Jul 25 2014

Timely Words

“How delightful is a timely word!” – Proverbs 15:23b

God loves to speak to us and through us.  Sometimes it is a word for our own lives and sometimes it is a word for somebody else.  But it is always best when it is released in the proper time.  This verse in Proverbs tells us that it is good to receive a timely word.  Encouragement is always nice but it is best delivered when someone is discouraged, and the same could be said for many other varieties of words that can be shared.  God tells us what we need to hear at the appropriate time and he gives us words to share with others at the appropriate time.  But sometimes he gives us a word ahead of time and doesn’t want us to give it to the person until the time is right.  It is important to discern when this happens so that the word is a timely word and not given too early or too late.

Jul 18 2014

The kingdom of heaven is my playground

Imagine the kingdom of heaven as a giant playground where you are free to explore God’s creation.  Think about that for a minute.  Jesus said we need to become like little children to enter into the kingdom (Matt 18:3) and what do kids love to do more than anything else?  Play!  I remember as a little kid loving to play on monkey bars or any other playground equipment; I even fractured my arm once taking the risk of getting on the tall ones and then falling off.  Kids are fearless until someone teaches them to be afraid.  So what if we took the same approach of entering the kingdom of heaven with childlike abandonment and with no fear of how high the monkey bars are, or how difficult the challenge seems to be.  Playing on the playground brings joy, happiness, and excitement as we discover all that God has planned for us (1 Cor. 2:9-10, emphasis on 10).

So what are you waiting for?

Jul 11 2014

The King owns it all…

We tend to put God in a box and think he will only do things the way we understand but I have come to learn that God is so much bigger than we can imagine and that we need to start taking him at his word and expecting him to operate in every part of our life in supernatural ways.  One area where Christians tend to struggle theologically is with financial provision; one reason for this is probably because some churches have taught that Christians are supposed to be poor and others have swung the pendulum to the extreme opposite and taught that we can claim anything we lay our hands on.  Both views are wrong but God’s word does declare that he will provide for all of our needs and that we don’t have to worry about finances.

Psalms tells us that every animal in the forest, the cattle on a thousand hills and everything that moves in the fields all belong to God.  Then it says that the entire world and everything it contains is Gods (Psalms 50:10-12).  Later, God declares through Haggai the prophet that all the silver and gold is also his (Haggai 2:8).

So here’s the deal, if everything belongs to God, and he promised that he will provide for anything you need, then it should be perfectly normal for us to expect that God can transfer money into our bank accounts, make it appear in on the ground in front of us as we walk down the street, or get it to us in any other way imaginable.  Here’s another thought, tons of money has been lost throughout the centuries in ship wrecks, wars, and other similar disasters and no one knows where that money is.  No one but God that is; and he can easily take gold coins (remember, it belongs to him) off of the ocean floor and drop them into your pocket.  Proverbs tells us that the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22) so God could even take the money from a drug kingpins palace in South America and stack it neatly on your kitchen table.

I know, this all sounds a little crazy but every bit of it is possible.  God sent ravens to feed Elijah, instantly transported Phillip to another city, and caused a plant to grow over Jonah.  He is a supernatural god who works in ways we rarely understand and his capabilities are unlimited.  It is time for us to start believing in him as an unlimited God.  So here’s a crazy idea, ask God for what you need and then expect him to provide it.  He said he will do it, and he will.

Jul 4 2014

Active, not passive

Did you ever notice that Jesus was incredibly active in his ministry on earth?  We don’t see any passivity.  He wasn’t just hanging out waiting for others to come to him.  He was constantly on the move traveling from place to place to share about his kingdom and to bring healing and freedom to everyone he encountered.  Today’s church model is a little different because we tend to shrink back into the four walls of a building and minister to those who show up; a lot of times this means ministering to the same people over and over again.  There’s nothing wrong with that model but there is a better way to do church.  We need to be active not passive.  We need to be an active response in a passive world by releasing good news of his kingdom everywhere we go. Now I’m not talking about being the megaphone guy on the street corner screaming at everyone who walks by. But what if you could share a prophetic word with a waiter at a restaurant?  Or maybe pray for a sick person sitting next to you on an airplane.  What would the world look like if we started doing the things Jesus did in the same way he did them?  So the next time you walk out your front door ask God to send someone to you that you are equipped to help and then get ready for a great adventure.