For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
— II Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
Instead of focusing on our current problems, we need to fix our eyes on the future that God has ordered for us in our journey.
Some times we are fixed on things that are not important. We need to stop looking at the outward for security. The outward is temporary. The inside is truth and righteousness in all.
When we allow the stuff we focus on to hinder our walk in faith, we end up in frustration with people who do not understand our walk. We are ordered to take our journey in a way that others cant understand. They do not trust the Lord as we may trust Him. Some do not look to the Lord for what they need, they seem to look only upon the flesh for answers.
Dont let your troubles get you down. Instead, lets make sure our troubles are a stepping stone that causes us to believe more and more. What ever your dealing with in your life, should promote your faith not drain it each day.
Worrying about tomorrow and what we cant fix on our own is a waste of time. Concentrate on wjat you do have control over.
But forget all that–
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
— Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT
People cannot see what is going on in the Soirit realm. They are oblivius s to what the Lord is doing and has planned for this end time. It will be a desaster because of the ways of this world and how people donot care to listen or do what is instructed by Gods WordThis fight is with the Creator, but the servants are the ones who get the mean looks and sligh comments from haters if the Gospel. The Creator is changing the game plan for all the players. Mostly because He has the power to do so. It is tine to prove ourselves 100% to the Kingdom. We can no longer skate by with half the belief and most of the doubt because we arent for sure. It is time to walk into the newness of God. He empowers the believer to press into this world and leave a lasting stamp upon those who do not know. It is time to scratch the minds of those who claim they do know the Lord. People who have such depth of understanding, but still celebrate paganistic religious events in the church. I cant trust those tyoes of people who refuse stand outside the normacly of religion. Even when we know there is more to it, we still keep our rituals and pagan feast before the Lord as if its emacceotable in His sight. It is not. A whoremonger cannot enter into Heaven, just like those who have left the natural use of a man and woman to please fleshes desires have its own way over obedience to the Spirit. The spring of Gods glory will rose in places that have been dried out for centuries. People who did not get the Spirit infilled will be filled from their inner man. Those whom everyone has denied a right to be Gods people, His chosen shall flourish and one day spring up with power and might. Rivers in the desert will we see. Water in dry places will soon come to be.
American King James Version
But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕
When the Father created man in His own image. He used red clay from the ground to fashion a vessel that would house the Spirit that brings the soul to life. In this vessel (flesh) we can become great men/women for the Masters use. But, we can also become terribly selfish and indugling to lifes temporary things.
If you can recall the beginnings of creation. Man is the only species that the Creator touched to make and fashion. So, the Lord had His hands in our lives from the very beginning.
So many times we try to become, without Him. We try to have an identity and not be associated with the one whose hands fashioned us from nothing but dirt and sand. In His hands we can become more than just a shell of a man. In the Potters hands we can be made to shine and feel inward satisfaction of being a good vessel for the Master to use.
God wants to finish us in the refiners fire. Take us through the kennel to make a final product from what He felt was good in the first place. It was the imagination of being something else without Him that created a flaw in our design. Now the Creator God has to break us to make us again from scratch. In this process of breaking we become aware of ourselves and want to save bits and pieces that were not of the original design, and He wont allow it. That is why the vessel wars against the Spirit. That Scripture in Galatians 5. Notice it is works of flesh against work of the Spirit. Your mind is in between, that is your intellect or soul in the greek is whats caught in between this everlasting war with flesh to have its way over the Spirit.
So the vessel has a flaw deep within the foundation of its creative mass, and God will have what He wants from you and I. Even if we end up back in the pile of dirt and mud for Him to remake and refine with His vehement compassion to keep us in His original design.
Let Gods hands get into you, not just outwardly. Let Him finish whats cracked inside that no one can see. Outwardly we are perfectly flawless. We can hold a beautiful bouquet. The problem is we cannot hold the whole thing without revealing ourselves to the world we are trying to impress. I guess a half dozen can still get a smile on the face of those we want to present our gifts to. They dont know theres another six laying in the sink because our vase is to small.
God is love. Everyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in them. If God’s love is made perfect in us, we can be without fear on the day when God judges the world. We will be without fear, because in this world we are like Jesus. Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is his punishment that makes a person fear. So his love is not made perfect in the one who has fear.
— I John 4:16-18 ERV
Because His love is made perfect in us. We have nothing to fear on the day of judgment. So, if His love is not full and richly entwined within us, then we will have to fear what comes on that day we meet our Maker. Love is a four letter word that offends and mends at the same time. People do not like it when you show love over hate. They cannot take it when your not frustrated like they are over the issues that do not truly matter as much as they post it and share it with the world they huddle in. Gods love casts out fear. That means, in the love of the Lord you donot have to be afraid to show it to complete strangers. It is better to love first then to tense up around people. It is easy to put frowns in the atmosphere around you. Staring at others with frustrations and anger before you even get to know them. It is crazy when you are the new one and people already have issues with you because you are new on the scene. I have to love God, so therefore I have to love others. I cannot pick and choose whom I will show love towards, it must be done according to the will of God. Fear aborts love and grace for your life. Fear is a killer of true Godly emotions. Fear is the root cause of many failings in our lives. When we walk in fear and not love, we miss prime opportunities that could be ours if we condition ourselves to love at will, we avoid the consequences of damnation.
Love on purpose, not because He makes you. If we walk around blaming our Lord for the reason we have to love others, than we dont love them genuinely without Christ. There is the issue. Chris loves for real on purpose and those of us who do it for real with out putting it on the Lord are the children of God. You haven’t heard that any where, but here saints. Loving others is not a privilege we give to men. It is a command we receive from the Lord. Especially, seeing we know that our sins are greater than those we look across the isle at (yes that is political gorgon im using). Beams in my eye, should humble me enough to give up what I hold most precious and dear as a commodity to be used in bartering with others illegally in Gods eyes. Love is a way of living not a tool to be used bluntly over the heart and heads of people.
If we love God whom we haven’t seen. How can we not love the brothren whom we have seen? Again the Word of God is not strongly suggesting something for us to use on the side of. The Word is a living command. It is time to do it and not spit it all over the place. You know, say it and dont spray it.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
— Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
God is a giant. He is great big and doesnt have time for the playground antics. I call this earth our playground because it is where we have to react to everyone in it. Some people do not play fair. They cheat at everything because they hate loosing. If I cheat at a game, it is because others arent paying attention and I want to get caught. Also, I cheat obviously to make them laugh until they dont amd get serious. After all, it is a game right? He tells us to come unto Him, all of us who are over worked and feel like giving up. But, if you aren’t paying attention. He says trade with Him the work that He has to do, while He takes the troubles you cant work out on your own. Our stuff causes us to sin and fall into sorrows. His things bring peace and strength. It is still a yoke that binds you to a particular thing to do with your life. You just have to be willing to trade it off. Christ’s burdens technically are lighter and simpler. We work and sweat and toil complaining every step of the way. Christ is asking us do we want to be a witness for Him instead? Its lighter and easier to be a witness for Jesus. No complaints when your yoked to love and righteousness. Those who enjoy the labor free stress zone that is in Christ, we donot allow others problems to infiltrate our Spirit. Some people can be good counselors because they can let it beed up and roll off. Others are not so good at it, because they take on the symptoms of the one they are counseling and end up doubled in depression. Learn to trade the burdens with the Savior, because it is light and easy to walk in Him and not in self.
We humble ourselves in prayer, because we realize we are not truly carrying the full brunt of the stress. He says trade it with Him, but He also will not put to much on us that we cannot take. But, come on brother/sister. Isnt there something you can bare?
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
— Psalm 23:4 NKJV
We are not abandoned, because the Lord is with us. His rod and staff they confort us as we travail through our journey in life. If God is my Shepherd, I dont mind the pulling and pushing that cones with His leadership. God directs us into the places that have water and green pastures for His people to be fed and nurtured. You know how stubborn you can be when you dont want to go. Just think how much the Lord pushes us into the green pastures for our own sakes. If you and I were truly starving, it wouldnt be a problem to get us to go to whatever place provided to find something to sustain us, no matter the quality. I think because the Lord has provided such goodness to us, we take for granted that we are not in a position to beg for our next meal. We complain so easily about what we have to eat for diner, but we dont feel so hungry that we donot care. The Shepherd has pushed us into successful places. His rod that beats us into place because as sheep we donot always listen. The hook of His staff to draw us back to His fold when we go off the path. The Holy Spirit is that being within us to gice us the boundaries that He has set for us not to cross over. The Shepherd has not taken away the fun of life. He has just given us the proper way to enjoy what we have available to us without loosing ourselves in foolish nature and filthy thoughts that come with the life of folly. Every day we deal with threats because of our OLD beliefs that others feel are overrated ad should be done away with. Yet, I ask us about the books of old poetry and english literature’s that we still hold true and current to learning today, but the Word of the Lord has to be reforned to meet current thoughts of how we should believe. Im not getting that concept. The Word has been established over the generations that we who are the Lords servants know what He expects of us and how to carry out the instructions given. This Scripture is about walking in the valley and the shadows of death. But, I’m always speaking on this subject. So, I am certain you and I could use a small change in the blog this week. The threat is crrent and well thought out by the enemy. He doesnt want us to have those places of green pastures and fresh water. He would prefer we fear what is in the valley. I cant go on in my life worried about the threat of death because people hate wjat I believe. To my dismay, many strobg believers turn on the road to Eternity with God, for what ever quality of life they can find. Even if it is not what the Shepherd provides. If you and I belong to Abba. Then get ready for some hard comfort. I would rather be chastised here and now, then to receive my pay at judgment. God correct us here, so we donot miss Eternity with the Savior.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
— Matthew 28:18-19 NLT
All power and authority has been given to Christ. He is the permission we need to do our job in service to the Kingdom of God. We are to make disciples in every place that we come to. In other words, we dont have time to tell our stories and witness to anothers testimony over the story of Christ. We all have the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel. The question is; where were you when you first heard the truth of the Word for yourself? Many people are on a different plateau then you and I. We all have to wait until we are in our own dead end of life before we make the conscious decision to turn over control to the Lord. It is dangerous out here without salvation. We cannot continue with out the Spirit to guide us through the maze of confusion that many have found themselves lost in. Spread the News to the land and makensure it is truth based upon the unadulterated Word of the Lord. His Word is infallible, unmistakably completley true. We stand on the Word as our foundation. Teaching new converts that Christ Loves them. Showing them love that is genuine. Making sure to advance the Kingdom status through out all mations. Being a disciple takes discipline. The ability to stand on wjat you have been taught by your teacher and inhance that knowledge through consistent studies throughout your life. Christ Disciples are men who have been given the power to absolve sins in His name. We donot forgive Sin as if we are God or the Son of God, but He has goven is power to do His work and more upon the earth. We are instructed to male Disciples in the land by baptizing them in the name of Jesus through the power of the Hoky Ghost.
Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
That we may know the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. We need to know that He went through so that you and I dont have to go through it that way to receive of the Lords mercy and grace. It is time to share in His death. That is, we should die to selfishness and live in righteousness. It is our duty to make sure that our Lord is lifted high above the nations ad kingdoms of the earth. We have to show the nations that we believe in the power of God and the resurrection of the Son of God, how He reconciled men to His Father our Creator and God.
We died with Him. We walked with Him in His lifes blood through al that the Lord dealt with, all the way up to the cross where they crucified the Lord. We went through the grave and hell with Him and now are carried with Him to His Heavenly place beside the Father. You might say, how did we do this thing?, and I would say to you, through the blood, because LIFE is in His Blood. When you and I take on the salvation provided by the Savior, we are covered under the Blood of the Lamb. Under the Blood of the Lamb, we are alive and victorious. Outside the blood of the Lamb we are dead to the Spirit. You cannot have both lifstyles existing in you. Either you are dead to the world or dead to Christ. The power of His resurrection is the example we have of being born into the Heavenly realm of the Kingdom of God. In the resurrection we get our new life and new identities. We are no longer flesh beings in the resurrection. If we choose to remain in our sin and flesh, we are sure to remain separated from all eternal hope. Our lives would have been for nothing and we would be a piled up mess. Im not waiting to die. Im dead already. Go figure that saints. The flesh shouldnt have a hold on me anyway, because what it does I cant feel nor do I find myself affected by what it wants because I live in the resurrection of Christ Jesus.
Set it all ablaze.
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
— Ephesians 6:16 NKJV
You and I can fight if we make sure we put on the proper gear to withstand the enemies attacks. We can not be exposed to the enemy. We must take the time to put on the whole armor of the Lord. To protect sekf, we must have faith in God, trusting that we are in the right space in time with who we are in resoect to Kingdom living.
The enemy has taken out some strong saints. There are people who you would think could not be compromised, but the enemy had something on them, that they folded their faith into a ball and threw it away. I am a witness to this statement, because of what I have personally witnessed in my life, with a close and dear friend. Strong talk is not enough. We must have the where with all to back up our faith statements. We shouldnt stand on our own principles, because we have issues in the flesh that we have to keep covered under the blood. When we go out to fight the enemy, he can expose our weaknesses. So we should never be naked without the sheild of faith to cover us when the feiry darts come our direction. A feiry dart, is attacks that stick deep into the core of what they are focused on, and they burn itto your soul. If we are not careful, these feiry darts can hit our core belief and cause us to back away in pain. This is why we do not need to have exposed flesh in the battle of faith. The enemy can be extreme when he wants to gouge at you deep. He uses those closest to you to hurt your core values. Those who know yoir idiosyncrasies, those who know the secret you behind closed doors. The enemy is hot on the trail of those who stand against his process of illumination. He works on those who have a world changers view. Those who affect the community with their services. Those who serve in the hospitals in a Spiritual aspect. Those who fight poverty and disease. The enemy will not allow you to be an anchor for another brother to begin to stand firm on. It is hard to fight what you dont see coming. Those closest to you, you are not expecting to attack you on your views, mostly because they are supposed to have those same views. It is hard to have my children stand on the other side of the isle and hear their views that I might think are unfounded and not researched properly. We cannot expect our loved ones to have the same view as we do in accordance to the Scripture. The world is a strong adversary. The sheild of faith is the Word of God in action for us all. We stand firm on principles that are derived from belief in what the Lord has said. Faith is a tool that can be used in defense of all naysayers and those who oppose esoecially on Biblical terms. If you are going to stand at odds with the world view, why not stand on the firm foundation of what is truth. The Word of the Lord is truth. It takes faith to use it properly. Without faith, none can please the Lord.
Luke 8:47 She was healed immediately
It doesnt take the Lord a lifetime to heal us. It takes a lifetime for us to received our healing. That is because of doubt and fear. When Jesus heals, it hppens instantly. The examples are all in the Word of God. Many examples of the healing abilities of our Savior have been written, but when you have a first hand experience. Thats when it matters the most. We all who believe have our own healing experience from the Lord. Even though He doesnt walk physically upon this earth in man understanding, His Spirit is her to give us comfort in knowing that the Lord has heard our cry. Our healing is personal, but our testimony is public. Just like those who experienced His hands laid upon ther physical bodies. They didn’t doubt that the Lord was there and healing could flow easily. It takes more faith for us today to believe because the Savior is in Spirit and has to use the hands of faithful men and women who serve Him in ministry. Healing now. It means to receive the expectation you waited for all that time. Like the woman with the issue of blood. She needed healing now, and she got what she expected in waiting patiently for the Lord to appear. She knew of His power, but she needed to get past her fear. I know His power of healing, and thank the Lkrd we still have healings, because if we didnt, many would not believe. Healing takes meditations. Healing takes prayer and fasting. Finally, healing takes setting ones self a part in supplication and get with the Lord on a personal level. We wait for the threat to our physical life before we get serious about doing something. Them doctor tells us it cancer, then we eat right. It takes discipline to be healed now. Disobedience drags the healing along with us for a lifetime that many dont get it before they die. It is not the Spirits fault we are not healed. It may probably isnt the fault of the man or woman who is praying for you. It surely can be the fault of a diubtful believer. Like Thomas who would not believe until he saw it for Himself. There is nothing like the rumors of a healing, and then you witness for yourself the eyes of the blind made to see.
Finally. A now healing can only hapoen successfully for those who are now ready to receive. It also means there is a sickness that must be healed in the mind before the body can receive it. A person sick of cancer, has now known for a time thy habe been diagnosed by doctors and convinced of their demise. So, we not only need to work at heling the body, but we must heal the mind first. Healing starts in believing. Healing will not come before you believe. Now healing, takes a now believing in order to work.
Our God is our healer. He request that you and I stand firm on our belief.