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Rita Poynor
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My passion is transformation— both personal and cultural. Helping others discover their authentic VOICE so they can be lighthouses in the darkness.
My passion is transformation— both personal and cultural. Helping others discover their authentic VOICE so they can be lighthouses in the darkness.

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HELLO FRIEND
When's the last time you talk to a stranger?

I don’t know about you. But someone arbitrarily deciding what I should wear or my hairstyle based on my age makes me want to scream!

Who are these self-appointed fashion police?

Deciding what is appropriate. That one size fits all. That diversity is unacceptable.

They are only a reflection of American society at large.

In reality, if you disagree with the status quo. You are ridiculed, even ostracized.

Are all attitudes and behaviors acceptable in a civilized society?

No!

This is where it gets interesting AND complicated for disciples of Christ. Interactions with believers and non-believers can be the same or different. Depending upon the circumstances and what is the Lord’s will.

Perhaps one of the biggest hindrances to authentic, loving interactions is judgment. This is one of the reasons why many flocked to Jesus. He never judged.

Something that forever changed the heart of the Samaritan woman at the well.

"(For Jews in Israel, Samaria is a place to be avoided. Before Solomon’s death 1,000 years earlier, the regions of Samaria and Judea were part of a united Israel.

After the rebellion that divided the kingdom, Samaria became a hotbed of idol worship. The northern kings made alliances that corrupted the people by introducing foreign customs and strange gods. They even had the nerve to build a temple to the True God on Mt. Gerizim to rival the one in Jerusalem.

By the time the twelve are traveling with Jesus. It has long been evident that the Samaritans have lost their way. By marrying outsiders, they have polluted the land. Israel’s Jews consider them to be half-breeds— mongrels, and the Jews know to watch out for them or else be bitten by temptation.)

In a small Samaritan town known as Sychar, Jesus and His entourage stopped to rest at the historic well that Jacob gave his son Joseph. It was about noon when Jesus found a spot to sit close to the well. While the disciples ventured off to find provisions.

From His vantage He watched as a Samaritan woman approached to draw some water. Unexpectedly, He spoke to her.

Jesus: Would you draw water and give Me a drink?

Woman: I cannot believe that You, a Jew, would associate with me, a Samaritan woman. Much less ask me to give You a drink.

Jews you see have no dealings with Samaritans. (Also, a man never approaches a woman like this in public. Jesus is breaking accepted social barriers with this confrontation.)

Jesus: You don’t know the gift of God, or who is asking you for a drink of this water from Jacob’s well. Because if you did. You would have asked Him for something greater, and He would have given you the living water.

Woman: Sir, You sit by this deep well a thirsty man without a bucket in sight. Where does this living water come from?

Are You claiming superiority to our father Jacob? Who labored long and hard to dig and maintain this well. So that he could share clean water with his sons, grandchildren and cattle.

Jesus: Drink this water, and your thirst is quenched only for a moment. You must return to this well again and again. I offer water that will become a wellspring within you. That gives life throughout eternity. You will never be thirsty again.

Woman: Please Sir. Give me some of this water. So I’ll never be thirsty and never again have to make the trip to this well.

Jesus: Then bring your husband to Me.

Woman: I do not have a husband.

Jesus: Technically you are telling the truth. But you have had five husbands and are currently living with a man you are not married to.

Woman: Sir, it is obvious to me that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped here on this mountain, but Your people say that Jerusalem is the only place for all to worship. Which is it?

Jesus: Woman, I tell you that neither is so. Believe this. A new day is coming—in fact it’s already here. When the importance will not be placed on the time and place of worship but on the truthful hearts of worshipers.

You worship what you don’t know while we worship what we do know. For God’s salvation is coming through the Jews.

The Father is spirit, and He is seeking followers whose worship is sourced in truth and deeply spiritual as well. Regardless of whether you are in Jerusalem or on this mountain. If you do not seek the Father, then you do not worship.

Woman: These mysteries will be made clear by He, who is promised, the Anointed One.

Jesus: The Anointed is speaking to you. I am the One you have been looking for.

The disciples returned to Him and gathered around Him in amazement. That He would openly break their customs by speaking to this woman. But none of them would ask Him what He was looking for, or why He was speaking with her.

The woman went back to the town. Leaving her water pot behind. She stopped men and women on the streets and told them about what had happened.

Woman: I met a stranger who knew everything about me. Come and see for yourselves. Can He be the Anointed One?

Meanwhile, because one woman shared with her neighbors how Jesus exposed her past and present, the village of Sychar was transformed. Many Samaritans heard and believed." Luke 4:5-29 and 39

How can you be like Jesus to those “Samaritans” the Lord brings across your path? Giving them heavenly water for their thirsty souls?

Engage and interact with unbelievers.

Approach them. Interact with them as you would your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Do not separate yourself from your community. Adopt alternative speech patterns or languages. Engage in an eccentric lifestyle.

If it is the Lord’s will, disregard social and/or religious customs.

Speak God’s truth compassionately, not judgmentally.

It is the Holy Spirit, not you and I that convicts others of sin.

Prophesy.

Speak words of knowledge and wisdom as the Holy Spirit provides. Encouraging and strengthening others. Empowering them to become the beautiful individuals the Lord envisioned when He created them.

Live a lifestyle of worship.

Continually seek the Father and His truth. Do not regulate it to a day of the week inside a building.

Be obedient.

Do not allow others to manipulate or bully you. The fear of man will negate your transformation and fulfillment of your Kingdom destiny.

We are all would be wise to heed these words of Jesus in our interactions with others.

"If you don’t want to be judged, don’t judge. If you don’t want to be condemned, don’t condemn. If you want to be forgiven, forgive. Don’t hold back— give freely, and you’ll have plenty poured back into your lap— a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, brimming over. You’ll receive in the same measure you give." Luke 6:37-38

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GOING HOME
Are you homesick?

One of my favorite Jesus parables is the parable of the lost son— the prodigal. This story of betrayal, forgiveness and restoration beautifully illustrates God’s unconditional love.

"A man had two sons.

The younger son told his father, “I want my share of your estate now before you die.”

So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land. And there he wasted all his money in wild living.

About the time his money ran out. A great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him, but no one gave him anything.

When he finally came to his senses. He said to himself, “At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say. ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.’”

So he returned home to his father, and while he was still a long way off his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.

His son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you. I am no longer worthy of being called your son.”

But his father said to the servants, “Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast. For this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.”

So the party began.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home. He heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on.

“Your brother is back,” he was told, “and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.”

The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in.

His father came out and begged him. But he replied, “All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. In all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet, when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes. You celebrate by killing the fattened calf!”

His father said to him, “Look dear son. You have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!” Luke 15:11-32

Like the lost son, I was once a prodigal.

I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized at the age of nineteen. But instead of seeking the Kingdom of God, I sought the treasures of this world. Foolishly believing family. Career. Hobbies. Vacations. The pleasures of life could fill the emptiness deep within my soul.

"But when I turned to look at all that I had accomplished, and all the hard work I had put into it. I saw that it was all pointless. It was like trying to catch the wind. I gained nothing from any of my accomplishments under the sun." Ecclesiastes 2:11  

This all changed one summer morning when I walked into a church. Knowing I was lost and hungry for something more. My heavenly Father was there with arms opened wide for His prodigal child. Lovingly welcoming me home.

That day I had an unforgettable encounter with the Lord. His presence captivated me. Touching the innermost parts of my being. Gently reassuring me I was safe and loved unconditionally.

When I think of the woman who stepped into that church years ago. Once again I am overwhelmed by His love.

It was God’s unconditional love that began my transformational journey. A journey on which an insecure, introverted woman discovered her VOICE.

It is my prayer that if you too are a prodigal! Return home. Receive a treasure that is precious and worthy of your pursuit.

God’s treasure will never surrender to the ravages of time.

When given to others it will not diminish in value but increase exponentially.

Its truths will guarantee eternal life today and forever.

Treasure that one day will be revealed in its entirety, blessedness perfected.

This extraordinary treasure is the Kingdom of God, which Jesus embodied. A Kingdom birthed through the sacrifice of God’s only Son.

Yes, God so passionately loved us that He allowed His heart to be broken so that He could heal ours!

Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.

“CHRIST is returning!”

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BUILDING A HEART
What is the condition of your heart?

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you? Whom you have received as a gift from God, and that you are not your own property? You were bought with a price. You were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own. So then, honor and glorify God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Temples require maintenance, or they fall into disrepair. What can you do to prevent this from happening?

INTIMATE AND LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TRINITY

To prevent cracks in the foundation of your temple. An intimate and loving relationship with all three members of the Trinity is essential.

Love for a Father whose children are so precious to Him that eternity without them was never an option.

Love for Jesus who endured unspeakable torture so you and I could possess what is His in heaven.

Love for the Holy Spirit whose holy fire purifies and strengthens.

These relationships miraculously transform a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Beating in unison with the Lord’s. Knowing when to patiently wait for His guidance and perfect timing.

STUDYING AND MEDITATING ON THE WORD OF GOD

The Word of God insulates and fortifies your temple walls. Repelling satan’s fiery attacks. Preventing irreparable damage to your heart.

Satan will do whatever is necessary to deceive you into devaluing who you are in Christ, and who Christ is in you. He will encourage you to

pursue worldly riches for temporal reward and security.

seek the approval of man.

reject the concept of absolute Truth.

embrace self-actualization as the barometer for success and self-worth.

PRAYER

Prayer is the roof that protects your temple from the damaging elements of this fallen world. Prayer forces you to look upwards to God for answers, not inward to yourself or outward to your fellow man.

TRUSTING GOD

All temples require a door. Trusting God is the key that opens the door. Believing God is who He says He is. 

GOD cannot lie.

GOD keeps His promises.

GOD never leaves or forsakes His children.

GOD disciplines those whom He loves.

GOD gives good gifts to all His children.

GOD declares, "I will bless you with a future filled with hope— a future of success, not of suffering." Jeremiah 29:11 

FORGIVENESS AND REPENTANCE

Did you know the Holy Spirit is the Kingdom’s sanitation department supervisor? He alone can remove the putrefying trash that is in your heart.

What is in your trashcan?

a failed marriage
childhood abuse
loss of a job, a dream, or even worse hope
hate
shame
despair
addiction

Whatever it is. The Holy Spirit is willing to pick it up and take it to the recycling center. Where God takes whatever satan intended for evil and repurposes it into a treasure. Bringing Him glory and equipping you to fulfill your Kingdom destiny.

FAITH

Faith is the window through which your heart interprets the events and nuances of life. What is the view from your window? Is it one of

hope or discouragement?

the future or the past?

legacy or failure?

transformation or stagnation?

others or I?

Jesus or man?

If you are having difficulty seeing out, just remember. "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, “Move from here to 
there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

A house is not a home until it is decorated. The finishing touches that express who you are and convey to others what you value. For believers, those finishing touches are the fruit of the Spirit. Things like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

If your temple— heart is in need of restoration, hire the Lord as your general contractor. He will not simply repair it. He promises to make your heart strong as steel and soft as silk. Guaranteed!

Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.

“CHRIST is returning!”

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PURIFYING FIRE
How's your soul?

Into the purifying fire

Flames torching my soul

Uncovering false memories

Birthed in the abyss

Lies burying reality

Concealing the Light

Darkness sweetly serenading

Hushing nagging doubts

Never leaving denial’s world

Desperately searching

For confirmation of past joys

Happiness and love

But Light refuses to surrender

Fighting for my soul

Gently exposing hell’s lies

Unshackling the chains

Tenderly removing lies thorns

Piercing my frail heart

Yesteryear’s loneliness and blame

Consumed by the flames

Never to torture or condemn

Never bleed again

Healing truth washes my soul clean

Light’s love now revealed

Rita Poynor
©2016

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“CHRIST is returning!”

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