Gods Great Adventure

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Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3
 
Here’s something to think on this weekend; Abram set out for a vague destination on a word from God. It says that he got to Canaan safe and sound, and that God didn’t speak to him again until he arrived. Check it out for yourself in verse 7. God appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your children.” Abram built an altar at the place God had appeared to him.
 
Everything wasn’t perfect when he got there. It says the land was occupied. Most of us would have stayed there, but he kept going further south.
 
Then there was a famine and he ended up in Egypt and the king took his wife. HELLO! That’s crazy! But it was simply a setup to make Abram’s name great and give him more wealth. Gods plans for him were greater then he could imagine.
 
Some of us have heard the Lord ask us to do something but refuse to move without confirmation. What if God is waiting for you at the destination He’s called you to so He can give you further instruction?
 
Psalm 37:23 tells us that God establishes the steps of man and He delights in his way.
 
God has planned an adventure for us with clues along the way that show us we’re on the right path. Don’t build your home where you don’t belong and miss the best part of the journey. We should never be comfortable before we reach our final destination. Every place in-between is just a part of the adventure.
 
Father, I see you looking on, smiling at the twists and turns in the path I’m on, knowing that what’s up ahead is a prize that my mind can’t fathom. I trust You! As a child trusts their parents to provide and keep them safe, I trust You. I may not know where I’m going, but I know who goes with me and I’m content in that. It’s in Jesus’ name I thank You. Amen
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Bold & Demanding

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He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.  2 Kings 2:14
Picture this, Elijah had been a mentor and friend to Elisha and suddenly he witnesses his man of God being taken up in a chariot of fire. Can you imagine? Now, he’s left alone with a memory and a mantle, or coat that belonged to his friend.
 
He had witnessed things, but even before he began following Elijah, he had heard things about this man. A man who knew God and was unafraid to call out his demands.  In fact, the previous chapter shows the king sending men to kill Elijah and he called down fire to consume the captain and his 50 men. Boldly confident and trusting in God and unafraid to speak up for what he had a right to. 
 
Is there any wonder that the first thing he does after this is to strike the water and in a bold questioning statement says, “Where is the God of Elijah?” He wasn’t willing to settle for life as it once was, he wanted the double portion of what Elijah carried. The same demands Elijah placed on the power of God, Elisha now requires the same. 
 
And God honors his boldness and the waters divided and Elisha crossed over.
 
Nothing gets Gods attention like those who have faith in him. 
 
And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.  Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:22-24
 
You can’t demand things if you don’t believe that God is able. But if you believe and refuse to doubt regardless of what you hear, see or feel, Jesus said it, it will be granted.
 
Elisha’s demand was not out of line. Neither is yours. God is no respecter of persons and Elisha knew this. The same God that listened to Elijah, listened to him as well. Thus the question was thrown out and the answer tossed back. Basically God was saying, ‘I’ve got your back and will back up what you say.’
 
And that is what God is saying to you as well, “If you will believe in My power, believe I Am that I Am, what you ask according to My Word will be given to you. Healing, My Word! Provision, My Word. Protection, My Word. Believe in Me.” Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12
I see what you’re doing, Father. You’re asking me to surrender all of my unbelief and trust You completely. Alright then. I believe, help my unbelief. I know that You are well able and willing to keep Your word to me. I will place a demand on every financial seed planted for a return on my investment. Not just 7 fold, but a hundred fold return. Signs, wonders and miracles will follow me because I believe. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

First Hand Knowledge of God

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While he was babbling on like this, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them. As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God. Then there was a voice out of the cloud: “This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him.” Luke 9:34 MSG
I believe this is a message for us all, “Listen to him!” We seem to want to hear Him through everyone and anyone who is speaking, but God has always been about personal relationships with individuals. He wants to speak to us, commune with us, just as He did with Adam in the garden of Eden at the beginning. In fact, that’s the reason Jesus came and gave His life. To pay the price and redeem us from the curse so we could enjoy fellowship with God once again.
Even though we have people we ‘follow’ who speak into us routinely, it should never take the place of our personal time with God. I may have a unique perspective, but I want my words to instill a desire for the Word, not be a substitute for it. I would stop blogging in a heartbeat if I knew it was that. I want you to know God. Not with second-hand knowledge, but first hand knowledge. I want Him to envelope you in the cloud of His presence so that you’re deeply aware of Him.
I love the words King David said to his son;
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” I Chronicles 28:9
Think about this today, the God of the universe wants you listen to His Son. That’s an invitation you can’t afford to ignore. The searcher of hearts wants you to find Him and He will let you. How about it? Are you in?
Father, I want to know You. Not from how someone else knows You, but to know You deeply for myself. To hear Your voice and feel Your presence as a cloud, wrapped around me like a blanket of love. Change me from the inside out. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

The F Word

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Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. Hebrews 11:1 TPT

Faith moves God. Think about that for a moment. Faith is a substance big enough to cause the words we speak when we pray, to come to pass. Look at what Jesus said in Mark 11:22-24;

“Let the faith of God be in you! Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done.  This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

Nowhere in there did it mention feelings! The only thing faith and feelings have in common is the letter ‘F’.  Have you ever noticed what happens when you allow your faith to waver and land on your feelings? More often then not, whining, grumbling and complaining take over.

We must always remember that feelings are subject to change based on where you take them with your faith. You will never make right choices if you make them with feelings, but you rarely make wrong choices when faith and the Word are your guide.

I may not always win every skirmish, but I win every battle where I ignore my feelings and walk in faith. I refuse to allow the enemy to shake the foundation I’ve built on my faith in God. He is well able to deliver me from the enemy I face. 

This is just a side note for someone facing a mountain today; “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the enemy whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.” Your enemy is on shaky ground! Stop listening to the naysayers and guard the Word of God in your heart. He’s forever faithful! AMEN

Counterbalance

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But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty. I Corinthians 1:27 TPT

I just can’t seem to get this verse out of my head. I have been thinking on it for a few weeks now and the other day I heard the Lord say, “Counterbalance”, so I looked up the definition and found this; to have an effect that is opposite but equal to (something) : to balance (something) by being opposite.

As I thought of how this applies to God, I realized that He is indeed our counterbalance. He’s light in our darkness, strength in our weakness, able when we’re unable, health to our sickness and provision for our lack. What a great God!

Let me go a step further with this. He gave us His Holy Spirit so anything we don’t know, He leads us to the truth of it. Anything we can’t do, He’s our helper. When we pray in the Spirit, it builds us up in the weak areas of our life. I like that!

God was David’s counterbalance. He took a little shepherd boy and used him to take down a giant with a stone.  Jesus used a young lad with a 3 piece fish dinner to feed a multitude when He became his counterbalance. God became Mary’s counterbalance when He planted His seed in her womb to carry His son.

I don’t know what you’re facing today, but stop thinking you can do it or change it on your own. God wants to be your counterbalance, but He’s waiting on you to let Him be what you need Him to be.  He’s all sufficient! You can’t, but He can!

Father, I don’t have a clue how this is going to work out, but as Your word says; So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. Counterbalance me, Lord. I feel like I’m on a teeter totter with someone on the other side that’s much heavier and I can’t get down. But just as I know You will, place Your hand on me and rescue me. I’m so thankful. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let God Do It

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Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s kingdom?” The disciples couldn’t believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: “You can’t imagine how difficult. I’d say it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for the rich to get into God’s kingdom.”

That set the disciples back on their heels. “Then who has any chance at all?” they asked.

Jesus was blunt: “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it.” Mark 10:23-27 MSG

One of the most difficult things to do is to trust someone we’re not familiar with. We have a tendency to trust what’s worked in the past, those we know well or things that have been proven over time. It makes sense that Jesus would say it’s difficult for those who have everything, or those who trust in the money that got them everything, to enter the Kingdom of heaven.

Why? Simply because they trust in what ‘got’ them everything. They trust this worlds system. Once we trust something, we’ll continue to trust it until it fails. I trust the chair I’m sitting in, but if the chair would break, I would be hesitant to sit in this chair and trust it to hold me.

But the Kingdom of God is a kingdom that trusts in God alone. It’s backward from our own systems. Mans system says ‘bank it!’, Gods says ‘give it’. It seems this is key with everything with God.

Jesus said, “Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life! This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first.” (verses 29-31)

I see so many people get discouraged because they’ve tried it and it doesn’t work. This isn’t a ‘get rich quick scheme’, this is a lifestyle of trusting God regardless if you like the outcomes or not. God see’s all, know’s all, has a plan and orders your steps to do HIS pleasure, not yours.

Stop stressing over what hasn’t happened and focus on what has happened. Thank Him for what He’s done in the past and what He will do in your future. Spend time reading about His faithfulness and learn of Him. Let Him do what needs to be done. Your job is to keep giving when He says, in ways He tells you to, and let go of your need to control it. Just as a seed that’s planted, comes up out of the ground and bears fruit, so will your seed produce.

Father, today I let go! I will trust You with everything! My future, my finances, my health, my home, my children, I let it all go. I trust You to do what You said You would do. You promised protection, provision, health and long life and I believe with all my heart that You will remain faithful to do it. I will listen today and obey the promptings to sow seed and trust You with the outcome. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Faith Does Things

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My brothers and sisters, what good does it do if someone claims to have faith but doesn’t do any good things? Can this kind of faith save him? Suppose a believer, whether a man or a woman, needs clothes or food and one of you tells that person, “God be with you! Stay warm, and make sure you eat enough.” If you don’t provide for that person’s physical needs, what good does it do? In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn’t cause you to do any good things. James 2:14-17 GW
 
Believing in God is an awesome start, but belief alone isn’t enough. Let’s take a look at Jesus, since He’s to be our example of what a believer should look like. It was said of Him that He went around doing good and healing all. He was a doer. He recognized that faith requires action.
 
James 1:22 says it like this; Do what God’s word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves.
 
Start where you are. Gain the mindset that you serve a God who can not just replace what you sow, but multiply it beyond your wildest dreams. Now look for ways to give out of what you have. Anything. Clothing, food, money, a ride, a job, a glass of water, a hug, a word of encouragement. God isn’t stingy, He’s generous. If you want to be like your Father, learn to be generous and watch what happens next.
 
Everybody wants a miracle, but nobody wants to be that to someone else. Stop looking at raising the dead until you train yourself to see the person in need next to you at the bus stop. Put action to your faith!
 
Father, you have sufficiently rattled my cage this morning. You woke me early to show me a very simple element of a true believer; being others focused in a tangible way. You said that in all my getting, get understanding. Understand that You’re a giver, and be like You. Give me ways today to demonstrate that today. It’s in the name of Jesus, the Son You gave, Amen.