What We Do Not See

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What We Do Not See

 

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

This verse is an apt description of how we see the kingdom of God. We read and study the Bible, we listen to the biblically educated and still there is no complete clear vision of the kingdom of God. We understand some of the basics precepts of the God kingdom.  But we were never given a clear description of what the kingdom of God is.

 

We are given directions for our lives, but we were never given every detail of our existence. We are created, but every aspect was not disclosed. The mechanism of life is not explained. We can make conclusions based on educated deductions, but there is no concrete explanation of how life came to be. Yes, we know God breathed life into us, but how that worked and works is a mystery.

 

It is amazing how we accept suppositions with the knowledge that we lack pertinent information. We make assumptions about God without knowing Him fully. Other than Jesus there is no one that knows God. We don’t know the rules of his existence if there are any. We cannot understand His limitless power because we can only thrive where power is defined. We can’t understand an ever existing being because we are finite. We can’t comprehend an ever-present God because we can only be in one place at a time. We can’t understand unconditional love because we express love conditionally. Our present reality confines and inhibits us from seeing the fullness of God.

 

In life, we are bound by our natural understanding. We make educated guesses about every area of life, but even the best theories lack the definitive conclusion of complete knowledge. In any discipline, the same stubborn reality exists. We don’t have all the answers. We may, in fact, have minuscule knowledge of our specialty. If we look historically at any discipline, this reality exists. In one hundred years our descendants will consider our vast wells of knowledge as ancient and misguided. We need to remember whatever our ancestors did was cutting edge in their time.

 

The one constant in life is our desire to be loved and love. God created us for this purpose to love and be loved. Throughout history, we have wanted more than anything else to be loved. Throughout all cultures, the desire to be loved has always been present. If you are loved, you are valued if you are not you are worthless. Love is at the root of all that is good the absence of love is at the root of all evil.

That is the central theme of the word of God. That is what makes it essential and viable at all times. It is the consistent call of the scriptures. God’s love is why we are here.  Love is the message of the word of God. It is the attraction the magnet that draws humanity to God. It is not complete knowledge. It is God’s love that drives humanity to Him. We all respond to God for our own selfish reasons, but we stay because of His love. Though we can only see the kingdom of God as through a dim mirror what comes across clearly is the love of God.  If you listen with your heart, you will hear, feel and know, God loves you.

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The Anthem of The Lost

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The Anthem of The Lost

And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”‘ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ Luke 12:19-20

This so thoroughly describes the mindset of modern America. We are directed, persuaded, and encouraged to obtain an education. With this education, we can then acquire sufficient wealth to allow us to eat drink and be merry in our later years.  


God says to all of this you Fool!!!!!!

He is not raging against proper planning for future events. He is saying without Him all of your future planning will lead to naught. He is saying there is so much more to our existence. Do you want to waste your life with the worthless goal of attainment, constant entertainment, and temporal pleasure?  


We have an eternity to live. God is saying wake up, this is not all there is. There is an entire universe of adventure, knowledge, and pleasure on the other side of the door of this life.  You can attain wealth and all of your dreams, and still, you will die. All of your accomplishments will end up belonging to someone else. After eating drinking and being merry, you will still have to stand before God and give account. 


Living life as if this is it, is foolishness. If you have been sucked into “this is it” worldview I pity you. I can’t fathom a life where we are all there is. Where humanity is the pinnacle of existence. We are slowly self-destructing and maybe not so slowly. If I look at the world and see the only hope being the combined intelligence of man it makes me cringe. Humanity throughout its existence has repeated the same sin. We have never learned and worese than that we have not changed. We are still trying to become God. Some of us actually believe we are the solutions to the problems we don’t understand. 

Our lack of ability to see every repercussion of every solution has within it the seeds of the next problem. Because we can’t know every effect of our actions, our action as well-intentioned as they may be will always lead to another problem.  Even those who appear to have it all, have problems. They have challenges and failures and regrets and pain. Appearances are but a facade covering the pain within.  

Without God, the hopelessness of human supremacy will not bring peace, but ultimately it will bring despair. We were not designed to live independently from God. We were never intended to be the pinnacle of existence. We were not given the ability to resolve all of the world’s problems.  We were created to be dependent and in a relationship with God. God the pinnacle of existence can resolve all of humanity’s problems. We were designed and intended to be His.

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This Time

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This Time

Esther 4:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

The story of Esther is about being placed at a particular time in the history of Israel to deliver them from their enemies. It is a fascinating story. But what is the application to our lives?

In my lifetime in my country (USA) there have been significant changes. Abortion which was once a crime is now claimed as a right. Drugs which were once illegal have become legal. Virtually any sexual relationship being accepted as moral. Marriage has been stripped of its intended definition.   The list goes on and on.

We are living in this age.

Isaiah 5:20  (KJV)

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

It appears we are living out this verse. Our society is being turned upside down. One of the causes of this is we Christians bought into the ideology that separation of church and state meant we are to keep every vestige of Christian life out of public life. We bought into the idea that God should be kept out of public life. Then we allowed the secularist to dictate to us when and how we should express our beliefs, and by doing so, we have ushered in the apostasy we are experiencing in every area of public life.

For such a time as this, is why we are here. God chose to bring every one of us into this world at this time because he has specifically empowered us to take a stand against those who want to destroy and silence Christ.  We are the people God has chosen to be the soldiers who stand against the assaults of the enemy. If not us who? If not now when? We may be the final generations that can still change the course of the United States. It is up to us, not our children not the next generation or the one after that. It is now. It is here that we must make our stand. Just like Esther who had to put her life on the line to save her people, Israel, we are being to ask to put our lives on the line to save America.

I don’t see anyone on the horizon that will be able to take this charge if we don’t. Unlike Israel who may have had another deliverer if Esther failed. I don’t see salvation coming from any other place for this country at this time. I don’t see anyone coming to release the captives, to set free those in bondage, to bring light to the darkness. There isn’t anything on the horizon that shows the promise of redeeming this country back to God.

We are Esther we are the hope of America. We must stand up and take our place in the army of God, doing what we were designed and created to do.  We were designed and created to show the world who God is.

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The Essence of Christianity

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The Essence of Christianity

We recently went on a weekend getaway to New York we were there for 3 days. I was born and raised in the South Bronx and spent the first nineteen years of my in the city.  The city is teeming with people. There are people everywhere. As we travel throughout the city, I looked for churches invariably I saw small churches. 


We visited family who still lives there.  We visited the Freedom Tower went up to the observation deck took some beautiful pictures of the city. On Sunday we went to Hillsong Church. 

It occurred to me while I was in the Manhattan Center where Hillsong is currently holding their services that New York does not have a true mega church.  The Manhattan Center’s capacity depending on configuration will hold 3500 people. When we visited, it was near capacity. Hillsong New York has several services on Sunday, so the Sunday attendance is in the thousands. Yet I say there is not a true megachurch in New York City. Why do I say that? The population of New York is 8 million plus. A few thousand is not a significant number compared to the total population. It was during the service with a couple thousand people in the church I was visiting that I realized the disparity of believers as compared to the rest of the population. 


It all resulted in this question, how do we Christians reach the lost of the world. The answer is apparent. The answer is in John 3:16, Matthew 22:36-40 and 1 Corinthians 13:13. 

John 3:16  (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

The answer is love. The answer is not found in strict adherence to a particular set of rules and regulations. It is not in-laws or traditions, theology or doctrine it is in love.  If we are to reach the world we need to show them “Love.” Not love as defined by man but love as established by God. 

Everyone wants to be loved this is the commonality that is shared by all humanity. That is how we exemplify Christ not through laws and traditions but through love. Love not as a license to sin but love as a gift of righteousness. The sinless love God expresses to us is the love we are to express to our fellow-man. 

The way to change the world does not come through political action, not through the struggle against immorality or unrighteousness it comes through love. A positive progressive movement will only come about when the passion of God’s Love is unleashed through us that belong to him. If you want to see a change in this generation at this time, it will only come through love. From the spirit of love, from the God who is love, will all benevolent action spring.  We must show the world the motivation for the crucifixion. The motivation is love, not law. If we love our neighbor with the love of God, they will come to learn and love the law of God. Law without love is bondage. Love provides the liberty to obey the law. It must first be love. Always Love.  

The essence of Christianity is Love when we deviate from it we are lost.

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Something of Value

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Something of Value

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

What is the value of God? I have never heard that question before. What is God worth? We make value judgments regularly. Ironic, a question that is never asked is consistently answered by our choices.  We place a value on God by our expressions and behavior. How we value God is as apparent as the air we breathe.  


So let us discuss the value of God. Since I can only discuss the value of God from my perspective, let me share my vision of God.  First, my God is perfect. Which means there is no flaw in Him. Which means he never arrived at perfection because that would mean that at some time or place in His existence he was imperfect which would then make him less than perfect.  To be perfect implies that His existence, which lies beyond my comprehension has always been perfect. Which also indicates He will always be perfect. Secondly, my God exists outside the constraints of matter, time and space. He lives or exists outside our little bubble of existence. Thirdly, He is all-powerful, which is not a statement of power as much as it is a statement of our lack of understanding of what His power is. My God is all-knowing which by definition means He is always existent. He is present in every situation passed, present and future at the same time and is involved in every situation at all times.  My God is all-knowing, which means He knows things we do not. Which means whatever conclusions we come up with that are contrary to His nature are wrong. Regardless of the titles, degrees, and accomplishments of the one saying otherwise.  My God is the final authority there is nothing that can oppose his judgments. In every area, God is higher, bigger, stronger wiser than anything man can come up with. He is bigger and more powerful than all of humanity combined. God is the ruler of this existence.   


This is the God that created the world. He created the world solely for the purpose of communing with man.  He did not do for our intellect, our resourcefulness, our strength, our beauty or our adoration of Him. He did it because he loved us.   


He created everything we need to live from the environment to food, to shelter, to companionship to intellect. God is beyond what our feeble minds can comprehend.  He will ultimately make the final decision on our existence. His sovereignty is completed without the possibility of contention.


When He breathed into Adam, He shared a part of His immortal existence with us. We are alive because of His spirit of life which He breathed into Adam.  That same breath has ignited the life of every human being since the creation of Adam. 

He created it all, everything. How do you or I place a value on the being that brought everything into existence? Yet we do. We do it in a variety of ways by ignoring Him by denying Him by claiming we are self-created. We can also define His value by our adoration of Him our recognition of Him our submission to Him. By loving Him by obedience and by repentance. Realistically we cannot put a value on God because we do not know Him fully. We can’t put a value on Him because He is priceless.  He is worth more than anything in existence because He created everything in existence including you.  Though we do not know Him fully, we know enough to recognize and grant Him the honor, obedience, reverence, and love he is entitled to.  Without fully knowing Him, He is at the pinnacle of value. He is to be glorified for what He has already done. He need not do anymore, and still, His value would not be diminished.  Recognized or not His value is not dependent on humanity. He is priceless and of undefinable value whether or not we acknowledge Him. 

Just because we can’t put a definitive value on God is not a reason to dismiss Him. Or deny His value in our lives this moment, today.  He is our savior. He is the Alpha and Omega, He is what sustains us and gives us life. We exist because of His conscious decision for us to live. His value is expressed in our existence.  God is responsible for your existence. Everything you need to live to exist and flourish was made by God long before you came to be. The furthest planet the biggest star the unknown of outer and inner space was created so you could exist. He expended unimaginable power wisdom and creativity just so you could live. His value supersedes everything we hold dear.  The value of God is that He exists throughout, before and after time. 

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First Love

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First Love

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Revelations 2:2-4

Have we become so busy in the doing that we have lost the reason for the doing? We have become too distracted in the doing of Christianity to even notice we have drifted from the cause of our doing. There are too many of us pointing out the shortcomings of others like us. Some of us are consumed with correcting the lot of us. We nick pick the leader, we question their motivations we condemn their methods. We demand perfect righteousness.

We should question our leaders and are ourselves against the standard of Christ.  We should put Christ at the head of all we do and use what He taught us a standard of behavior and morality. All of this should be employed;  this is what the church in Ephesus was doing. But even after doing all of this Christ says to them I have “this” against you. “You have abandoned the love you had at first.” We need to stop nick picking each other on obscure or even flagrant disagreements in theology. We need to return to the reason we stay in the body of Christ. Why we identify with Christ. The reason is a love relationship. “The greatest of these is love” the bible does say.  It is through love that we understand who God is. It is love that explains and validates the word of God. It is love that is the fuel, the passion of God. It is the motivation for the sacrifice of His Son.

If we focus on the cause of our conviction, it will purify our actions. If love permeates our thoughts and actions, we will be righteous. There is no sin in love there is no injustice in love there is no selflessness in love. God prefers we become experts in love rather than in theology, doctrine, and righteousness. 

Let this not overwhelm you, you are not to love the world. Love, those around you, love those God has put in your life for this season for this time. Love those whom you can. If everyone loved those around them, then everyone would be loved.  

Let God be your first love, let Him be the receiver of your love. In this relationship with Him, you will find the love you need for yourself and all others. Love comes from God not from us. To receive the most from God you need to first love Him. We need to keep Gods love in the forefront of our minds. What is the greatest commandment? Love the Lord your God with all of your heart soul and mind, and the second Love your neighbor as your self. 

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Perfect

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Perfect

48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mathew 5:48

Was Matthew in his right mind when he made this statement? I have read this verse many times and have blown right by it because the implications are mind-boggling.

God is perfect, a concept that is as foreign to us as understanding the life of an ever existing being. To me, perfection is something that has always been perfect because perfection cannot come from imperfection. Because if it came from imperfection, it would then be imperfect. It would mean that at some point in the perfections existence it was imperfect. Regardless of the time spent removing imperfection from the would be perfection there would always be the smallest part of imperfection and as such perfection would forever be tainted by the one instance of imperfection.

Let’s define imperfection as sin. God is perfect and has never sinned. Throughout His existence, He has not ever sinned not once, not by mistake, not unintentionally not by omission. Nope never ever sinned. If the smallest of sin were to penetrate into Gods existence all of the perfection would be lost forever. One sin one tiny insignificant sin would destroy perfection. Perfection and sin can’t coexist perfection must always destroy sin.

When I was in the Airforce, I work on aircraft fuel systems. This required climbing into aircraft fuel tanks. This process required purging fuel tanks of fumes. We purge them until they were at an acceptable level, expressed in parts per million. The acceptable level was not perfectly clean air. If you applied parts per million to perfection, you would realize perfection does not allow for parts per million. As soon as you let the smallest sin into perfection, it would cease to perfect.

The question is how does sinful man gain approved access to the realm of God? The answer is the complete and total cleaning of sinful man. The problem is how does man become perfect so he can enter into the presence of God? Perfection implies everything around God, everything in His presence must be perfect. He is perfect in Holiness, righteousness, love, power, and justice. Since God is perfect, He and only He is responsible for maintaining perfection. He is responsible for eradicating sin as to make it as it never occurred. The destruction and cleaning of sin is so complete that even the memory of it does not exist.

God’s perfection does two things. First, it invalidates the ideology of attaining access to God through works or earning your way into His presence. Since He is perfect and everything around Him must be perfect even the memory of your sin must not exit. Since you cannot remove your sin and you can not clean your sin. You at best can only dilute it your work is worthless. The stain of sin any wrongdoing will always destroy perfection. That is something God will not allow.

The second thing God’s perfection does is it creates a wall of impenetrable separation between God and man. We can’t cross over into His realm of existence, and He will not cross over into ours. If we were to enter into His realm as we are or He to enter ours, the result would be the total annihilation of humanity. The eradication of humanity would be so complete it would not leave a trace of evidence, a memory of our existence. You must understand God’s perfection requires perfection nothing less.

If you understand, only perfection can completely clean and destroy sin. It is Gods responsibility to clean and destroy sin. If you comprehend only a perfect God can accomplish these things, you begin to understand the need for a Christ. Only perfection can clean sin. Only perfection can remove every vestige of sin only perfection can remove the memory of sin. In the simplest terms, it is God and only God that can purify us from our sin and grant us access to Him.

This is why Jesus. Because only perfection can clean the sin of humanity. A perfect sacrifice for our sin. The sacrifice and death of His son occurred for the destruction and cleansing of sin. That is the only way sin will not destroy us. Without a perfect sacrifice, we would be left alone to face a perfect God with the responsibility of maintaining perfection. That is why Jesus is the way the truth and the light. Because only through perfection can we gain access to heaven and that perfection in every way is Jesus, the door to our salvation.

We are not filtered through Jesus because every filter only collects dirt it does not cleanse anything. The filter must always be disposed of and changed. Because the perfection of Jesus, we are made new, a new creation free from the stain of sin we are made Holy and acceptable to God. The perfection of Christ destroys and cleanses us from all sin. Only God Himself can completely and totally, remove, destroy and cleanse us of our sin.

Since perfection can’t come from imperfection, imperfection cannot produce perfection. Our sin nature regardless of what we do within our own abilities can’t eradicate the sin in our lives. Simply put sin can’t make you sinless. Only a perfect God can eliminate sin entirely so as to remove even the instance of sin.

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Faith and Works

 

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Faith And Works

 

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

James 2:18

There is a profound theological principle in this verse. It is the juxtaposition of work and faith. Work and faith can you have one without the other?

When I was in the hospital, and the doctor told my wife “I am going to do everything I can to help him.” What he was saying was I will do all I can do, all that I have been trained to do but the outcome is not in my hands. He was promising to do the work, but where was the faith?

Faith is where the rubber meets the road for Christians it is where we experience God. What James is saying is, it is through faith that I have accomplished whatever I have accomplished. It is in the exercise of faith that Christianity will leap off the pages of the bible and come alive. What in your life which requires faith? What problem, dream, goal do you have that needs an influx of faith? I’m not talking about intellectual faith. That which defines faith but rather that which requires faith. If your living your life and  your endeavors do not require faith why not?  If you can accomplish all you want on your own, if all you do is within your capacity how can God be displayed in your life?

Everyone Christian or not is looking for the evidence of God. And faith is where we find it. Every accomplishment great our small is bathed submerged in faith. Every endeavor regardless of what it is, is wholly infused with faith. A few years ago the driverless car was a dream. That dream was not based in reality it was based in the belief that it could be done. Then from that belief faith had to be engaged in order for it to become a reality. We have a space program because someone employed faith. To bring something into existence that never existed before.

Faith does not remove obstacles it motivates us to find solutions to the problems which hinder us. Faith is not a belief system it is the fire which fuels the engine of what we believe in. The belief that we can accomplish the dream, goal, purpose we are striving for without knowing the outcome.

Are you activity engaging faith? Are you building your faith? Are you doing those things that require faith? Small things, big things, things and ideas that make other people think you’re insane. Are you pushing the envelope of what’s possible.

If you are one of those people God has given the capacity to dream big dreams are you dreaming. Are you allowing the obstacles of your endeavor to define your faith or are you infusing your faith to define your dream. It is not ability that defines your accomplishments it is faith. Can you believe in something you have never done before?  Faith is required in your business, faith is required in your personal life. Faith is required for the future.

Faith is required to delay the return of Christ. Faith is required for us to look at prophecy see it for what it is and work to delay its fulfillment. Just because we are living in the end days does not mean that we should be praying seeking welcoming the return of Christ. The return of Christ the second coming is not something that the majority of the world is looking forward to. It is not something we see coming throw up our hands and say yes Jesus come quickly.

We as the body of Christ should not be celebrating the return of Christ. That day will be the best and worst day in the history of the world it will be a day of great joy for those of us that believe and the most fearful day for those that don’t. We can celebrate Jesus return at the appropriate time, but this is not the time. We need to engage faith in bringing the gospel to the world. We need to engage faith to change the world toward Christ. Especially today when our society and the world is hell-bent on silencing us and trying to make the gospel of Jesus of no value. We need to engage faith to turn back the encroachment of sin into our society. We need to turn our lives to a basis of faith to fight the forces of evil which are assailing us on every side. Faith is the engine that will light the fire in our souls to make the change that needs to happen for the salvation of the world.

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Something to Think About

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Faith and Works

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

James 2:18

When I was in the hospital, and the doctor told my wife “I am going to do everything I can to help him.” What he was saying was I will do all I can do, all that I have been trained to do but the outcome is not in my hands.

Faith is where the rubber meets the road for Christians it is where we experience God. What James is saying is, it is through faith that I have accomplished whatever I have accomplished. It is in the exercise of faith that Christianity will leap off the pages of the bible and come alive.

What is in your life which requires faith? What problem, dream, goal do you have that needs an influx of faith. I’m not talking about intellectual faith, that which defines faith. I am talking about faith which motivates you to take the next step into the unknown expecting, believing and receiving what only God can provide.  If your living your life and nothing your doing requires faith why not.  If you can accomplish all you want on your own if all you do is within your capacity how can God be displayed in your life?

Everyone, Christian or not are looking for the evidence of God. And faith is where we find it. Every accomplishment great or small is bathed, submerged in faith. Every endeavor regardless of what it is, is thoroughly infused with faith. A few years ago the driverless car was a dream. That dream was not based in reality it was based in the belief that it could be done. Then from that belief, faith had to be engaged for it to become a reality. We have a space program because someone employed faith. To bring something into existence that never existed before.

Faith does not remove obstacles it motivates us to find solutions to the problems which hinder us. Faith is not a belief system it is the fire which fuels the engine of what we believe in. The belief that we can accomplish the dream, goal, purpose we are striving for without knowing the outcome.

Are you actively engaging faith? Are you doing those things that require faith? Small things, big things, things and ideas that make other people think you’re insane. Are you pushing the envelope of what’s possible.

 If you are one of those that God has given the capacity to dream big dreams are you dreaming. Are you allowing the obstacles of your endeavor to define your faith or are you infusing your faith to define your dream? It is not an ability that defines your accomplishments it is faith. Can you believe in something you have never done before?

Faith is required in your business, faith is required in your personal life. Faith is required for the future. Faith is required to delay the return of Christ. Faith is required for us to look at prophecy see it for what it is and work to delay its fulfillment. Just because we are living in the end days does not mean that we should be praying seeking to welcome the return of Christ. The return of Christ the second coming is not something that the majority of the world is looking forward to. It is not something we see coming throw up our hands and say yes Jesus come quickly.

We as the body of Christ should not be celebrating the return of Christ. That day will be the best and worst day in the history of the world it will be a day of great joy for those of us that believe and the most fearful day for those that don’t. We can celebrate Jesus return at the appropriate time, but this is not the time. We need to engage faith in bringing the gospel to the world. We need to engage faith to change the world toward Christ even today when our society and the world are hell bent on silencing us and trying to make the gospel of Jesus of no value. We need to engage faith to turn back the encroachment of sin into our society. We need to turn our lives to a basis of faith to fight the forces of evil which are assailing us on every side. Faith is the engine that will light the fire in our souls to make the change that needs to happen for the salvation of the world.

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All Things Work Together For The Good

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All Things Work Together For The Good.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

As a Christian can you say all things have worked together for the good? If you look at this verse from the perspective of the past, you will see it changes from a hopeful and uplifting verse to a prophetic and testimonial statement.

If you look back at your life as a Christian, you should be able to see the hand of God woven through it. I joined the USAF when I was 19 years old. The reason I joined the Air force was I wanted to get married and I had to support my future wife. I could have gotten a job and told her to get a job and started our lives together that way. But for reasons, I cannot remember I choose the military.

Because of the omission on my part of two letters I was assigned to Fairchild Air Force base in Spokane Washington state. I forgot to put down on my wish list of assignments D.C. The Air Force gave me my first choice, Washington without D.C. When I realized my mistake, it was much too late for me to request any changes. I was forced to go to Washington State. My fiance was not happy we were going to the opposite side of the country. From New York City to Spokane Washington a city we had never heard of.

All things worked together for the good. I was not a Christian when I left New York but shortly after going to Spokane me and my wife became believers and were saved by Jesus. Looking back there are two things my wife and I are sure of. If we had stayed near our childhood homes. We would never have accepted Christ and our marriage would not have survived.

 

Despite my mistakes, before we knew God, he orchestrated our meeting Him.  He used my desires and placed me where I could hear him. He took my wife and I away from the cacophony of noise surrounding our lives in New York and took us to the comparative silence of Spokane so we could hear him. He took a two-letter mistake and changed our lives for the better long before I would come to love him.

And the rest is not history. That instance is not the only time God has worked in our lives to produce a better more positively productive end. Throughout our lives, He has worked to turn our failures into victories. Thirty five years later I had a major heart attack. I all but died. Recovery took several years and financially we are still recovering. But that heart attack that took me to death’s door had made me love God more than ever. Through that event, God has made me more productive and purposeful than any other time in my life. I am more alive today because of God turning a near death event to his glory and allowing me to fulfill my purpose in life.

I could go on and on how God has turned adverse situations to wonderful victories. But unfortunately, this is but a short essay. What God has done in my life despite my mistakes and foolishness. Is a testament of God fulfilling this verse. It is also prophetic for you to know if he did it for my wife and I he will do it for you.

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