You Feel Crazy Like Me?

This past week has presented some interesting revelations. The Holy Spirit has been working like crazy or most likely, I’ve been paying better attention. Here are just a few revelations.

  • I about ran out of gas. I prayed. The needle moved to 1/8 of a tank.
  • I got a call from a friend of the past that just gave me a scripture to read. It spoke into my life.
  • I got a link to a sermon from this same friend that powerfully affected me and ultimately  our small group and Sunday worship. The scripture used was one I was studying for a lesson.
  • I got a vision of a yellow cord pulling a friend away from the drawing of God. Talked with him about it and God gave us a scriptural revelation.
  • I got an encouraging call from a different friend from the past to just encourage me.
  • The Spirit spoke to me as I carried Gray, my granddaughter, down a flight of stairs for the first time.

Some people think I’m crazy and others want to feel crazy like me!

God wants to speak to you if you will only listen.

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Find Peace

You keep him in perfect peace

whose mind is stayed on you,

because he trusts in you.

Is. 26:3 

You will never find peace until your soul (mind, will and emotions) is crushed and you release everything within your soul to the Spirit of God. Then and only then will the Spirit be able to freely accomplish His will. Don’t rebuild that which God has allowed to be crushed and you have released. The first sign of rebuilding will be the emotional return to what has been released. What the Spirit of God brings back to life will be rebuilt by Him as well. It is our will, our mind and our emotions that must not return. Our life should manifest His mind, His will and His emotions. Too often the things that break our heart are not the things that break God’s heart.

Tragedy & Suffering Has Drawn Our Community to God

This week 1000’s of hearts have been drawn to God through tragedy and suffering. Olivia Mills’ life of commitment to Christ Jesus before her accident has given God a launching board to proclaim His glory. Over 36,000 are following Pray for Olivia Mills and 1000’s more will probably follow. Some things to think about.
1. God is drawing masses of people to Himself. (John 6:44)
2. If you are not a believer, God is drawing you to salvation that can only be found in Christ Jesus. (Luke 19:10).
3. If you are a believer that has drifted away, God is calling you back to Himself through Christ Jesus. (Rev 2:4-5)
4. If you are a believer walking in a love relationship with Christ Jesus, talk with those being drawn about their relationship with Christ Jesus. (Matt. 28:19-20)

May we all continue to fast and pray and believe.

Church, We Have A Problem

The line, “Houston, we have a problem!” Will forever be remember.

Swigert and then Lovell (almost) used the phrase to report a major technical fault in the electrical system of one of the Service Module’s oxygen tanks:

Swigert: ‘Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.’
Houston: ‘This is Houston. Say again please.’
Lovell: ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem. We’ve had a main B bus undervolt.’1

Dan: “Okay, Church, we have a problem here.”

Church: “This is Church, Say again please.”

Dan: “Church, we’ve had a problem. We’ve had a mistaken identity”

The election is over and some are excited Obama won and others are worried because Obama won. The problems that address us this morning are not political in nature but have been brought to light through the political process. Twenty-percent of American now professes no religious affiliation. Christians are divided over social issues. Many Republican Christians say you can’t be Democrat and Christian. Democrat Christians say Republican Christians are insensitive toward the hurting in America. Democrats are intolerant of Republicans and Republicans are intolerant of Democrats. No one can really doubt that American has some major issues that must be addressed. The economy is bad, unemployment is up, abortion is still rampant, teen sex, pregnancy, and suicide are up, injustice happens, our country is divided and hurting. Here is the problem that must be addressed. This is where you and I can help by addressing the problem before us.

The church can no longer blame the politicians for not doing their job. The church can no longer think that going to church is your mandate. Republicans nor Democrats have the answers for the woes of America or the church. The church does have the answer, but she usually cowers instead of rises. She sleeps instead of fights. She is passive instead of progressive. She is silent, divided and weak. She is struggling, hurting and confused. The church is scared. The church has a mistaken identity.

We have a major problem. It appears the Church has amnesia, she does not know her identity. The Church must realize who she is and whose she is. She must realize the source of her strength, the bounty of her beauty, the power in her passion, the healing in her hands, the forwardness of her feet. She must realize the salvation in her Savior. She must realize the wisdom in her head – Christ Jesus, Lord of Lord and King of Kings. She, the Church, is the Body of Christ. She is radiant and does not reveal it. She has beauty beyond measure but hides it behind hate, blame and excuses.

The church needs to rise to the challenges that face us. We need to step out of our pew on Sunday and into our places on Monday with Christ centered passion in our heart. We need wake from our sleep and fight the good fight. We must obey with radical obedience what Christ called us to be, what the Word instructs us to do, and how the Spirit reminds us to walk. We must die to self and rise with Christ.

Obama is not our enemy nor our savior. Also, Romney is not the enemy or the savior. Our deliverer will be Jesus Christ the Son of God and no other. We must quit looking to men to solve the issues in our lives and turn our eyes upon Jesus (a song just broke out in my head, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus).

The church might look like young David, but she is deadly accurate when she is prepared for battle. Let us fight the good fight of the faith (not politics). Let us not grow weary in doing good. Let us unite. Let us awake. Let us stand and pursue our enemy. Let us put on our armor and not withdraw. We cannot afford to be casual, careless, or calloused. We must demonstrate our strength, passion, beauty, resolve, faithfulness, and more in the pursuit of godliness and live in the righteousness that is ours in Christ.

Satan is our enemy so quit blaming it on men, political parties, and people who you disagree with.

Do you part. Be who you are suppose to be. Do what you are suppose to do. Obey as Christ is your Master. There are not excuses for dirty boots and wrinkled uniforms. Quit letting Satan mislead you with lies, weakening you through suffering, confusing you through pride and discouraging you through accusation.

You have the Word of God, The Grace of God, The Spirit of God and The Son of God, so live like it.

Prayer, Sorrow and God’s Will

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Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:38, 39 ESV)

There are times when we experience sorrow-anguish, because of the circumstances that we face. These are times when it feels like our soul is being crushed. These are the hardest of times. These are times when the Spirit within us wants God’s will but the desire to avoid pain wants to go another way. This is not sin for Jesus fought the same battle in His prayer at Gethsemane. His prayer was asking God, “If there is another way that Your will can be accomplished then let’s do it that way. But if the way of suffering is the only way to accomplish Your will, then that it the way it will be.”
We all fight the temptation to avoid pain while walking the road of obedience, but we must relent to the will of God. It is always best even when it does not feel like it. Be honest in your prayer and obedient in you walk.

How To Cool Down

There are times when we need to cool down. We get hot physically, spiritually and emotionally. Physically when we exert energy and work up a sweat. spiritually when we get frustrated with others or God and emotionally when anything goes wrong. There is a way to cool down for each of these situations.

If you need to cool down physically, get in front of an air condition.

If you need to cool down spiritually, get in front of the Holy Spirit.

If you need to cool down emotionally, demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit – Self Control.

When Things Just Don’t Work

What is the problem when something just does not get off the ground? When motivation cannot be found? When a good idea falls flat? A good lesson does not connect? A well prepared sermon is ineffective? A day just is a disaster? I believe there are two contributing factors. Now, I do not pretend to have this whole thing figured out, but here are two thoughts.

  1. We have not done our part. We have not studied sufficiently. We have not prepared correctly. We have not set our life in the proper place or position. Simply, put we have not worked hard on what we are presenting, doing, etc.
  2. The Spirit of God did not bring it to life. All we can bring to any situation is a lifeless product, plan, sermon, lesson, day, life. It is totally dependent on the Holy Spirit to bring it to life.

So, how do you correct this?

Again, I think there are two answers.

  1. Ask the Holy Spirit what He desires to bring life to OR what is already alive and join Him and not seek for Him to join you.
  2. Work hard.

Have a good day and I pray you find life today in everything you do, but remember it only comes through Him.

P.S. You have not failed until you quit.

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