The Father’s Hand is Still Moving!

When you read the stories in the Bible, stories that tell of God’s great moving power in the lives of people, what goes through your mind?

Do you think within yourself of the possibilities of if you were in Abraham’s shoes, or what it would be like if you present watching David fight Goliath, or maybe if you were there with the three Hebrew boys plus One in the fire, or with Daniel in the lion’s den?

Each of these stories is unique and beautiful in its way.  Each story tells how God took ordinary individuals and did extraordinary things for them and through them.

As I contemplate the stories, or I should say, the recorded events of these lives in the Bible, I see phenomenally mighty works done.

I see God moving faithfully in these lives who said “yes” to Him; in the lives of those who chose His will over their own.

As extraordinary as those events and lives are that are recorded, I am reminded that God is still in the business of working out remarkable things in surprising ways through people’s lives today.

Hebrews 13:8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”  And that with the Father, who does all things perfectly, there is no “variableness, neither shadow of turning” James 1:17.  The faithfulness and moving of God that was present when the pages of the Bible were written are still very much alive and active today.  It may not look like walking on water, speaking dry bones to life, or walking through the Red Sea on dry ground (but, if God wills, those miracles can come to pass again).  Perhaps they look like someone just taking brave steps to step out into the unknown and experience with God something they could have never imagined.  Maybe it may look like a repentant soul rising out of the ashes and coming back to life spiritually.  Or even adversity parting the way because God commanded it to hush that you may receive safe passage.

The point is, no matter how God chooses to move today, He is still moving.  The things He is doing in the lives of present-day people are a reason to get very much excited.

Their stories of deliverance, help, and another chance are phenomenal miracles to them and us, and we can rejoice because we know the Father’s hand, we read about moving in those historical lives, is still moving today.

After all, we are here today, also.  And, if we took the time to reflect and review the pages of our personal history, we know that we have a reason to praise God for His moving hand in our lives, as well.

God is still in the moving business today!  You may consider yourself to be ordinary.  But remember, it is the ordinary who God chooses to do the most extraordinary through. “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” Psalm 40:5.

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Fret not thyself…

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers…” Psalm 37:1

When wrong is called right, and those that do right seem to suffer, what do you do?  When adversity comes because of wicked advancement, how does one respond?

As it is often true in life, how we see things with our natural eyes; they do not tell the whole story of what is.  The truth of what is is that it may seem that prosperity belongs to those who pursue greatness and success at the expense of others, but they are the most pitiful of all.  What they climb to achieve on the backs of others will soon wither and fade with time.  “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Therefore, in all that we see, the psalmist encourages us not to become worried.  The fate of the wicked is set: “For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb” (Psalm 37:2).  But you, my friend of faith, are to “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed” (Psalm 37:3).

You are to “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).

You are to “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).

God sees you: “The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever” (Psalm 37:18).  And God is here for you: “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble” (Psalm 37:39).  Therefore, fret not thyself.

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Is Your Mind Like a Super-Center? | 5 Steps to Fix It

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Is your mind like a super-center, cluttered, with no real aim or focus and too many offerings for any given time?

Sometimes it is a pleasure for me to shop in a place with only one or two different offerings of any particular product.  By going to these stores, your decisions have been made simple.  It is going to be either this one or that one you will buy.  If you want to shop here, that’s it.  That is all the options you get.

It is quite the opposite experience shopping at a huge chain store or places that offer a little bit of everything under the sun.  And not only do they offer a little bit of everything, but they offer you a little bit of everything of everything to choose from.

Shopping here, I am bombarded with over twenty different offerings for one single product.  Do I get this one because it’s cheaper?  Or this one because the ingredients are more natural?  Do I get this one because it is a reliable brand that has been around since way before I was born?  Or this one because it has an international flair to it?  Do you see where I’m going with this?

I often wonder what it would be like to shop in those areas where you visit the farmers market for produce, the bakery for bread and possibly a little dessert on the side, the butcher for the perfect cut of meat, and so on.  They each have a specialty, a focus, something they have worked at, perfected, became knowledgeable about, and are now considered a professional.

Many of us have too much going on upstairs, and it is overwhelming.  There is no aim.  No focus.  No defined purpose with a whole lot of clutter.

A cluttered mind is a frazzled mind.  It is someone who is stressed out.  Someone who feels overburdened by the cares of this world and the questioning that comes with it, alongside all the particulars of life.  It can cause one who is trying to move forward to stagger with indecision in the choices they make.  Kind of like standing in front of twenty different brands of the same product, huh?

Taking all of that into consideration, how does this affect your relationship with God and your Christian growth?  Have you become so burdened down and overwhelmed that spiritually you feel stuck?  Are you so cluttered that you cannot see your way out?

When you find yourself in this position, what can you do about it?

1. Realize there is a problem. You know when you are being choked by the things around you.  You know within yourself when things have become too much for you and you need help.  A toothache can’t be healed unless you acknowledge it hurts in the first place.

Whatever is choking you, it is stopping you from bringing forth your best fruit.  Jesus told the parable of the sower and demonstrated the different types of grounds the seed falls on (read Luke 8:5-15).  In verse 14, He stated, “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”

All of us want to bear good fruit in our lives.  All of us want to see it grow to the point that it is not only helping us but others around to us.  That can’t happen by overlooking what is clearly causing a problem.

2. Acknowledge it’s getting in the way. Hebrews 12:1 says it like this: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

There is so much to glean from this one verse but let’s just focus on the part of laying “every weight” aside.  Weights are hindrances.  Hindrances are blockades to where we want to go and what we are seeking to do.  You cannot run a race effectively if you become bogged down with other stuff.  Acknowledge it is getting in the way.

When Jesus told His disciples about His journey to the cross and Peter opposed the very thought, Jesus saw it not as sympathy, but as a hindrance to His purpose and treated that episode as such, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan…” (read Matthew 16:21-23).

See the hindrances for what they are – opposers of your purpose and employ a “Get thee behind me” mentality.

3. Quiet your soul for divine direction. This activity may be the hardest step for some because quieting ourselves is not in our modern, rushed vocabulary.

Hush the noise.  The Divine wants to speak.  “Be still, and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10).  Focus on Him, and the clutter will clear.

Choose the one needful thing, a time to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His word (Luke 10:38-42).  We have one main priority: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matthew 6:33) – and everything we say and do in life fades under the umbrella of this.  “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek,” (Psalm 27:8).

4. Refocus.  Your mind has probably been cluttered because your focus is off.  If you have ever held a camera to your eye, you quickly realize that to get a sharp image, the focus must be just right.  So, you adjust the lens until the object or person you want to take center-stage in the picture comes into proper focus.  Although many other objects may appear in the background, you keep adjusting until your main object stands out.

What is your objective for this day or this week?  How do you give it a center stage?  Or, better yet, how can refocusing help you clear away the clutter that has been hindering you thus far?

One way is, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you,” (1 Peter 5:7).  The clutter we face is usually because we are holding on to too many things.  Old things, bothersome things, unprofitable things, extra things that we don’t need to be carrying.  They are heavy.  They are baggage, and they weigh us down.  As you would that over-crowded closet, basement, or attic, maybe it’s time to purge some stuff so that you can focus on what really matters.  The unnecessary things you hold on to will keep you in a frazzled, cluttered state.  Let it go.  Release it to God and let His peace overshadow you (Philippians 4:6-7).

Another way to refocus is to realize all that you see before you today is not as important as where you are trying to go.  “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth,” (Colossians 3:2).  The here and now will not always be the here and now.  If our ultimate goal is to be heaven-bound, our lives and minds, and hearts should be ordered and directed in a way that reflects that.  Everything around us, all that we entangle ourselves in, will all pass away (1 John 2:17a), and yet, we spend copious amounts of our mental, emotional, and spiritual energy on it.  Go figure.

Additionally, the ultimate way to refocus ourselves is to keep God always in our view, always at the center, always as the main focus of your overall story.  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:3, 4).  Saying that God is all we need is not a Christian-cliché.  It’s the truth.  And, when we give Him the proper place in our mind, heart, soul, and with all our strength (Matthew 22:36) everything else must fall in line and take a back seat.  All that cluttered mess is not allowed to do the driving in my life, for my life is being driven and directed by God and His purposes for me.

5. With God’s direction, move forward productively. Forward is the way to go.  A cluttered mind tends to keep dwelling on the past, prohibiting progression but, in Christ, we must take the same stand the Apostle Paul did when he declared, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14).

Our direction is forward.  Continually looking back stunts our spiritual growth (compare Luke 9:62).  And, as we are moving forward, we don’t do so on our own.  We need wisdom.  We need divine direction (which is why it is so imperative for us to quiet ourselves before the Lord).  The Bible instructs us, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil,” (Proverbs 3:7).  We are not omniscient (all-knowing); therefore, we need direction from He who is.

Pray for God’s leading and guidance for your life.  Invite Him in the everyday decisions and choices.  One thing is for sure, with all that He deals with, God is never overwhelmed or cluttered in His thinking.  He is perfect and does all things perfectly.  God has precision thinking with determined purposes that we may never fully understand.  But one thing we can understand is through it all, He is here for us.  And He never designed us to be these over-frazzled creatures, constantly over-whelmed and stressed out by our everyday affairs.

My prayer is that something in this article resonates with you or is helpful to you in getting rid of a super-center, cluttered mindset.  Many blessings to you as you begin your journey of decluttering what’s within.

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Finding Rest in Times of Unrest

As a child being afraid of the dark, nighttime was not pleasant for me.  Some nights rest would be hard to come by and I would wake my sister from her bed to come with me so that I could get some rest.  There was something about the presence of having someone there with me in that dark time that was comforting.

Dark times and seasons of weariness can keep people balled up in a bundle of nerves.  But, when they realize someone is with them, someone is there holding their hand through the tough seasons; it helps them endure until they arrive on the other side of the difficulty they were facing.

Times of unrest may come in many ways.  The word “unrest” means that things are disturbed from their normalcy.  Suddenly, things do not look or feel like they usually do.  One can wake up to a world in a moment that is different and unfamiliar because of certain events.  Things like this make people nervous about what is going on.  That nervousness can turn to fear and panic.  But for those who have attached themselves to the Lord, throughout the Word, He speaks of comfort and rest in times of uncertainty.

Moses in the past needed reassurance about continuing to lead the children of Israel, and God spoke this promise to him: “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:14).  Those words would, no doubt, carry him through the difficult task of leading a multitude of people who were often referred to as being “stiffnecked” (vs. 5).  Those very people he led and labored over and prayed for would test his patience many times over, but I can imagine those reassuring words God spoke to him kept feeding encouragement to his soul – because, even when it did not look like or feel like it, Moses knew he was not alone.  He may not always be able to rely on people, but Moses could always rely on God, and oh, what comfort that is in the darkest of times.

Later, Moses would be instructed to pass this same level of encouragement on to the people because there would be days, and there would be battles they would face which would seem to be much more than they could handle.  But Moses relayed this message to them: “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 20:1).  On the way to the Promised Land there would be some times of fighting – but their certainty in the midst of everything they would face; their rest, would be found in the presence of God with them.

And that is the key to finding rest in times of unrest.  It is realizing, that as a child of God, no matter what we face, we do not face it alone.  The fighting may still be there.  The dark days may seem to eclipse the good – but through it all we are never alone.  There is great comfort in that, and we still have that promise with us today, and His name is Jesus.

Although this is not the Christmas season, we are still reminded of what was spoke of Him by the prophet, saying, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23; see also Isaiah 7:14).

“God with us.”  Those beautiful words of reassurance were spoken to Joseph, but they are words of reassurance to us all – “God with us.”  In the darkness, He is there, with His people, promising to never leave them, nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5).  In the uncertainty, it is His presence that allows us to find rest.  That is why David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).  David found reassurance in knowing that God was with him in the dark valleys of life.

We have seen how God’s presence brought rest in the most trying times in the past, and we have the reassurance of Jesus (God with us) with us even today.  But we also have this promise into eternity.  Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3; emphasis mine).  Regardless of the uncertainty and unrest we face, there we will have a heavenly joy that will never fade away.  There we will have “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4), untouched and unbothered by the things we see down here that are before us.

But, to get there.  To receive that reassurance of rest for today and for that time to come, you must be born again.  You must be saved.  The Bible tells us, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:8; also see 2 Chronicles 15:2).

Are you seeking to draw near to Him today?  Jesus is the only true rest that you will find in any time of unrest.  But only those who attach themselves to Him can claim this promise for their life: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

We have “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  But, as the Son of God, Jesus came and died for our sins that we might be free (John 3:16; John 8:36).  The Bible tells us, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

If you want to find true rest and be in right standing before God, you need to surrender your life to Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal Savior.

After hearing Peter’s powerful message on the day of Pentecost, the hearts of the people were pricked, and they asked, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).  In the very next verse, it says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

Jesus once said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27, 28).  Do you hear Him calling you today?  Will you answer the call?  In Christ Jesus is the only place where you will ever find rest in times of unrest. With Jesus, you will never have to fear the dark.

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Living for God!

“…we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” Micah 4:5

Is it God whom we are living for daily?  Daily have we laid ourselves down to lift His name?  We, who are carriers of the name of the LORD our God and our Lord Jesus Christ, do we operate our lives in a way that is befitting that holy Name?  Is our living bringing honor to His name?

Those of the world have no problem attaching themselves to the ways of the world.  Is our life bearing fruit that is evident of our holy attachment?  Have we truly set ourselves apart as His people?

Living for God means it is His ways and not my own I seek to fulfill in my life.  My honor is to bring Him honor.  My glory is to glorify Him in my thinking, my being, my doing, and my speaking.

How great You are, O God, and let me greatly praise Your name through this life You have privileged me to live.

Everyone and everything of the world will eventually pass away and be nothing.  But, for those who live for God, “We will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever” (Micah 4:5).

“For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” – Romans 14:8

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” – Matthew 22:37

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” – Acts 17:28

“…choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).  Jesus died for us that we may live for Him.   

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The Prayers of the Saints

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Oh, my friend, do not think within yourself that your prayers do not matter.  Don’t let the thought enter your mind, saying, “What’s the point.”  The point is your prayers are very special to your King.  He loves to hear the words and petitions that flow from your heart and mouth.  His ears are opened, listening for His beloved ones who wills to communicate with Him.

Your prayers are so special before God Almighty.  Only the enemy wants you to look away from that blessed throne.  Only those who don’t want the best for you wish to turn you from believing your prayers matter.

God loves when your heart is bowed before Him.  He loves the utterances that are spoken from your lips to His hears.  You are His child.  He loves you and wants to hear from you daily.

Give yourself permission to release all that’s inside at His holy feet.  Let your prayers rise as a sweet-smelling savour before He who loves you more than you’ll ever know.

Your prayers are precious to God now, and in that time to come.

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” Revelation 8:3,4

“Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2

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In the will of God

“But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” Jonah 1:4

Are the winds blowing?  Has a tempest howled at your door?  Do you feel like your ship is bring broken and your world falling apart?

Have you stayed the course?  Have you allowed your sails to be set in another direction from His calling?  Have you gotten on board with a plan that is not God’s best plan for your life?

There is only one solution.  Reunite yourself with God’s will for your life.  Step back onto the path He has chosen for you to walk.  It may not always be easy, and the way may be unclear to us, but when we are where God want us to be, doing what God wants us to do, we are in the best place possible.

Following, when we don’t know all the specifics, is not always easy but the Bible encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6).  But you must be willing to go where He directs.

Jonah fled and when his plan began to break around him, he ended up in the belly of a great fish (Jonah 1:17).  If your plan is breaking apart, make sure your plan is falling in line with God’s plan for your life.

God’s ways are perfect and right.  He wants to see a good end come from even the worst of circumstances (Jeremiah 29:11).  But we can never see the fulfilling of it if we are determined to board our own boat and go our own way.

In the will of God is where we’ll find safety and refuge.  In the will of God is where His best plan for us becomes the best part of our story.

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”  God will instruct you in the best way to go.

Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  When we delight in God’s will, God delights in us.

Proverbs 19:21 “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”  It is God’s will that will always stand.  Don’t fight it.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  God knows how to get to the best ending out of your life.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Seek God’s kingdom/His will first and everything else will fall into place.

John 7:17 “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”  Those who truly seek after His will, will know His will.  God doesn’t play hide and seek with His people.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Following God’s will, even when we don’t understand, will always work out according to His purpose.

Father God, I don’t pretend to know everything.  The things that are happening and the things I don’t understand may perplex me, but nothing is out of the reach of Your Sovereign hand.  Thank You, for Your faithfulness in my life.  Thank You, for the daily new mercies.  Thank You, that You have not given up on me, rather daily, You help me in the way I should go.  Forgive me for the times when I went the wrong way.  Help me to stay where You want me to stay and do what You want me to do.  In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.

If you have found yourself out of the will of God, use today to start again.  Today can be a day of renewal for you.  Today, you can have a fresh start.

“When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:7-9

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“Our Upward Focus”

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

Fighting the good fight of faith is not about putting your dukes up.  It is all about putting your faith up.  It is more about taking a stand than taking a punch.  It’s ordering one’s life and steps according to the will of God for our lives (Psalms 119:133).  It is running the race of this Christian life and competing in this spiritual contest, pushing toward the finish line with every ounce of effort one possesses because there is a wonderful goal up ahead.

While we are pushing forth in the defense and protection and adherence of what we believe, we are doing it with the intent of laying hold of a prize.  Our prize is “eternal life” that we are living for.  At the end of any contest or struggle, there is something wonderful in our view, something magnificent that we are looking forward to.  Our stand through all we are facing today is in light of the victory we are promised to gain at the end, which is “eternal life.”

Heaven belongs to the believers!  Get that in your spirit today.  Life eternal is the ultimate prize for the one who refuses to give in or give up; to the one who does not get entangled by the things of this world others are chasing after (compare 2 Timothy 2:4).  That’s why Jesus taught, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life…” (John 6:27).  We have something better than money; we have something better than the materialistic things and social status’ to lay hold of down here.

Our purpose in being “called” and of having this “profession” of faith is to pursue the things of God.  To be God-focused and heaven-focused, not world-focused and getting caught up in the things we presently see.  It is pushing past every contention here while keeping an upward focus for our future.

(Revised excerpt taken from my previously published article Pursuing the Good Fight of Faith Sunday School Lesson)

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God: The Main Character

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Reading through the pages of the Bible, therein it tells the best story ever known to man.  One of love and forgiveness.  One of hurt and healing.  One of ultimate redemption that was strong enough to secure love forever.

As with any good story, there is the main character.  The one who takes the forefront of the overall picture.  The one, who, even if they are not mentioned by name during a particular episode, is still seen in the spirit of or behind the scenes of the whole story.

The Bible is the truest story of them all.  Be careful when reading it that you do not categorize it as just another good read even though, yes, it’s good.  When going through its pages, please do not view it simply as an ancient text, historical matter, or worse, a fictitious fable.  The Bible is the most real book one could ever read, and the story that lives in its pages is just as relevant today as it was when it was being lived, experienced, and penned.

The Bible is the only living book there is whose words are ever planting themselves in your life and revealing things about your life if you let it.

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And, just like any good story you read (again, we are to remember the realness of the Bible, and we are not to take it as a mere story), there is the main character.

Although many lives are revealed in its pages, and many stories are shared, the main character is there, in every story, on every page, revealing Himself in every one.

The main character of the Bible is, of course, God Himself (and I even hesitate to categorize Him in such life because His ultimate holiness demands so much more).

From the beginning to the end of its writing, God is there in every story.  The Bible is all about Him.  His creation.  His love.  His forgiveness.  His plan of salvation for humanity.  His heavenly abode.  His, everything!

In the very first chapter alone, God is mentioned by name thirty-one times.  In every page and every historical tale from there until the end, God is present in the pages even when you don’t see Him mentioned by name, for “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16).

So, why is it important to understand God as the main character of the Bible?  The answer is, many approach the reading of the Bible as just another book (which, as I stated earlier, clearly it’s not).

Everything written in the Bible is serious business.  The Bible is a Holy Book.  The main character, our God, is a holy God (1 Peter 1:16), and that is not to be taken lightly.  One must recognize that when they are opening those pages to read or study, they are opening to read about His will and His plan for all of humanity, not just a select few.

We must reverence God as we read through those pages.  We must never haphazardly approach those pages.  All of history written within, from the “In the beginning…” (Genesis 1:1) to the final “Amen” (Revelation 22:21), is His story.

And His story is beautiful if you treat it as the treasure it truly is – if you treat Him as the treasure He is.  Your life will be so much better when you get to know the main character, when you get to, intimately and personally, know God for yourself.

Read His story.  See Him in the pages.  As your eyes read over the words written on that paper, let them come alive in your life.  Hear what He has to say to you amid it all.

Do you know the main character of the Bible?  Read His story, be inspired, and let His words change your life.

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“And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.” – 1 Kings 18:39

“For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.” – Psalm 22:28

“For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” – Psalm 95:3

“But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king…” – Jeremiah 10:10

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelation 19:6), and I say with them, Hallelujah!  For the Lord God reigns!  The main character of the Bible reigns forever and ever.  Get to know Him for yourself.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

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A Time of No Shame!

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“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25

The dispensation of innocence was a real time in our real history.  The pain of sin had not touched the world and the guilt of wrong wasn’t on any mind at that time.  The beautiful creation of humanity was unobstructed by these.

When the Fall entered in, with it entered a host of turmoil, and problems, and disfunction.  With it, entered in sin.  The beautiful creation was now out of whack from its original design.  That which was pure has now become tainted.  That which was whole has now become marred and broken.

During that time of innocence, shame did not walk the streets with the naked.  There was nothing reproachful or unhealthy in the view of humanity.  No discord in the body, heart, or mind was felt because it just did not exist then.

Friend, I encourage you with these words today.  There will come a time when we will walk streets again without the need to feel we must hide.  We will experience the joy of pureness again.  We will carry on without carrying with us the burdens of shame and regret.  We will enter a time when all tears will be wiped away along with the reasons that caused them.

The original creation walked naked and unashamed.  Unashamed.  Can we even begin to grasp the impact of all that word meant then and what it will mean in our future?

The wrongs that we have done and the things that we have a hard time seeing past just won’t be in our heavenly home.  Covered in the blood of the Savior, we stand right before God.  Not because of us, but because For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

That will be a time of no shame.  Yes, when Jesus freed us, we are privileged to walk in our day without it.  But, in that time and in that place, we won’t even see it.  Just as Adam and Eve didn’t see that they were naked, the things that we are so used to associating with shame will not be seen by us.  When we open our eyes in that place, all we will see is a purity that cannot be explained or fathomed on this side of glory.  For now, when we look around, the evidence of the Fall is everywhere.  But there, not even the slightest hint of shame will be seen because it never existed in that place.  And among the saints there, they are now redeemed and no longer spotted from the trials of this life: “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8). 

For her, the Church, the redeemed, everything has been made “clean and white.”  She doesn’t carry with her into glory the shame of her yesterdays, for that day, in our heavenly abode, she enjoys, in Jesus Christ, being freed forever.  He took the shame (Hebrews 12:2) for each one and bore it all in His own body and through His sacrifice. 

  • “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 10:11
  • “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” – Psalm 34:5
  • “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
  • “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

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