Monthly Archives: June 2014

HIGHER PERSPECTIVE

Randy Clark wrote this a little over two years ago. I have read it several times, and consider it to be worth attention:
” All things are possible to him who believes”
Verse/Context: “So (Jesus) asked his father, ‘How long has this been
happening to (your son)?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. And often he has
thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You
can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ Jesus said to him, “If you
can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the
father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my
unbelief!’” (Mark 9:21-­‐24).
Lower Perspectives – The boy’s father could have concluded that:

There were no solutions in the present because there had been none in
the past.

Jesus got a little carried away in the moment and really meant to say
that a few small things are possible if God is in a good mood that day.

Begging Jesus is more vital than believing in the person of Jesus.

God is not that concerned about children being emotionally free.

Jesus was insensitive to focus on his level of faith.

Declaring, “Lord, I believe!” was a lie. His experience proved otherwise.

Elevating truths:

1. A main key to overcoming obstacles is to develop our beliefs – The
father said to Jesus, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us
and help us.” Jesus turned the focus from divine willingness and ability
to the father’s personal beliefs. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all
things are possible to him who believes.” The father was invited into a
higher perspective that would change everything.
2. The duration of a problem does not determine the likelihood of
breakthrough – The Bible frequently reported the time span of an
unresolved difhiculty to stir hope in us that longstanding issues have
solutions (and are still to be pursued for a miracle). Our perspective
about apparent unmovable situations is a bigger problem than the
problem.
3. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith – “immediately the
father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help
my unbelief!’” This man of seemingly small faith received a great
miracle because of his humility and for “looking unto Jesus, the author
and finisher of (his) faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We can do the same.
Giving God Something to Work With: 1) Memorize Romans 12:2 and John
8:31-­‐32; 2) Cry out to God for a revolution to happen in your beliefs about a
long-­‐standing issue; and 3) Take a specihic step to bring freedom to children
and youth.
Declarations that Create Higher Perspectives: 1) Jesus is the author and
finisher of my faith; 2) God has surprising solutions to my long-­‐standing
concerns; and 3) My life protects and delivers children from darkness.

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PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH

Jesus,
We repent from carrying burdens that have not been put on us by You:
The choices that others have made or refuse to make, trying to prove Your reality because it has been demanded from us.
Working to be acceptable

Your yoke is easy; Your burden is light; to do what You command is not burdensome at all.

We are released from responsibility that did not come from You, but has been put on Your body, the Church, by religion, reputation, our own particular histories and judgement against us by the world.
We lay all of that down before You.

We rise up in the authority that You have given us, without fear or shame; with courage, boldness, hope and great joy!
Forgive us for trying to conjure up opportunities. We repent from our own works.
with our arms free to reach, we stretch out our hands to grasp Kingdom possibilities!
We call forth all of the connections You have for us:
With You first; then within our selves.
Next in the Church; then in our neighborhoods and communities.
We call forth connections around the world., until Your Kingdom has been spread everywhere.

Thank you that we are Holy and acceptable in Your sight; that we are dearly loved by You.
Thank You for revelation and wisdom,
For Your Word;
For blessing, healing, good will and favor.
We stand tall, a royal priesthood, an army of sons and daughters, clothed in grace; equipped with everything we need. As You call us, we obey.
We live as reflections of You, unhindered, powerful and free.

To the glory of Your Name. Amen.

TODAY

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Today
I awoke
To rich life found in grace,
Strong faith that abides
And promise that makes me whole.

Today
I arose
With fresh hope in my heart;
New thoughts on my mind
and feelings I’ve never known.

Today
I composed
A glad song full of joy,
To sing of great love
And mercy that ever grows.

Today
I will give
An offering of true praise
To honor the One
Whose compassion fills me so.

GOD’S HEART

God’s heart beats for you:
The everyday person
With a job, chores and obligations;
Bills to pay, a house to clean,
The yard and garden;
Children to raise.

God’s heart beats for you:
The one without a home;
Wondering where to turn for food and help,
No place to go ’til evening,
A shelter and meal;
Another day.

God’s heart beats for you:
Successful and wealthy;
With a plan, dreams and great ambition;
A price to pay, more to gain;
Employees and board room,
Hard work each day.

God’s heart beats for you:
Old ones and small children;
Who live with vulnerability;
Neighbors, friends and family
Mean so much to you,
“Bless them,” you pray.

God’s heart beats for you:
In poverty and fear;
Whose bodies are thin, sick and injured;
Who search for food and water;
Grateful for small things,
Living today.

God’s heart beats for you:
Wherever you might be;
Whatever your name or vocation;
Richest of all or most poor;
Public or hidden;
He meets your gaze.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Light of the world,
You shine in me;
Shine even brighter
So that all may see
You:
Your wonderful love;
Your magnificent grace
Your awesome expression
Reflected on my face.

King of all kings,
You reign in me;
Rule even more fully
So that all may be
Filled
With Your holy presence;
Your compassionate ways;
Peace, joy and hope;
True worship and praise.

God above all gods,
You live in me;
Awaken me fully
So that I will be
True
To faith in Your goodness,
Your joy, hope and peace;
Your mercy and kindness;
Your power released.

Oh Breath of Life,
You flow through me;
Flow ever more freely
So You may be
Real
To all I encounter;
To this world that You love;
Until we all join You
In Heaven above.

MY HEART IS SECURE

He is not afraid of bad news. His heart remains secure, full of confidence in the LORD. Ps 112:7 (GW)

My pastor came up with a new proverb:

“He who lives in the Land Of Performance finds himself in the swamp of insecurity.”

It is so tempting and easy to look for acceptability in doing. The problem is, we can’t “do it right” all of the time; we all miss the mark. Even if we do things right for one person, there is bound to be someone who doesn’t like what we did or who can do it better.

The secret: Trust in the Lord. He already knows each of us fully and loves us completely.

so here’s a new verse for a psalm:
“Because papa God loves and accepts me, my heart is secure.”
Okay, not quite original, but I bet King David won’t mind!