January 26, 2020
"We do not see OUR SIGNS; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long." —Psa. 74:9
Psalm 74 cries out in agony over Israel’s loss of its SIGNS that Indicated God’s favor was with them. The absence of their signs was evidence that Israel had drifted away from GOD, losing His favor, and their unique identity among the nations. Hundreds of years later the promised Messiah came. And upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ the NT Church entered the world with the supernatural Signs of GOD’s Presence, not just accompanying it, but within it.
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January 19, 2020
“Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” —Luke 22:31-32
LORD Of My Rebound!
It is the ability to REBOUND from stumbles & sins that is the great secret to ultimate victory, for those who are a New Creation in Christ. God has engineered the New Creation to be resilient, constantly rising through the ups and downs of life.
GOD’s strategy in your life doesn’t depend on you never falling down, but on you never staying down. Ours is the grace to press victoriously though failures in life.
Proof of Jesus’ work of Redemption in you isn’t manifest in you never stumbling or failing at life’s tests. But He is glorified as Redeemer when He leads you triumphantly back to your feet. GOD is Keeping you, not so you’ll avoid trials, but so you’ll recover from them.
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January 12, 2020
"I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of me and made me His own." —Phil. 3:12
Membership in the Body and moving with the Flock does not fulfill my call to personally follow Jesus. I can’t use the acceptance & approval of the Church as a substitute for my individual calling & responsibility to Jesus. I have a race to run, that I can’t complete just by being active in Church.
There’s an occupational hazard to church membership that I call: Group Faith. And some have substituted their individual pursuit & obedience to Jesus for it. Many Christians are parked in church, and not moving with GOD in their personal lives. Without an individual moving vision, and measurable spiritual objectives, their personal life with GOD is stalled out. The Body of Christ is not a Religious AutoTrain hauling parked souls through life. We are called to be Pathfinders & Trailblazers, not Settlers & Occupants. We are a cooperation of GOD-connected, internally-motivated, individual Jesus-followers, moving forward in the same purpose & direction. Read the rest of this entry »
January 5, 2020
Life is a puzzle box of 1000 pieces. You must find all your edge pieces and build your border before you start building the inside and seeing the Big Picture. That border is a proper definition of happiness that will define your life. So what is happiness? Read the rest of this entry »