Tap into the source

Jude 12

“…They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.”

Wow the symbolism is immense here. Clouds without rain are clouds that cannot produce life.  These clouds are useless; just here to decorate the sky with superficial beauty.  They do offer protection from the sun but only for a little while until they get blown away by the wind.  The whims of life and emotions blow them to and fro.  This is like a person witout God; without knowing who they are.  They produce no life.  They contribute nothing to the harvest.  But not only that; they are blown about by circumstances.  Every issue of life shakes them.  Gets them off course.  They are disconnected from the source.

The same for autumn trees without fruit and uprooted…

Autumn trees are supposed to be producing the last harvest before the end of season.  They are supposed to produce life.  These trees are not producing what they have been called to do.  Again they are useless and dead to their purpose.  But on top of that they are uprooted. They are removed from their source.  No longer connected to what could refresh, revive, and renew them.  There is apparently no hope for them.  Once disconnected from the source there is no chance for revival.  They are twice dead because if they were just not producing fruit but still connected to the source they could still have a chance to be revived but their removal from the source is another death to them.

But thanks be to God! All is not lost for the source never moves.  The earth doesn’t move from beneath the twice dead tree!  The tree can search out and revive its roots and dig down into the ground that is steadfast.  Trees in the forest don’t stay dead.  New life rises from them all the time.  Christ gives us new life.  The old has gone and the new has come!

We are given new life so that we may become a cloud who produces rain and life and we can become that new tree, deeply rooted, producing life, producing everlasting fruit.  Living out our whole purpose.  It is possible for all things are possible through Christ.  Let this new year be one with new life.  Allow Christ to revive your roots, strengthen you and set you on the path to your eternal purpose.  The source doesn’t move.  Its unshakeable!! Tap into His source and be revived!!

Hilarious but sad….

so…I subscribe to the Streaming Faith daily devotionals…and sometimes I like to go to the pastor’s website that wrote the particular day’s devotional just to see what they are about…I went to today’s pastor’s blog, Pastor Mike DeVries and this is what I found

Oh, How Times Have Changed.

Doing a bit of reading for tomorrow and came across this:

“Though each [Jewish] sect felt that its distinct perspective was determined by the meaning of Scripture, each sect was also heavily affected by sociological forces. The sects at the time of Jesus read the Scriptures in light of their own experience and situation. Since they felt that their own beliefs, in which they had been reared or to which they had been converted, were uniquely confirmed by Scripture, they quite naturally read Torah as if it uniquely prophesied their position.”

[Alan F. Segal, Rebecca’s Children: Judaism and Christianity in the Roman World, p. 45]

So good to see that things like this do not happen within all the various Christian groups today…

‘Er, wait a minute.

I thought this was down right hilarious and sad at the same time because it is sooooo true. Every sect or denomination in Christianity does this same thing…and sometimes forget the reason we even believe all that stuff in the Bible. Sometimes we need to sit back and reflect on how our own culture is affecting the true Word of God. I pray that my culture doesn’t stop me from really seeing Christ and bringing others into the true knowledge of Him…I”m going to be doing some real reflecting today…

Here is the link to Mike DeVries website if you want to check it out: http://awakening.typepad.com/.

And to subscribe to the Streaming Faith Devotional go here: http://app.bronto.com/public/actionpage/execute_page/?fn=Mail_ActionPage_FormResponse&pid=e4tg6r7zok1llx7qlmy0rn664r31p&page_type=addcontact&ssid=10664

or http://www.streamingfaith.com/

Understanding and Relying on God’s Power

2 Chronicles 13

Abijah was appointed king of Judah after Israel and Judah split.  He intrigued me because he knew exactly who to rely on for victory and told everyone about it.  Abijah knew who he was and Whose he was, and because of that simple fact he was able to be victorious against Israel.

Judah routed Israel because Abijah understood the power they were wielding.  They understood that God was truly the One in charge and they walked in that confidence.  Abijah declared the Word of God over the battle (v.10-12) and walked in the confidence of the power of their almighty God.  They relied on God and God alone and came out on top

v. 18 “The men of Israel were subdued on that occasion and the men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.”

Abijah was wise in his own right.  He understood the power of our Almighty God and walked i n the revelation of it.  The Church needs to remember the power that it has in Christ.  We as individuals need to remember that.  When we do, we will become victorious in every battle we face, be it cancer, sickness, financial issues, spiritual, emotional, any issue that rises up against the knowledge of Christ.  If we walk in the wisdom and revelation of who God is and the pwoer that resides in that, WE WILL NEVER FAIL!!! Church rise up and walk in the Power we already have.  Remember God has His army, His horses and chariots of fire right behind us and around us already fighting the battle (2Kings 6:16-17). Lord help me, help us the Church, to remember this and walk in Your power!

WALK IN HIS WISDOM & FOREVER BE VICTORIOUS !!!

Wisdom

This will be the first of several different thoughts on wisdom.  God has been dealing with me in this area for quite sometime now and I pray that my words will take you closer to Him and His idea of what real wisdom is.  We definitely need God’s Wisdom to walk through this life and do His will. Without His wisdom (and some other things ie salvation, His Spirit, etc etc) we are utterly lost and we run the risk of living this life unfulfilled and below our true calling

Proverbs 3:13-20

God likens Wisdom to a woman.  The main question on my heart is why?  Why does He liken a woman to such an important asset of Christian life? I’m still not sure but on this journey of figuring it out I had to stop an examine myself.  Since He likens wisdom to a woman, can I say that my life exemplifies the characteristics and adjectives He uses to describe this topic?  I hope the questions I posed myself will also make you think about your own stance in life.

Verse 13 Happy is the man who finds WISDOM…

Are people happy when they find you?  Do you bring joy and understanding to a situation when you are involved or do you cause confusion and strife?  Can you say that people are blessed by your presence or cursed?  The mark of a truly godly woman (or man for that matter) is if you can exemplify the fruit of the spirit in any place (Gal 5:22).

Verse 15 She is more precious than rubies and all things you may desire CANNOT COMPARE with her.

Do you believe this statement about yourself?  Do you walk with an understanding that NOTHING can compare to you? God has made us exactly how He wants us (Psalm 139) and has designed a plan and a purpose (Jer 29:11) for us since the beginning of time.  We were not born at this time in happenstance.  There is a reason why I was born in 1984 and there is a particular reason why you were born the year you were born in!! Live like it!  Walk like it! Talk like it!

Verses 16 and 18 Length of days is in her right hand…She is a tree of life to all those who take hold of her

Do you bring life with you where ever you go or are you in the killing business?  Do you speak death over situations or are you a bringer of life?  God has given us the ability to give life through childbirth.  He has also given use the ability spiritually.  We must use our God given power to speak life, give life, and be life.  Remember also, the power of life and death is in the tongue (prov 18:21) and if the same power that raised Christ from the dead is in us our words definitely have some fire behind them!!! We must watch want we say and do because our words are powerful.

Verse 17 and all her paths are peace

Can you say that about yourself?  Everything about you speaks peace? or mayhem and destruction?

Please believe I asked myself every last one of those questions and much more and I still have some stuff to work on!  My prayer is that I can live these verses out in my life.  That peace, happiness, joy, and life will follow me all the days of my life.  Ingrain these things in my heart and mind, Oh Lord.  Let me walk in wisdom and exude these characteristics in my daily life.  Allow me to walk around knowing  how much I’m worth and give me the ability to tell the world about Your perfect plans for us!!!

More to come on wisdom…

Christian Perfection

Our church is reading “My Utmost for His Highest” this year as a daily devotional and today’s devotional just spoke volumes to me.  I had to repost it!!!! I hope it speaks to you too!

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect…” (Phillipians 3:12)

It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do –God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself.  The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum.  If you accept this concept of personal holiness, you life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life.  How ca we say, “It could never be God’s will for me to be sick”?  If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son (Isaiah 53:10), why shouldn’t He bruise you?  What shines forth and reveals God in your life is not your relative consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your genuine, living relationship with Jesus Christ, and your unrestrained devotion to Him whether you are well or sick.

Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection.  Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship with God that shows itself to be true even amid the seemingly unimportant aspects of human life.  When you obey the call of Jesus Chris, the first thing that hits you is the pointlessness of the things you have to do.  The next thought that strikes you is that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives.  Such lives may leave you with the ideas that God is unnecessary– that through your own human effort and devotion you can attain God’s standard for your life.  In a fallen world this can never be done.  I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself.  Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God.  God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase.  He is getting me to the place wehre He can use me.  Let Him do what He wants.

Chambers, Oswald.  My Utmost for His Highest: An updated edition in Today’s language.  (Reimann, J, Ed.) Ohio:Discovery House, Barbour Publishing Inc.

Wow amazing words.  Lord I’m gonna let You do what You want in me!  Shape me into a woman that You can use.  That is my only desire!