Have you ever gave one of your kids a gift, and within a couple days they have forgotten all about it? Sometimes that’s what we do with God! He wants us to appreciate what he does, be thankful for what he has brought us through, take time to meditate on what he’s doing now, apply what he has shown us so far, and don’t be in such a hurry to get to the next revelation! What are we doing with the last revelation/thing he gave us? Let us marinate in the things he gives or shows us, get the full taste, and enjoy our journey!
Good morning family and friends! Ok let me see all the hands that just didn’t want to get up and work this Monday morning!!! Lol😀 I know me too. But we just have to put a little mind change on it, look at it from another angle so to speak! It is a great opportunity to connect with others and share the love of Jesus, into other people’s lives! Now that, brings me to the next thought! If I am feeling like I might be getting rude or if I am frustrated, or irritated, then that tells me I need to get into my prayer closet and spend time with my Father! Something super natural happens when you spend time with Him, you love on Him, and He loves on you, He feels your heart with more love for others! So if you’re not feeling peace, your love level is low! So be sure and spend your quality time with Jesus, so you can be filled! Love you guys! Have a Blessed day!💕
An Amazing God
God never ceases to amaze me!!! No, I really mean it. No matter how much we might see or experience, God is always bigger, grander, and able to wow us again and again…
One thing that really stands out to me is how this omnipotent God of all creation can so often limit Himself to working through His creation–yes, that’s you and me in case you were wondering. I mean, think about it, all-powerful, all-knowing, always-present, never-ending God, handcuffs Himself by choosing to work through men and women, with all of our foibles, flaws, and failures….It’s simply mind-blowing!!!
Mankind: So-So Tenants
The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind. (Ps 115:16, NIV)
I read that and think of what an amazing honor, and yet, what an incredible responsibility. And to be honest, the cynical side of me thinks, “what a mistake that was!!!”
God created the cosmos with the power of His word, His very breath jump-started every system from solar systems, to ecosystems, to circulatory systems. So, He owns it all. Still, He gave tenancy to mankind, and thereby, granted dominion over the earth to us…
Of course, you know the long and short of the story: we (read Adam) flubbed things up, Satan was given that dominion, and God (working in Jesus Christ) restored dominion to those who are His adoptive heirs.
Dominion = Responsibility
This means that all the trouble, woes, heartache, evil, and problems that any human society faces is all a product of our poor management. WOW!!! But the story gets even deeper. With the church now established as God’s kingdom institution in the earth, it is upon our (the church’s) shoulders that falls the burden and responsibility to properly manage the affairs of this world so they align with God’s kingdom. So I say it’s time for us to begin taking this responsibility seriously and really start praying to use the dominion God’s provided to effect change in our world!!!
So, to those who are part of God’s kingdom, I ask this question, “the world is yours, what will you do with it?”
Trusting God is often as easy as having a mere thought and saying “oh yeah I trust God” or at least this is the train of thought we often use. Psalm 56:3 says “3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” I am confident in this scripture, let me tell you, when I’m afraid I run to God, but I’m mostly running in hopes that God will just deliver me from whatever heartache it is that I fear. That’s not really trust though is it? I’m just hoping he takes care of my problem. What if the problem is exactly what God has prescribed for me, to answer all of my prayers about wanting to grow and be able to trust Him more? This is a very real possibility. We as human beings tend to gain things like wisdom, understanding, and knowledge because we go through real life experiences that teach us these things. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I think this is where we sometimes miss the boat, trusting God with all of your heart. See it’s easy for me to say the words “I trust you God” because I’m using my human intellect to do that. What is not so easy is, believing and trusting with my heart. When you believe something with all of your heart, you are completely sold out to that belief. I love to reference the story of Job from the bible here; God loved Job very much and counted him as righteous, but Satan thought that he could get Job to recant on his faith and obedience to God. Job was extremely blessed by God in every way, he owned different livestock by the thousands and he was counted as the greatest man in all of the East. Satan, however, was determined to prove that Job would not hold up when hardships came against him. So God allowed Satan to test him. Satan would take away everything from Job, all of his children and livestock were killed, he suffered from many medical hardships from the plague like trials, and yet Job never wavered from his trust, he maintained his place in God. After Satan’s many attempts on Job did not work, God would add everything Job had lost back twofold. Furthermore, if Job would have let his circumstances dictate his relationship and trust in God, he would have had none, for he would have given up.
Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, but God does.
So when life does something unexpected what will you do? Will you be Job and maintain your place in God?
Doctrine matters. Theology matters. The scriptures tell us that the people of God sometimes suffer because of their lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), sometimes because they know, but do not obey (Ephesians 5:6). Yet, often, we live far below the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10. One example of this I noticed recently is in the account of Gideon in Judges 6:
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” (Judges 6:13).
It’s interesting that Gideon asked the angel why the Lord was letting them go through the trial and tribulation, isn’t it? After all, they had the law that specifically states the punishment for turning away from God, and they had the more recent declarations of Joshua, who reiterated God’s laws. The opening of the chapter of Judges 6 reads:
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. (Judges 6:1)
It really should have been no surprise to Gideon, but for some reason, he either wasn’t aware, or couldn’t accept that it was the sin of Israel that lifted God’s blessings and brought them to the oppression of the Midianites. However, after the encounter with the angel, we find that Gideon builds an altar to God, and destroys the altar to Baal and the Asherah pole that was there in his community. Then, he is used for total victory over the Midianites through the mighty hand of God!!!
As God’s people, we should consistently evaluate ourselves through the lens of prayer, and through the mirror of scripture. We should know and obey the principles of the kingdom of God, and then we can truly live the abundant lives that God desires for us!!!