Sunday, February 21, 2016

Overflowing With Thankfulness

Col 2:6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

There are two very powerful spiritual, foundational truths here ^^.

1.  It all starts with our faith in Christ/acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith:

a.  you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
b.  continue to live your lives in him,
c. 7rooted and built up in him,
d.  strengthened in the faith as you were taught

You do not get to number 2 without number 1 a-d above ^^

What is foundational, powerful spiritual truth number 2?

2.  Overflowing with thankfulness

Why is number 2 such a big deal?  Because it automatically includes number 1 and this combination of number 1 and number 2 above leads to number 3 below:

Psalm 22:3  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

What happens when we give thanks, when we praise our Lord?  His presence and power show up.  He inhabits the praises of His people.  Wherever He is, His power accompanies Him. What is it the people in the Churches, cities and nations need right now?  The presence and power of our Lord Jesus Christ in their midst.  The problems we are facing as a collective people were caused by kicking Him out so the solution is to bring Him back in to His rightful place at the very center of our being, our lives, our world.  That's it, problem solved.

Yes, this world has a problem.  The problem is when our Lord is kicked out, this move in:

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Right now, principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this world are running the show.  These things respect one thing only: raw spiritual power.  Thats it.  To turn things around a spiritual boot needs to be placed on their neck to squeeze the life out of them.  One does not put a spiritual boot on the neck of evil principalities through presidential elections or any other form of earthly, worldly endeavor.  It is accomplished in Christ and through Christ alone.  It starts with Colossians 2:6 above.

grace and peace

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

No Reason To Fear

Yesterday as I was asking the Lord once again, "So what's going to happen Lord" (I just cant help myself), He answered once again.  If you read the article on Christian Apostasy "Welcome to 2016" it was explained what the Lord told me about this year:  "this year you are going to trust me."  He elaborated with:

 Heb 10:38 And, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back."

The reason behind constantly pestering our Lord with "whats going to happen" questions is watching what is happening to this world and anticipating what happens next.  Thanks be to our God, yesterday He answered with something along the lines of 'His people have no reason to fear what this world fears.'  This world has every reason to fear in anticipation of what is coming.  We do not.

Matt 6:25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

What is He saying?  Stop worrying, stop anticipating what will happen tomorrow.  He keeps His eyes on us, we are to keep our eyes on Him.  Its that simple.   

Isaiah 26:3You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you

We are going to trust Him, period.  Regardless of how we feel, regardless of what the news says, regardless of current events we are going to trust Him.

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these
is love.

All three of these: faith, hope and love are woven together in this trust we have in our Lord.  Yes, He sees and understands everything that is going on in your life and in this world.  No, He is not surprised by any of it.  He sees and understands the end from the beginning.  As out of control as things seem, they are under perfect control.  What exactly is going on in the world around us that the Lord did not tell us would happen?  All of it, yes, all of it was foretold thousands of years ago.  He who told us what would happen also watches over us night and day.  He does not sleep, He does not take lunch breaks, nor does He go on vacation.  He is 'on the job' watching over us every second of every day.  We are to keep our eyes on Him.  We are to listen for His voice and do exactly precisely every thing He tells us to do without arguing or complaining.  Thats how this works.

Stop worrying.  Trust Him.  Stay filled with faith, hope and love and watch what happens.  We will not be disappointed.

Glory to the Lord our God, Who is, Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty.