Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MARCH 30 KEYS TO PROSPERITY

     HEARD someone recently say, "you mean a Christian that actually has money and is not poor and broke like the rest of us!". Many Christians, if we would be honest (as this particular person was) would utter that same phrase. Why are so many of God's people poor and broke?  Did you read today's reading? Are there not some guidelines here? Verse 15:3 "However, there need be no poor people among you... 5 if only you fully obey the LORD your God"   So we can only conclude by this that we as Christians must not be obeying god. "Obey Him in what?", you ask.  "Tithes"....NO!
      God getting most Christians to Tithe is like trying to squeeze juice out of a grape, no it's above and beyond the Tithe that Jehovah is speaking about.  Verse 7 7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.  Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing.
      The Church of Jesus Christ is failing miserably in the area of finances and morality. God's people are not prospering (this does not mean being rich) and there are many poor amongst us, but the answer lies in our text this morning.  Today's mindset is, "I will tithe and I can be squeezed maybe for an offering or pledge, but don't (Lord) ask me to give another dime after that, I've given towards Charity."
But God says, "no, you're not done giving towards charity, not if you want to prosper".   Always ask "why" when God says something.  Why would God say not to be "tightfisted" towards one another, why would God say, "there should be no poor amongst you", why would God say, "don't harbor this wicked thought in your heart" and the answer is....because we are guilty of all of these.  We want to store, gather and hoard for that rainy day, but God has always said, share and give away and I will provide. This does not mean spending your whole paycheck on somebody and then waiting for the mortgage payment to miraculously come in, but just as we take a portion off the top for God, perhaps we ought to take a portion off the top to bless the poor amongst us and if we who have abundance hoard, we may find ourselves poor now sticking our hand out for help. The paragraph finishes with this: "11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land."
     We feel smug saying, "I'll pray for you or I put in a prayer request" but God says nothing about praying for them in this text, He says, "be openhanded" towards them.  There's a balance in all of this I'm sure you know, but normally I don't think our problem is finding the balance, we are quick to come up with that, we are quick to be practical (ie: giving to them is a bottomless pit) but just be careful that you don't allow your reason, rational & practical thinking, to rob you right out of the blessing and prosperity God wants you to have and enjoy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MARCH 29 UNBELIEVABLE STORIES

     WHEN we think of unbelievable stories of the bible, we think of Jonah in the belly of a whale for 3 days, we think of Joshua praying that the sun would stand in place and it did or Elijah praying that it would not rain for 3 years, but I think this story is equally unbelievable and stands just as strong (in the category of "unbelievable") as the previous stories mentioned.  It is hard to believe how cold and indifferent the heart of a human being can be towards another human being.  It is hard to believe how mankind would be more concerned about his livelihood than the welfare of another human being, but regardless of whether it is hard to believe, it is TRUE.  The unfortunate incident here is that these men lost their herd of swine (what were Jews doing with a herd of swine anyway?), but yet a life has been restored, a man that was bound by demons has been set free, free to go home a be a son to his father again, free to go home and be a father to his sons, free to go home and live a normal life. Imagine, demon possessed, bound in chains and uncleaness and in a moment of time put in his right mind, wouldn't that cause anybody to rejoice....,but to these men all they see is how it has impacted them negatively. This reminds me of the story of the fortune telling slave girl in the book of Acts that is set free of a demon spirit by Paul and the crowd once again, does not rejoice but turns against Paul with rage and anger because the woman will no longer be able to earn them a living with her fortune telling.  Are human beings really that wicked?  Are we more concerned about our welfare and livelihood than other people's problems? And of course the answer to that is a decisive YES! The greatest testimony of the Christian is not that they were set free from some superficial sin, it is that they were set free of this wickedness in the human heart, the wickedness of self idolatry.  That we genuinely begin to care for other human beings that are "outside" of our circle. We begin to care about people who are not related to us, can do nothing for us and we have nothing to gain by their getting back on their feet.  These men in our text are the type that God would often refer to as "wicked", they are wicked men. History has revealed to us just how wicked men can be; wars, bigotry, greed, rape, murder and genocides are just part of our ugly history.  This story is unbelievable, but then again, these men in our text are "the wicked" they are "unregenerate" and what is even more unbelievable is that when we "the redeemed" , we "the regenerated" begin to display the same disregard for people and their plight; than we have lost something intrinsically paramount, to what distincts us from the wicked.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

MARCH 24 WANDERING FOR 40 YEARS

     Maybe I'm just in a somber mood this morning, but I was just overwhelmed with how depressing this scenario is and maybe that 's good.  I don't know how they did it? I can just imagine how many could not take this aimless wandering and left the group, went off on their own into the desert and probably died out in the wilderness.  Imagine knowing, you have no purpose but to wander in circles until you die.  They were going absolutely "nowhere", there was no final destination, no purpose, but to wander around aimlessley and die.  That's depressing!!!  This is still the curse of the unbeliever (for it was their unbelief that angered God and drove them out into the desert), whether inside the church or outside.  The curse of the "unbeliever is still aimless wandering, purposeless, just living without an end destination. If we are going to know God, we must seek God for the greatest benefit (on earth) of knowing God and that is living a life with purpose, with an end in sight, with a destination & purpose.  Many churches, businesses, corporations have "mission statements".   Do you have an individual mission statement? What is your purpose, your aim, where are you heading? Is your life running you or are you running your life? The curse to the unbeliever was to wander aimlessly until they died; therefore as believers, that should NEVER be our lot. Scripture after scripture will tell you that God has a destination, a purpose, an aim, for the beleiver and it is up to us to seek him and beleive him for it. "For I know the thoughts that I have towards you, not to harm you, but to give you a plan"  "the steps of the good man are ordered by the lord"  "trust in the Lord and He will direct your path" scripture after scripture emphasizes that the antithesis of wandering is direction, purpose and an intended destination. You will notice in the reading today that as soon as the last person of that unbelieving generation dies, God says, "now let's get back on track, you have wandered around long enough, back to "the place of purpose, destination and blessing, move now in this direction, cross the Jordan and enter". Never is it God's will for people to wander aimlessly, it's a curse, it's judgment, it's not our portion as beleivers and we should never settle for aimless wandering.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MARCH 23 SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA, I GUESS...

     VERSE 22, "Then ALL OF YOU (that was a red flag right there) came to me and said, "let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to".  I'm not so sure this sneak preview was so much about "scouting for a route", this scouting venture is purposely phrased to Moses, not to let out a hint of negativity, it's all positive.  They make sure to say to Moses the "right words", they make sure not to allude in any way that this spying out the land is really to see if the rumors they have heard are true (giants in the land) and if they are, there's no way....but none of that is mentioned to Moses. I beleive Moses was manipulated here. Why would God allow Moses to be manipulated? Notice Moses doesn't tell the people, "I'll seek God get back to you on this" as he usally did.  Moses now is trying to be nice, he's beleiving the best in people, trusting that their motives are pure, and based on how it was presented to him he says, "The idea seemed good to me". As leaders we really do want to beleive the best about people and their motives but we are also called to know "human nature" and go with our instinct and lead how God has called us to and how God is leading. The 1st problem here is this idea did not come from God and neither did this idea come from Moses.  It is not to say that other than Leaders, nobody has any good ideas, but the fact of the matter is, Leaders are leaders because they have the vision, the instinct and end result in mind. Most people have their interest in mind, first and foremost, "self preservation".  No war would have ever been won in America's history had Generals and Leaders sat and listened to the suggestions of the troops that would actually die in bringing about that victory. Moses has a mission, a visioin; to bring the Israelites into the promised land. The individual Israelite has a different mission, it's "self preservation" and self interest.  Paul says when he received his vision, he did not consult with flesh and blood" but he simpy took his marching orders and exectued those as a good soldier. Leaders may seem arrogant at times, but a true leader knows where he is going, knows the end in sight, is consulting others with knowledge and perspective and really has little room for suggestions from troops on the ground when he has an aerial view (so to speak) of the situation/ministry or mission at hand.  Leaders are not called to be nice, they are called to lead.  Are you a leader?  Do you find yourself being manipulated by others to be "nice" rather than Lead.  Are you a follower that is trying to manipulate your leader to follow your agenda, are your motives pure? Is what you say to your leader really what you are saying or is their a hidden agenda? Moses fell for this, but in the end, everyone lost. There is no winner when followers won't let their leaders lead and leaders will not step up and take the lead. This situaion is a DISASTER in Israel's history, it is one of their darkest moments. That generation never enters into the promised land. Had Moses stepped it up, sought God on this he could have returned to them the following day and said, "thanks for the idea, but we don't need to go spy out the land, I've already spoke with God, I have the mind of God on this, nobody needs to see nothing in advance, I've got my marching orders from God, we will all get to see it tomorrow when WE CONQUER IT, see you in the morning!". How different things could have been.....let's learn and not repeat the same mistake.

Monday, March 21, 2011

MARCH 21 THE EAST SIDE OF THE JORDAN

     Imagine this conversation, "I have a better place, than what God has in mind, I would prefer this, no really, go ahead, this is good, trust me, I know, but God had ......I know, I know, but this will do, thank-you for offering Lord, but I'm good, really!!  That's what this group of people is saying to God. And I say, "are you kidding me?"  What is this, what can you call this, I don't even know...is it stupid, arrogant, ignorant, fearful, or all of the above and more?!  Imagine telling God, who knows what's best for us and is trying to offer us "His" best and we turn around and say to Him, "no thanks, this will do just fine".  I know I've tried to offer people good things I had for them and had them tell me "no thanks", I was a little insulted, but can you imagine a human being saying that to God himself.  Maybe this group was thinking "at least we won't have to fight for this, we already have it, it may not be the best but we could have this NOW and why not just settle for this!  Notice the first issue Moses addresses (and you can tell he's angry) is..."don't think you're going to sit here while we go fight!".  Could I, could you, could "we" be guilty of doing this with God at times? I wonder.....???  I think we have.  I believe many of God's people are living on "the east side of the Jordan" rather than crossing over and contending for God's best.  Why would a human being that believes in the goodness and omniscience of God, say "no thanks" to what God offers them and "willingly know" they are settling for God's 2nd best.  And what's even scarrier, is God lets them!!! He doesn't force them to cross. We force our will upon others, we force what we think is best because we don't want to have to deal with the heartache and this is how different we are from God.  God knowingly let's people choose what's not best for them and suffers the heartbreak. There are certain situations where we have forced our will, but if we would watch our God and his methods we would realize, in the larger picture, we have accomplished nothing.  God does this in all areas of our lives, even in the most critical decision of our lives, Heavan and Hell He does this, He lays his best before us, Heaven and even then He says, "if you want Hell, than I give you the full right to choose hell". If God will allow us to do this with our eternity, how much more so will he allow us to choose in the every day decisions; who we will marry, where we will live, what church we will go to, what city we will live in, what carreer path we will choose, in all these decisions God has an opinion, God has a will, God knows what's best and often impresses upon us what's best but he will ALWAYS allow us to tell him, "no thanks Lord, this is what I choose, I choose to remain on the east side of the Jordan" and though his heart aches, he lets it be.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

MARCH 20 I DON'T LIKE THE WORD CURSED!

     WELL, poor Balaam is killed...and once again this confirms the idea in our previous reading, that God will use the wicked, but eventually He will judge them.   Balaam was the wicked one that was hired to curse Israel, but even Balaam turns around and says, "I cannot curse those whom God has not cursed" and we love that scripture, don't we! The problem is, we fail to read on because the people of Israel end up being cursed regardless, so in the end God's people are cursed. So if our aim is "not to be cursed" it is not enough to simply quote one randomn text from God's word but to understand the full idea of the story of Balaam.  Verse 15 to 16 goe on to tell us that Balaam could not curse them directly or by his own will, BUT Balaam thought of a better way to curse God's people, Balaam figured out that he could get them to curse themselves. "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Isrealites away from the Lord in what happend at Peor, so that a plague struck the Lord's people".  This is such a big issue it is brought up by Jesus himself in the very last book of the bible, in Revelations 2:14, "Nevertheless I have a few things against you:  You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by commiting sexual immorality."  Perhaps our greatest fear should not be some witch in some back room trying to curse us, but rather our greatest fear should be the flesh that lives within, when we are tempted we are only baited by our own desires, James admonishes us in his epistle. Balaam realizes " I can't curse those whom God won't curse" so let's bait them, especially the men, by the desires that lurk within. Are we praying for people that have cursed themselves? Are we showing sympathy for brothers and sisters who are merely reaping what they have sown? He who sows to the flesh will he/she not reap, corruption!? You're greatest fear when it comes to being cursed should not be the invisible, it is actually a visible entity you should fear, it is the man, the woman that stares back at you every morning when you look int the mirror. He/she is the one that can curse you!!! When we fear what we ought, and fear not what we should not, then we can walk circumspect and with confidence that those those whom God has not cursed cannot be cursed".

Friday, March 18, 2011

MARCH 18 WHO ARE YOU BANDING WITH?

     WE want to bury the past, but the past cannot be burried, the past becomes part of our history. What will your history be? Well who are you banding with3 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the LORD"  Why is this coming up now? Because the past, our history always comes back. Men who forget history repeat the same mistakes, this we know!  Israel has certain reference points (a history) just as we do. Korah and what happened is part of their history and will be until their death. Mahlah and her sisters are quick to mention that their father was not part of the group that "banded together" against the Lord.  A few thoughts here, #1. It was not against the Lord that they banded, I thought it was against Moses? But when God inspires this text to be written, it is written for eternity, that they banded not against Moses but against God, Wow!  Moses has issues, we all do, and God deals with Moses later on in our text (12 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites. 13 After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.”) but God clearly states here that when we rise up against the Lord's anointed, we rise up against him.  Yes, God will use certain individuals to brings his purposes about, but I would advise you not to be the individual he uses, because He will always come back to judge those that made themselves available to be used.  God does not predispose us to wickedness, he simply works with what we give him.  He did not make Judas wicked, but he used his wickedness to bring his sovereign purposes to pass, He did not make Pharoah wicked, but he used ......He did not make King Nebuchadnezzar wicked, but He did use him to judge Israel, but never forget then He went back to Judge him.  Don't be the vessel, the instrument that God uses to judge his anointed. David refused to be that vessel, even though at times it seemed as if God wanted him to be that vessel, but David kept to the scriptures "though shall not raise a hand against my anointed" even when it seemed that God did want to use him to judge Saul, David did not sin by doing this. A situation may be arising that seems like you are "the one" that God wants to use, don't ever fall for that, tell God, like David, "use somebody else to strike/bring him down, it will not be me!".  Zelophehad’s daughters are quick to claim that their father had no part in Korah's uprising against Moses, ughhh, I mean The Lord.  Secondly Zelophehad’s daughters point out that there was a "banding together".  People who have grievances against headship/leadership tend not to just stick to themselves and self implode they tend to gravitate towards one another, they tend to "band together" and once they have banded together comes the thought..."let's confront" because we know there is security in numbers. No matter what bridges you ever have to cross in life, in ministry, in the church; like Zelophehad’s daughters let them always say, "my father was not part of those that banded against Moses, ughh....I mean The Lord"  he died for his own sins, but he WAS NEVER part of that ugly part in our history and our scripture tells us "The Lord" heard them and honored their request, and that's a whole other blog in itself!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MARCH 16 HOW SPIRITUAL ARE YOU?

     HOW spiritual are you?  Of course nobody likes "super spiritual" people, but that does not mean we should not be spiritual. "Super Spiritual" people are those who try to spiritual matters that are more practical in nature than anything else, they also try to hide their flaws and judgementalism behind "spirituality"...., well we know all about them, but let's talk about us. We are proud that nobody would call us "super spiritual" but would anybody call us "spiritual" ???  THE FACT IS some of us are more spiritual, more in tune with God and seem to have more of his Spirit, than others. Paul prayed, "that they may be filled to FULL measure with His Spirit".  Full meaning that any Christian can be from a quarter empty to overflowing full (just like a gas tank) with God's Spirit.  If only we had a gage like our gas tank, to show us where we are at.  A side from violations & money problems, the balance of divorces stems from two lovers that have let their love fizzle away.  Is it possible that our love for God could fizzle away? Are we divorced from God? Perhaps not officially, we have not made it official but many couples before making it official lived a very stoic relationship together. What does this have to do with today's reading?   "25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts....." 
     We look suspiciously at people who say, "the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this and that". Why do we, because we can't relate and therefore anyone who says that the Holy Spirit is either crazy or superspiritual.  Some serve God as if there was no Holy Spirit.  Joseph and Mary were also spiritual people and the Holy Spirit also spoke to them.  My Pastor a few weeks ago said, "God spoke to him that his would (that was in a cast) would be healed when he awoke the next morning and we to looked at him as if he was crazy or superspiritual, but he showed up the next day for church, HEALED.  TRUTH BE KNOW, most of us (speak for yourself...I AM) are not spiritual. The business of our lives has turned us into Christians by necessity.  We have been around long enough to know what Christians do and what Christians do not do and that is the place our Christianity has come to, it stops there and goes no further. Instead of judging Simeon and others as "super spiritual" (as we would have) we should be convicted by this man's devotion to God and his "superior" relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. WARNING: When we try to conjure up the "voice of the Holy Spirit" rather than conjure up our relationship with Him, that's when we turn into flakes.  Don't sit there and try to hear the voice of God, sit there and seek Him, not His voice and the by-product of that will be you will hear from God and have clarity of mind, clarity of purpose and perspective on life and all matters pertaining to it.  Nobody will want to answer this question "how spiritual are you?" and we shouldn't answer it, it's not a question to answer, it is more a queston to ponder, it is more something to be, rather than something to profess. I doubt Simeon ever would have said, "I am spiritual" he simply was.  But if you ever asked him if he knew his God, that he would have confidenlty answered, "yes indeed I know my Lord, I speak to him daily and he daily speaks with me".  Sound overly spiritual, perhaps to us that are not, but to those that are, it makes perfect sense!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

MARCH 12 CONFLICT IN THE CAMP

     God in the Old Testament reminds me of a parent with young children.  The constantly argue and squabble and mom and/or dad spends most of those early days settling disputes amongst the children. The children learn to depend and expect that mom or dad is going to settle the dispute, make a judgment of who is right and who is wrong and then discipline the guilty party. There is immediate intervention and immediate judgment when we are young.  I liked the God of the Old Testament, how about you?  There's squabbling and fighting against Aaron and God intervenes, shows them who's right and who's wrong, who's side He is on and the matter is settled. God is continuously intervening in their lives and settling disputes as the parent(s) of young children.  My children are at a stage now where I hear the arguments and squabbling and more often than not I stay out of it, they need to start learning how to resolve conflict themselves.  There is just as much conflict "in the camp" in the New Testament as there was in the Old Testament and I often wish that the God of the Old Testament would intervene, show who's right and who's wrong and bring judgment.  Honestly, many church splits and much church conflict could be saved if God intervened today like he used to in the Old Testament. Does he not care anymore? Do I not care anymore about my children? The New Testament is not just a move towards a New Covenant but also a move towards Spiritual Maturity.  In essence God is saying "work it out". He's given us the helper (the Holy Spirit) and He says "work it out". Are you in a situation where you are waiting for some supernatural  intervention from God, it may not come, the matter may just be getting worse, and as the Psalmist cried, "where are you God, why don't you hear me" God may say, "I do hear you," just as I hear my children, and God is saying, "you work it out".  The New Testatment is not just a New Covenant but it is a call to Spiritual Maturity with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Are you spiritually mature or a you waiting for God to intervene and settling everything for you in your little squabbles and sometimes large ones, but he just may hear, but not respond! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

MARCH 10 A DIFFERENT SPIRIT!

     WHY am I here is probably a common question we ask ourselves and God. Why am I here with these people, why am I here with this family, with this woman, with this man? Again, we see God acknowledging a man that has a different spirit than others. If you did not read yesterdays blog, go a head and read it. God says to Moses, "I will take the spirit that is upon you and put it on then".  And here again, God acknowledges this concept with another man; that man is Caleb"But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it."  Caleb basically serves God in the midst of a bunch of "mal-contents" but yet chooses to have a different disposition, a different mind set, a different spirit!   A new church, a new spouse, a new job, a new city, is our answer.  We say, " I have such a great disposition and this job, this  spouse, this church, this community is bringing me down".  TRUTH is, we choose to allow other people's funky spirit to bring us down. We give to much power and influence to other people over our lives, we allow other people's weaknesses to control us, control our moods, our temperament. We say, "this person, makes me miserable and not want to do anything!".  Caleb shows us that we can live in an external environment that is filled with negativity, live amongst a bunch of complainers and nay-sayers and yet still have "a different spirit" and still have God's favor and still have the victory and still have a destiny in tact!  Our jobs, our spouses, our peers, co-workers, family and church members can only bring us down IF WE LET THEM.  The choice is yours, you can blame them for your moodiness and ill temper or you can choose not to let them and say, like Caleb, I choose to have a different spirit in the midst of a group of mal-contents, whiners and complainers, I choose to be different, today!  And you can be sure, God will take notice!                                                                

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MARCH 8 YOU HAVE SOMETHING I DON'T!

     ONE of our favorite statements is "he puts his pants on in the morning the same way I do", I hate that expression! I dare to question that statement and it's implications.  The implications are obvious, "he's not special, he's a man just like I am, who does he think he is, he's not better than me, etc..etc..." and I would say the only truth there is "he's no better than me", but that's where it should start and end; when we take it further we've taken it to far. No man is better than another man, but to try to put all men and all women on equal footing is a great falacy and often times is just an elixor for our mediocrocy and laxadasialness in spiritual matters. No man is better than another man, but clearly, some men, some women "do have something we do not" and if we are wise we would desire what they have. God makes a clear distinction between Moses and "the others". God makes it clear, " I will take the spirit that is upon you and put it on them". God says, "you have something they do not!", "you have a spirit that they do not possess and it's a good spirit".  "they don't have it, they are not the same, etc...etc..."Well he puts his pants on the same way I do", so what ! I say.  Can we be honest enough to look at our lives and say, "he's got it, I don't"  "she's got it, I don't". Paul said, "pattern your life after mine"  is that a bold and conceited statement? No it is not, do you think Paul is not able to disern the different spirit he has?  Do you think Moses didn't notice the difference between himself and others? Moses is up on the mountain praying, "the others" are dancing naked around a fire.  Is it wrong that God would put brothers and sisters in our lives and then give us a desire to want ot emulate their passion, their spirit? Yes Moses put on his pants in the morning like others (actually it would have been a robe) but God made a distinction between Moses and others and we should never be so naive or deceived to think "we're all the same" cause clearly we are not.  Let us be humble enough to admit, that each and every one of us, would do well to admit, that surely we could use some of the spirit that is upon that brother or sister, yes it would do us well, "Lord, put the spirit that is upon Moses (or whomever) upon me!"

Thursday, March 3, 2011

MARCH 3 DIDN'T JESUS KNOW ABOUT THIS?

     SOMETHING that should catch your eye in today's reading is the complete contrast in Jesus' knowledge between the situation with the colt vs. the situation with the fig tree. The fig tree represents every day life, eating and drinking, the home we buy, the cars we drive, the places we work;  the colt however, is part of God's grand scheme for Jesus, this is not just a hapcircumstance experience, this is part of God's Sovereign will. What we eat, where we it, whom we marry, what we buy typically falls under God's Permissive will for our lives. The difference therefore between these two situations was God's Sovereign will vs. his permissive will. It had already been prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 [ The Coming of Zion’s King ] "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."  POINT, when it comes to God's sovereign will in the earth (and in our lives) we can have full confidence that the God will see to it that his ordained purposes for our lives comes to pass, as long as we keep our hearts right. Bought a car and it's not working out, bought a house and you're having lots of problems, found a job and your boss is a tyrant, dated and got your heart broken, invested and lost some money.....and we CRY OUT to God, Lord you know everything, how and why did you let me get in this mess....but these and many more instances are not necessarily part of God's Sovereign will, they fall under God's permissive will, these are the "fig trees" of life, he leaves many of these decisions to us and lets us stumble or succeed on our own, (though he is always there for help if we call upon him) but you can trust that there are other issues of life you can trust the Colt will be there when He says it will and you can TRUST that those that need to relinquish to you WILL when he says they will and these instances of life you can go, as the disciples did and trust that it will be just as Jesus said and in the other instances of life simply go with the bounces and move on.  Why didn't Jesus tell me there would be no fruit on the fig tree, cause he wasn't overtly concerned with that, He was focused on the Colt, the Grand purpose, now move on and trust God for the larger issues of your life and destiny!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MARCH 2 DID I UPSET YOU?

     I LIKE MOSES....and you can say, "yeah, you like the mouthy ones..." but the good news here is God likes Moses too! So I know I'm with good "peeps" here.  I mean, he must like Moses, like really like him, for one he listens to him allot and even more so, he's on the mount of transfiguration with Jesus and Elijah!! So what do I like about Moses?  His honesty and frankness with God.  Moses says,“Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Wow! Talk about boldness!! Ever feel like the circumstances you are in "as a Christian" could only lead you to beleive that surely God must be angry with you, what else could it be? I have asked that question of late, "God have I let you down, have I upset you?" Imagine having the audacity to tell God, " I didn't give birth to these people". There's a whole lot being said in that statement!!! Like, "these people are your responsibility, not mine!" We must always remember that there's a fine line between being honest and frank with God vs. being irreverant and it is up to us to find that line and not cross it. But suffice it to say, it would do some of us a world of good to start being a little more honest and frank with God rather than keeping everything bottled up inside and just slowly becoming bitter and eventually to start to drifting from church first; and eventually God because ultimately, whether we want to admit it or not, that is who are issue is really with!