Kathy — Time is the most complex and frustrating dimension. I find that what little understanding I do gain about God’s timing is most often in hindsight. Is there any other issue that can harass faith any more consistently? Like water dripping, the clock seems to chip away at my rock-solid confidence. I believe that when we get to the end of our aggravations we will realize we should not allow time to rule us. (Lk21:19)
Melissa — As we move forward with tenacity and God frustrates the devices of the wicked, we will each begin to see our place in the upcoming future. Let me go a little farther regarding this place we will hold by mentioning the wealth transfer in Proverbs 13:22 that’s about to get real! I’ve heard about the wealth transfer from sinner to the just all of my life, but I’ve never seen it like I do now. The reason the rest of this year is so important is because the great wealth transfer is not about someone just handing money to us. It’s about taking the place of the wicked and possessing the land for the Kingdom of God. Remember those seven mountains we have talked about for years? It’s about us taking the empty spots on those mountains after God deals out Job 5:12. Those that fought at Iwo Jima were part of the generation that has been labeled “The greatest”. Let’s be tenacious and lay hold of the grace that is readily available to us to be the greatest Kingdom generation yet!
We take God’s Word, grab hold of it and tenaciously cling to it until it carries us into tomorrow. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying… I will do all my pleasure.” (Isa.46:10) This means that God declares something before there is anything like it in existence and when it is time for it to be manifest, it comes into existence. He is not finished declaring over you!
The passage of Mk.10:15 is not talking about getting to heaven. It is talking about the authority, power, rule of God. Mk.10:15 “…Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” “As a child” paints the picture of a child who is always full of anticipation. Embracing that picture, we will not try bringing to God our agendas, preconceived ideas, preferences, and hearts/minds with no imagination available to God. Out of the four million Israelites trapped against the Red Sea, how many do you think used their imagination to encourage the others that God would use the rod of Moses to part the sea so they could cross over on dry ground? They were stuck in the mindset of powerless servants who would not allow their minds to go beyond the typical thought processes of a subjugated people. A merciful God sent the prophet Moses with a word for them that would enable them to move beyond those old mental habits.
As the people of God assemble today, the Presence of the Holy Spirit working with the Word will enable us to “stretch our curtains and lengthen our tent cords” so that we will “break forth” and our “offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.” (Isa.54:1-4)
“AS YOU GO” about your Father’s business today, this week and this year, what you accomplish will far exceed your abilities and learned knowledge. You will have delightful discoveries that your Father’s hand is working beyond your immediate awareness. You will be involved in His workings without having to launch yourself for a particular mission. He will use you and you will accomplish matters for His Kingdom “AS YOU GO”. You will accomplish more “accidentally” than the enemy will accomplish on purpose.
Matt 10:7 “And AS YOU GO, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
May God enhance our abilities, talents and skills for His Kingdom, for income, for ministry—to be more effective. Ex 36:2 “Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab along with all whom GOD had gifted with the ability to work skillfully with their hands. The MEN WERE EAGER to get started and ENGAGE IN THE WORK.” The success of these men was not the simple fact that God had given them skills but that they were available and willing to apply them.
May God Almighty give us loving and creative insights into impacting people’s lives. People in this present culture are not wondering whether or not they will go to heaven or hell if they die, they are concerned whether they have a purpose and what they will do if they continue to have to deal with present moral and cultural challenges. God will speak to us about what He is concerned about in a person’s life while steering us away from pet peeves (religious pet peeves and pet peeves formed from our family paradigms) so that we can effectively impact them with His love and compassion.
“Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” (1Pe 2:12,Msg)