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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seek First The Kingdom

Matthew 6:33 instructs us to seek *first* the kingdom of God and "all these things" will be given to us. But what are the things?
The details to what Jesus is referring to begins in verse 25 - your life, your clothing, your food, your every need! Every day Christians worry about the events of their life, how they're going to pay rent or buy food and clothing. Their first knee jerk reaction is to panic and when they can't solve the problem *then* they pray. It should be the other way in God and seek Him first, not as some fall back position! It hurts God when He hears His children say "Well, all we can do now is pray" All we can do? When we say things like this it diminishes everything God has done for us! All we can do?
These verses speak very specifically to our needs and how God provides for us - IF we exercise faith! If God provides for the birds of the field, how much more will He provide for His children, His disciples, His servants? Romans 8:28 tells us that He works ALL things for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose! I challenge every believer to trust in God and see what He does. God is not a man that He should lie! Work your faith and watch miracles unfold in your life as God proves His word!

Authority in Christ

Jesus didn't save you to back down, He saved you to smack down!
John 3:35: "The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand."
Luke 10:19: "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you."
Everything the Father has is invested in the Son and everything of the Son is given to us by the Holy Spirit.
Realize your authority!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

God Has a Purpose for You!

When Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land, the people found the going tough, with challenge after challenge, even though God was providing their every need and protecting them as they went. They actually wanted to turn back and return to slavery in Egypt rather than face the challenge. They lacked faith to accept that the promised land was filled with everything that God had purposed for them - they were so completely focused on the visible circumstances in front of them that they just wanted it to end.
There are so many Christians today living like Israelites, wandering aimlessly in circles with no direction, no vision of the purpose or promise that God has for them. When challenges come up, they focus entirely on the visible circumstances and run back to some less painful and familiar place. They actually feel abandoned by God and get angry with Him, when it was they who abandoned their faith in Him.
Stop living in the wilderness! Take hold of the purpose God has in your life and focus on the promise! Stop eating manna when God has milk and honey right in front of you! Take faith in God and seize your mission! God has a purpose for you!

~ Be Blessed and be a Blessing!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:30 instructs us not to grieve the Holy Spirit...but what exactly does this mean? The first consideration is understanding that the Holy Spirit is a person. Jesus, confirms this in John 16:6-8 when He repeatedly refers to the Holy Spirit as "he" and "him". So when we think of grieving the Holy Spirit, we need to approach the idea from a human perspective in order to understand what we can do to offend the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is a person, ask yourself how you get offended by others, what do other people do to you to make you sad or distressed? Ignoring or not making you feel unwelcome, talking negatively about you or just completely misunderstanding you are all things that can grieve you and the same applies to the Holy Spirit.
Imagine how he must feel in the vast majority of today's churches, who make him feel unwelcome, or worse speak poorly of him when he decides to show up anyway because they don't understand the way he moves, speaks or expresses himself. All these things grieves the Holy Spirit but it goes much deeper than that.
The Holy Spirit is God, the part of God who moved before Jesus spoke everything into existence, including you. He considers all of humanity to be his children. If you're a parent, does it grieve you to have two of your children fighting, calling each other names or worse? This is exactly what is referred to in the verses before and after Ephesians 4:30. In verse 29 Paul encourages us to "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." Again in verse 31 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice."
The Holy Spirit is a personage of God so unselfish he only wants the best for his children including sharing his power with them (us) - but when we argue and fight with each other it grieves him. When we don't welcome him into the church, it grieves him. When we ignore the homeless man on the street it grieves him. Verse 32 sums up how we should treat each other as well as the Holy Spirit - "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Be blessed and be a blessing.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Growth is a Process

If you're going through stuff, praise God! If you seem to face trial after trial, praise God! God wants all of you to rely on Him and trust in Him for everything! Sometimes we must be broken before we truly surrender to the will of God in our lives. Sometimes we must be broken to fully trust Him to provide. We are changed through the process of trials, so praise Him in the storm! God has plans for you but He needs you malleable, trainable and mold-able so that HE can shape you into His tool for His purpose. You want to see God use you? Surrender! You want to see miracles in your life? Surrender!
Brokenness yields to surrender. Surrender yields to humbleness. Humbleness yields to faith! Faith yields to obedience and obedience yields to blessing! Growth is a process. You can't clothe yourself with compassion, kindness and humility until you have stripped yourself of everything counter to these ideals. Let yourself go and let God!

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