Sep 27 2019

Speak Up

God loves hearing from you.  He loves it when you share your thoughts with Him, when you tell Him about your disappointments, when you share the excitement of your day, when you’re frustrated with your work situation, when you find out you’re going to be a father, and the list goes on.  Here’s the point, you were created to have a relationship with God and that requires a little conversation.  He’s not bored with you.  He’s not annoyed by your voice.  He wants you to speak to Him and He wants to speak back to you.  Moses did it.  Abraham did it.  So did all the prophets, and the apostles.  You are no different.  He wants to hear from you so start speaking and get ready to listen because He will speak back.


Sep 20 2019

Perspectives

Have you ever wondered if you are missing some important piece of Christianity? Have you ever thought about why following Jesus today doesn’t quite look like what we see in the book of Acts? Why don’t we see more followers of Jesus doing the things he did? Is it for a select few? Or is it simply that we don’t understand who we are? Do you know that Jesus resides inside of every one of his followers? 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us very clearly that Christ is inside of us, and Galatians 2:20 takes it even further to state that we are not even alive anymore; the only thing that gives this body life is Christ within us!

When we encounter hopelessness, we need to know that the Hope of the world is inside of us.

When we encounter chaos, we need to know that the Prince of Peace is inside of us.

When we encounter sickness, we need to know that the Great Physician is inside of us.

When we encounter despair, we need to know that the One surrounded by joy is inside of us.

And the list goes on.

It doesn’t matter what we encounter or where it comes from. Jesus is truth. Anything that disagrees with him is automatically a lie and cannot stand before him. It’s all about perspective. We don’t need more of Jesus, we need to have a greater revelation of who Jesus is and that he is already inside of us! We are called to change the world. We are ambassadors for Christ sent to represent him and his kingdom. But we cannot properly represent him if we don’t fully understand that he is living inside of us.

And it starts with love. The more we fall in love with Jesus, the less we care about the things of the world. The more we look into his eyes, the less we look into the eyes of any storm. The more we focus on loving our King, all the things that disagree with him no longer stand a chance to influence us. The third chapter of Ephesians ends with a prayer for believers to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” When we know his love, the revelation of who is living inside of us will start to burst out into our everyday lives.

So, my challenge to you is this: study the scriptures about the attributes of Jesus and ask him to give you a greater revelation of who he is, so that you can represent him in even greater ways.

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Sep 13 2019

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 the resources we need 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. I have heard so many stories of money supernaturally appearing in different places when people are in need.  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.