Business Mindset

Business Mindset

Business MindsetPhilippians 2:5 (KJV)5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:1 Corinthians 2:16 – For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Romans 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.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
These verses speak of the mind of Christ. Now let’s not get supper spiritual here and decide the mind of Christ is something that can only be accessed in the mystical or supernatural realm. Let’s not assign this to the theoretical realm of Christianity. Were we understand things spiritually but do not apply them physically. Let’s not say that the mind of Christ is not obtainable in the natural realm. Christ came as the embodiment of the trinity. He exercised the attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is an example of what we are to be.
Jesus said, “John 14:12-13 (NIV)12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.We are charged with doing as he did. But how do we do that? How do we” do even greater things than these” We need to access the mind of Christ.In John 1:1 is says 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made.
I would like to concentrate on the last clause of these sentences “without him nothing was made that has been made.” This is an amazing statement, in a Ruben Figueroa paraphrase it is saying everything we see, everything in heaven and on earth was created by Him. It also means everything we see on earth and in heaven belongs to Him. It was created by him and it belongs to him. He has more resources than everyone needs to accomplish what they are called to accomplish. We as individuals need to walk and live in this reality. There are very few people who are aware of this reality. Christian or not very few people even have a glimpse into this area of thought.
Elon Musk lives in this reality and I don’t think he is a Christian. He believes that every endeavor in which he is involved, the resources will come. He is involved in 8 major industries and having an impact on all of them. 1. Energy2. Automotive3. Telecommunications: 4. Transportation: 5. Infrastructure/Tunneling: 6. Aerospace/Airlines: 7. AI: 8. Healthcare:
Here is a man who to my knowledge does not know Christ but is practicing what every Christian should be practicing. He believes he can find the resources he needs to accomplish his desires.
We have the mind of Christ or at least we should be aware of the mind of Christ. We should be accessing the realm of provision through the Holy Spirit to accomplish what we have been called to do. If Elon Musk can believe in the provision for resolution of obstacles in the natural what should we be accomplishing with the mind of Christ? It all goes back to Romans 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 must renew our minds by accessing the Holy Spirit of God. I am not talking about having faith because you can’t begin to access the Holy Spirit without faith. I am not talking about believing because if you don’t believe you can’t get to the Holy Spirit. I am not talking about taking action that alone will not access the Holy Spirit. The shift in our minds must be something completely different. Yes, faith is a prerequisite as is believing. But we need to move to a new place, it is akin to expecting but it is all about receiving. Expecting is required but receiving is what makes the difference. We must become expectant receivers of God’s provision.
Everyone who has accomplished anything walks in this reality and they don’t even realize it. I believe that God has instituted various laws in our world which everyone is subject to. Laws that we can access if we do what is required and they are applicable to anyone who obeys them. That is why people like Elon Musk are successful. Because they operate within the laws of God knowingly or unknowingly. As long as anyone taps into God’s laws, they will reap the benefits of God’s provision.
People like Musk tap into something they don’t recognize or realize, but what about us? We have the Holy Spirit to guide us provide for us to protect us. We insist on providing for our selves we insist on not connecting with the Holy Spirit for all things.
How different would our lives be our business be if we were in total connection and submission to the Holy Spirit. What if we renewed our minds to be in continues expectation and reception with the Holy Spirit of God? If we consciously connect with the Holy Spirit in all things.
To walk in expectation not out of greed but out of conscious willingness to communion with God. What if we were to walk with an attitude of reception. I expect God to provide me with the solution to my problem and I will receive it because He has already provided it for me. What if we were to walk around every day expecting and receiving the blessings of God because He wants to bless us. Because the world is lost or won on our ability to receive.
We operate in faith, but we have victory through an attitude that says my God has provided for me. If we lived convinced God has provided for us, we but need to accept it. It is not expecting God will do, it is believing that he has done. It is already done. Whatever you need has been done by God for you. Will you receive what has been completed for you? We don’t need to ask for miracles we need to ask for eyes to be opened so, we can see the miracle which has already happened. All we need to do is have eyes that can see, ears that can hear and hearts that can receive the blessings of God.
To be saved we must receive, accept what Christ has done for us on the cross. That pattern is our salvation, not just to eternal life but with every single thing in our lives we must receive everything he has done for us.
Constantly our world is finding solutions for the problems before us. Think of NASA they did what had never been done by creating problems that did not exist and then finding solutions for problems that didn’t exist to put men on the moon. In every field of endeavor, the same thing is happening it is a pattern that is as old as humanity. We as Christians have the unique ability to know where the answers come from and with this knowledge, we can change the path of our lives for the glory of God.
In Isaiah 43: 18-19 it says,
18 “Do not call to mind the former things,Or ponder things of the past.19 Behold, I will do something new,Now it will spring forth;Will you not be aware of it?I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,Rivers in the desert.

Business Mindset

Philippians 2:5 (KJV)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 2:16 – For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Romans 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.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.  

Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 2:13-16 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

These verses speak of the mind of Christ. Now let’s not get supper spiritual here and decide the mind of Christ is something that can only be accessed in the mystical or supernatural realm. Let’s not assign this to the theoretical realm of Christianity. Were we understand things spiritually but do not apply them physically. Let’s not say that the mind of Christ is not obtainable in the natural realm.  

Jesus said, “John 14:12-13 (NIV)12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Christ came as the embodiment of the trinity. He exercised the attributes of the Father Son and Holy spirit. He is an example of what we are to be.

We are charge with doing as he did. But how do we do that? How do we” do even greater things than these” We need to access the mind of Christ.

In John 1:1 is says 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

I would like to concentrate on the last clause of these sentences “without him nothing was made that has been made.” This is an amazing statement, in a Ruben Figueroa paraphrase it is saying everything we see, everything in heaven and on earth was created by Him. It also means everything we see on earth and in heaven belongs to Him. It was created by him and it belongs to him. He has more resources than everyone needs to accomplish what they are called to accomplish. We as individuals need to walk and live in this reality. There are very few people who are aware of this reality. Christian or not very few people even have a glimpse into this area of thought.

Elon Musk lives in this reality and I don’t think he is a Christian. He believes that every endeavor in which he is involved in, the resources will come. He is involved in 8 major industries and having an impact in all of them. 

  1. Energy
  2. Automotive
  3. Telecommunications: 
  4. Transportation: 
  5. Infrastructure/Tunneling: 
  6. Aerospace/Airlines: 
  7. AI: 
  8. Healthcare: 

Here is a man who to my knowledge does not know Christ but is practicing what every Christian should practicing. He believes he can find the resources he needs to accomplish his desires.

We have the mind of Christ or at least we should be aware of the mind of Christ. We should be accessing the realm of provision through the Holy spirit to accomplish what we have been called to do. If Elon Musk can believe in the provision for resolution of obstacles in the natural what should we be accomplishing with the mind of Christ.

It all goes back to Romans 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 must renew our minds by accessing the Holy Spirit of God. I am not taking about having faith because you can’t begin to access the Holy Spirit without faith.  Am not talking about believing because if you don’t believe you can’t get to the Holy Spirit. I am not talking about taking action that alone will not access the Holy Spirit. The shift in our minds must be something completely different. Yes, faith is a prerequisite as is believing. But we need to move to a new place, it is akin to expecting but it is all about receiving. Expecting is required but receiving is what makes the difference. We must become expectant receivers of Gods provision.

Everyone who has accomplished anything walk in this reality and they don’t even realize it. I believe that God has instituted various laws in our world which everyone is subject to. Laws which we can access if we do what is required and they are applicable to anyone who obeys them.  That is why people like Elon Musk are successful. Because they operate within the laws of God knowingly or unknowingly. As long as anyone taps into Gods laws, they will reap the benefits of Gods provision.

People like Musk tap into something they don’t recognize or realize, but what about us? We have the Holy Spirit to guide us provide for us protect us.  We insist on providing for our selves we insist on not connecting with the Holy Spirit for all things.

How different would our lives be our business be if we were in total connection and submission to the Holy Spirit. What if we renewed our minds to be in continues expectation and reception with the Holy Spirit of God? If we consciously connect with the Holy Spirit in all things.

To walk in expectation not out of greed but out of conscious willingness to communion with God. What if we were to walk with an attitude of reception. I expect God to provide me with the solution to my problem and I will receive it because He has already provided it for me. What if we were to walk around everyday expecting and receiving the blessings of God because He wants to bless us. Because the world is lost or won on our ability to receive.

We operate in faith, but we have victory through an attitude that says my God has provided for me.  If we lived convinced God has provided for us, we but need to accept it. It is not expecting God will do, it is believing that he has done. It is already done. What ever you need has been done by God for you. Will you receive what has been completed for you?

We don’t need to ask for miracles we need to ask for eyes to be opened so, we can see the miracle which has already happened. All we need to do is have eyes that can see, ears that can hear and hearts that can receive the blessings of God.

To be saved we must receive, accept what Christ done for us on the cross. That pattern is our salvation, not just to eternal life but with every single thing in our lives we must receive everything he has done for us.

Constantly our world is finding solutions for the problems before us. Think of NASA they did what had never been done by creating problems that did not exist and then finding solutions for problems that didn’t exist to put men on the moon. In every field of endeavor the same thing is happening it is a pattern that is as old as humanity.

We as Christians have the unique ability to know were the answers come from and with this knowledge, we can change the path of our lives for the glory of God.

In Isaiah 43: 18-19 it says,

18 “Do not call to mind the former things,

Or ponder things of the past.

19 Behold, I will do something new,

Now it will spring forth;

Will you not be aware of it?

I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,

Rivers in the desert.

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Need

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Need

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45 (NIV)

Why did Jesus come? There are a plethora of answers to this question because he fulfilled so many aspects of our lives. He came undoubtedly to save us, to redeem us to restore us to reclaim us to justify to sanctify us to forgive us. He accomplished so much for us we may have overlooked the reason he came. We look at his accomplishments and think these are the reasons He came.

Jesus came for one reason. He came because we needed Him. He came to fulfill a need we could not fulfill ourselves.  Jesus came to satisfy a debt we could not pay. Everything else is the outpouring of His grace and love.

Jesus came to satisfy a singular need our indebtedness. He accomplished everything else in the fulfillment of our need. None of the other blessings are available if our need for payment is not met. His purpose on the earth was precipitated by our need. We cannot be forgiven, saved, sanctified, justified, claimed, adopted and restore if the debt is not paid. Everything we hope for is dependent on the books being balanced. 

If Jesus is our, example and we are to be His followers, we must do as he did. Now we know we cannot make payment for our own sin much less for anyone else’s, but we can emulate Christ in His basic purpose for coming. We can meet the need of our fellow man.

We have been taught to follow our dreams, to dream big, to reach for the stars. We have been encouraged to follow our passion. To follow your heart. To bless our fellow man. Which is all good but has anyone ever told you to emulate Christ in following His example to fulfill a need.  We have been putting the cart before the horse.

What need are you fulfilling that will bring people to Christ? You want passion, you want purpose, you want a fire that never goes out, find a need. Your purpose, passion, dreams, energy life will be infused with power if you can find the need God has placed you on this earth to fulfill.

All God’s blessing come after the satisfaction of your debt. You may look around the world and say look at all those who have prospered. I say to you it is all counterfeit. Because in the end they will be called to account and their bank account will be empty.

You want the blessing of God find the need you were born, created to fulfill. God does have a purpose for your life, but the purpose is dependent on the need., If you don’t know what the need is there is no purpose.    

I pray you would ask God to show you the need you were created for it will change your life.

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I Am With You Always

I Am Always With You

Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Matthew 28:20 ESV 

Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

These are two of the many verses that state the promise of God that says I will be with you always. 

That means God will be with you 24 hours a day. Not only when you are lonely, or alone, or in trouble, or in joy, it means always. It means God has made you a promise. What makes God’s promise’s awesome is not that they are wonderful it is that they are unstoppable. In other words, He does not need or want your permission to keep them.  He said he will always be with you He means he will always be with you.

If God has promised to be with you it means no matter where you find yourself, He is with you. It means when you are on the job, He is with you. It means when you’re on your job you are holy. You are holy because He is holy. Which means what you have been called to do is holy. The occupation regardless of what it is, is holy.  Of course, I am speaking to those who have responded to the call of God and have submitted to his sovereignty.

If you have chosen to live apart from God, God is still with you, but you are not Holy because you are living outside the will of God. No matter what you do it will not be holy because you have rejected the one that makes all things holy.

I write this in hopes of changing the paradigm of my thought process as well as yours. How does the knowledge of knowing that God is with you always change the outlook of your life? Everything you do in your life should have the influence of holiness because the God of creation is with you.

What are the possibilities when you get in line with the God of creation? What good and perfect gifts can you receive when you are cognizant of the giver. I, you can access the blessing of God by simply recognizing Him – God daily because He will always be with you. The promise He made is not dependent on you. It is totally and completely dependent on Him. If you don’t know, God cannot lie. He is with me now as I write this, and he is with you now when you read this.

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The Value Of A Talent

How much is a talent worth?

Some authorities say that the talent typically weighed about 33 kg (75 lb) varying from 20 to 40 kg. In June, 2018, the international price of gold was about US$41,155.69 per kilogram. One gram costs about $38. At this price, a talent (33 kg) would be worth about $1,400,116.57. https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talent_(weight)

According to Wikipedia

Matthew 25:15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. The value of the talent is often ignored when this parable is explained or expounded upon. I would like to focus on the value. In today’s world, the one who received the five talents would have won the lottery. Five talents would be worth upwards of seven million dollars. The one who received two talents would have received nearly 3 million dollars and the one that received one talent received nearly one and a half million dollars.

As I think about this parable and consider the value of what each one received it significantly changes the implications of the parable. I now understand that we are talking an enormous amount of money as well as an enormous amount of responsibility. This is not simply about stewardship it goes well beyond stewardship. Yes, it is obvious that wise stewardship is required to manage such great wealth but there is so much more.

He gave each of his servants a huge amount of money which means he had unquestionable faith in those he entrusted with his wealth. Can you imagine the level of belief he had in his servants to give them that amount of money? He gave them a great deal of money even the one who received one talent. The value of the talents reflects the value of the servant. He would not have given that amount of money just to anyone. He would have to believe in, trust and value the recipients of the money.

This parable is not about the money it is about the servant. Who is worthy to receive the goodness of God? The talents are used to indicate the value of the servant not the value of the money. These three servants were trusted above all others, Above the bankers, the family, the religious leaders, above everyone. Notice the servants are not identified, not by position, occupation, experience or breeding. The servants could have been identified by what they had been trained to do. They are intentionally not identified to exemplify the importance of servanthood. Here is the question, are you a servant, God can believe in and entrust with the value of His kingdom?

Next week according to their abilities.

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The Talents

I am witting a series on the parable of the talents. I will add a piece every week as it is a work in progress and people tend not to read articles of any length.

““For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.”

Matthew 25:14 NKJV

https://www.bible.com/114/mat.25.14.nkjv

Who was the traveler? In sermons, I have heard or in commentaries I’ve read no one explains who the traveler is. It is essential because at the end of the day the traveler is the one making the final decisions. I think the traveler is Jesus. Because in this parable the traveler leaves his country of origin. Jesus the Son of God was born on Earth He died was resurrected and left the earth and is now seated at the right hand of God.

So, Jesus being the traveler called his own servants. Notice it does not say he called his own people or called the Jews it says he called His own servants. This is extremely important because it sets the stage for the rest of the story. He is specific about who he called. He is not calling just anyone, he is only calling His servants only those he can trust. He could have said a few trusted Jews, He could have said His inner circle or His most trusted advisors, but He didn’t, He said His own servants.

To these few servants he entrusts His goods. As I read it, I get the impression that Jesus is giving His carefully chosen servants the responsibility taking care of His estate. He hands over his goods to them. 

Let’s make this current. Your leaving on a journey for an extended period of time and you cannot take your considerable wealth with you. Who would you trust with it? You can leave it with a bank but as you know the return will be minimal at best and in the long term you may actually lose value if you left it to bankers. ( The religious elites ) Or you can leave it to a few trusted servants.

This is the problem in this parable who is Jesus going to leave, entrust the gospel to. He can’t leave such an important message to the religious authorities because they have proven to be corrupt and self-serving. So He decides to leave the gospel in the hands who those who have believed.

At this point, some of you are saying this parable is about money, isn’t it? Yes, it is definitely about money. However, my experience with God is that He does not work linearly. By that I mean he is not limited to sequential events as we are. He can work in all directions simultaneously. As in a sermon. If you ask what everyone hearing the same sermon understood from that sermon you would hear different interpretations. Some of which were not at all intended by the speaker. But all interpretations are correct. Because God is working on all people simultaneously with their specific issues and each one is receiving what they need at that time.

Next time the value of the talent.

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Born Again


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Born Again 

“And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Genesis 2:7 ASV

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3 ASV

Have you ever envisioned Adam before God breathed into him? I see him as a full-scale sand castle. In Genesis, it tells us God created Adam out of the dust of the earth. Since there were no tables, no birthing rooms, no modern inventions, no archaic devises nothing other than the plants and trees I see Adam laying on the ground from which he was crafted. Notice I used the word crafted because at this point Adam is not alive. He may have been a perfect sculpture of a man. A perfectly designed representation of a man with all of the detail of a human but he was not existing. He had perfectly and meticulously design components of man. He had hair, teeth, face, eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, cheeks, chin, neck, torso, genitals, legs, feet he was a complete facsimile of a man but he was lifeless.  He was inert with the color of sand. Why sand?   It’s my sandcastle you can see him in any color you want.

Then it says God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This moment of humanity, this moment is so pivotal to our existence, yet I have never heard anyone address it. The moment of creation is only time in recorded history that God is is directly physical with humanity. If you look at the story of creation, it is the only time this statement is made “lets Us make.” The “Us” that is referred to is God. It is referring to all that God is. It is referring to the triune God. This “Us” is made up of all that God is. Then it says “let us make man in our image in our likeness.” Genesis 1: 26 Now what does that mean? It means to make man in the likeness and image of God; it means we are created with similar attributes of God. We have a soul; we have a mind, we have a spirit, we have a body. 

Some may say wait just a minute God is a spirit. He does not have a body.  I don’t agree in Genesis it relates how God would walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day walking requires a body. You might argue that Adam and Eve walked but that God was there in spirit. How do you hear an approaching spirit? If that is so why did Adam hide from God when he heard God coming to him after he sinned. Did the spirit of God shake the branches in the garden to announce his coming? If he did, it requires a physical presence to shake the trees. What did Moses see when he looked at the back of God? A spiritual manifestation of something that did not exist? After the resurrection, Jesus told Thomas to touch His wounds. How could Thomas have touched Him if he had no body? I believe it is more accurate to say God is not bound by His physical body. He exists in different forms simultaneously. Another question if God we’re solely spirit why at the resurrection would we be given an incorruptible body? Why not just keep us in spiritual form and dispense with the body altogether? 

Why is the body important? Because it says God breathed into the nostrils of man and man became a living soul. I envision it this way. God has crafted a perfect man, but he is not alive. God got on His knees bent over and leaned over the lifeless body of Adam and physically breathes life into Adam. And man is born. Why do I believe that? Because every other creature God brought into existence He spoke into existence. Nowhere else does it say God breathed into anything. 

This breath of life was not simply blowing oxygen into His lifeless body. It was not a shot of electricity to jump start, Adam. It is the life of God Himself infused into Adams lifeless body. This breath is the cause of Adam living. It is the reason we still live today. It is the power that turned that sandcastle of man into a living breathing functioning person. It was that breath that turned some of the dust into blood. It is that breath that made the eyes see. It is that breath that turned the dust formed heart into the beating source of power. It is through that breath that the rest of humanity came into existence. It is because of that breath that we are immortal. It is the breath of the living God that sustains you today.  

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3 ASV  “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” This question is the right question at the right time asked of the right person. Nicodemus is asking how can I do the impossible? 

If you look at what Jesus said he said: “you must be born again.” This phrase implies that there was a previous birth. He is saying you were born once before; now you must do it again. Born again means born again if he is not referring to a physical rebirth what is he talking about?

“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.” Genesis 2:7 KJV Jesus was not speaking of being born again physically He was referring to a spiritual rebirth. Back in Genesis, we were born spiritually when God breathed in us His unquenchable breath of life. Jesus is talking about being born again spiritually. For me, this is a revelation because I was not taught when the first birth occurred. Now I understand I was born spiritually through the everlasting breath of life in the garden of Eden. One of the attributes of God is that He is a spirit. Part of His spirit was originally placed in me at the creation. That breath of life is the spirit of life that sustains us and empowers us to live.  Being born again is to receive another portion of the spirit of God. It is becoming a new creation because of another facet of the spirit of God. This new portion, in reality, replaces the old you and transforms you into a new creation. So much so that you are now called a child of God. You are born again.

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He is Risen, Really?

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He is Risen, Really?

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6 (KJV)

These words “He is risen” have changed the course of history yet we miss or maybe don’t appreciate the present. We may get all caught up in the implications of these words. The miracle of resurrection is so amazing we are taken aback by the occurrence. So, do we miss the most essential reality of the event?  The most important fact of the event is that Christ is alive.

He was alive after the resurrection, and He has not died. He is alive today. We behave as if we serve a God of the past. We must come into this time, into today, and embrace the fact that God is alive. The Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are alive and active today. God has never suggested we deal with a God of the past.

The reason the church has lost ground in portions of the world is that we have preached a God of the past. The God of Abraham, Moses, and Jacob, a God of Peter Paul and James, a God of the Apostles. It is good to know where our faith comes from. What these people have to teach us is invaluable, but the truth is we need a God that is alive. We have failed to preach the God of Ruben, Jose, and Sam. We don’t preach the God of Sally, Jessica, Kim.  It is time for us to stop pointing our fingers at the TD Jakes, Brian Houston, Joel Osteen, Joyce Myers, as the go-to people of the gospel. They have been gifted by God to do what they do. But the gospel, the good news was not solely entrusted to them. As a matter of fact, they are not and never will be the front line of the advancement of the gospel. That responsibility is left to us, the Sally’s, Ruben’s Jose’s and Kim’s. The advancement of the gospels does not depend on the Ph.D.’s the seminary professors the degreed academics of our culture. It depends on our interaction with the living God.

Jesus is alive and to put it bluntly what has He done for you lately? You may correctly say Jesus is not your sugar daddy. He does not exist to give you, you’re the petty desires.  But he did say,  10 The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10: 10 Christ came to give us abundant life. To accomplish that He must be alive and active in your life.

What has he done for me lately, He has given me this revelation I am sharing with you.  Our God is alive and we His people must acknowledge and turn to Him if we want to see the Majesty of His will. There is nothing more important to this world at this time than a vibrantly living God. He can only be displayed when we His people testify to what He is doing today, now in our lives. The world needs a God that is alive active and loving, and He can only be seen in the lives of living breathing people. History is history, and as great as the history of the resurrection is, God wants us to share with the world a living God.  But that only comes through His people testifying to His work being done in our lives.

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God is Not Going to Roll Over and Play Dead

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God is Not Going to Roll Over and Play Dead

God is not going to roll over and play dead. Our society has all but declared war on Christendom. We have been slandered, threaten, shamed and forced into the four walls of our homes and churches. We have allowed the doctrine of separation of church and state to become the tool of suppression and oppression of our beliefs and our expression of them.  We have conceded our voice and position to those who thought it better for us to take a step back from society in the name of peace and tranquility. Because we were taught, it is better to live in peace with everyone. We were taught, convinced the quieting of our beliefs would make us more acceptable to society. We were convinced becoming non-confrontational would be in the best interest and image of Christianity. Is it because we may taken the verse that says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Romans 12:18 to mean we are to suppress our beliefs? 

I want you to look at what Jesus had to say about peace. 

49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53 Yes, we are to live in peace with everyone, if it is at all possible, but not at the cost of Christ. We are not to sacrifice Christ once again for the desire for peace. We are not to compromise the gospel for peace. We’re not to intellectually, rationalize, away the truth of the word of God for the approval and acceptance of humanity.  

Jesus himself said, 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. We have to come to grips with this. If you are a follower of Jesus you do not belong to this world you cannot live by the precepts of this society. You cannot abide by a doctrine that says you must be silent. You cannot abide by the doctrine of non-offensiveness for the purposes of peace. Please understand I am not advocating open resistance against a society of sin. I am saying if you are obedient to the word of God you will be offensive to those who oppose God.  If you are a follower of Jesus, you already are offensive. Just because you are numbered with the beloved, you are hated.  

God is not going to abide by the idea or doctrine of separation of church and state. He does not recognize or has He given the state the authority to silence Him. He does not acknowledge the sovereignty of any government to silence His word. We are the ones that must recognize His sovereignty about His word. We must go forward to the acknowledgment of His immutable word. Whether we like it or not God’s word will never be put under a bushel.  

God is not considering compromise, he is not acknowledging the intellectual rationalization of the secularist or theologian. All who corrupt the word of God regardless of where they come from are an offense to God.  We should not be concerned with offending humanity, we should be concerned with offending God.  

Through all the mistakes the purposeful distortion of the word of God and the open intentional assault on His people His plan is unaffected. His son will return there will be a judgment day, punishment will be meted out and justice will be upheld. Every anti-God sentiment, action, distortion and defiance will not change the plan. It will not inhibit the final destination of man. God is not going to say oh I made a mistake humanity is right I am wrong you can have it your way. He is not going to roll over and acquiesce to humanities morality or supremacy. 

35 Heaven and earth will pass awaybut my words will not pass away. Rev 21:35

God will not roll over, after the world and the heavens cease to exist God’s words will still prevail. 

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No Middle Ground

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No Middle Ground

14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15

 

So many of us live our lives in the middle ground. We want to be safe but not too safe. We want to be inconspicuous while being noticed. We want to be warm but a little cold. We want to be comfortable but always seeking comfort. We want to sin and be righteousness. We want to honor God and enjoy the pleasure of immorality. We want to define what is right and force God to accept it.

I as realist have always understood that we as a people live in this untenable and illogical lifestyle. Yet, I always hoped that we would come to our senses and return to God. I always believed that deep down inside everyone would come to the obvious truth of God. I recently realized I was wrong. Not everyone will choose God. Some having known God will knowingly reject Him. It is a concept the is unimaginable to me. I now understand people reject God not out of ignorance but out of choice, they believe they have a better way.

Joshua is asking a question that is as on time as any question being asked today. Whom will you serve? Will you serve the god of social justice, the god of female empowerment, the god of fiscal victory, the god of political right? Will you serve the god of nationalism, the god of science, the god of personal pleasure? The god of power? There are literally gods of all kinds asking us to serve them.

We are being inundated with so much information so fast we don’t have time to digest it.  Our lives are moving faster than ever, and we are being left behind. Only a few of us have the capacity to harness a small part of the information that is coming to us, and we turn those few into gods. Information is coming so fast we don’t have time to question it. We don’t have time to critically analyze it so we succumb to those that are gifted with charm or a strong will who can scream the loudest. The information the problems are coming so fast we can only run on a continual sprint to keep up. As a result, we have lost sight of God. He is but a blur just out of focus in our disintegrating society.

Though life is moving at a pace never before experienced the question Joshua is asking is still pertinent. Back in Joshua’s day and today the same situation exists there is no middle ground. God does not live in the middle ground. The middle ground we have created and have become comfortable with does not exist. God is asking you this day, today, choose this day who you will serve. This really is not a question it is a command of choice. God has only given you two choices. Choose Him an live or reject him and die. Please do not think you can negotiate with Him about your righteousness or your worthiness to be accepted that argument has been had and decided. It will not be revisited.

The middle ground does not exist it is not safe. It will lead to your destruction.  Choose this day who will serve; the choice is not optional.

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Destination

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Destination

14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:14 


One of the most famous inspiring verse in the entire Bible. Read in context this verse is about living through life’s adversity and challenges to achieve the ultimate goal of living eternally with Jesus. I am not going to address this aspect of this verses. I want to talk about “the heavenly prize.”   


I want to look at the goal, the heavenly prize. What is the heavenly prize? More than anything else it is a destination. It is not a mystical ideology or expression. It is not a metaphor for what our end result should look like. It is the end result. It is a real place it is a physical reality. It is something we will be able to touch, feel, smell and taste. Ok, so what? It is a place it has substance it has specific boundaries. It is something we can actually feel and interact with.  Again, so what? 


This verse is not just about the struggle it is more about the destination. Without the destination, we struggle in vain.  Without a clear result, why would you exert the effort? Our world right now is headed down an abyss of hopeless nothingness. Every move of society leads to where? No one is asking the question if we proceed on our present course what will it lead to.  Every path society is pursuing leads to an end of nothingness, and we are hopeless to stop it. The only path that offers hope is the path that leads to “the heavenly prize.”


I have to ask you do you have a destination for your life?  If not, why not? We are famous for hearing and saying you can do anything you want. But no you can’t. You can only do those things you define and have a destination. You have infinite choices, but you can only accomplish those things you can actually define. You are not going to become the leader in your industry or profession without somewhere along the line turning that dream into a destination.  

So you have a dream, so what? You’ve heard all of your life you must have a dream and you have one so what? Let me exclaim this as clearly as possible no one has ever accomplished a dream. You reach a destination. You do not accomplish a dream. I had a dream of becoming a professional baseball player, I never became one. Not because I didn’t have the tools, I did but because it was never a destination. It was a pie in the sky dream that had no, landing strip. It never moved from the dream stage to the destination stage. What would have happened had I made it a concrete destination?  


What makes the destination so important is that it defines the course. Your dreams do not define the course that is why you can never accomplish a dream.  The destination defines the course that turns the dream into reality.

“The heavenly prize” do you want it? You must make it a destination.  The destination will determine the course. Then the dream becomes a reality.

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