then he will sit on His glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31
Don’t get left at the foothills of the mountain of faith because you can’t handle it when God rebukes you and steers you to change. If you let God carve away at you, you’ll become a diamond. I’ve witnessed rare diamonds in my lifetime and the beauty they shine is so appealing…. enchanting… glimmering Jesus all over them.
Be a diamond.
Be willing to go through the refinement.
Own your royal identity.
A maleable heart will ascend the heights of Heaven.
“How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek You;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up Your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord;
teach me Your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of Your mouth.”
You can tell when someone has chosen to follow the Lord with their whole heart and have a teachable spirit.
They are constantly learning and growing. Stripping away unnecessary entanglements. Not easily offended. Planting themselves in nourishing environments. Confident enough to say no to mediocrity and let go. Thriving like a vibrant tree dazzling in the sunlight.
They give nourishment to all around them…
“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8
Let God kiss you… and you’ll grow from the incubator of His love.
A love that kisses you with good nourishment.
Don’t yield your heart to bad kisses.
Pure hearted love kisses well.
I can see the moment in time where Mary adorned the Lord with her kisses…
Kisses that healed.
Kisses that sealed a deep soothing of the heart inside of Him. He wanted every kiss from her. Because what she had to give was Heaven sent. And He knew it…
In Luke chapter 7, Mary rushes into the space where Jesus dwells… just like He wants her to… just like He wants you to…
“You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss My feet.”
To kiss with healing balm is to coat the heart with a heavenly encounter. When you love deeply, you kiss passionately. Selflessly. Not thinking of what you can get from the other… only imagining more ways you can spill out your love on your lover.
Jesus is your lover.
Mary’s kisses moved Him.
Because she had been kissed by Him first.
A woman kissed by God always knows how to kiss.
How do you kiss?
To heal or to kill?
Jesus’ kisses always heal…
Kisses from Jesus are genuine.
If you want to know how to kiss like a lover… get to know yours. His name is Jesus. And His techniques are heavenly.
Be a life giver with your kisses… a healer… a rejuvenator… an angelic touch of bliss streaming love from the God who made us to feel Him.
How you kiss matters.
Your lips caress me
like the oceans caress
of Heaven’s wonderlust
it’s not lust
with the King
with an incandescent
with Your kisses
“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”