“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10 Advertisements
Month: July 2015
“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:” – Deuteronomy 28:13
God’s word is put into place for our best success; so, if we follow his lead, we know that we are on the greatest path to success. We weren’t just born to be followers, we were born to lead as well. By rights, we should be the leading character in our story. God didn’t create us to be meek and spiritless. This doesn’t mean we will all be preachers, it just means that we each hold a special gift given by God, that is meant to be shared with others. Jesus said, “Come and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
“For the LORD is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The LORD God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!” – Amos 4:13
The definition of Ground Zero – is a point on the earth’s surface above, or below, or a position at which an explosion occurs. It is a culmination/turning point, a fast change, or an enduring intense activity. It is a starting point, or a return to the beginning point.
Serving God is sort of like being a mountain climber. Our flesh doesn’t like it, because our flesh is enmity toward God, we weather many seasons, we celebrate victories, and feel defeated when we fall. Our flesh hates to exercise. I know I’d much rather plop down in front of the TV or read a mindlessly good book, than sweat and tire myself on a treadmill. Sometimes I don’t really feel like going to church. Can we speak honestly?
It’s important to try our best to stay in the spirit. That means fasting from our fleshly desires for a bit and finding quiet time with God. The media has our constant attention, our careers, friends, family etc. To be consistently successful in our walk with Jesus, and our climb toward victory, we need to have our eyes set on Jesus. When we drive a car the car will go where our eyes go, it’s a proven fact. Our brains send the message to the rest of our bodies and we become like well oiled machinery. If we want to reach a certain destination, we have to be focused on it. Makes sense…
Climbing a mountain involves much persistence, patience, faith, and most importantly the ability to get back up after we fall. Our faith can become injured during these times, but when you know the healer, it’s not long before you are back up and running.
It can seem like anytime we fall, and fail God, the enemy steps in, and tries to kick you while you are down; make it seem like that’s all there is, and you will never move forward. It’s like a death grip. It’s in times like this, and there WILL be times like this that you need to press closer to God, or you will hit rock bottom. Ground Zero. I’ve been in this position during my walk with God recently, and if you aren’t careful you can fall so far down you won’t even realize you have hit rock bottom until you get there. The enemy then tries to put you in a choke hold, because one thing I’ve learned about God is that He never gives up on us, and the moment you realize the power you have in Christ and his redeeming power, you are unstoppable! Step on that devil and keep moving, in the name of Jesus!
You are going to have turbulence as you climb the mountain, but as long as you get there that is all that matters. I might not be where I need to be, but I’m not where I used to be. There really is only one way, and that is up! It’s usually when you are about to get a big miracle in your life, that a battle takes place. The mountain I speak of is a spiritual one; for it’s not a battle of the flesh that we fight, but a very spiritual one. Sometimes we believe we have made it, but it’s when you have that kind of thinking, that we become stale. There is enough of God, that our walk should never go stale. There are lots of experiences, and revelations to be had.
One day I was sitting quietly and the Lord kept saying to me, “Persevere, persevere, persevere.” After He said it MULTIPLE times, I realized….Hmmm, I think God is telling me to persevere. It was in a time in my life, where everything just seemed to be crashing around me, and I just wanted to quit and lay dead. God wasn’t having it. I remembered praying long ago that if I became stale God would need to renew my passion. If you need passion, pray for it, if you need wisdom pray for it. (James 1:5) God has everything we need to make it up the mountain! Put on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
If you diligently seek God, he will reward you. (Hebrews 11:6) He is dying to take you to higher places. He is the God of the mountain, and the God of the valley. No matter where you go, God is there and waiting to rescue you.
“If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans.” – Psalm 139:8-9
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” – Hebrews 13:5
God doesn’t call you up the mountain to let you fall. It doesn’t surprise Him when we fall, but He doesn’t intend for us to stay there. Just keeping on moving, and keep your eyes on Jesus, because it is when we take our eyes off of Him, we fall. That old saying, “don’t look down,” can hold a lot of meaning here. Sometimes we want to take one last look back, at what we’ve left behind. Lots wife turned into a pillar of salt, because she couldn’t let go of what was behind her, and look forward in faith to what God had for her. (Genesis 19:26) We fear walking through that door of the unknown, but what God has for us is better than anything we can dream up ourselves. I am thankful for God’s grace.
“If today I lose my hope, please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams.” – Anonymous.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:11
In Exodus 20 Moses wrote the Ten Commandments on a tablet of stone. It was smashed by Moses out of anger, and then I believe re-written. No matter how many times you push rules on people, they will always find ways to, “break,” the rules. But God always has a forgiving spirit, especially with a heart of true repentance.
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” – 2 Corinthians 3:6
The gospel of Jesus is much different from the Ten Commandments. It was a set of rules, that as humans under the dispensation of law could not keep, therefore all would eventually be condemned to death. We learned through this dispensation that we are too weak to fulfill what the law proposed, so God sent Jesus to pay our debt for us.
The stone tablets may have faded away, but the word of God didn’t. It’s a living word. (Hebrews 4:12) The expectations of the law were fulfilled in Christ when He died on the Cross for us.
After God brought the Hebrew people into existence, He sent Moses to give them the Law of the land. God’s people consistently broke the commandments to his dismay but His love for us was much stronger to just let us die. For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
God gives unmerited favor allowing His chosen people, Jews and Gentiles alike, to have eternal fellowship with him. Just because we have received a, “get out of the dog house card,” doesn’t mean it’s a free pass to go on living any way we want. Our pass came at a cost, Jesus death. We have the chance to start over, and make successful lives, with God in it. Without God on this earth we have no real guidance. The 400 years of silence between the Old and the New Testament is a good example. I’m sure lots of chaos happened in those times when God didn’t speak. But lots of preparations were coming for the new age. Talk about silent treatment!
Through the dispensation of Grace, we learn that we are not saved by our own works but by the grace of God. When we come to Jesus, He paints us over, so that when God looks at us, He doesn’t see the sin, but He sees Jesus, and remembers the covenant. The covenant of Love, brought about by His love for mankind.
“God doesn’t define you by your sin, he defines you by Jesus.” – Joseph Prince.
What was previously written in stone, is now written in Red, by the blood of Jesus. It’s not a set of rules, but simply this. I love you.
I would say without some rules we would live in a completely chaotic world. Even worse than the one we live in. There are reasons behind rules, but we are too focused on what we don’t get, rather than what God has protected us from. We must stand for something in this world, or we will fall for anything. Hence the narrow way is the best way to go. (Matthew 7:14)
The woman caught in the act of adultery back in the dispensation of law would have been condemned and subject to death by stoning, but because of the grace of God, Jesus was able to give her a second chance at life. (John 8:1-11)
When you get a hold of a relationship with God, it is much easier to live out of love than it is to act out of fear. Perfect love casts out all fear. (1 John 4:18) If you throw a bunch of rules at someone and say follow them or you will die, it’s not going to work. God gives us rules to live by, because He loves us, and wants to protect us. I believe the law was meant to teach us something about ourselves, and show us our true need for our creator.
If you are currently struggling with sin, and we all do. Never feel like you are alone, you have a loving God that wants to help. God works all things together for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:38) Simply, give it over to God, and watch him make a miracle out of your mess. He specializes in the things we find most difficult. Our sin is not written in stone, God’s love is written in our hearts, and when you come to Jesus your name is written on the most beautiful piece of paper in heaven, and placed closed to God’s heart. Through history you will see that God never gives up on us.
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:20