Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.

      Someone said, "Don't look back, you're not going that way."
      I was sitting at an office function dinner and listening to a lot of the business people bemoaning the fact that they had lost out because they did not buy certain properties and investments way back in the day. Some were saying, "If I had bought that property back then I would be on easy street now." Someone else said, "I could have retired by now if I would have bought that lot next to the golf course. I know I should have done it." Shoulda woulda couldas all dinner long. 

      Here we were eating plenty. Living in a free and open society in a law-abiding country with clean air and water, plus so much more, and all that was coming out of people's hearts was what they missed out on. There was no gratefulness for what was. I had to do an inventory of my own heart and wondered if I had the same attitude toward my life. Was I saying things were better back in the day? Was I looking back rather than forward and onward in the plan that God has for me? Eccl. 7:10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.
      I realized that I had been saying things like, "I should have taken better care of my heart and maybe this atrial fibrillation would not have happened to me. I could have taken that course four years ago and would not be in the business slump I'm experiencing right now." Yup, I was doing it and I realized it was stopping me from thinking forward with anticipation. I was thinking forward with uncertainty and not sure of what was next and feelings of no real purpose were floating around my conscience. It looked like I had a small touch of the shoulda woulda coulda syndrome. What to do? Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  
      We can get caught up in the moment when things are not going so well and we start thinking that things were better years ago. We falsely think God has lost our number and connection because we are faltering. Before you know it we are talking like the children of Israel in the wilderness and all the shoulda woulda couldas start coming out of us in full drama. Ex. 16:3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death. 
      We catastrophize every little thing we stumble over and we get our eyes off of the prize that God has sown in our hearts. Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
      We all need to take our eyes off of the circumstances and realize that God has brought us this far with His grace and that He will bring us all the way with His grace. Heb. 12:2a Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. This is the key. We keep looking to the author of our faith for the direction our lives are to follow. Isa. 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 
      When we look forward with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our confidence in Christ reemerges from within our souls and trust becomes part of our confident declarations of faith. Phil. 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. We all need to lay down our shoulda woulda coulda feelings and grasp the Saviour in gratitude and be thankful that we are in Christ and part of His incredible eternal plan now and tomorrow. 
      There is no need to look back at our missteps. Christ has us in the palm of His hands as He makes sure we are going forward with Him. Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May our lives be full of victory as we go forward in Jesus name.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Why?

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

      Why, why, why? This question is asked in some cases all day long. Why God? Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? Why is it not turning out the way I thought. A few days ago I heard a response to the question "Why?" Someone asked, "Why did this happen to me?" The person answering simply said, "I don't know, I can't answer that question." The answer was the truth he could not even begin to answer a question that only God could answer. 
      Now it was my turn. I asked God, in my mind, why was there no answer in the natural for this person. I started laughing within myself because I was doing the same thing - asking why. I know in my heart there are scriptures that say I can ask and I will receive. Matt. 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. 
      Other scriptures admonish us to ask God for wisdom for our lives. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. With God encouraging us to ask Him for wisdom and answers that only God can answer, why are we left wanting answers? What is missing in the way we are asking that leaves us apparently without answers?
      We read in the book of Genesis the story of Abraham who had been given a promise that Sarah would give birth to a child fathered by Abraham and fulfill the plan of God. Gen. 17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Now Abraham is being given this promise from God. For some reason, Abraham starts asking God if the plan could be changed and Ishmael might be used instead of what God has stated and wants. Gen. 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 

      Abraham is basically saying. "Why can't we do it my way?" God responds by saying, "It will be done my way since I am God and you are not and I see all the blessings in the future from this covenant." Gen. 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. As I read this I thought of all the "Why Lord can't you do it my way?" The question comes out of us so easily. However, the result ends up with us standing there saying, "Why, why, why?"
      What we have to understand is that God understands our dilemmas, feelings, and being in a state of total questioning. As Joyce Meyer said, "Grace is not opposed to us making an effort toward victory." We are trying to get the answers for victory in our lives, but we have to keep on the plan that God has for us in His Kingdom. Jesus Himself had to overcome the same feelings we feel. Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 

      There would be a lot less - Why Lord? - if we stuck to the original instruction our hearts received from God the first time He spoke to us by His Spirit. Like Jesus, we have to come to that place where we are saying, "Not my will, but your will be done, Lord." Jer. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
      We have been given the grace by God to seek out a matter as the Proverb says. We have also been given an instruction to believe God is trustworthy and truthful toward us by what we see in Jesus. John 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 

      The answer that Jesus had for every question was always the will of the Father and Christ would manifest that will from healing to provision and satisfactory answers for the soul. Do I continue to ask why? Absolutely, but I try to ask in sincerity of heart because it seems to be the only way I have peace when I am asking, "Why Lord?". Eph. 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Homecomings

Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

      Someone said, "Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to."
      This is the time of year for homecomings. A lot of people are waiting for someone to come home and celebrate the season of Christmas and New Year's. There is hope and anticipation of renewed affection toward all the ones we love and miss. As a father, I am looking forward to seeing my sons who live far away and out of Province. As we look over the menus of the banquets and feasts that will be served, we try to have the favorite treats and delights for the ones who will be coming home for the season. 
      As I think about these things I see our heavenly Father doing the same thing for those of us who have asked Christ into our hearts as Savior. Jesus is anticipating our homecoming and is preparing a place for us. John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. The Lord desires to be with us. John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 
      As the old hymn says, "Oh what a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see, and I look upon his face, the one who saved me by his grace. When he takes me by the hand and leads me through the promise land, what a day, glorious day that will be." What a homecoming that will be when we all come home and live the eternal fulfilled life that Christ has for each one of us. There will be delightful treats for us. Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 
      We will be given gifts, blessings and responsibilities. Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. We will be commissioned to expand and be part of the Kingdom of God throughout eternity, enjoying the very presence of God and each other. Rev. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 
      What a homecoming that will be for all who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. Therefore, because we are in Christ and have this hope in our hearts, we can live in anticipation of being a blessing in life and living a blessed life that honors our God.  Like Abraham, by faith, we look for the city, place, or location that God has for us in His Kingdom. Heb. 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  We do this so that we may be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ our Lord and fulfill God's purpose in our lives. Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 
      We live our lives in anticipation of this glorious homecoming that when it comes to pass it will draw pure love and exuberance from our hearts and souls. The magnificence of it all will take an eternity to appreciate and understand the wonders of the Lord's very being and what He did for each one of us He saved. 
      The presence of the Lord so affected Paul that he had no idea whether he was in or out of his body. It was overwhelming to him. 2 Cor. 12:2 I know a man in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven 14 years ago. Whether he was in the body or out of the body, I don’t know, God knows. 4 Was caught up into paradise. He heard inexpressible words, which a man is not allowed to speak. 
      Wow! Beyond explanation, and we are headed there. What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. I can say it with joy and happiness of heart. I am looking forward to seeing each one of you there one day. I will be looking for you. Hlovate said, “As truth be told, homecoming never gets old.” Blessings.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Decisions By Regret

Proverbs 8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

      When the spiral of failures overtakes a person's heart, there becomes a default position in the heart that begins to make decisions from a place of regret. Sorrow becomes a state of being and words like "Oh well, I may as well just shirk my work ethic, commitments, vows, and forthrightness because it won't amount to anything. What's the point of praying? Nothing ever happens. Most likely, God has forgotten me."
      We know deep down in our hearts that these statements are not true, but the strength to overcome the downward inertia is hard to fight with our own strength because we feel alone and thus we give into the spirit of foolishness. Wisdom becomes absent from all decisions and the result is desperate and immature choices made in regret.
 Mark 4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
      We read the story of King Saul and the falling spiral he was in when he kept making one bad decision after another. He ends up using a woman who deals in divination to try and find the word of the Lord. Really saints? Is that what comes to your mind when you cannot get an answer from God. Go and find a witch to talk to God for you. Really, is that the plan you come up with? Yet, that does become the choice of many. 1 Sam. 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. 
      If that is not making decisions out of one regret after another in life, then what is? King Saul was king of Israel and ordained by God to be so, but through disobedience and one sinful fumble after another, he lost the wisdom available to him to reign and started grasping at foolishness in order to keep his kingdom. Prov. 14:12 There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. 
      Do you find yourself without answers to some of your questions that pertain to the difficulties in your life? Wisdom wants you to cry out for some understanding because God is wisdom. God is not trying to keep your victory from you. Rather, God is trying to get it to you, but you will have to do it His way. Prov. 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
     Whenever clergy or Christians alike get into illegal trouble, there is normally a mentality of the ends will justify the needs. When the ones who have perpetrated the wrongdoings are caught or finally come to the end of their rope, they seem to see that they had been making decisions out of all the regrets that had piled up and their sense of wisdom had left them. Asking the witch of Endor for Divine favor had become an option in their lives. 1 Sam. 15:23a For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
      There will be times in life when we mess-up and thank God there is grace for us to redo, retry, and reattempt what has to be done. When this is done with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit whispering in our ear and heart, then there is fruit in the Spirit and things get done right. Isa. 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 
      When victory becomes a standard in life through Christ, then there is no room for regret or consumptive sorrow of heart. Our decisions are done in joy and love rather than dread and darkness of the unknown. Wisdom and understanding are crying out loud for us to ask them into our daily lives that we may express the will and love of our God in this dark and lost world. 
      Living from a position of regret only brings more regrets and an empty life. Wisdom is for us and belongs to us if we accept it. Prov. 8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and it is the end as well. We live our lives bracketed by the wisdom of God in order to do the will of God that our lives may be fulfilled with all manner of His love. Be wise, my friends, and choose God's wisdom.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Deployed!

Proverbs 31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

      Deployed, in this day and age often refers to: Move (troops) into position for military action.
      There are many references in the word of God that we Christians are soldiers in God's Kingdom. 2 Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. We, the army of God, are to be tactical, cunning and purposeful in establishing the Kingdom of God here on earth. Matt.10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 
      There is an urgency in our time allotted to us on this earth that asks us not to be idle or frivolous with our lives. As soldiers, we are to fight and defeat the kingdom of darkness with the Lord's weapons that He has made for us to be sure of the enemy's destruction. 2 Cor. 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 
      The tactic of the enemy toward us Christians is to get us to break rank, scatter or bring confusion to our operations. This is often done by bringing in an offence toward a pastor or someone in the congregation, who by the way are also in the same army of God. If the devil can get us infighting then there is no reason for the enemy to fear our attack on his kingdom. I have just heard of a brother who left the church because he did not agree with the pastor's message on tithing. 
      The sad thing is that this soldier has broken ranks and is now a target for the devil's concentrated attack for the destruction of his life. He is out there alone losing everything else and running out of ammunition. His fatigue and weariness of the battle is weighing him down and causing his heart to think about surrender because there is no more fight in him. This is not the will of God for him. If he is to surrender, it is to God, so that God can redeploy him back into rank where he belongs. 
      We know that Satan comes to rob, kill and destroy. John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The devil's single-mindedness of hatred toward Christians is directed at the saints of our God and our fellow soldiers in the Kingdom of God. Unlike the soldiers in the world wars who had days of amnesty, where some even exchanged Christmas cards on the front lines with the enemy, does not apply in this war with Satan. There are no amnesty days off; this is a fight for our eternity. This is not a dispute over borders or a skirmish for a commodity, this is a war for the total destruction of the works of the enemy. 
      Idleness is not an option in our lives. I am not saying, "Do not take vacations and have quality time with friends and family." Yes, please live your lives well and enjoy them but remember who you are. You are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, with the answers to all the ills, hurts and sorrows on this earth. You are ambassadors of the Kingdom of our God with the right to declare blessings throughout the earth. 
      Why do we have this right? It all belongs to God. We are His army in the earth mandated to bring blessing and overcome the works of the enemy. Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. We have all been stationed at a church assembly. It is up to us to stand to our post and fight the good fight of faith. Don't break rank. Stay close to each other in prayer and expectation of victory. Be ready for your orders from on High. Stay in uniform and in full colors. Stay blessed. Attention! The King of Kings is on parade.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

A Loose Tongue

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

      Loose lips sink ships was a slogan during the second world war. This expression simply said, "Unguarded talk may give useful information to the enemy." Well, Saints, this idea has not changed to this day. We have to watch what we say about others and ourselves. I know there are whole TV commercial industries dedicated to the embellished voyeurism and so-called tattletale reporting of people's indiscretions, but that does not make it right. James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and setts on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
      
How many times have you said something that you wish you could take back, but it is never coming back. Those words are out there forever, pulsing along as amplified sound waves of your thoughts that came out too harshly, accusingly, or in unguarded anger. We can often spot this fault in others when they say something that should have been edited before it came out of their mouths, but unfortunately, we don't hear it so clearly when we speak without thought. Sng. 1:6b They made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
      I was listening to a minister that I greatly respect and I learn easily from his gifted ability to teach. A few Sundays ago he said something that he should not have. I know he thought what he said was funny, but it was derogatory and just not nice. I could tell as he was telling the joke he did not feel that comfortable with what he was saying, yet, he said it anyway. I noticed that there was conviction in his heart about it because he was stumbling and struggling for words for the next few sentences in order to get his momentum back, but it was faltering.
      
The discomfort of the audience could be felt and it was too late to take back the words said. I think the Holy Spirit dealt with him right there and then because we could sense conviction taking place in his heart. Sometimes it is the little things said that are corrosive and gives the enemy substance to accuse us with. Sng. 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Yes, the little foxes spoil and ruin things.
      Psalm 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. Reading this scripture helps me see that King David is struggling with a decision of thought. He seems to be saying "Should I say this or not?" King David is wrestling with what he perceives as God's unwillingness to enforce judgment on the unbeliever. He wants to voice his thoughts but realizes that if he does vocalize what he is thinking then the words would offend God's children.
      There might be irreparable damage that will take place if the words come out. However, thank God in the next few verses he gets the illumination on the truth of the matter.
Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. There is a right time and way to say what has to be said. We just have to control the unholy rhetoric that so easily comes out of our mouths. Prov. 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 
      A graceful tongue is what we, as Christians, are trying to accomplish. We hopefully speak words to our friends and neighbours that build up and help fulfill the love and blessing of the Lord in their lives. I am not advocating that false platitudes and phony compliments be thrown around with an obsequious and smarmy attitude. I am talking about a genuine heartfelt leading of the Holy Spirit that expresses exactly what a person needs to hear to be lifted out of their funk or a word that nourishes their soul onto higher ground where they meet the Lord. 
      We can do this because the Lord of glory lives within us, but we have to give the use of our tongue to the will of God to speak blessing upon blessing in this world in need of an overwhelming amount of healing. Unguarded talk may give useful information to the enemy. Guard our talk so that we can destroy the works of the enemy and be a blessing to the Kingdom of God. Matt. 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Amen!

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Junk Drawer

Proverbs 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

       I can venture to say that most homes have a junk drawer and some have a few of them. I was looking for a phone number that I had written on a card and put it at the back of a small notebook. I thought the notebook was in a particular drawer and I went looking for it. Well, I found many things in that drawer but not the number. I found instruction manuals for products I no longer owned because they had worn out or been discarded. I found other numbers of people that had a long time moved away and in some cases passed away. 
      I found pens and markers that I thought were lost. I found photos and clippings of longtime memories past. Scratched DVDs, guitar plectrums, batteries, bits and parts of thing I was not sure what they were for. Literally, everything but the kitchen sink was found in this drawer. but not the card I was looking for. I even forgot what I was looking for as I was drawn away by all the junk that had to be sorted, re-purposed and thrown away. I thought of the word of God that said, " All the cares of this world enter in and choke the word." Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
      All the accumulated stuff in our lives can pile up and we can become lost in the junk drawer of our being and find out there is no substance or quality items. Just a lot of junk that has to be chucked out. We sometimes go looking for an answer from God but the detritus of life is clogging up the clarity of His answer. 
We approach in prayer with a ready-made view of how we think God should answer the prayer and thus miss the entire blessing that He had for us. No real substance, just junk in the way of growth in life.    
      When I find myself in that place, I stand up like Moses and with my arms held high to the sky, I pray the prayer that never fails. Matt. 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. It is one of my shortest prayers but it is the one that delivers me when I say, "Thy will be done." I know I cannot go wrong with this prayer and I know it is the will of God. I have found that this prayer is the only thing that cleans up the junk in the drawer of my life. 
      All the books on five steps to receiving, three steps to getting, and the four principles of having all get chucked out and replaced with the proclamation of "God's will be done." This only clears the junk out of the way. 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: 15 And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
      What has been choking the word of God in your life lately? Is it a lot of stuff that you are trying to juggle around God's word in hopes of making everything fit and run smoothly? Where is our treasure in God? Is it in the stuff we can get from Him or in the heart of Him? Jer. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Matt. 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 
      I want the junk in my life removed and thrown away so that I can fill my being with the true substance of God's being. I want what counts in this life and not the temporary bobbles the world offers at an overrated extraordinary price. Creating a habit of removing junk from our lives is a good habit. Someone said, “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken.” 
      Have we become used to having a lot of junk in our lives? We have to break that habit now before we are overwhelmed with all the stuff that gets in the way of the blessing of God. I, therefore, speak a word of overcoming victory over all of us. Isa. 57:10 You grew weary in your search, but you never gave up. Desire gave you renewed strength, and you did not grow weary. Amen!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Effective Immediately!

Proverbs 11:26 He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.

      I work in the fraud protection industry and every once in a while something changes in policy or regulations. A formal notice makes its way across my desk with a bold statement of "Effective Immediately this policy change has been made and will commence this date." From that point on we adjust our thinking and verbiage to accommodate the new rules and regulations from the companies and their underwriters. The action is swift and immediate leaving no one in doubt as to how things will be done from now on. 
      What about our Christian lives? What do we do when the Holy Spirit points something out in our heart that is not what He expects of us? When we find out that we have been doing or eating something that is slowly killing us, we should get this big flashing sign in our minds that proclaims, "Effective Immediately this activity will stop or effective immediately this is what I am going to do from now on!" Col. 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
      My wife had made a statement recently that caused me to think about her choice of words. She has noticed that the world has gone crazy and there is nothing that government, financial conglomerates or medical institutions can do about it. These once pillars of our society who provided the corn per se for a healthy existence have become the melting pots of liars, thieves and quacks who are hoarding what the nations need to flourish and have brought a curse on our land. (Paraphrased by me.) My wife is more polite then I am. Prov. 11:26 He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it. 
      She said, "The world has come to an end, so I am going to change it by being kind, generous, loving and living in peace. I am starting this change, first with myself and I will create a new world." There it is, saints, effective immediately I am changing things. Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. 
       I have to say that after I heard her declaration of purpose, I was influenced and started waxing eloquent in thought and a Shakespearean moment of "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" came to mind. In the middle of all the madness and nonsense that is prevalent in this world, my wife came up with a wonderful God thought saying, "I will change." Is this the reverse of the parable of the tares that were sown among good seed? Matt. 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 
      Should this be our covert plan to go and sow good seed among the tares in the world? Maybe that is what Jesus was trying to get across to us when He ministered His sermon on the Mount. Matt. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Jesus was saying, "Hey! Get out there and change the world, but first start with your own hearts. Get out there and sow some good seed among the tares and be a world changer." 
      The procrastination that has become commonplace in our society as in - I will get out of debt one day; I will start a garden one day; I will start a healthier lifestyle one day; I will start praying more often one day; I will connect with my family more often one day, and so on and so on is draining us of life. Perhaps a notice across our hearts that says, "Effective immediately I am going to be who God made me to be." 2 Cor. 6:2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 
      Today is the day to start changing our world. Deut. 30:19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! God is cheering us on to make some life choices that can affect everyone around us. We now have to respond with "Effective immediately, I choose life Lord!"

Saturday, 22 November 2014

We Will Be Tested

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

      William James said, "Begin to be now what you will be hereafter." 
      I hear it often," I just want to be like Jesus." Then, within minutes of saying those words, these same people turn around and say or do something ungodly without any thought or in some cases without noticing it. James 1:20 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. This joke comes to mind when I see and hear this contradiction in terms: Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 
      All joking aside, we often find ourselves in a position of God giving us the test, then the lesson coming after we inaccurately interpreted the test. When I was a young Christian I used to think this way of teaching was unfair and that God was always using a catch twenty-two method to make sure I would fail and be in line to be punished. The angry God view of everything. 
      As I grew in the love of God I realized that this way of teaching me was one of the ways to become like Jesus and that the failure (for a lack of a better word) of the test was how I could set my heart to walk in the will of God. The test was to show me where I needed to grow, and that became a blessing to me as I grew in the love of God because God was using His love to help me accomplish His loving ways.
        We have a negative view of testing because of the school systems we were all raised in. The cold harshness of you passed this time and you failed the next left us dealing with self-worth problems rather than God's view of us as in we are worth everything to Him. Since we are worth everything to God, He makes sure the tests are helping us grow by His loving guidance and helping us be who we are in Him. 
      We read in the Psalms that King David looked forward and asked to be tested so that he could find the exact will of God for his life. He also knew that all the tests were to help him become reliant on God's love for existence. Psalm 26:2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. 3 For I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. He knew the test was for the blessing of the heart, because from the heart life would be established. Prov. 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. 
      We should be saying like David, "Go ahead Lord, and search my heart and fix what needs fixing." Psalm 103:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. Yes, go ahead Lord and test my metal that it may prove righteous in Christ. Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.
      I can hear some of the thoughts out there concerning what I determine to be God's testing. I am not talking about the ones who teach - God gives us cancer to teach us something or God killed off part of your family to teach you something. No, and no again. God is not like that. John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 
      Life happens all around us every day and our lifetime accumulations of what God has done in our hearts will determine how and what we do when life happens. The result of all the lessons and testing will manifest when life is going on day by day. When we come through the fires of life we will see that we have abundant life. 
     Start living out what is in your heart for eternity today. Live like we are already in heaven as the word says we are. Eph. 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. 
      You may be going through the most difficult and painful time in your life. This is not the time to roll over and deteriorate. Now is the time to trust in all the tests that you have experienced and accomplished with God who was and is at your side the whole way. Deut. 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Blessings on us all.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Winning The Race

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.

      Benjamin Franklin said, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
      I was watching a program on how the old carpenters and craftsmen made a lot of their own tools. The wood-planers, in particular, were very sharp and worked incredibly smooth and accurate. There was a discussion with the host of the program and the master tool maker explaining that if this knowledge and know-how of making these tools was not passed on to the next generation of craftsmen then the art of tool making would be lost. 

      This program had me thinking of all the Christians who have so much of God's teaching in them but are not passing the information on, and like the knowledge of the craftsmen, this could be lost. We are all a product of the history of all the saints through their trials and tribulations and what was gleaned from their dedicated lives. They have passed on what they experienced, good or bad, and we have to do the same. John 4:37 And herein is that saying true, One sows, and another reaps. 
      The writer of the book of Hebrews says that we are in a race to finish our God-given life purpose on this earth. Heb. 12:1b Let us run with patience the race that is set before us. This race, however, is not to compete with each other but rather to help each other cross that eternal finish line where all of us will hear our Lord say, "'Well done, good and faithful servant!"
      Taking someone under our wing in order to help and guide them find the answers to their life is not that difficult for those of us who have learned how to live by God's word. We just have to want to do it. The process is simple enough as we all have the same instruction manual - the Bible - at our fingertips. With prayer, we lead our brothers and sisters to search the scriptures and find the word in season that is needed in their lives. 
      Have I oversimplified this? Not really. I have noticed lately that a lot of the newer Christians are not reading the word of God but are repeating what they have heard someone say the word of God says. This is where we have to help them change the way they grow and mature in their Christian walk. They have got to read the word of God themselves to glean what the Holy Spirit is saying to them. 
      We have a perfect example in the book of Acts that shows us plainly the importance of finding out what the word of God says. In the book of Acts, we read of the Bereans who were being taught the word of God by Paul and Silas. These apostles were not light-weights. When they spoke there was power and miraculous manifestations and yet the Berean saints still went and looked up the Scriptures to see if what was said was true. Acts 17:10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 
      The word of God is the final authority in our lives and the word of God should be what we guide our lives with. Teaching the next generation to use this wonderful gift that many martyrs gave up their lives for is our mandate. John 4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
      
The last thing Jesus said before He was taken into Glory was to go out and make disciples of all nations. We can trust the word of God to do and be the Christian's life handbook. We can count on the accuracy of its prophetic declarations. 2 Pet. 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 
      Winning the race that is before us is a collaboration with illumination that has been sown in our hearts. We go to the Scriptures and see if what is said is true and we help our brothers and sisters in the Lord do the same so that we all win the holy race of eternal salvation. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Praise The Lord!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Disciplined

Proverbs 13:24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

      Rodney King: "I just want to say, can't we all get along?"
      It will be very difficult for all to get along because it takes discipline to do so. I was reading in the Gospel of Luke where the disciples were arguing as to who was greater. Luke 9:46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Gal. 5: 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. The thought struck me that even in the company of Jesus it still took discipline to control their volatile emotions and it took willpower to overcome the temptations of power and control. 
      We are, after all, created in the image of God and were given dominion on the earth. So the desire to take control and create something from our hearts comes honestly. The problem, of course, came with the fall of man and man's desire was corrupted to the point of even wanting God under our feet. Isa. 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
      Because of our fallen nature that was corrupted by this narcissistic sinful angel Lucifer, we now need to be disciplined by God in order to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The good news is that we have been given grace to walk out our Christian lives as we learn to be disciples in Christ. It is as if we were granted the privilege and blessing to learn how to play the violin in public with none of the harsh criticisms and vitriolic shouts to shut up! 

      We were saved and we are being saved and we will be saved because of this grace that we are covered in. The discipline or rod of correction over our lives is not irksome or harsh. It is the blessing of the Lord that corrects us. Prov. 3:12 For the LORD disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in. Some of us might have a negative connotation as to the meaning of the word discipline. Many think of childhood beatings that left unresolved anger and lifelong scars. That is not what God does. 
      The reader's-digest version for the word discipline is: In its natural sense, discipline is systematic instruction intended to train a person, sometimes literally called a disciple, in a craft, trade or other activity, or to follow a particular code of conduct. We are all being disciplined to be like Jesus and Jesus did everything out of love. 
      His guidance in our lives will also be motivated the same way; out of love. Why would God use love to discipline us? 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. This is why we can trust the discipline of the Lord because it will eventually produce love. Will the discipline always feel good? No! However, the fruit and results will be glorious and eternal.
      I have shared this before but it is worth repeating. I was angry at myself one day because I had sinned. I heard the Spirit of God ask me, "Are you angry because you vexed the Holy Spirit or are you angry because you broke your personal righteousness record?" It was clear that I did not care about vexing the Holy Spirit because the question would not have been asked. It looked like I was in for some correction with the rod of God's love. Was I embarrassed, ashamed and feeling a bit uncertain? Yup! All three feelings were screaming in my head, but God loved me through it by reaching my heart. I repented and peace came just as our loving Father said it would. Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
       Don't be afraid of the correction and discipline that comes from our Lord. It is life to our very being and it will get us through all the battles that come our way. God is good! Blessings.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Forgive Me, Please

Proverbs 8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

        "I forgive you. Completely." This is the answer that should come from our lips, but most often these words do not make it past our mind because we are not ready to forgive completely. We want God's grace and forgiveness in our own lives, but we want the judgment of God on those who have harmed us. 
      I was talking with a married couple who were talking about something that had happened over twenty-five years ago and in the middle of the sentence the woman turned to her husband and said, "Don't you remember that time when you called me a #@!!#$@?" He looked at me with that look that says, "When is this ever going to be forgiven, I have apologized for this every time she brings it up." I wanted to leave the room because you could cut the air as they say. 
      I do not believe she knew how to just let it go or hand it over to God for Him to dissolve the memory of her hurt. It was causing a strain in their relationship. 1 Cor. 13:5 Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
       Forgiving, completely, is just that; completely forgiving the wrong, just as Christ forgave us completely and entirely. Col. 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. We might have to say it out loud a few times to get used to the words, "I forgive you. Completely!." Again, "I forgive you. Completely!"
      It is wisdom to forgive completely. How do I know that? God is pure wisdom and He forgave everyone completely. Through God's Son Jesus Christ we can accept forgiveness and be at peace with God and ourselves. If God forgave us completely, then this is the right thing to do. God asks us to be forgiving as He is. Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

      Someone will say, "This is easy for you to say, "Forgive completely. Just try and forgive what I have been through." I'm sorry, but that argument does not work. There will always be someone on earth who has gone through unthinkable hurts and violations beyond our imagination. These people have experienced something worst than the next person. If that is the measurement, then nothing will ever be forgiven as it will only create an argument as to who hurts more than the next person and nothing will get fixed and no opportunity for repentance will ever be available. 
      God says to step up to the plate and be the first to forgive, then the real blessing of Christianity will start. Eph. 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. When did the blessing of the new birth start? After forgiveness came through the cross. First, there was a desire in God's heart to forgive, then He sent Jesus to be the atoning work that gave us His forgiveness.
       The wisdom of God compels us to forgive, because the nature of His Son Jesus now lives within us. Just take a close look inside your heart when you allow anger, rage and declarations of revenge with that someone who has done a terrible thing to you. Do you have God's peace? Do you have your Joy? Do you even have your blessed assurance? No, because you are no longer that old character you once were before Christ started changing your heart. 
      You cannot go back to that way of thinking without losing something of quality in your soul. 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Will this be hard for some? Yes, it will be, but oh the power of God that comes from forgiving the one who kept you miserable. There will be no more reason for the blame-game that the enemy of your soul keeps reminding you of. The moment you forgive, you will also destroy the works of the devil. No wonder he helps you remember your hurt. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
      Think of that person who needs your forgiveness and say out loud, "I forgive you. Completely." Keep saying it until you believe it, then enjoy the Lord's peace in your soul. Blessings.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Temptation Oh Temptation

Proverbs10:3 God suffers not the soul of the righteous man to famish; but he repels the craving of the wicked.
      
      Oscar Wilde said, “I can resist anything except temptation.”
      It is not a sin to be tempted, it only becomes a sin when we submit to temptation and sin is born. James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. I was asked by someone who was having a hard time with a repetitive vice, "Why does the devil keep using the same old things to tempt us?" I said, "Because it works." 

      The word of God says that we are to submit to God then resist the devil. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Resisting temptation without submitting to God first can be a hard row to hoe. We see this clearly with New Year's resolutions. There is not much resolve to accomplish the resolutions because temptation enters in and reclaims its dominance in the person's life.
      Jesus was tempted of the devil forty days and nights. If Jesus was tempted and he had to overcome the attraction of the temptation then what makes you think you won't have to deal with temptation? The help Jesus had is the same help and power that is available to us all who are in Christ. After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came upon Him and led Jesus into the wilderness. Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. 

      Submission to the Holy Spirit is the answer to overcoming during any wilderness temptation. One of the things you will notice about Jesus is that he did not mope about because he was tempted. He overcame the temptation with the word of God. Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. After the encounter with temptation, we do not see Jesus walking around fretting over the fact that he had been tempted. Jesus immediately gets on with his life. Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 
      We also have to realize that Jesus had been fasting for forty days and nights and still had the strength to overcome sin because of the power of the Holy Spirit working within him. The blessing of our new birth with Christ is the same Holy Spirit that Jesus moved in now lives in us.
      Many of us do not realize the righteous position we live in because of Christ's reign in our hearts. Becoming upset because temptation comes our way is silly. As the proverb says, "God suffers not the soul of the righteous man to famish." We are not some weak, just barely hanging on to a thread of God's grace saint. No, we are the blood washed Holy Spirit filled kings and priests living in the joy of our Lord, saint. Big difference. 

      We are not famishing for existence and identity, wandering the spiritual edges of holiness looking for a crust of compassion. We are the sons of the most high God in Christ; benefiting from all the atoning work that was done for every man who accepts Jesus as their personal Saviour. 1 John 3:1a Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.
      
If you are being tempted with something, then rejoice, because you are becoming a threat to the kingdom of darkness. James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. As one translation puts it: For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 
      Overcoming temptation stops the famishing aspect and feelings of failure in our faith. Not submitting to temptation causes the endurance of our faith to grow. Don't fear or be put out by different temptations. Overcome the tempter with the anointed power of the Holy Spirit that lives in our hearts. Amen!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Spirit Of Malice

Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

      George Harrison said, "Gossip is the Devil's radio."
      Throw another log on the fire and see the sparks fly. It does not take much rumor to ruin a person's life. It can be a false accusation and still the damage can be irreparable even after the proof has been shown that the rumor was false. Too late, the words that were spoken start to take on a life of their own and malice is born. Out of malice come the full maliciousness of man and all the results of that sin.
      My wife has been telling me of her friend's children who have been bullied in school this year. There seems to be a new wave of it even with all the anti-bully campaigns and commercials concerning this cowardice attack. All bullying starts with hurtful words that sting and bruise the inner man. Radicalism, tribalism and self-ism seem to be the polarizing factors in a lot of nations these days. Many people are just reacting to rumor and spin that is being dished out twenty-four-seven on all the McNews channels.
 Psalm 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. 
      It has become very hard to separate truth from innuendo, or even pure malice when presented as newsworthy. Many citizens have become listless in attitude toward life as a result of drowning in all these forms of tabloid media. We end up repeating what we have heard and wonder if any of it is true, meanwhile contributing to the perpetual gossip-mill. James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
      The old adage, "If someone is gossiping to you, then they will gossip about you," still wholes true. How do we distance ourselves from this corrosive pastime? I say corrosive because it does eventually hurt our lives in relationship and health. Prov. 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 
      What does God say we can do to overcome this attack on our human condition? James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. There it is Saints, the road to perfection is in our choices of the words we use or don't use. Having the courage to walk away from the talebearer or changing the subject is the beginning of this road to overcoming when it comes to gossip.
      We read in the book of Numbers the story of Miriam and Aaron who started gossiping their disapproval concerning Moses's foreign wife. Num. 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. The result causes friction in family relations and the very health of the gossiper, Miriam. 
      There is also another important matter that we often do not think about. God will also hear what is being said and He will step in and vindicate His anointed. Num. 12:10  And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. 
      As the proverb says, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly." In Miriam's case, the wound entered her skin and she had to live with that hideous condition for seven days. How was her word life after that experience? Did Miriam think twice before running off at the mouth with "Did you hear what happened to so and so?" 
      I say we need to think twice before entering into and giving space in our hearts to the spirit of malice. Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. May blessings and good words come from our voices. Amen.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Bring Me Solutions

Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

     Bring Me Solutions. I walk by this sign every day when I am at the office. It is on the door next to my office door and I have to say the sign speaks loud to my heart. I am often called upon to be a counsellor in the Christian community. I find it interesting that so many of the problems that people have are over exaggerated because of a constant focusing on the problem rather than focusing on the solution who is Jesus Christ the Lord. 
      We should magnify the solution rather than magnify the problem. Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I am not dismissing the particular situation and I am not saying the problem does not exist in the afflicted person's life. I am saying that too much energy and focus is given to the attack, oppression or failure. My wife has a saying, "The person is drowning in a glass of water." 
      On many occasions, I have asked the person I am helping through a particular situation what they think the solution is for their dilemma and most of the time they know exactly what to do. "So, why have you not done it?" I ask. The paralysing affect of focusing on the problem and building it to a mountain size situation seems overwhelming and daunting to overcome. This is normally the answer given to why they have not acted on what they know to be right. James 4:17  Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin. 
      Will it take some strength of character to want to fight through the situation? Absolutely, and more than we sometimes think we are capable of. However, Christ has overcome the world and this same Jesus lives in us who have accepted Him as Lord. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
      Accepting our position in Christ, by faith, has given us the ability and mandate to magnify the solution rather than our problems. The shift in our hearts and minds has to be a choice and will of acting out who we are in Christ. The best part of this choice is that God gives us the His grace and power to do it.
      We read in Second Kings the story of the Shunammite woman who with her husband built a room for Elisha so that when Elisha and his servant Gehazi travelled through their area had a place to rest. When Elisha asked Gehazi what they could do the repay the woman's kindness, Gehazi said she did not have a child. 2 Kings 4:14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 
      Elisha prophesied over the woman that she would have a son the following year and she does according to the word given her. When the boy was older and helping his father in the field, he complains of a headache and is rushed home to his mother where he dies. 2 Kings 4:20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 
      Now this woman had a real problem; her son of promise had died and yet when asked how things were with her and her son she answered, "It is well." 2 Kings 4:26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. Her focus was on the solution and not the problem. What faith and character this took, but her attitude toward Elisha was - bring me solutions! 2 Kings 4:30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD lives, and as thy soul lives, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. 
      The result is that Elisha with the Spirit of God brings the boy back to life and the woman has her child of promise restored. 2 Kings 4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
      What mountains are we looking at that need speaking to in order to bring a solution to our life today? Speak the solution out in prayer. Thank God for the power of His word that has been put in our hearts so that we can say with confidence what God says about our situation. Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. The word of God is the solution in life. Use it and enjoy the blessings.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Constellations And Feathers

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

      I was up very early on Tuesday morning last week and there he was in full astronomical splendor. Orion, the constellation, was riding the southeast horizon projecting starlight through a clear pre-dawn sky. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handy work. 
      I said, "Good morning Orion, I haven't seen you since last winter." I chuckled as I noticed I was talking out loud to a constellation. Why not, I thought? God made this incredible star structure with the ability to teach us the glory of God's wisdom for today and forever. 
      So talking out loud to the star cluster was simply giving thanks to God for His wonderful genius. Why not speak out and compliment God's creativity? Isn't that what God was doing when He was talking to Job about God's own personal and unlimited ability? Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 
      We only have to look around us every day and be in awe of God's wonderful love and blessing for us all. The intricacy of spider webs, color patterns on bird feathers, the ripples in water and cloud formations that draw moving shapes with our imaginations. God is all over the world, talking to us all the time through His amazing creation and it is all saying, "I love you."
      We tend to fret and think that God might have forgotten us when we are going through different trials and tribulations, but the fact that we call upon God in the middle of the hard times demonstrates to our hearts that He is God and He is there for us. Jer. 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which you know not. 
      On an intimate and spiritual level, we all know that we will not be left behind because God has said in many places that He would not forsake us. Deut. 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
      If God took the time to design and splash a rainbow of colors into feather patterns on every distinctive looking bird there is, then surely the Lord has His design on and within our lives. We were created on purpose, for a purpose, and with a purpose. It is not a roll of the dice existence. God knows what we are made of and will guide us accordingly. Psalm 103:14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust

       We do have to be willing to be an instrument of God's faith, love, forgiveness, mercy and compassion so that we can express by existence the glory of God in this earth, and even these blessings are performed through His grace and therefore produces fruit in our lives for His mighty glory. What a King we serve who blesses us eternally.
      The next time you stop and smell the roses or look over a vast valley of God's living creation, remember that this was all done for you and me. Every breath we take is a gift of His love. Gen. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 

      The transfer of eternal life that was given in that first breath of man was the love of the Godhead for our unique person. God could see us all afar off within Adam's breathing. We were there in that breath from the beginning, and His plans for our lives was and is a good and glorious plan. Jer. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
      Oh! God, help us all to see your heart toward us and help us all find ourselves in your grace so that we may all fulfill our divine destiny that you see clearly. Give us all the courage to run the race that is set before us and become the blessing you envisioned us to be. Thank you for all that you continually do for us in Jesus name. Amen! 1 Thes. 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.