“See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God,” 1 John 3:1. As a Christian, its really important that you understand who you are. We need to know that we are sons and daughters of the King. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:16,17. We share in the inheritance that rightfully belongs to Jesus, and God is happy to give it to us! Luke 12:32 says “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Heaven’s resources are available to us NOW because we are sons and daughters! Our Father has an endless supply that He wants to lavish on us. Whatever our need or problem is, God has a provision. And it is our responsibility as royalty to access Heaven’s resources to show the world around us the love of our Father. That was what Jesus did when He was here on earth, and that is our job now. When we take on an attitude that we are worthless and unworthy, we miss out on understanding our identity. Its false humility, and it doesn’t please God. Jesus paid a high price, not just for us to get a ticket to Heaven when we die, but to restore us to our Father. Now we can know Him as our Father the way He intended it from the beginning. And as we begin to understand who we are as an individual, we start to see the value in others as well. We understand that it is a privilege to serve others and see God’s Kingdom become a reality here on earth. Jesus said in Matthew 10:8 that we should preach the gospel and “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give.” God loves all people, and He has chosen to display that through His kids. Its time for us to know who we are so we can show others who He is!
The Force IS with you…
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God has been putting our wonderful country in the forefront of my mind this week. No matter what is going on around me, this seems to be the theme of my thought life
- We do live in the most amazing country in the world. We have been blessed with so much, and we have so much to bless others with.
- How, and why, does this seem to be reality?
- Since sowing and reaping is in effect today (Gal 6:7,10). How does this play into how we have what we do in this western culture?
We live in the most amazing country. If you heard, or read, what many in the Christian community have said, or are saying about our government and those who are in power now. It may give question to that fact. So many fail to see that the bible does instruct us to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3). I know some say it’s only in there once, and you build a doctrine around it. I believe it’s a theme of love that is expressed throughout the Gospel. Honor those in authority, and show love to all. We definitely need to love. That is in fact the greatest commandment. So how then is making debasing statements about our government in anyway speaking life to the current situation. After all life, and death are in our tongue. I have even been in conversation with someone claiming the fullness of God, yet declaring the current leader of the free world as beyond God’s reach, and the church needs to stop praying for him. Do what? Since when is that our call to make? So let’s start by renewing our minds to Kingdom thinking. Let’s look at how heaven sees the United states..
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death,” Romans 8:1. How many of us, after having accepted Jesus as our Lord, still feel condemned when we sin? The word condemned means “to express complete disapproval of, to sentence to a particular punishment, especially death.” But if we believe God’s Word, we see there is NO condemnation anymore for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” God sees us as righteous because of what Jesus did! And because Jesus died ONCE for all sin (1 Peter 3:18), His sacrifice covers every sin that you have committed, both past and future. He sees your spirit as righteous, even when you slip up and do the wrong things. When we sin we definitely feel that its wrong. We have a new nature once we accept Jesus as our Savior. Sinning goes against our new nature. Its not NATURAL for us to sin anymore, and we feel that. However, Holy Spirit loves to remind us of our righteousness! He is our comforter. So where do the feelings of guilt and shame come from? Revelation 12:10 tells us that Satan is the “accuser of the Brethren.” He does his best to feed us the lie that we are guilty when we sin. He wants us to think that God is unhappy with us, and that we are just poor, helpless sinners that can’t do any better. But nothing could be further from the truth! I love Colossians 1:22. It says “But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and FREE FROM ACCUSATION.” Other translations say that we are without a single fault, beyond reproach, and blameless. Every time you accept accusation from the enemy, you are choosing to believe his lie over the truth of God’s Word. To truly live under grace, we need to stop feeling guilty about our sins. When we mess up, we need to run to God and remember our righteousness that Jesus gave us. We need to rebuke Satan and refuse to listen to him. By resting on the grace of God, we are reminded of His kindness which draws us closer to Him. The more we understand grace, the more grateful we become towards Him and understand His love. God is not mad at you! He’s pleased with you, and He provided a way for you to live a life free of guilt, shame, and condemnation!
When you lay there in the solitude of your bed, and reflect on the day’s events. Only then do you realize the significance of each detail that composed your “life” that day. The lessons learned, the people we impacted, or those that impacted us. Just like grade school, you don’t appreciate it in the moment, but come to realize without it you’d be pretty ignorant. As I lay awake rolling life through my head, and thanking Pappa that He once again blessed me in so many ways, I realized I had just witnessed a four hour example of the Father’s love.
Jadon, my oldest, opened the front door. “holy cow”, he explained, “it’s raining so hard it sounds like the hose is on”. laughing it off, we told him to open the door wider so we could hear it. Well the fact was is it sounded like this, because one of our main sprinkler valves, right next to the house, had broke sending copious amounts of water into the air and flooding our entryway. This was not a welcome site. We had just nestled in to watch a good shoot em up flick that was just getting good and tense, but this seemed like something a little more important so I reluctantly went about repairing it. I found the problem, shut off the water to the house, and did what every red blooded, macho husband, and self respecting father would do. I called my dad. Yea, that’s what we do, because in situations like this he always knows what to do. To which, like so many times before, he volunteers to leave his comfortable ez-chair and come to my rescue. My son, who by the way loathes grade school, asked me why I called gram pa. I …read more
Source: Kingdom Kinetics
I’m pretty sure this has happened to all of us. We pray for healing or some other need, and it doesn’t happen. Or at least it looks like it hasn’t happened. It can feel very discouraging and frustrating. Last year I was battling frequent headaches. They weren’t migraines or anything that bad, but they were annoying and I wanted to be done with them. I prayed about it, believing to be healed, only to get another headache a week later. I just didn’t understand why sometimes healing comes immediately and sometimes it doesn’t. Then God began to teach me about walking by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” When I prayed the first time over my headaches, did I believe that God healed me? Was I willing to stand on His Word that says “by His wounds you have been healed” in 1 Peter 2:24? So I stopped praying FOR healing and started to thank God that I HAD been healed. Proverbs 18:21 says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” So often when we pray, we are quick to say “nothing happened!” But we need to stop viewing this world through our 5 senses. We need to stop listening to our flesh more than we listen to God’s Word. As I began to speak life over myself and proclaim that God had already healed me, the headaches became fewer and farther between. I meditated on the fact that Jesus had defeated my headaches on the cross, and He had OVER-paid for my healing. Now I haven’t had one in a really long time. Would I have preferred instant healing? Of course. But I’ll take healing however it comes, even if that means I have to press in and be persistent. I still don’t truly understand all the reasons why that happens. Was it a matter of my unbelief? Could there be other reasons? Whatever the reason may be, God always wants us to have victory. When we walk by faith, we choose to place a higher importance on God’s Word than anything else that we come in contact with. If something doesn’t line up with Scripture, its not true. I’m no one special. If you are a born-again Believer and Holy Spirit lives in you, then you have everything you need. If it works for me, it will work for you too. Have faith because God’s Word never fails!
Last evening I spent almost 3 hrs of my time watching the adventures of Bilbo Baggins unfold, in the new release “The Hobbit”. Absolutely loved the movie, and of course, saw so many great parallels and truths we experience here in our reality. So I have decided to write a few down as I embark on my own new adventure for 2013, Blogging.
The adventure begins when a quite content and comfortable hobbit, Bilbo, is approached by a wizard to go on an adventure. The wizard, Gandalf, is looking for the last member to join in a quest. He approaches Bilbo because he sees destiny in him, that Bilbo himself does not yet see. Hmm, sounds somewhat familiar. Bilbo’s immediate response is to stay as far away from “adventure” as possible. Adventure means mess, uncomfortable, and does not fit into his plan. He is most content staying in his “hole”, sitting on his porch and smoking his pipe.
Without the hobbit descriptors, and references to mythical beings, this sounds like the present state of many. I myself was in this same place. The thought of stepping out of my comfort zone spiritually sounded very messy, uncomfortable, and really didn’t fit into my plan of world domination. (according to the American dream). I spent majority of my life feeling that any form of disruption, or untidiness was not from God. After all..
1 Cor. 14:40 But all things should be done with regard to decency and propriety and in an orderly fashion.