Check List or Treasure Trove?!

Keep the Word of God like a treasure,

not like a check list.

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If a person has a right heart toward God, he is qualified to be used by God. God is purposeful in everything He does. When He created you, He knew what He wanted, and you are what He came up with! You were conceived completely in the mid of God before you were even formed in the natural. He has such a defined and detail purpose for each of us but so often we get caught up in the day to day check list of “spiritual activities” that we view as our duty to accomplish in order to maintain a certain Christian status for spiritual authority.

“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” -1 Corinthians 2:2

That is our top priority! That is our first love and focal direction. Where are we going off course? A lazy Christian won’t do anything extra… Like those who did not bring any extra oil for their lamps in Matthew chapter 25. I have to constantly examine my heart… Am I spiritually lazy?

We aren’t here to just take, but to give to others and realize any transformation we desire or go through does not come from who or what we’re trying to be like, but rather on whom has captured your gaze, set your heart and mind.

Isaiah 49:6
“… I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

This is not where we begin and end. It is not just about salvation, although that is our beginning point that will also be an end all. We are to be LIKE Jesus, a mirror to God. We are to be Jesus to those we encounter. This could begin to look like a check-list to some but it is not intended to be such a task oriented production.

2 Timothy 4:17
“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it…”

The life of a Christian does consist of many things not just the prayer of salvation and a declaration through water baptism. There are many things we as followers of Christ are expected to be and do however it is with joy that we accomplish these tasks consistently and for a lifetime. If we do not do such with joy they become tasks that are less fulfilling and provoke resentment or fall away.

Nahum 1:5
“The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.”

This scripture is beyond our ability to fathom or even imagine! The greatness this described is not something any of us or at least the majority of us can say we have been witness to whether on the symbolic proverbial incidents in our lives. Obviously in our lifetime this would not occur, in my opinion, in the physical…  But it is not beyond God’s ability.

The knowledge and the life changing revelations found in the Bible, the enduring message of the cross and all it represents has outlasted the changes in time.

How do you keep the Word in a place of value?

An Impostor No Longer

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Another way to put this… 

16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (The Message)

My life has been filled with ups and downs. Everyones has. I am sure you can right now take account of several devastating events that occurred before you think of the most joyous. It seems to be a natural reaction.  A great deal of my disappointments and pain came from my own poor decision making and lack of boundaries. Talk about a difficult pill to swallow! To come to the conclusion a great deal of hardships you survived were of your own doing in one way or another. Grant it I did not go looking for trouble but my lack of healthy decisions led me down many unnecessary paths. 

I say this because there were people I allowed in my life that I also allowed to hurt me because I just didn’t want to be alone. I allowed people to cut me down knowing it was their attempt at boosting their self-esteem, because mine was so low. I had such a void inside even though I believed I was a Christian and had Jesus with me but I still felt alone. I used to sit alone and cry and beg God to explain to me whats going on inside me, why do I live in a cycling spiral of destruction… 

Unfortunately this is not uncommon. Living in this emotional chaos is not foreign to a large number of people.  I felt alone but HE was with me. I felt alone because I didn’t truly know Him. ImageI believed IN HIM, I believed He died for me and sacrificed His life for mine. I believed all of that. I did not believe, despite my professions, that my Savior loved me unconditionally. I felt in my heart despite my knowledge, that I lived on a merit system with God just as I did with all those unhealthy relationships around me. I had in essence based my relationship with Jesus on the relationship with those around me that nearly made sport out of cutting me down. Why? I would venture to say it had a great deal with learning from and “looking up to” the wrong people as well as learning from various disappointments and pains. Disappointments and pain teach us as much or more as we intentionally set out to learn from any other source. 

I so desired to learn from Jesus and what HIS Word teaches His followers but my flesh and past continually got in the way. ImageTrying to carry baggage in the airport and on a trip… baggage rubs others baggage and create friction. This was apparent in my life and I used anger and sarcasm as a defense with those that meant the most to me because I could not bring myself to defend myself to those that cut me down. What a mess right? Luckily in all my mess God had a plan for me and a purpose despite my SELF. I would quote Jeremiah 29:11 but everyone already knows that verse so let me share this… 

God declares the end from the beginning. He is already in your future. He holds your hand and says to you, “Fear not.” Is.46:10, 41:13

I was afraid. I was afraid that without my baggage I would have no identity. I did not realize the truth about my identity in Christ.  My identity and purpose in Him was greater than I could ever fathom. I cannot say I “feel” like the identity Christ calls me but I believe it. I know it and I am grateful for it. I am thankful my heavenly Father is not a child abuser… isn’t that a weight lifted to know in all His perfection its not just a front!

I would love to tell you I have it all figured out. I have learned a lot and I have relearned a lot more. I am not where I will be someday but I am far from who I was. I am capable of being used on purpose by God, and I know where to look for my validation. To Him! He created me, He chose me, He knew me and conceived me in His very mind before my parents ever met. I am a product of God first. He still chooses me knowing every intimate detail about my life so much deeper than any human that has ever rejected me for more shallow things. 

I want to say there is no greater freedom, peace, joy, and blessing than you will find in Jesus. He calms the storms as in Mark. He is peace in Luke. He is our Hope in Psalms, 1 Thessalonians, and 1 Peter. 

Mark 2:17 …“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” He is a friend to the sinner, the friendless, the lost, and the broken. They are not easy to be around. They are work. They are worth it! 

Jesus set us an example and I can say I am so grateful for those in my life that chose to live by Jesus example and teach me differently. Jesus taught me who I am and how I should be treated and treat others then He sent people into my life to teach me that there are others that live by HIS example. What a relief! There is always a remnant. 

Are you a friend of sinners?  Am I?  I have to ask myself this, check myself and make readjustments when needed.  Don’t be the Christian that talks of beliefs that create an atmosphere of love and encouragement but live a life that does this. Live a life that will cause sinners, that have never met Jesus, ask you what you know that they are missing. I desperately needed someone to pour into me the love of Jesus, to show me His heart not a heart filled with flesh and personal motivation for success. Self-esteem should never affect the way you treat others. Have God-esteem.  

If you are not sure if you are living the way God asks of us and don’t know where to start here are two places for your beginning:

Look at and learn the fruits of the spirit… are you living in these and producing…

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5

and…

set your mind on these things… have the mind of Christ… 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

I have to constantly examine myself and Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

 

The Sensational Longing of God

It is so hard for some people to accept the love and grace of God that is central in the Christian faith.  “Gods love is unconditional” has become cliché.  This has become a trite saying, devoid of meaning to many in today’s culture. Just as any overused “sayings” or words that have lost any value. God’s unconditional love should never become just part of a salvation slogan or way to create an atmosphere of acceptance between individuals that are in need of discipleship and spiritual maturity.Unconditional-love-and-trust nayafanda  HIS unconditional love is not an excuse to remained unchanged; if you claim salvation and Christ as your Savior, Redeemer, and Lord how could you remain unchanged?   His love and His grace not hall passes, they are not get out of jail free cards to avoid accountability or responsibility or heart examination to clear out the darkness and make “right” those things needing attention.  It is free and a gift that will forever change your life and eternity.  He does call you as you are love you as you are and accept you into the family as you are but how is it possible to “stay” in such a state? Nothing about the BIBLE should be cliché, over-used, He has set those words before us as a guide and a gift.  He chooses us no matter our state of being and He continually chooses us. He is so finite and flawed yet he chooses us anyway.  Even knowing our deepest secrets, sinful ways and thoughts, secrets sins, and nature it does not deter Him from saying… Come to me!

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For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5  He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

When I think about Him the feelings and thoughts are overwhelming, so much so only one word can pierce through coming to the forefront of my mind and mouth despite the infinite number of adjectives capable of describing parts of Him, but one word describing who He is, what He is, that is… Holy. He is holy!  We know that His eyes are like flames of fire. His hair is white like wool. His voice, it is like roaring ocean tides. He is truly beautiful.

              Revelation 1

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Jesus makes all things new, with Him we are no longer limited. Until these things are internalized by a personal decision, the love of God that knows no limit, no boundaries, has no breaking point nothing will happen. Nothing will happen until we recognize the longing states God exists in for our hearts, for our love, for us, and until our imagination is arrested and we give it all THEN we will gain it ALL.

He, the Creator of all things, has called each of us to greatness. How? I am sure Mary asked How? There is only one answer, Holy Spirit. He has used the least. He did incredible things through so many people who felt they had nothing to offer. Beginning with a young girl named Mary. Moses. Smith Wiggles Worth. John Wesley Redfield. There was nothing special about these PEOPLE but when God came on the scene He took their lives and made history. Changed the world. They were not perfect. There were but flesh and bones.

     “Wait for the Lord Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Becoming a follower of Christ, calling yourself a christian is not a badge to walk around chest puffed out and bending ears with the amount of scriptures you can spout and religious jargon you know. Neither is God’s extravagant, indiscriminate love simply an inspiring idea or useful cliché to cheer up those with low self-esteem.  When His unwavering unrestricted love is appointed superior reign over our life it governs all things, brings with it an existential truth, determines the how, when, and what of life, and yes, even determining what amazes you, brings you happiness, breaks your heart and what sacrifices will create change.

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I realize for some this is all very radical thinking. God loving me, loving you as we are and not as we are asked to be or should be…. what is this? How can this be? He knows my heart, He knows my deepest darkest secrets yet He chooses me? Astounding. This may actually require rethinking on your part to change the way you view what promises and precepts have been given and should always be applied. Small wonder that many are quick to agree there is a God or Jesus died for our salvation but grasping His love and acceptance is unconditional is so far removed from thought process and literally escapes their belief!

There is so much more that has been destined for our brief lives. HIS unconditional love is the surface yet runs through to the root of existence. I come before God on a daily basis with a heart crying Lord I pour my best out for you and though it is meager and of little value in comparison to your greatness use me make me over just use me. The Lord delights in showing mercy, and Heaven is always listening, God longs for His children to get in His face. When we open our mouths and call on Him, speak His name, all darkness flees, it has no choice.. darkness flees at the mention of just His name! How powerful.

I want to leave you with 5 things the Bible tells us about Gods love: 

  • It is beyond our comprehension: “May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height. To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; and you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” -Eph.3:18-19
  • It is Supreme: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16
  • It is merciful:  “But God, who is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us.” – Eph. 2:4
  • It is His choice: “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” – Eph.1:5-6.
  •  It can not be TAKEN from us: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 8:38-39

Impose: Exert Firm Control

To establish or apply by authority

When a person is incapable of receiving from any ministry of the five fold given to us for edification: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, then he or she is destined to remain immature. In order to ‘impose’ the Kingdom of God we must look like the Father of the Kingdom. The world will never receive a father that is a hypocrite it’s already filled with those. We as a faith and a spiritual culture are weak as individuals especially as side from GOD! We deny Him out of convenience and walk in His name only. What?! Yes no one wants to admit this… No one wants to admit to anyone much less to themselves that they only read the Bible once a week and that’s when their Pastor tells them to turn to…. On Sunday morning! I’m just being real with you. I know people read and pray but do you do this daily? I know people that do and I know people that allow others to feed them. Infantile. Yet they live as if they are giants. If we as the public could see your spiritual being what would it resemble?

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Sure…who doesn’t want to be in a great prophetic service where the atmosphere is casting down this and calling out that leaving blood sweat and years on the carpet and the alters… Who doesn’t respect an expert on the apostolic ministry but it cannot end there. We must be spiritually well rounded.
Spiritual maturity equals success in nearly all areas of life. Petty sin is no longer a factor and true growth by leaps and bounds has the freedom to occur. Not that anyone reaches a place in life they no longer fall down or face sin but no longer are they plagued by the little cancerous things that eat away and keep a person so tripped up they are unable to be spiritually healthy. Spiritual health is paramount in life and cannot go unattended to.
It is always good to look at your life through a priority list. Do you spend more time working than talking to God. You can pray throughout your day… Our purpose and allegiance are first to Him. Do you spend more time watching television than with God and reading His Word? Do you even spend more time getting ready in the mornings for the day or picking out clothes to wear than you do with God? Just a thought… Just considerations to reflect on, it does say work out your own salvation with fear and trembling but are you in love with Him?
If your process of spiritual growth is flawed then the end result will be flawed. We cannot live, as the old cliche, to heavenly minded no earthly good but we can live heavenly minded and create good in the earth. It starts within us and flows around us.
Nominal Christianity is not Christianity at all. Humble submission and joyful obedience in love and trust cultivate a “right” relationship with the Father of lights.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1: 17-18

Just to clarify in case some are scratching their heads now… Father of lights…? As a title…lights in the Greek is ‘phos’ and the meaning for it in this use is awesome! Using it in this context in the Greek it literally means unkindled, and unquenchable.

So to be a follower of Christ would be, to be an example of Him, would be for others to find Him through us. Unquenchable. If He is unquenchable I am to be unquenchable. There is no wiggle room for anyone to derive their own theology on how much someone can get away with and still make it to heaven.
He is the ‘unkindled’ One and we are to be set afire or kindled through His flame. No one set Him on fire. He has just always been. Where does that leave us daily?
Many people… Identifying themselves as Christians do not even read the word for themselves and much less are not found with it hidden in their hearts. This is where a misconstrued sense of entitlement and allowance for judgement pop up. There is also an overuse of tolerance and acceptance currently running rampant in the church in the name of Love.
Do you question the things you have heard all your life? Are they based on or loose interpretations of the Word? Are they actual instructions from the Writer Himself? Do you find yourself simply ignoring the truth of the Gospel to create a comfortable place for your pet sin to snuggle down because justifying feels better than standing up fighting and massacring the stronghold or foreign ungodly intruder setting up residence in your life.
Context is king but in order to make those decisions you must know the text. If there is confusion it’s not of God, go to your Pastor (1 member of the 5 fold offices) and he should be inclined to set you straight in love and without partiality to petting your sin. It should never be about numbers to a Pastor so he should be concerned with your heart condition and eternal destination.

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Pastors and teachers sometimes are over looked or stepped on because those offices lack the churches cultural glamour but they are both vital. As Christians we are called to be disciples and we cannot do this on our own. We are relational made so by God. If He desired us to follow after and be fed from only one avenue it would be clear in the Word. However in order to be spiritually mature and well rounded for effectiveness in our world, for the Kingdoms sake, then we must be willing to go through the growth process. Be willing to be held accountable.
Being held accountable means we will not always be comfortable. Don’t be nominal… What a waste. Be hot or cold and you have a chance. Be aware… Are you who you say you are? Do you live the life you portray in public? If not become congruent. Make the effort to make the change. Everything depends on the very concept of whole-ness. Transformed minds transform people, and transformed people transform cities further on countries further on the world… It all begins with you looking inside yourself. Are you a reflection the Christ whom you claim to follow…

Wrecked…

     I desire my life to be framed between themes of the love of God and the resulting pledges of unwavering devotion to Him and His Kingdom; to be fueled by His love a sustaining endurance and trusted by Him to be open to the challenges brought for growth through mentors willing to impart vision for an eternity in God’s love and presence amidst the earthly trials that will come in and out of my life.
     We wonder why the young people and those my age are running around lost and confused yet the older generations are unwilling and uninterested in investing the lives of the young people they complain about. ImageThere is always a remnant though. Believe me when I say the remnant makes all the difference, they are world-changers! 
     I have been so privileged to know a number of people in this remnant. I would never say there are too many to name because that is definitely not the case however but I am more fortunate than some. With that said, I would like to say thank you to those that invested in me when at times I am sure i was nearing unbearable or could have been a walking, daunting burden of a task needing to be conquered and wrecked by Jesus. 
    My messy broken life is entirely soul-stirring and the potency in which God’s love permitted my hardened broken self with is mind-numbing. He cut through the embellishments and revealing the heart of the matter shining His light and love straight to the darkest places within me. He not only changed my life from the inside out He began teaching of my value through His eyes. That’s something… 
    That is something because I was a number in the mass of women that would come in droves if asked to come forward if they feel worthless, of no value, useless, and damaged. When in reality God created each individual on this muddy ball known as earth to be completely and utterly incomprehensibly invaluable to Him and to history. He does not identify us by number, occupation, deed, affliction or otherwise but by name. Much of the time we become bogged down within our identity as we begin relating to the way others identify us. Often others choice of identity for us is not Gods choice.  
     There is a point when seeking the face of the Creator of all good and perfect things, that we find Him, and when we find Him, His beauty and greatness resonates through our very being. He then invites us to shine His eternal Source of light from whom the foreshadowings of this age are cast.

I believe God is looking for commitments… 

  • Connecting with God by releasing His power for changing the world.
  • Positioning ourselves to receive more from God by fasting.
  • Be zealous in good works of compassion and justice that exalt Jesus in all of society
  • Experience the joy of sacrificially giving for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom. 
  • Living fascinated by the pleasure of loving God in return overflow to loving people.
  • Take initiative to minister to others and make disciples by regularly leading in outreaches, prayer meetings, and Bible studies.
  • Be faithful to witness of the truth with allegiance to Jesus’ Word.

     It would be my greatest desire that all young people have mentors to challenge them holding them accountable as well as calling them out on things that do not line up with the Word or their purpose. I realize it is not convenient to invest in others especially considering the way our society has become hedonistic in a sense and selfishly micromanage personal time to appease self and self-centered desires for happiness. 
     The Word is filled with evidence that we are not only relational beings but we are to disciple and be discipled.

  • “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
  • “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” Psalms 145:4
  • “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
  • “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” Psalms 71:18
  • “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7
  • “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

There are so many but I have to stop somewhere or my blog roll will be over-run. 

What is the best reason not to follow example or instructions?
Can ignoring the need and expectation to disciple and be discipled be justified? 
Do we live under an expectation from our Savior to live by His example and pour into others? 

John 15:8, “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.”

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever  a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows into his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)

 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3

    Make an effort to seek a connection with godly people and authority and, ultimately, Him. There you can’t go wrong, if you trust God and ask for someone to invest in you or someone for you to invest in and be open to the opportunity, it will come. From that, there will be hundreds, thousands shouting glory to God, all because they’re bearing good fruit and lives are changed, creating a ripple effect. 

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That Perfect Worker Known as Patience

Sometimes I find myself grumbling or at the least feeling like my prayers and my faith seem to be unfruitful on my own behalf or for lack of a more eloquent way of describing such….not working! Questioning why is the promise God has given me not my reality?!

    We all know it is Gods desire for His children to be abundantly provided for in every area of life. I will just acknowledge right now the elephant in the room… Often “we” find our reality and His promises to be completely different. images-1Knowing how the Creator of all good and perfect things loves peculiar, something peculiar I have found when studying prayer and especially in conjunction to patience  is a reoccurring theme among individuals… frustration. Has anyone else noticed this? We are a fast food, drive-thru, give it now culture any more and prayer just doesn’t always work that way. This does not exclude its relevance just because it has not conformed with our society as our society has evolved or changed into something unrecognizable to the days of Noah or John. We are quite possible a lot like the days of noah ha!
With that elephant in the room acknowledged here is my thinking concerning the frustration resulting from prayers not immediately popping fresh out of a heavenly toaster with a timer of only 3 minutes til “done” served hot and ready at an amen.  Could it be that it is not just sensibly God ignoring our prayers but hinderances that need to be exposed and dealt with in order to receive what is needed? How beautiful it would be to live in the reality GOD has purposed for us filled with His blessings! Why would God answer our prayers by giving us things we know we need and HE knows we need but we are not prepared to have in our lives? That would result in utter chaos or wastefulness. Consider the difference your view concerning prayer and faith might be and the change that could take place if the reason our answers and blessings are delayed because of unpreparedness. The key to the release of Heaven and breakthrough in our lives is simple… proper alignment!
Sounds to easy… it isn’t easy. It is hard work! I should know! It takes discipline which many lack, focus which many split, and prioritizing which many are torn by but it is possible!
We must make room for His blessings! For example… A young woman wants a husband but she cant cook an egg… a young man wants a wife and kids but has kept a full time job with nothing in savings. Why would God bring you what you desire when it would only be squandered and potentially sacrificed to selfishness? He wouldn’t. Although sometimes He allows us to take a hold of things we insist on just to allow us to learn the lesson He was trying to show us in the first place. We choose the hard way when the easy way is His way!
We must be ready for the manifestation of the answer to our prayers when what we are praying and seeking for actually arrives…MAKE ROOM! If our lives are too congested and unfocused how will God bring increase? We must trust Him knowing He has our best interest at heart and wants to protect us even from ourselves.
We get all bent out of shape because things are not real fast, quick and in a hurry wrapped in a nice pretty bow and ready for imagesus to take a hold of and conquer the world! We cannot conquer the world in Jesus name if we cant get to work on time! We cannot have a new car if we forget constantly to change the oil in our old one and drive recklessly barely making it home in one piece on a near daily basis. We put the biggest portion of our trust not in God, not in our loved ones but in ourselves and we are our biggest stumbling block! Isn’t this filled with such irony?!  Trusting HIM means we know He is bringing us what we need and seeing the big picture as well as the ending He knows what we actually do need. He knows what is healthy for us. He knows what tools and resources will create the most successful atmosphere for us to be not only dreamers of dreams but history makers. We all know the jargon and we can spout it as fast and mindlessly as we tie our shoes but are we aware if what we seek in prayer for has a place to nest in our life? Your lonely so you ask God for friends to love that will love you in return to challenge and uplift you but you do not spend time with Him as it is… Does this sound like something that is on its way in a hurry? He desire our trust and our fellowship!  This is not to say we should become a recluse to appease a God that desires to monopolize our time and expects us to forsake all responsibility. Lets be rational and not in a dramatic ploy go off the deep end with how impossible and cruel this request of fellowship is with our Creator! If you stop and take the time to get to know Him… Jesus… the author and finisher of our faith, you will do nothing but seek out time to spend with Him AND His WORD! We are not currently living a dress rehearsal. We are not in a warm up exercise or a “YOLO” moment so do everything you can think of to live without regret in an irresponsible, juvenile context.  I challenge you to meet HIM face to face but once and see if you feel the same way about prayer and fellowshipping with the Maker of the stars.

     There is no status quo in Christian living as so many think. There is no being a good person is enough or working your tail off to earn your way into an eternity with Gods love! Its about relationship. Its about love. Its about getting in the Saviors face on a daily basis not less than you would a spouse or one you are intimate!

His Kindness Overwhelms Me

Simply setting my heart on God and turning my face toward Him, even before I go “deep in prayer” I feel His Presence. He’s so generous.  He’s right there, the whole time just eager for us to talk with Him and listen to Him.  ImageHis kindness overwhelms me.  In his presence is fullness of joy… The fact that the Father designed us for prayer is a massive statement about His zeal for relationship and His pleasure in the conversation. Just talk to Him, He loves it. (John 14-15) We were made as relational beings! So why so often in our society we feel people should be “grown up” and on their own with a definition of “on their own” as ALONE? We were not made to be alone. We were not made for solitude. We were made for conversation, fellowship and giving to one another for His sake!

I love that the Lord lets us start over again and again.  He doesn’t write us off as hopeless hypocrites but still believes in the sincerity of our hearts.  There is no one like Him!

King James Version (KJV)
Psalms 116

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

The Bible is the transcript of God’s soul.  There is so much in this sacred Book that is living and active and my life’s work is to understand it, live it…breathe it.  We MUST plant our lives in the soil of His Word and Love and watch as we grow, bloom, and prosper.

The sacrifice in giving all to follow Jesus is real but the love and eternal rewards outweigh the sacrifice. They are incomparable. (Matt.19:29)

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Yesterdays depth feels pretty shallow today so we must press on with the knowledge that the temporal things are just that…temporary. It all passes away except those things we have stored in Heaven… We love talking about the Lord in the company of like minded individuals and often times are even willing to offer our time to pray for individual needs but consider how often are we really spending time with The Creator of all things? When was the last time you lead someone to Christ? When was the last time you witnessed to a nonbeliever?

He is so willing to bend down to our level from a place on high and meet us in the depth of our mire. How often do we do the same for those around us? How often are we willing to be uncomfortable for a time to invest in others lives and make a change in the world?

Dont let another day go by with out sharing the most beautiful part of life…. the part that comes after it! Hell was not made for people… Don’t be the reason someone does not know. Be the change you wish to see… Be the person you wish you had in your worst moments in life… Be a willing vessel, willing to be molded and made over in The Great Potters hands. Seek Him, Seek His face, Seek His voice that sounds as powerful  majestic and peace-filled as a roaring tide at the oceans shore. Start with a conversation, number one with Jesus and number two with those around you.

Dont practice random acts of kindness, do it purposeful, and seek out ways to give and make change!