WILL WE MAKE THE EFFORT TO RISE ABOVE THE “SETTLED FOR” LIFE?
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I asked our congregation one Sunday morning, that If they had just made a grand entrance onto a scene and a multitude of people were waiting to hear what would be the first words you said, words of importance, words revealing your nature, first impression words that people would be sure to judge you by, would you be very deliberate in what those first words were?
Of course the answer is, YES.
So what did God choose as his first words?
The Bible being His grand book to mankind. God is writing the first five books through Moses and we are just getting started at Genesis 1:1-2. Those first two verses are a description of the condition creation has fallen into, and what is currently going on, but God has not yet spoken.
All the universe is waiting, and even the chaos before Him is waiting to hear what those first words will be. Even as Moses finishes the first two verses and begins penning the third…”And God said…”
Did Moses pause there? Did God leave him hanging for a minute, wondering what God was about to say? And did he pause afterwards to consider what God chose for his very first words in His book to man? Did “we” pause the first time we read them, and consider what these words reveal about God besides the fact He is all-powerful? And what were those words?
“Let there be light:”
I spoke with a homeless person not long ago and I was trying to explain to him how God can help them climb out of any spiritual or physical hole, as long as you are willing to apply God’s principles to your situation. In other words, I was talking about lining up with God’s word and I used a pocket flashlight to illustrate the point.
There are several parts to a flashlight. When you consider the bulb, springs, switch, casing, batteries, lens, and etc. All these parts if they are lined up properly and in good condition, when you say “let there be light” and hit the switch, light is produced! I demonstrated the point. I hit the switch and light emanated from the instrument in my hand. I did this three or four times, just to make sure he got the picture.
However, then I opened the end of the flashlight and slowly slid out one battery. Turning it backwards I then deliberately slid it back in and closed the end. Then I said, let there be light, hit the switch and nothing happened. One very important part of that flashlight was out of alignment! All it takes is for one very important part to be out of proper alignment. Our lives are no different!
Here is the principal: The more we line up with God’s word, not only does our life begin to radiate light, but the more we line up the brighter and more powerful the light becomes!
If we rebel against God, if we choose to be out of alignment, having an important part of our life backwards, then God of course will allow us to do that, but when we say, let there be light, all we produce is darkness!
I told the man it is a real good feeling when the “light” is on “inside”.
May I encourage every person to experience the power of God, and the presence of God that comes when we “line up” with His word. He is a “light producing” God! His word produces light! He revealed Himself that day when he said, Let there be light! He is the light that lightens every man that comes into the world! In Him was life, and the life was the light of men!
As we study His word and drink of the Spirit of Christ we become more like Him. We become the Kingdom of God in the earth. We like to think about Heaven some day, and when we are in Heaven we will be living the Kingdom of God in the Kingdom of God! That is Heaven, but right now we are still the Kingdom of God IN THE EARTH, and as such there will be battles, and it will be force against force!
What I am saying is, don’t look for an easy path, we are not in Heaven yet.
This country was founded upon Christian principles, there is no denying it. Historical records prove it beyond any doubt for anyone who is truly willing to check it out. This country was established in a certain “alignment” with God’s word! And as a result, this country has been a light to other nations. However, even as it is plain we started in a proper alignment many years ago, it is also plain that we can no longer make that claim, and our light is fast becoming black light!
As someone who lives in america, I continue to deplore the direction of our country, and it is very sad that we are still choosing darkness rather than light. Within this country there is still a Church that is true and walking with Christ, but there is also the carnal worldly Church, which is lacking in power and misleading a lot of people. Of course things have been going in this direction for quite some time, the part that saddens me so is that there is no turning this ship around at this point.
You can talk revival all you want, but I believe it will not come without great judgement from God, and no one should be looking forward to that. I’m not saying that with enough pain people won’t finally wake up and turn around, but why has it had to come to that? Wasn’t 9/11 enough? Churches overflowed for two weeks! Congressmen sang hymns together on courthouse steps!
So what is it going to take for it to last more than two weeks?
The ship is not turning around because america has made her choice. The choice is “very” obvious! She has made it plain and she is no longer shy about it. She has become emboldened in her sin, and there is no turning back until something should so rock her senses as to send her reeling in travail!
Will she repent and change course, even then? Time will tell.
We are not in Heaven yet, Church. Do not look for the easy path. Line up with God’s love, purpose, and power. Produce Light! Let there be Light! It won’t be easy because everything around us is choosing darkness, and our light is an imposition to their dark agenda! As america continues to reap what she has sown, there will be enough grief and sadness to go around for one and all, but do not be discouraged. We are still on planet earth and this planet is going to rock and reel, but the Kingdom of God is rock solid!
Remember the flashlight! Study God’s word and hold it close to your heart. Know what it means to be in the Position of Power and Peace because you are in proper alignment with His revealed word. As we watch our country tempt God more and more, study Psalms 91. Line up with those powerful scriptures so that you will be surrounded in light no matter what may come. Praise God!
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalms 127:1)