Posted: under News, Praise, Prophecy, Society and Culture, Teaching, prayer.
Tags: economy, Faith, Hope, News, Society and Culture
I shared an email with a friend recently. It was a quote from Charles Swindoll about Attitude Determining Altitude.
I was trying to share “HOPE”…
He replied with brief thanks for the encouragement……. … and then he went right on to share a link to a HORRIBLE VIDEO NEWS REPORT about how the economy is going to get worse before it gets better.
Now don’t get me wrong when I say this video news report is HORRIBLE. It is actually well done, and probably accurate. But it is so discouraging when such a HORRIBLE SET OF PREDICTIONS are made by some news pundit (currently playing on yahoo finance page).
SO MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY is - WHAT (or WHO) ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE?
I serve a risen savior, have access to the self same power that raised him from the dead, command an army of angels, and cannot be overcome. I believe the author/creator of it ALL who said darkness cannot overcome light.
I encourage you to turn the news off and create your own future - independent of the herd!
OK… OK… Reality does have to be dealt with. I know… But only by “EARTH PEOPLE” : )
Those of us who are spiritual can walk on water, part the red sea, feed thousands with little, and otherwise “bind and loose” with help from our Father in Heaven. If you don’t know what this power is, “to bind and loose” then search an online bible or get your butt to a church that lives it and JOIN IN!
So… Soldier… (In my best General Patton Voice) It’s time to get up, out of that bunker, and charge straight into the face of the enemy - just to prove it can be done.
This enemy might be called the NIGHTLY NEWS, or BAD NEWS (AKA “Troubling Spirits” in OT Lexicon). IT’S TIME TO TAKE SOME GROUND FOR THE KINGDOM, AND SHOW THE WORLD AND THE ENEMY THAT WE CAN DO WHAT MERE MORTALS CANNOT!
When we go forward with hope, that shines a light into a dark place. People will want to know what drives us… That’s when we can share a testimony with great result!
When it’s over, and the day is done, and you have accomplished your miracle… Share - Teach - Show the WAY : )
Oh, yeah… LEST WE FORGET - Each day is new, so…. you get to win, and accomplish miracles, and share, teach, show the way - EVERY DAY : )
PS - I just did my part….. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN : )
Posted: under Praise, Prophecy, Teaching, Testimony.
Many Christians seem to think that “suffering for Christ” is somehow a greater virtue than “Reigning with Christ”
Yes, we are saved and redeemed. Yes we are promised that there will be trials. Yes, we are called to overcome suffering and persecution (which will surely happen in this world)…
But.. My question is about what comes next? IS suffering gladly the whole point of Christianity?
Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the
LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
That’s OT, so here is some NT
Galatians 3:14 (New International Version)
14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to
Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ
Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise
of the Spirit.
Without repeating Abraham’s blessings here, I think it is safe to say that a life of Suffering and Poverty were not included in the “blessings given to Abraham”
Too many Christians actually make it a matter of pride to let you know they are “accepting” suffering and poverty with gladness or contentment - IMHO. Hmmm. If so content then why are they talking about it so much? Most anybody knows is that Pride is one of the “seven deadly” sins, whatever the heck that means. I take it to mean one of the worst, or a sin that leads to loss of spirit power or spiritual life.
In my past, I was even guilty of being jealous of those who “suffered for Christ”. I even had a picture in my mind that somehow those Christians whose faith helped them be content to end each day with a crust of bread and a prayer (famous daily bread painting) were somehow “holier” or more advanced than those who struggled with desire to claim and use blessings of power and wealth.
I was wrong. Jealousy is another of those “seven deadly” sins. Wisdom comes from EXPERIENCE and not as much from STUDY. The life of Solomon is held as as proof of WISDOM - and he gained it by chasing and having enough experience to KNOW what he was talking about instead of just THINK about what he was talking about.
Having experienced poverty and having experienced wealth, I know that neither is better. Each provides an opportunity to manifest our Faith. However, One called to be a prince should not be a pauper… There is a significant teaching on this - maybe you know where it is found in the Bible?
If I am called to be a king or prince, then when I envy the faith of the poor, I fail to be content with my calling…
Therefore, I now aspire to live out the power given me by the Holy Spirit…
That power allows me to take hold of the glorious riches we can have, by taking full hold of our faith, I leave you with this for today : )
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints in Ephesus,[a] the faithful[b] in Christ Jesus:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he[c] predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
11In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Now….. somewhere in there is a Clling that has nothing to do with inviting suffering or willful poverty in order to “PROVE” our faith!
We are called to be RICH, to be Sons of the King, and by the Holy Spirit we are given the power to claim that glorious inheritance.
Still want to Suffer For Christ? If you are so called, AMEN! IF NOT then Get up off that mat and WALK!
Posted: under Praise, Teaching, Testimony.
From www.tut.com daily email today: Pretty good stuff!
Sometimes, when you’re feeling your lowest, the real you is summoned.
And you understand, maybe for the first time ever, how grand you are, because you discover that vulnerable doesn’t mean powerless, scared doesn’t mean lacking in beauty, and uncertainty doesn’t mean that you’re lost.
These realizations alone will set you on a journey that will take you far beyond what you used to think of as extraordinary.
There is always a bright side.
IF you sign up for this daily email, you will receive messages about self love, and many have a humanistic or new age feel. But there is always a biblical corollary!
Biblical corollary for today? Our trials are like a fire from God. Only with fire can the impurities of Gold Ore be driven away - leaving pure gold. The refiner’s fire produces pure gold if we endure the heat! Hang in there, let God be God, and good things will come from our trials!
Posted: under Praise, Teaching, Testimony, Worship.
Do you wonder? At the wonder of it all?
When people say that the world we live in came from a random expolosion in the blackness of space - i shake my head in disbelief. It is just as likely that a Swiss Watch resulted from an explosion in a spring factory. Hardly!
There is too much order. Too much “coincidence”. Too much incredible organization. Too much syncopation. Too much beauty.
Do you wonder what God was thinking when…. (fill in the blank).
This is a form of prayer, meditation, and praise : )
Posted: under Praise.
Gratitude is the mark of a mature spirit.
This Thanksgiving Holiday, we, as a nation, in the USA, have a lot to complain about.
But I Won’t Do It! I will practice gratitude instead.
I am grateful for the freedom of choice, and the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, all of which help me navigate a dark world and be a light to those who are searching.
This Thanksgiving, I have enough. I am enough. My family is safe, well fed, and connected to each other by a bond of love. I have a roof, a bed, a loving wife, children who are making their way in the world, and a powerful God watching over all!
What are you grateful for?
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Posted: under Praise.
Tags: Jesus Love
I feel sad, and angry, and bitter, and wounded, and broken, as though the entire world is beyond God’s healing reach today.
Time for a praise… I am weak but he is strong.
I praise him in my weakness and He delivers me.
Yes, Jesus Loves Me, you, us we, them, they, him, her, every buddy.
Even when we don’t feel like it.
Posted: under Praise.
A child has Wed!
Love has won over the dark and lonely sojourn.
Hope has won over the pressing wet fog of existential angst.
As two ships pass, one may turn and follow the other,
Or better, they may together choose a new and better course.
Today two lives become one, two dreams flow together,
Two ships are sailing toward the sunrise of forever.
The wedding of a child is a day to rejoice!
God IS Love come to be with us.
Praises rise as prayers are answered.
Blessings fall like gentle rain all around.
It is well and it is Good.
Posted: under Praise, Testimony.
Tags: feeling lost, mount up as an eagle, patience, peace, waiting on the lord
Here I am, drifting, at sea without a compass.
This means that I don’t know where I am, or where I am going.
According to my personality and business training, this is a dire emergency.
And yet, there is peace.
For God is there and He can be trusted.
Things of the spirit are foolishness to those who do not know Him.
But those who wait upon the Lord will mount up as eagles.
Waiting is not my idea of how to solve a problem.
Being lost at sea without a direction is a problem… in my book.
But apparently God has a different play book.
We’ll go with His…
Splashing around until I get a Map
Posted: under Praise, Teaching, Worship.
Tags: discouragement, prayer, starting over
When the enemy gets us down, it is easy to become discouraged.
We climb a mountain, only to get knocked back down.
We take a big chance, only to get crucified for it.
We try to help somebody, and feel the rejection of their refusal to accept.
We pray for somebody, only to watch them turn away
Good seems to flee in the face of evil.
WHAT TO DO?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding - but in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths!
Oh yes, there are the sad days….
BUT THEN THERE ARE THE GLORY DAYS.
Lord God - I am ready for the sunrise. I am ready for a new day. I am ready for a GLORY DAY.
Bring your light oh Lord and overcome the darkness that has gathered.
In this heart, in this house, in this city, in this state, in this nation…..
We want to SEE YOU at work OH LORD and we want to BE YOU AT WORK…