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Now Is a Good Time

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A large number of prophetic words have to do with 2017 being a year of breakthrough.  many are saying that those who have waited for years to receive answers to prayers will finally get them; hopes and dreams are being awakened; upgrades are coming.

I say, now is a good time for that!

What words have you personally received, either from the Holy Spirit directly or through a person?  Now is a good time to claim them

What have you asked God for?  Healing?  Salvation of loved ones?  Now is a good time to pray, believing.

What is God’s call on your life?  Now is a good time to walk in it.

Does it seem especially dark?  The news certainly communicates that.  Now is a good time to “Arise and shine” – Light is much easier to see in darkness.

Now is a good time to walk closely with the Living God.  He is good; his love endures forever; he has wonderful plans for you.  Trust, obey, believe, receive!

Jesus, teach us to ask as big as your answers and to reach as high as you reach.  Thank you.  Amen.

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WHATEVER IS TRUE

It has been several years since I maintained a Lenten discipline.  This year, however, it seems like a life giving thing for me to do.
Philippians 4:8-9 came to mind as the basis for my discipline – “Whatever is true, noble(honorable), right, pure…think on these things.  Whatever you have learned, put into practice.  (the lifehelps revised version)
The focus of my discipline is to reflect on what God is saying about who He is, who I am in Him and what He has or wants for me.  This may seem rather basic, but I find that it is easy to get distracted.
The first word in Philippians 4:8 is “true.”
Here is an exerpt I copied from Bible Hub.com:
“what can’t be hidden”) stresses undeniable reality when something is fully tested, i.e. it will ultimately be shown to be fact (authentic).”

 

Hmm, what can’t be hidden.  I am immediately reminded of a paradox:

There are several Bible verses that talk about mystery and how God hides things; then there are at least as many about revelation, hearing, seeing and knowing.  I think the key to this is that we cannot know God apart from Him.  We need Holy Spirit to reveal and quicken God’s word to us.  We need His conviction, confirmation and direction.  To “know” God is not about collecting factoids; it’s about personally experiencing and becoming acquainted in a relational sense.  That is a life-long journey.

 

“stresses undeniable reality when something is fully tested.”
If there is one thing about God, all that He is, says and does that brings me great strength and comfort, it’s that He can be “fully tested” and He’ll come out true every time!  A lot of things in life can seem very real; yet when they are really tested or challenged, they fail.  Any lie is subject to such a fall.  What God says is; we can depend on that.

 

“It will ultimately be shown to be fact (authentic.)”
That’s the kind of truth I want to hold on to:  Real, authentic, reliable, eternal, indisputable!

 

Lord Jesus, lead us into truth; your Word is truth.  Amen.

IS GOD GOOD?

Is God good?
Is he in a good mood?
Is this so all of the time or are there exceptions?

 

What you believe about God is absolutely foundational to ALL of your relationships:  With Him; with yourself; with others.
Your faith is the material from which every perception, belief and expectancy will be sewn.

 

If you consider God to be one who acts on whim; who blesses when He is in a good mood and either ignores or punishes when He isn’t, you are in for a precarious life.  You will find your heart filled with doubt, fear, insecurity and a drive to make sure you perform just right.

 

If, however, you understand that God is always good; He is perpetually at peace, joyful, hopeful, loving and affectionate, you will find these same qualities reflected in your life.  You will be able to trust and rest; your expectations will be based on His goodness instead of your efforts.

 

“Yeah, but…”  you might say, “What about illness, injury, natural disasters and death??”

Indeed, how many times have you heard somebody say that God gave a person some disease or disability?  How about statements that God brought disaster on people?  How often do you hear, “if it’s God’s will,…” when someone is seriously ill and might possibly die?

 

Truthfully, God doesn’t have disease, injury and disaster to give us.  Those things came into the world when humankind yielded to Satan’s temptation.  What God has to give is good, perfect and life-giving; Satan is the one who lies, kills, steals and destroys.  There’s a war on!

 

I am beginning to understand that the greatest weapons in our arsenal are what we believe and how we speak.  If we truly get who God is, what He says and does; if we declare those things and press into them, we break through the devil’s scheme and experience God’s Kingdom on earth.  Words have power; that’s why Satan attacked, based on what God said.  If he can get us to agree with him, he gains a foothold.  If, on the other hand, we agree with God and declare His truth, more ground is taken.  Please understand:  God has already won the war through Jesus’ suffering, death, resurrection and ascension.  Let’s start by agreeing with Him about that.

 

Is God good?  Yes.  He is, in every way; all of the time.  He has salvation, healing, prosperity, courage, hope, joy, peace, love and endless blessings to pour out on us.  He can and wants to give us every good gift.
Is He in a good mood?  Yes.   In every way; all of the time.  Make a list of every happy emotion you can think of:  That’s how God feels.  Does He know sorrow, anger, grief, rejection and pain?  Yes.  HE is the Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.  He has experienced everything that people do; yet without sin.  He knows how to comfort and give courage.  He can be in a good mood through all of this because He sees the whole picture.
Does He love and like you?  Yes.  That is why He cares about your faith, attitudes, words and actions.  He wants you to have all of the goodness of His Kingdom and none of the destruction of the devil’s realm.
Do you have power and choice?  Yes.  God is not interested in puppets or robots; He wants real people who freely choose to love and follow Him.
Choose this day whom you will serve (worship; follow.)  Put your trust in the good, good God, who already knows and loves you.

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.