Saturday, November 20, 2010
Knowing that we belong to God and are safe with Him in the midst of existential challenges, allows us to have faith and hope that overcomes fear, suffering, and grim worldly thoughts. The Kingdom of here, now, and yet to come, is an ongoing event in the realm of the Spirit, and is not subject to the boundaries of time or happenstance. God gives us eyes to see His potential, and ears to hear the Voice of Truth.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Disillusionment and diminishing hope can come when expectations of life remain unfulfilled. Faithful people do not react to the world around them but remain faithful to God, people, and their divine purpose. In faith they stand and rise up to the challenges that come their way. They pray, love much, and know that the world's problems will not all be solved before the end of time, yet remain faithful at any cost.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
As we seek first the Kingdom God, we will find ourselves looking less and less like us and more like Christ. The Spirit of God will continue to force out of us the things that do not in align with His presence. God has given us family, community and relationships to encourage and train us up in His ways. Servant-leaders who work relationally to equip His people will continue to replace stagnant hierarchical religion.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Religion judges you for what you do rather than who you are. The Kingdom is about who you are in God, and His empowerment to do good. So it is in the being rather than the doing, while the doing flows out of our being. God is shifting and broadening our mindsets to align us with what is possible with Him rather than what self can ever imagine or do. Our true identity flourishes in God and presents God to the world.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Deliverance does not come from being occupied in self or self pity. Desire to change rarely produces change and especially transformational life changes. Our greatest need is to be delivered from ourselves and into Christ. By being occupied in God we share in His glory and find His intentions and activities concerning our lives. It is Christ or God in us that we hope in, and there is no hope or glory anywhere else.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sometimes we rely on our preparedness rather than the presence of God for success and overcoming obstacles. Train hard in the disciplines of the Lord, be ready for every good work, but most importantly, remain deeply anchored in the love of God and secure about who you are. With our hearts connected to Christ, advance securely in Him, knowing that the victory and glory in both battle and love is the Lords.