Reality Check


Friend, I’ve been  doing some deep re-thinking and I’m beginning to hear some things from down deep.  I’m just going to share my heart and let God do whatever He will with it..

We have all come to the Lord unsettled, uncertain and needy people. I don’t think any would disagree with that. We have needs. We ‘ve suffered many hurts and  we’re weary and wounded.  We  need love but soon we begin to discover  that there are disappointments.  Everybody doesn’t love us and love our message as we had hoped they would. We’ve found we have critics. We even learn that we have enemies.  Painful. But if we will get real with God we will see that we have personal issues we need to work out. We can be honest with God. We tell him our troubles and we ask his help. God says “Come up here and I will show you things you’ve never known” We’re not alone;  God wants to take us with him to the root of our heart and soul so that he can heal.  He invites us to build ourselves up in him in new ways. His deeper, more effective way. 

Lessons come through the experiences of others who have walked that path. I remember once a minister was sharing about some big things he was doing in his city;  he was discouraged and he told God “I feel like I’m doing this by myself” And the Lord said “You are”

That was an awakening word to me. And a deep lesson. I saw that we can go off on our own and think we’re doing the will of God, but we’re not. I didn’t want to go there. 

I was zealous, I saw so many with deep spiritual need and it seemed I couldn’t pray enough. As we are all our, I believe. We want to cheer and comfort but we’re hindered. Still troubled inwardly ourselves. We daily have conflicts and disagreements to deal with, and we do well for awhile. But then we get weary and we fall back some. We’re tired. We think “I need a vacation”

When we discover that our human effort isn’t working it’s  good to pause with God and do some reality checks.  Because Jesus said “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” We find we need to realize that we’re barely beginners and God wants us to be more fruitful. We need a much deeper experience in the reality of our God. 

I’m thankful as I think on this because I found that  God is so gracious to keep us in a measure of peace and love. He waits for us to become willing and pliable.  God is so perfect and so good, and His  goodness is always to bring men to repentance.

Friend, ministry is divine work, created for saints who want to grow up. It’s not created for human effort. Flesh will profit nothing.  Jesus died to enable his redeemed to die to self effort and be empowered with glory power in holiness.   But until we’re rightly connected to God, our source, we will get tired and hurt and disappointed.  We need to find rest and get aligned with  God’s times and priorities.

What can we do to refresh and be better Holy Spirit disciples? How can we change so that we will be true salt and light? It’s been my experience that the peace of God does not come without first giving up our wrong focus. The cares of this life will keep us troubled.  Our lives must be totally surrendered. Unless our focus is set fully on Jesus and his way we will most certainly burn out and our witness will not be effective. I don’t want to be reduced to just being noise. I want to speak from the heart of the Father.

The question is. What is the main desire of our heart? Motive for doing what we do? Do we want to know the reality of him or do we want what he can do for us? He does give us a choice.  We can seek His face and He will help us to get it right. We can live in the place where his joy is our strength. He is pre-imminent. I hope we all think deep about it..

“Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus”

Last Will And Testament


My friend, I have wonderful news to share with you. Before the foundation of the world our Father God laid up a heavenly inheritance for all His family in the earth. This is an inheritance that is not like the delights of the world, but one that never fades away, it just gets bigger and better. Many dream of inheriting a million dollars, but that kind of riches will take wings and fly away and carry those who follow it into darkness.

We have been assigned a part of the inheritance in the unsearchable riches in Christ Jesus. For you who wonder how we might apprehend our good fortune, I would love to share the light I have been allowed to see on this subject.

In our society, there is an established law concerning the last will and testament of one who is deceased. The will is made up before death, and contains the written desires of the individual for the dispensation of all he possesses. He declares exactly what he will leave his heirs, and at the same time, makes clear any particular conditions that the heir must meet before the inheritance is granted. The will is protected by law, and is executed by law after his death.

We who are the called of God are named as heirs of Jesus Christ; his last will and testament being recorded in the Holy Bible, New Testament gospels and epistles. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For he came not to condemn the world, but to save the world. He blotted out all hostility that was against us, and nailed it to his cross.

God has assigned the Holy Spirit as executor of the last will and testament of Christ, and by his incomprehensible love and mercies, he is continually at work in us; drawing us nearer and always seeking to teach us how to know and to meet the conditions for inheritance, so that we might receive the promises. By our steadfast determination to walk worthy, we become heirs of all his promises. There are glorious promises of good godly success in this life and the hope of eternity with him after this life is over.

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

2 Peter 1:4
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

These truths are light that is given as keys to his kingdom. Hearts that desire to set out on their own personal life search for Jesus and his perfect life changing love through our hunger for knowledge of him can apprehend all that is given. I’m inspired to dig deeper and I hope you are too!

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