Sunday, January 19, 2014

Deliverance


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For the gospel of Christ to be revelant we all need to come to a point of desperation.  Just as the ancient Hebrews cried out to God because of the difficulties forced upon them, we too must experience hardships in order to fully know and prove our faith.

Exodus 2:23

" During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. "

And God does hear us and our cries to Him.

Psalm 56:8

" You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. "

But there is a time of waiting on Him, learning to trust Him at your lowest point that refines you, makes you more glorious, as He is.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18

" But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. "

These verses are loaded with teaching points but the point I want to emphasize is how turning to The Lord our veils are taken away and we are granted freedom in our spirits.  The freedom "to hope in Him" and contemplate His glory and this process transforms us.

His deliverance from trouble is not something we seek half heartedily. It is something that is poured out daily before Him.  

When His deliverance becomes a priority in your life, the Gospel of Christ becomes the sweetest and most blessed news you'll ever hear.

Psalm 119:103

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! "

Be blessed and seek Him in your times of trouble always!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Seeking The Kingdom of God



What is the kingdom of God?

People

Not systems of goverment, institutions, or even churches... people.


God wants people, loves people.
Desires them to the point of shedding His own blood.
All of it poured out on the cross.


Whenever you read in the bible of the words "Kingdom of Heaven"
It's all about people.


We are His kingdom, we are His people
All it takes is a mustard seed of faith. It starts small and it grows day by day when it moves toward the light.

Trust Him today and you will begin to transform into a blessed member of His kingdom. 

1 John 5:19
"Whoever has the Son has life (unending) and whoever does not have Him does not have life (unending). This means death becomes merely a door not an end.

All the countries, kingdoms, corporations, and systems of the world have an end but His kingdom will have no end.

This is the joyous news of the "gospel."

Imagine the joy Jesus had declaring it to the world.
Luke 4:43, Jesus speaks of how the Gospel of the Kingdom must be preached in more places and towns.  He then commissions 70 of His followers and greatly rejoices in the Holy Spirit upon hearing their report, Luke 10:21.

This was still the heart of our LORD even as He was drawing closer to cross in Matthew 24.

"And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole earth... "

Seeking His kingdom means living and sharing the good news that investing your heart in the person of Jesus is the way to eternity, the way to life, the way to completeness.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Reflections of Worship: His Sovereignty

I am amazed and overwhelmed when I realize the sovereignty of God over my life.  In my mind I know He rules, but my heart throngs with the experience of relinquishing total control to Him.  This recognition of His Sovereignty is the door to peace of mind and to powerful, cleansing worship.

"All the pieces of my life..." That line of this song captures me.  This is a song we should teach our children so that they can grasp the power in trusting God all of their lives. One of the worst feelings we can have is to feel all alone in our darkest times or even at our greatest moments of success.

Let the Spirit of the Living God meet you in this song and fill your mind with images of your life when you felt alone, downtrodden, or despised and see that He is there, sovereign over all.

All you have, all you're afraid of, every dream of your heart.  Every part of who you are... it's all in His hands.


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