Concerned Much?

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, – Luke 4:18 (NIV)

We are always concerned with our lives.  We are concerned with our work, our goals, our spouse, our kids, but have you ever wondered what God is concerned with?  Have you ever thought about what moves the heart of God?  What your role is?  Why you were put on this Earth?

We think that God must be turning a blind eye to the condition of our world, that God doesn’t care or that He is punishing us for our sins.  Only God was so concerned with the condition of this world that He sent His Son to take our sins, to give us the escape Clause to be in right standing with Himself (II Corinthians 5:21).

God is concerned that people are not hearing about His Son, that they are not receiving Him, that they have turned their back on Him.  He is concerned with the suffering of the world–spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally and financially.  God is concerned with everything that goes on in this world.

Why doesn’t He intervene then?  He did.  He sent His Son to die for our sins, to pay the price for all mankind’s sin forever.  It has been paid in full, but people don’t accept that they are sinners.  They don’t accept that there is a God who loves them.  They call Him a fairy tale.

A fairy tale can’t heal, save, deliver or protect you.  A fairy tale cannot love you or guide you in times of trouble.  I have experienced God’s miracle-working Power too much to believe He is a fairy tale.

He sent you to Earth to be His hands, to be light in the darkness.   He sent us all to be His hands, to be light. Yet instead of being concerned about our fellow human beings, we have our heads stuck in our phones and are fighting the wrong batttes. We are focusing on what is wrong with this world, being offended by everyone and everything.

We need to focus on solutions and how we can help our fellow human beings, how we can help the single mother with two children instead of condemning her, how we can help those who are going to bed hungry, those who are living in mansions but are heartbroken.

We are called to be the solution, to use our talents and gifts to be the solution to the problems in this dark world.

Ask God how He wants you to help bring light to this dark world today.

#light #solutions #battles #hands

 

 

 

 

Who Has The Final Say?

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” – Revelation 22:13 (KJV).

Six months ago,  I went in for a routine physical.   The doctor did an EKG.  He saw something minor on it, and he decided I needed to see a cardiologist.

I am not denying that he saw something, but I also know my God has the final say.  I know my God says He will quicken my mortal body (Romans 8:11).

Our circumstances may indicate that we are going down or that our situation is impossible, but our God has the final say.

He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13).  He has the final say on everything in our lives.

Sick?  Believe what He says about healing in the Bible, that by Jesus’ stripes, you are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24),  that you are healed in this body, your mortal body (Romans 8:11).

In debt?  Believe that He supplies all your need (Philippians 4:19).

Need more business?  Believe that He has pleasure in prospering His servants (Psalm 35:27), that He will teach you to profit (Isaiah 48:17).

Child ran away?  Marriage crumbling?  Need a miracle?  Believe that nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26) and that He is turning everything around for your good (Romans 8:28).

The moment you are hit with the reality of your situation, you have to decide who you are going to believe.   Are you going to believe what you see and what you hear from experts, or are you going to believe God’s Word?

I am not suggesting you deny the facts or not to seek earthly help.  Just make sure that you are believing God and what His Word says as well.

Whose report are you going to believe?  Humans who are fallible, or God who isn’t?

Let God’s Word have the final say in your circumstances today.

#circumstances #miracles #believe

Why Not?

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. – James 1:5-6

This is my year of “Why Not?” At the beginning of the year, I vowed whenever an opportunity came my way to say “Why Not?”

Put together a course on painting? Why not?

Paint on Facebook Live? Why not?

Apply for a promotion? Uh wait! What? No way! I can’t do that. I am not qualified for that.

We cannot be inconsistent in our faith. We have to be steady, steadfast, knowing that it is not us but Jesus.

Jesus promotes us (Psalm 75:6). Jesus qualifies us (Romans 8:30). Jesus gives us everything we need (Philippians 4:19).

We somehow think we have to do everything in our own strength, that we have to do everything ourselves.

When we think that way, we leave God out of the equation. We are going to fail. It might not seem like it at first, but God will give us just enough rope to hang ourselves with, to make us realize our need for Him.

Only some of us are too dense to see it. We blame bad luck. We blame the economy. We blame the Powers That Be.

We need to turn back to God, to let Him help us. Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Nothing. We cannot do anything apart from Him.

He is the One who gives us strength, health, mobility. He is the One who gives us ideas, creativity and ability.

Just as we would take on an expert when we have a plumbing problem or an issue with our businesses, we should take on the Expert on our lives and everything involved with them and the people around us. There is no answer, big or small, that He doesn’t know the solution to.

If we need wisdom, it is free of charge. All we have to do is ask Him for it. When was the last time you ask Him for wisdom?

Make today the day you include God in everything you do, every decision you make. Ask Him for wisdom on that problem that is worrying you today.

#wisdom #God #solutions #answers #trust

 

Are You Connecting?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 (NIV).

Let’s take a closer look at the vine. Inside the vine, nutrients are feeding it so that it will survive. Those nutrients are flowing to the branches as well so they may bear fruit.

What happens if the branch is cut off from the vine? It dies. It cannot bear fruit apart from the vine. It must be connected to the vine to bear fruit.

The branch itself cannot bear fruit on its own. It is the vine that bears fruit through the branch.

So what does this mean? How can we apply it to our lives?

This verse says that Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. As we have already established, branches cannot bear fruit without the vine. The vine produces fruit through the branches. The branches cannot do it on their own.

We cannot produce fruit on our own. Christ does it through us, but we have to be connected to Christ, our Power Source.

Accepting Christ is a start, but what are we doing every day to connect to Christ?

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33 (NIV).

I stopped doing the normal prayer and devotions thing. You know where you set aside time everyday to be with God.

Instead I read a handful of Scriptures in the morning before getting out of bed from devotions I subscribed to via email. I have an ongoing conversation with God throughout my day.

Norman Vincent Peale called this “Taking God as your Partner.”

Sometimes I am angry, frustrated or just venting, but I am continually asking for His advice and help.

To connect to our Vine, Christ, it is all about connection. It is not enough to just be a Christian. We must draw on Him…on His Strength, His Mercy, His Peace, His Resources, His Love.

We need to take our eyes off us and our resources. Instead we must put our eyes on Jesus and what He did on the Cross for us, on all He died to give us.

Salvation, yes, but He took stripes on His back to heal us here on Earth (I Peter 2:24, Romans 8:11), a crown on thorns (Matthew 27:29) pierced His head to heal our mental issues, He hung on a tree to relief us of the Curse (Galatians 3:13).

Become Christ-conscious. Look to Christ as your Source. Draw on His Resources instead of yours.

Remember Philippians 4:19 (NIV): ” And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”. His Resources. Not ours.

Practice being Christ-conscious today.