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Plans for Transition in 2017

Where God is carrying you in 2017 some in your inner circle cannot go with you.  He will not allow them to go. Therefore, do not try to force them to go with you. Release them in love and follow Jesus! Remember that God’s plans for you is not the same even for those in ministry with you.

God’s plans for each of us is personal although we may be serving in ministry together now. We have a tendency to try and hold on to people we are connected to not realizing it may be only for a season.  You may have worked together in unity and had an effective ministry.  However, once you have completed that particular assignment, God has another assignment for you that requires transitioning to another place and with other people.

**Side Note: the transition may be a spiritual one and not a physical location. For example, God may increase you spiritually through divine revelation, wisdom, and insight for the purpose of completing another assignment, which requires greater responsibility. You should not expect everyone to understand, and you should definitely not become proud arrogant, and condescending.  Always remember it is about Kingdom business and God’s glory.

We tend to welcome a change of scenery and transition when we have been under scrutiny, dealt with envy and jealousy, and had difficulty working with our brothers and sisters in the church’s ministry.  Unfortunately,  many individuals leave for the wrong reason without considering God’s plan.  Consequently, they risk being out of God’s will and doing things their own way.

On the other hand, when we have a healthy working relationship with others in ministry, have seen great progress and effectiveness in ministry, we risk missing God’s next assignment for us because we think we are in the set place for life and that God’s plan and will for us is collective rather than individual.

In addition, when God reveals His plan for us individually, we want to know His plan for those in our inner circle that we’ve worked with for some time. We must be careful with this mindset.  We never want to do the work of ministry based on convenience, ease and without opposition. That is unrealistic and unbiblical in the Kingdom of God. Jesus always faced opposition and was constantly being scrutinized by others. Ministry is never about comfort!

In fact, God’s individual plan for you may require leaving the comforts of ministry and the good working relationships with co-laborers to move forward in fulfilling your next assignment for the Kingdom.  However, it may not be as comforting and glamorous for you as you expected, but as long as the Lord is with you, it will be well. 

Here is a biblical example that always amazes me when I read it. Consider Peter’s revelation from Jesus concerning God’s plan for him (John 21:20-22).  Jesus restores Peter back into fellowship after of him three times just as Jesus predicted (Matthew 26:69-75).  The restoration consisted of Jesus questioning Peter about his love for Him. After the validation of Peter’s love Jesus gave him his “life” assignment with specific instructions, “Feed my sheep.” Furthermore, Jesus revealed the great cost that would come with Peter’s great responsibility—Peter would die as a martyr for the glory of God. Can you imagine after being affirmed and restored for ministry and now to hear God’s final plan that included how you would die after your ministry assignment? After receiving “in part” his revealed destiny, and God’s will for him, naturally, Peter wanted to know God’s plan for John. He asked, “What’s going to happen to him?  How is he going to die?”

In essence, Jesus said to Peter that God’s plan for John is not the same as yours.  Just focus on your relationship with Me.  The place and work assigned to you are for you.  This is your lot in life.   Peter and John had been together from the start of Jesus’ earthly ministry.  Peter, James, and John were Jesus’ inner circle; they had shared their lives together and spent intimate time with Jesus, but that was for a season.  Now there would come a time of separation based on God’s individual plan, purpose, and will.

As I stated, the tendency to want to continue working with individuals we have shared in ministry with for a while is natural.  We make assumptions about God’s plans based on working relationships and experiences together.  However, there may come a time when what you have witnessed and shared in ministry together was God’s plan to prepare you for your next.  Seek to know God’s will for your and not your co-laborer so that wherever He has purposed to carry you, although it may mean separating from the familiar and comfortable, you will submit to His will.

Where God is carrying you in 2017 some in your inner circle cannot go with you.  He will not allow them to go. Therefore, do not try to force them to go with you. Release them in love and you follow Jesus! Without question about His plan for your co-laborer, you say, “Yes, Lord. Here am I send me.”

(Read John 17:20-22 and may the Holy Spirit enlighten you).

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Is it a Good Thing?

 

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When it comes to the idea or thought of what is good for us opinions and beliefs vary. Usually, the differences are based upon personal preferences, experiences, and environments.  Oftentimes many are persuaded by the opinions and beliefs of others for various reasons—relationships, shared experiences, similar backgrounds, etc.  Regardless of beliefs or how opinions are formed, in many instances, we know, to a certain extent, if something is good for us or not. Unfortunately, our human nature gravitates to the “not good” more often than the good although we are fully aware of the risks. For example, take a look at the picture.  I am sure you can agree that as good as it looks, too much fast food in our diet is definitely not a good thing. However, the decision is personal.  If I know eating too much fast food is not a good thing, will I change my eating habits and discipline myself for my own benefit—a healthy lifestyle?  

This same illustration can apply to our spiritual life. When it comes to our personal relationship with Christ, we have an innate problem with discerning if it’s a good thing. We are in a constant struggle with our carnal nature.  For example, in our carnal mindset, we agree that being afflicted is not a good thing.   However, this is what the psalmist concludes in Psalm 119:71:

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted,  that I may learn Your statutes.”

Psalm 119:71 (NKJV)”

The word “afflicted” in this passage does not necessarily mean physical sickness or disease.  Instead, it means various troubles, unfavorable circumstances and conditions that put you in a “lowly” place, a humbling position, which is against our human nature.  In essence, when our back is against the wall, we are in a good place to learn something from God that will change us as well as our spiritual perception.

 “It is a good thing that I was humbled
    because it helped me learn Your limits.

Psalm 119:71 (The Voice)

 Let’s consider the psalmist’s perspective and what we can learn that can possibly change our view.  First of all, it is a personal declaration…good for me…, that I was humbled…, it helped me… As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, each of us must have personal experiences and encounters on our faith walk that transform us from the inside out so that we grow in the knowledge of God.  God in His wisdom deals with each of us differently just as parents do with their children.  Nevertheless, we can all agree that in His sovereignty He desires “good” for all of us regardless of what it takes for us to realize that goodness is the essence of God’s character.

“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11b)

Secondly, the psalmist states the reason for his conclusive statement.  He says that having been afflicted (humbled) was an opportunity to learn God’s statutes (decrees)—established laws that govern; God’s boundaries (limits). Truth is, we are a generation that rebel against limitations and set boundaries. Unfortunately, without boundaries and limits, we risk harming ourselves and others. Hence, laws and regulations were established for our good.

 Moreover, God’s ultimate plan is to bring us to an expected end—a good outcome.  However, we don’t always see this from a spiritual perspective.  Our sin nature is always opposed to God’s way of doing things.  Therefore, we constantly seek to do things our way.  Unfortunately, we fail to recognize what is good for us until our way has landed us into “no way out.”  It is at the point of “no way out” that we finally get it—God’s way is the best because He is good and His mercy endures forever.

 Conclusively, when it comes to the idea or thought of what is good for us opinions and beliefs vary from our carnal nature. Thankfully, from a spiritual perspective, like the psalmist, we mature spiritually and realize that our troubles, bad situations, lowly places, hardships and disappointments were working for our good. (Romans 8:28) Why? God was teaching us!  We learned something about God.  We learned that God’s judgments are right. We learned that God is faithful and can be trusted.  We learned that God loves us unconditionally, and knows and wants what is best for us.  Above all, we learned that God’s Word is true.  Teach me O LORD! I hope in Your Word!

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God Still Says Let My People Go!

chainsSlavery and segregation are only two of several derogatory terms that still arouse emotions when remembering the struggles of our people during a vile period in America’s history.  Some people would like to forget this painful past, and others prefer to revive it.  Consequently, these preferences pose the greatest threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of peace in our nation and the world.   

Biblical history was misinterpreted and erroneously used to justify human degradation in America.  However, reading Exodus 1:7-11, it is obvious that the mentality of slave practice and oppression derive from the selfish motives of man’s sin nature, fear, and ignorance of the true knowledge of God—His plan of salvation, His purpose, and the fulfillment of His promise. 

 (Exodus 1:7-11, “But descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, and the land was full of them. Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, Behold, the Israelites are too many and too mighty for us [and they out-number us both in people and in strength]. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply more and, should war befall us, they join our enemies, fight against us, and escape out of the land. So they set over [the Israelites] taskmasters to afflict and oppress them with [increased] burdens”). -AMPLIFIED-

The most revealing and astounding truth in the biblical account of slavery, oppression and bondage, recorded in the book of Exodus chapters 1–11 is God’s command for freedom, and His sovereign acts that brought it to pass in response to the prayers of His people.  The mass exodus from Egyptian bondage and slavery reveals God’s perspective on the oppression and affliction of His people—all people, both naturally and spiritually. God does not delight in slavery or bondage of any kind. The truth is, He delights in delivering people from bondage… He is a Deliverer!

Despite America’s scornful past, subliminal prejudices and injustices of the present, we hold to this truth—God created all men equal. Therefore, knowing this, and being motivated by a pure conscious rather than a bitter heart, we prefer not to forget.  

  • If we forget, we have no definite measurement for progress. 
  • If we forget, we dishonor those who sacrificed their lives in the fight for freedom and justice for all. 
  • If we forget, we devalue the freedoms of today, and diminish the hope of a better tomorrow. 
  • If we forget, we forfeit our inalienable rights from the Creator who made us in His image and His likeness. 
  •  Furthermore, if we forget, we denounce the gift of grace, by settling for less than what God predestined for all mankind.  

Although these pains of the past pierce our soul upon remembrance, still we must not forget, lest we dismiss invaluable lessons from our ancestors—their character, their strength, and fortitude in the face of opposition and inhumane adversity.  Therefore, let us continue to cherish the legacy of faith and inner strength that they received from the Lord, the Creator of the heavens and earth, who faints not nor grows weary; who gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might He increases strength. 

Perhaps, remembering the plight of our ancestors will inspire us to do what we can speak and act boldly as they did and trust God for renewed strength; to mount up as eagles, run and not become weary, walk and not faint.   Perhaps, we will be able to sing with assurance, “we shall overcome”; and declare with authority we are more than conquerors, and no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Then, we could envision victory over present challenges and injustice, and passionately pursue the higher call to purpose as we go from faith to faith and glory to glory. 

As Christians, we cannot forget this period in American history.  Moreover, it is out of a pure conscious that we definitely must not allow the revitalization of dismal past.  If we do, we demean our character as followers of the disciplines of Christ, and discredit the finished works of Christ on the Cross at Calvary, where He paid the price for our freedom so that we would no longer be slaves to sin, nor to men.

 Therefore, we, the Church of Jesus Christ must shoulder the responsibility of advancing the Kingdom of God—move America and the world forward in pursuit of true freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of peace and happiness by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For the gospel alone has the power to bring total deliverance.  It alone has power to expose the truth, and eradicate the desire to revive a past that was rooted in evil, governed by fear and sanctioned by hatred, that manifested in suppressing and oppressing others.   Thanks unto God, because the Christ of Exodus still commands, “Let my people go!”

   As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, let us remember to always give thanks to God because the Christ of Exodus commanded, “Let my people go!” And the process began in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation.  It has been a long process and a tiresome fight for civil rights.  We have come a long way; but we still have a way to go because the fight now is to free souls—all souls. 

Although the times have changed, the command is the same, “Let my people go that they may serve me…”

Question is who will commit to carrying out the command and leading people out of spiritual bondage?  Who will answer the call, go boldly into the enemy’s camp; stand in the face of opposition as God’s representative and declare to this generation the real need is spiritual emancipation.  Will you? 

I WILL…

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12 Years: From Pain to Praise

My dearly beloved mom July 12, 1932 - December 26, 2003

My dearly beloved mom
July 12, 1932 – December 26, 2003

It is now 12 years to the day that I sat alone in that hospice room listening to my dear mother making her transition from this earthly life to be present with the Lord.  It was December 26, 2003 shortly after midnight that she crossed over.  It was as if she waited to the day after Christmas.

It was a painful time.  It would not have been any less painful if she had passed on Christmas Day, but knowing my mom, it probably had more significance to her if she did not depart on Christmas.  Nevertheless, the pain of separation pierced my heart and left a hole so large that only in time the comfort and peace of God would fill.  There was no doubt in my mind that my mom’s new life of joyful, eternal rest began the day she took her last breath.  Yet, my heart was filled with sorrow and sadness.  Although I knew that day would come, the pain still seemed unbearable.  I could say it was the selfishness of an only daughter-mother relationship.  It had always been my mom and me. No biological father was there for father/daughter relationship. However, I would rather believe, according to God’s word, that it is the sting of sin that results in spiritual and physical death, which causes us to grieve.  It is the pain of separation that caused Jesus to cry out to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane as He hung dying on the Cross.  Now more ever, I am convinced that Jesus knows how bad we hurt, how we feel, and the depth of our pain when our loved ones leaves us behind in this sin-sick world.

I still miss my mom after twelve years. Occasionally, when I am missing her, I look at the old photo albums and the DVD chronicling memories of her life.  Amazingly, the hole that was so big in my heart for years has been filled by the comfort, peace, love and joy of my heavenly Father, and the ever-abiding Holy Spirit within me.  Now praise fills my heart and I can rejoice when I remember my mother as I live in anticipation of the hope of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

As I praise God down here, I often find myself thinking about the praise that must be going there where many other dear family members and friends have gone.  And then I am comforted by the words of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55:

 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!  It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.  For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.
 O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

 

Until that day we shall be together to reign with the King of Glory forever and ever, rest in peace!

From pain to praise!

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The Constancy of Christmastime

Constancy of Christmas Rom. 8-38

Each year at Christmastime life events change in my personal life. I find myself in a different place emotionally seeing the changes.   Some change appears to be bad because of the decisions made by those dear to my heart.  Some changes are good because of the happiness I see in the lives of others who are experiencing the joyfulness of major life occurrences.  And then, some changes are more emotionally challenging when those dear to my heart have transitioned from this earthly life.  Thankfully, I am learning how to respond to the changes in order for constancy to be the norm in holiday season.

I know change is a part of life.  In spite of what I see and feel, I am not without expectation even in the midst of the bad and sad.   I can still be glad when I focus on the reason for this season.  As I grow in grace, I am so thankful that my emotions do not control the level of my expectation. I can say as Apostle Paul: I am persuaded (I am certain. I am convinced) nothing can separate me from God’s love (Romans 8:38).  Therefore, regardless of how things change or situations cause separation from year to year, one thing remains constant.  God’s love never changes! Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus.

This assurance keeps me steadfast and grounded in love.  My heart remains hope-filled and I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord.  

In the words of the psalmist: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).

Yes! Each year at Christmastime life events and circumstances will change; situations will be different. Nevertheless, the constancy of Christmas is embracing the constant and unconditional love of God.  The more I focus on God’s inseparable love the more I desire to reciprocate His love so that others are hopeful at Christmastime whatever life events are occurring in their lives.

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Path of Peace

Peace on Earth

How do we find the peace we so desperately need when our world is spiraling downward into a bottomless pit of immorality, terrorism is the new norm, and leaders lack integrity and godly wisdom to lead by example?

My faith says if I pray hard enough and believe long enough things will change.

Is it too much to hope for? Am I considered naïve to even think things could possibly be different from what they are now? Is it not my privilege to think…to believe…to pray…to hope…to expect?

Here is what I think; here is what I believe, and pray and hope and even imagine…

Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace…

 That is it! The path of peace!

 The path of peace will lead us to that blissful place of eternal rest. There will be no more sorrow, tears, heartache and pain.

 The path of peace will lead us to that majestic ambiance of glory unimaginable.  No natural eye can behold its brilliance and exquisite decor.

 No finite mind can comprehend its power.  No frail body made of dust can stand under its weight of glory.

 Oh! The Path of Peace.

It is a path that anyone can take to find their way to the Father.  He has been waiting since before the foundation of the world to welcome you into the family.

Do you want to know how to get on this path of peace?  Because I sense, you’re tired and weary from the burdens you bear. Your life is spinning out of control. Your mind is tormented by nightmares. The daily challenges you face are daunting; they leave you drained of strength to survive.  You’re restless although you take sleeping pills. Your system has become immune to Prozac. You feel hopeless; you’re exhausted because your days are spent worrying about anything…everything. You don’t have the power to sustain yourself.  You are tired of suffering from sickness and diseases. The substance abuse and sexual promiscuity are no longer gratifying.  You feel used and cheap. Your “pint-sized” self-esteem has evaporated into thin air. There is no satisfaction in anything you do. You are emotionally and mentally stressed by the pressures and cares of a life; therefore, you have  concluded life is unfair and hopeless.  

 The voice in your head is screaming louder and louder, “Kill yourself! It’s your only way out!”

 NO! WAIT! Do not listen! It’s lie!  Suicide is NOT the way out! STOP!  Your solution is here!

 TODAY, RIGHT NOW You CAN start the journey on the path of peace by accepting Jesus Christ into your heart as Savior and Lord.

 Jesus was punished for our sins so that we may have peace (Isaiah 53:5).

Christ gives peace and rest to all who come to him in faith (Matthew 11:28-30).

Peace comes through justification by faith in Jesus (Romans 5:1).

Jesus gives peace (John 14:27).

Now is the perfect time of the year to have the peace so desperately needed. This peace is incomprehensible to the finite mind.  It cannot be explained logically.  It can only be experienced personally and spiritually by faith in the Prince of Peace.   I’m praying for you….

 Heavenly Father,

 Thank You for sending this word for that special individual who has no hope. It is because of Your unfailing love that You’re reaching out to them now. I pray that Your calming Presence embrace them now. Let Your peace overshadow and Your love uphold them.  Open their eyes to see beyond present chaos and calamities of life, and let them envision the beauty and tranquil place of glorious hope.  Father, it’s Your desire that we all have peace that exceeds our understanding.  And thank You, that You made provision by sending Your Son Jesus Christ as the Light to breakthrough like the majestic sunrise. Let the warmth of the Light shine and dispel the darkness that lurks in the soul of that beloved whose weary, battered and bruised. Mend their broken heart. Restore. Renew their mind. Change their life and make them new in Christ.

To start your journey on the path of peace, pray this prayer:

Father God,

 I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is Your Son; that He died on the cross and You raised Him from the dead. I confess that I am a sinner in need of salvation. Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I repent; I turn away from a life of sin and turn to You. Forgive me of my sins and make me whole. I receive You as my Savior and Lord.  Thank You, Father, for rescuing me from a destructive lifestyle and eternal damnation. Thank you for eternal life. I receive Your peace with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer in sincerity, you are saved! You are now on the path of peace. Make sure you pray daily, and read the Bible. Get connected with a local church where the Bible is taught, and you can fellowship with other believers. This practice will help you grow and become knowledgeable about the teachings of Christ and the written Word of God.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

 

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Seeing is Believing

Seeing is believing

The idiom, seeing is believing was first recorded in this form in 1639, meaning only physical or concrete evidence is convincing.  Seeing is believing is what people say when they will only believe something is true if they see it themselves.

Actually, seeing is believing could have originated from the Gospel of John’s recording of Jesus’ appearing to Thomas.  Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus entered unexpectedly and stood among them when they were hiding in fear behind locked doors (John 20:19-20). When Thomas returned, the disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas’ response was like many of ours when we must see with our natural eyes in order to be convinced of the truth .  They knew it was Jesus; they were convinced because they saw the physical evidence—Jesus showed them His wounds. Nevertheless, Thomas said, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

In other words, Thomas’ response was like the philosophy of many today—seeing is believing —I need physical or concrete evidence before I believe Jesus is alive. 

Point to Ponder:

  • Jesus is not intimidated nor surprised by an individual’s unbelief. Truth is He knew Thomas would not be with the disciples when He appeared.  He seized the opportunity to speak to this generation and generations to come before His second return that all may no longer be unbelieving, but be blessed by believing without seeing His physical body.

Eight days later Jesus returned and Thomas was there with the others.  Again, the doors were locked! Jesus came and stood among them and greeted them, “Peace be with you.” Then He spoke directly to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”  He presented Himself as the physical, concrete evidence for Thomas’ inspection. After seeing and touching, Thomas exclaimed without reservation, My Lord and my God!”  Consequently, for Thomas, he had proof that convinced him Jesus had risen from the dead.  However, for our benefit, Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you have seen me.” Furthermore, He said, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Do you believe Jesus died on the Cross and resurrected on the third day although you have seen no physical evidence?  I do!

Therefore, I am blessed. If you believe like me, you are also blessed because you believe although you have not seen Him physically. Neither have you put your finger in His pierced side or nail pierced hands and feet. 

Indeed, seeing is believing is an idiom for many, but knowing by faith means having a personal encounter, which settles all doubts about the reality of a risen Savior without seeing Him in bodily form. Personally, my concrete evidence is a transformed life! 

Point to Ponder:

  • One’s personal disbelief does not change the Truth about Jesus the Christ being Savior and Lord.

I am not naïve to think everyone will believe when you tell them Jesus is alive, and you have had a personal encounter.   Truth is this tech- savvy culture and social media crazed generation is more apt to believe anything posted on their social media simply because they can see it. However,  God is sovereign and will reveal Himself if He so wills just as He did to Thomas.  God has a way of convincing those who still say, “Unless I see, I will never believe.”

I pray that you too will be blessed to believe without seeing physical or concrete evidence of Jesus’ pierced hands, feet and side. Moreover, may you know Him by your own supernatural encounter through faith.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved (Romans 10:10).

 

 

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Gains and Losses

Gains & Losses

 

I have learned that focusing more on our losses in the past will cause us to lose sight of spiritual gains that can replace those losses in the future.

I firmly believe that gains and losses are a necessary part of life. I also believe that when “practicing” Christians lose, God has a plan and way of restoring or replacing what we’ve lost with something better and more valuable. Usually, it requires an attitude adjustment on our part before we can even attempt to make sense out of what we have experienced in terms of loss.

Additionally, if we do not assess the gains as being more valuable than what we lost, at least from God’s perspective, we may never realize this truth.   We certainly won’t appreciate the goodness and sovereignty of God. Why?  We are too focused on our loss; we are crying hopelessly and looking backward rather than forward to the possibilities of having better and being greater in God.

Could it be that making carnal analyses is a greater issue for us?  Since our thoughts are not like God’s, what we consider as losses may be what God considers as gains, or vice versa.  The problem with carnal analyses is they are calculated from a worldly system of operation and thoughts based on past personal experiences and present unpleasant circumstances. If we itemize our losses and gains from a worldly perspective rather than a Kingdom view, we can be easily deceived into believing God is not trustworthy. That’s lie from the father of lies! God is for us.  From the beginning, He has always wanted the best for us.  Unfortunately, our small thinking makes us itemize our gains and losses from a faulty and unstable perspective rather than align with God’s way of operation. No, it does not mean our losses are unimportant.  No, it does not mean what we lost is insignificant to God. However, it does means that God sees beyond the here and now. Remember, God’s thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). So often what is valuable to us, based on our limited knowledge and understanding, has no real value in the Kingdom of God and is useless in the fulfillment of our God given purpose.

For example, Apostle Paul came to a point in his life when he made an analysis of his gains and losses. He itemized using the same value system as God. Paraphrasing, he said in Philippians 3:7-11, what were his assets (gains) he wrote them off as a loss. Why? The most valuable gain to Paul was having and knowing Christ in the power of His resurrection, and participation in his sufferings. Sufferings? No one wants to suffer.  Apparently, Paul viewed all the suffering he endured for the sake of Christ as gain! That was Paul’s mindset. What about you and me? What are we willing to lose in order to gain for Christ’s sake?

Sadly, too many Christians fall apart and panic when they experience loss of materials items. No one should deny the truth that it hurts to lose stuff.   It hurts to lose anything considered as valuable. It definitely hurts more to lose a loved one.  Through all the losses God has a way of restoring.

As painful as it is to lose, we can trust God to work all things together for our good if we love Him and are the called according to His purpose. What can be gained spiritually that replaces natural losses? Here is a list:

  • A more constant and consistent prayer life
  • Deeper trust and dependency on Christ to sustain us.
  • Increased faith that looks to God for provisions.
  • Better stewardship practices.
  • A more effective witness to the faithfulness and peace of God during life’s storm.
  • Greater commitment to the work of ministry and helping others in need.
  • A faithful witness in leading others to accept Jesus Christ.

In essence, God gives you so much more in place of what you lost when you trust Him as your Source.

Beloved reader, remember it’s so easy to focus more on our losses in the past that we lose sight of any spiritual gain in the future. Also, like Apostle Paul, we have not been perfected yet, but let’s press forward and grab hold of what God desires for us.

Let’s press in to get to that place where God is calling us to reach in Christ Jesus.

Let’s not focus on our past losses, and what we have left behind so much that we miss what God wants to do our lives now and what He has destined for our future.

 

 

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For Sale: “As Is”

Are you familiar with the term, “as is?”  It’s used to describe sales transactions in which the seller offers goods in their present, existing condition to prospective buyers.

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An as is sign on a product for sale notifies prospective buyers that they are taking a risk on the quality of the goods if they purchase that particular item.   There is no warranty to cover the sale of the goods; there is no guarantee from the manufacturer or the seller of the product. Therefore, what you see is what you get; what you don’t see is what you don’t get.  Of course, the buyer is free to inspect the goods before purchase, but if any hidden defects are discovered after purchase, the buyer has no recourse.

You may be surprised to know that buyers take risks often when purchasing products and goods. Usually, these purchases have low cost, small dollar amounts determined by the buyer’s affordability based on a certain budget. In many cases, the product has no lasting value in terms of usability.  In some instances, the buyer’s purchase it namely for sentimental reasons.

Would you believe me if I told you that, as born-again Christians, we all have invisible signs that read, “As is?”  The only difference is our Buyer was fully aware of what He was getting. It didn’t matter that we had hidden defects, imperfections and blemishes. Our appearance was not of importance to Him.  It didn’t matter that we were damaged goods…broken, cracked and marred like clay pottery. He wanted us anyway! Our Buyer knew that the Manufacturer’s product had lasting value, and once restored could be used to give glory to the One who created us. After all, He’d said from the beginning everything He’d created was good.  Therefore, our Buyer paid the highest price for us without concern for risking the quality of the Manufacturer’s Brand.  He knew the Manufacturer’s warranty came with a guarantee that would be sealed by the power of His Holy Spirit.

I have learned that the main reason the Buyer purchased me was for sentimental reasons…He loved me unconditionally. Now because He loved me so much that He paid with His Blood, I am committed to loving Him in return, and serving Him unashamedly.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” -Job 13:15

I am so thankful that Jesus Christ purchased me in my “as is” condition. What about you?

He still wants to take you “as is.”  He’s in the business of restoring lives, healing and renewing hope.

He will take you in your “as is” condition just because He loves you unconditionally.

Reference Scriptures: Romans 5:8; John 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Job 13:15

 

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