Make Your Connection


The Spirit of the Lord is seeking out people to connect them to Jesus. The connection that He is making with people is not based in selfish purposes on His part nor is it a struggle for followers or superiority. This connection is a product of love. It is made available because of desire. God has a desire to make Himself known and to show love. This desire is best discovered by a creation that mirrors Himself – one with the capacity to reason, choose, create, and relate spiritually. We are the result of the desire of God.

The connection God creates with us is peaceful but far from casual. In other words, the byproduct of the love He gives is peace and security, while the relationship though stable in its commitment is forceful in its creative power.

God relates to us not from the framework of our failures and weaknesses but through the framework of His purpose for us. He does not decide what He will do for us based upon our failures but based upon His plan and purpose for us which was established long before we were born. Every step of our lives, both good and bad work toward that purpose. God never deviates from the goal He has for us. As long as our hearts say, “Amen” or “So be it” to the promise of God we cannot be derailed from God’s desire for us.

God’s connection to us is one in which we are commanded to “boldly” enter. We have an invitation to fellowship in the place called the “Holiest of all”. Because of God’s love for us and the Holiness of His nature, we are changed by our connection to Him – defects exposed and changed, motivations cleansed, guilt erased, wounds healed, our destination in life radically altered. Instead of holiness causing fear of judgment, we are benefited by its presence in our lives. The “boldness” with which we enter is freedom of speech; freedom of communication in which we know the Truth (Who is the truth?) and the acceptance of the Truth sets us free!

The Bible commands us to draw near to God with a true heart. Almost all of what we derive from our connection to the Lord is His doing and not ours. He provides the way – He provides the love – He provides the Spirit – He provides the power – He changes us and our circumstances. But, there is one important thing that is our responsibility:

The submission of our heart!

We are not responsible for cleansing our hearts but we are responsible to agree with God! Agreement with the Truth creates within us a throne upon which Truth reigns in us. This is the definition of a true heart.

Remember how we first said that God doesn’t work in our lives according to our sins and weaknesses but according to His purpose?

Well, a problem exists for us that must be handled for us to grow in God. When we first approach God, we have what is called an “evil conscience”. That basically means that we come to Him full of guilt and self-pity over our failures, full of self-hatred and self-loathing because of our weaknesses, and full of pride or low expectations because of our perception.

 

Yes, we are not doing the work, God is, but we will not receive it if we don’t allow His love and holiness to change our perception of self and base our perception of self in agreement with His word and purpose!

If guilt over our failures is not taken away, we will make decisions based upon the feelings of and belief in our guilt. If self-pity is not taken away, we will consider ourselves victims instead of victors in Christ! Victims cannot be whole because the ability to make changes and healthy decisions for their lives lies beyond their control. God doesn’t hate us or loath us, He loves us! If self-hatred and self-loathing are not taken away, we will keep every promise of God at arm’s length because of our unworthiness. If our perception of self is not changed to agree with God, we will never believe or act at the level His Spirit leads.

Scripture says that, when we are connected to God, the blood of Jesus cleanses our evil conscience. Instead of relating to God through our failures and sins, we relate as His beloved child – an heir of His and a joint-heir with Jesus! The firstborn in Israel received a double portion of the inheritance from the father. Jesus is the firstborn. If we are joint-heirs, our inheritance is a double portion! Sons receive inheritances – if you relate to God through a view of your evilness, you will never receive it!

The priests of Israel would wash themselves whenever they entered the Temple or tent of meeting. As believers in Jesus, we have been baptized into His death and raised in His life! This baptism has made us forever clean in His sight. Our bodies represent our lives here on earth. Our lives, although still housed in a tent of flesh are washed with purity before Him!

1 Peter 3:18: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us (connect us) to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls, were saved through water. This is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and power having been made subject to Him”.

What does a good conscience answer toward God?

When He says, “This is yours!”, a good conscience says, “Yes”!

 

 

Pentecost


This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is a Greek word which means “fiftieth day”. Fifty days ago, we celebrated Easter Sunday; the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. According to Jewish law given by God, Pentecost is:

Shavuot – known as the Feast of Weeks in English and as Pentecost (Πεντηκοστή) in Ancient Greek, is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June).[1] The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, and its date is directly linked to that of Passover. The Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. The word Shavuot means “weeks” and the festival of Shavuot marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

Since the Feast of Weeks was one of the “harvest feasts,” the Jews were commanded to “present an offering of new grain to the Lord” (Leviticus 23:16). This offering was to be “two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah” which were made “of fine flour . . . baked with leaven.” The offerings were to be made of the first fruits of that harvest (Leviticus 23:17).

Jesus was crucified as the “Passover Lamb” and rose from the grave at the Feast of Firstfruits. Following His resurrection, Jesus spent the next 40 days teaching His disciples before ascending to heaven (Acts 1). Fifty days after His resurrection and after ascending to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit as promised (John 14:16–17). The promised Holy Spirit arrived on this day; Pentecost and the Feast of Weeks.

The spiritual significances of the Feast of Weeks are many. Some see the two loaves of leavened bread that were to be a wave offering as foreshadowing the time when the Messiah would make both Jew and Gentile to be one in Him (Ephesians 2:14–15). This is also the only feast where leavened bread is used. Leaven in Scripture is often used symbolically of sin, and the leavened bread used in the Feast of Weeks is thought to be representative of the fact that there is still sin within the church (body of Christ) and will be until Christ returns again.

On the Day of Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks, the “firstfruits” of the church were gathered by Christ as some 3,000 people heard Peter present the gospel after the Holy Spirit had empowered and indwelt the disciples as promised. With the promised indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the first fruits of God’s spiritual harvest under the New Covenant began. Today that harvest continues as people continue to be saved, but there is also another coming harvest whereby God will again turn His attention back to Israel so that “all of Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26).

The feasts of the Lord were times when God had an “appointment” to meet with His people. Pentecost is no different. What happened on Pentecost that is so important to us?

  1. The church lives purposely.

Jesus stated in Acts 1:8: But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.

Pentecost changes the direction of your life. No longer do you live for earthly pursuits. From the day that the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you are empowered to live a life that witnesses of Jesus.

And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

From the day that the Holy Spirit comes upon you, your interests are secondary to the witness of the Living Christ. First let me bury my father; first let me go say goodbye to those in my house…..NO, first, you will be witnesses of Me!

  1. The church lives prophetically.

Traditional Judaism says that it was on the Feast of Weeks that Moses received the law of God on Mt. Sinai. While there is no biblical evidence to support this fact, Peter in his speech to the astounded crowds when straight to the word of God to validate what was happening.

You are part of the church and you no longer live for the American dream or grandma’s dream or whatever. Pentecost means you are a “living epistle”; you live the Word and interpret all personal, national, and world events biblically.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13

  1. The church lives powerfully.

Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit brings power and the disciples were to release that power. The disciples don’t control it; they don’t command it; they release it! Through the Spirit comes healing; through the Spirit comes revelation; through the Spirit comes conviction; through the Spirit comes deliverance. All things related to the church come through the Spirit. Without the leading of the Spirit, there is no God ordained and recognized move!

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14

 And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:18

And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Everything God does is by the Spirit!


Expect a divine appointment with God this Pentecost and get ready for something fresh and new in your life!

 

The Tip of the Spear


The 101st Airborne Division (“Screaming Eagles”) is an elite modular specialized light infantry division of the United States Army trained for air assault operations. It is the most potent and tactically mobile of the U.S. Army’s divisions, and has been referred to as “the tip of the spear.” The 101st Airborne at a moment’s notice is able to plan, coordinate, and execute brigade-size air assault operations capable of seizing key terrain in support of operational objectives, and is capable of working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure. Its unique battlefield mobility and high level of training have kept the Division in the vanguard of America’s land combat forces in recent conflicts. More recently, the 101st Airborne has been performing foreign internal defense and counter-terrorism operations within Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 101st Airborne Division has a nearly century-long history. During World War II, it was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord (the D-Day landings and airborne landings on 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France), Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands and, perhaps most famously, its action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium. During the Vietnam War, the 101st Airborne Division fought in several major campaigns and battles including the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969.

By 21 December, the German forces had surrounded Bastogne, which was defended by both the 101st Airborne and Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division. Conditions inside the perimeter were tough—most of the medical supplies and medical personnel had been captured on 19 December. CCB of the 10th Armored Division, severely weakened by losses in delaying the German advance, formed a mobile “fire brigade” of 40 light and medium tanks (including survivors of CCR of the 9th Armored Division, which had been destroyed while delaying the Germans, and eight replacement tanks found unassigned in Bastogne). Three artillery battalions, including the all-black 969th Field Artillery Battalion, were commandeered by the 101st and formed a temporary artillery group. Each had 12 155 mm howitzers, providing the division with heavy firepower in all directions restricted only by its limited ammunition supply (By 22 December artillery ammunition was restricted to 10 rounds per gun per day.) The weather cleared the next day, however, and supplies (primarily ammunition) were dropped over four of the next five days.

Despite several determined German attacks, the perimeter held. The German commander, General lieutenant Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz, requested Bastogne’s surrender. When General Anthony McAuliffe, now acting commander of the 101st, was told, and a frustrated McAuliffe responded, “Nuts!”

After turning to other pressing issues, his staff reminded him that they should reply to the German demand. One officer (Harry W. O. Kinnard, then a lieutenant colonel) recommended that McAuliffe’s initial reply should be “tough to beat”. Thus McAuliffe wrote on the paper delivered to the Germans: “NUTS!” That reply had to be explained, both to the Germans and to non-American Allies.

History records that the defenses of Bastogne held until General Patton’s tank division arrived. Expecting to be relieved, the 101st was commanded to go on the offensive. They fought valiantly against the best of the German divisions and retook all ground lost to the enemy. They were finally relieved approximately one month after heading for Bastogne.

I read this to you today because of its relevance to what I believe God is saying to you.

Just like the times faced by the men of the 101st, these are not ordinary times. The enemy is angry and is pushing forward to counter moves made by God. I’m sure the men of Bastogne were frightened when they saw the ferocity and determination of the enemy to force surrender or destroy their very presence.

When surrounded by the German divisions, the men of Bastogne sent a message to headquarters asking for help and direction. The answer came back:

Hold at all costs.

The people of God are seeing the enemy pulling out all the stops; employing tactics not seen in many years in our country or maybe ever. We can cry out to headquarters for rescue but the command is coming back to fight on.

Many soldiers are tired. Many are facing need. Many are wounded. God told me to give you this response from headquarters to your cry for rescue.

This is a directive to warriors and not wimps. It is a directive to those chosen by God for such a time as this. Just as the apostles and first century believers were chosen to begin the faith in the face of adversity, you have been chosen to close out the battle in the face of enemy aggression and madness.

This response from heaven tells us:

  1. You are not forgotten.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15

  1. Depend upon Me.

The word “wait” or “hope” means to: to bind together (perhaps by twisting). Twist yourself around the Lord so tightly that there is no way you and He can be separated. This is time to decide where you are going to make your stand!

  1. Supernatural power and renewal is coming!

Abundant increase is coming!! A change like not seen before is in store! For those who are willing to stand and fight,  spiritual transformation which will bring fruit is being poured out!

  1. We are not “defending”, we are “offending”.

The enemy is not responding to our defeat but our victory!!! Do you understand? Our enemy is angry because of the Lord’s audacity! This is a time for offensive warfare!

I am proud to be a part of “The Tip of the Spear” – God’s army of this hour! You are a part of the greatest movement in human history: the ushering in of God’s end time kingdom! Trust God to take care of you. Surround yourself with like minded people. If you’re wounded, find one of “God’s medics” and get healed. It’s time to send back an answer to the enemies’ demand for your surrender. What will your answer be?

Let’s fight on for the glory of God!

 

 

 

A Dynamite Life!


Allow me to sum up!!

We are created as tri-part creatures: spirit, soul, body. Our body houses the two immaterial parts of our nature and is necessary for the expression of soul and spirit. Our spirit is necessary to have a relationship with God since God is Spirit. Our soul can be defined as:

Soul: individual personality and sense of self.

Your soul is what makes you unique from everyone else. Your soul is predisposed to certain traits but can also be shaped by your experiences. Sin – your own and the sin of others against you wars against the created nature of your soul – intending to wound and restrict your soul; limiting your ability to reach your full destiny. And, its not just wounds that can cause damage to the soul, but the imperfect nature of life – death, disappointments, unfulfilled dreams – all cause wounding in the soul.

Wounding of the soul is a part of living. But a wound must be taken care of properly. If not, it is a place that is susceptible to disease.

The soul is supposed to be in subjection to the Spirit, but when wounded can reject the Spirit’s direction. Last time we were together, we looked at the part the blood of Jesus plays in the deliverance of the soul.

The blood of Jesus frees the soul from the power of sin: its guilt, its controlling nature, its tendency to define us. Not just sin that we have committed but sins that have been committed against us! Dead people are not addicted! Dead people are not controlled by others! Dead people are not punished any longer!

But, thank God it doesn’t stop there!

We are raised from the dead in the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Our new life is described this way:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

At salvation, my spirit and the Holy Spirit became one. This process includes my death to the power and penalty of sins – mine and others against me. This also includes my death to being a victim of circumstance. My life is no longer determined by my failures and others sins against me. My life is no longer controlled by the imperfections of life. I am dead to those things: their power to control me is broken through the blood of Jesus!

I am raised to walk in newness of life through the power of the Holy Spirit!

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you… Acts 1:8

Power: the power which the resurrection of Christ has, for instructing, reforming, elevating, tranquilizing, the soul.

As I stated earlier, the soul is intended to express itself under the authority of the Spirit. The Spirit empowers the soul to be what it was created to be.

You could say that the Holy Spirit empowers the soul with moral excellence. It reforms, restores, heals, elevates, tranquilizes, and gives the soul the love and identity it needs to complete its mission: to be who and what it was created to be!

The Holy Spirit removes the restrictions that sin has placed in your soul by healing your wounds, destroying unbiblical lies, and loving your unconditionally. You are free from opinions, fears, and the effects of devastating circumstances because of your belief in who you are in Christ and through your faith in the miracle working power of God!

The “fences” of unbelief are removed from your life and your life is expanded to include all that God has for you, including what seems impossible. A life of no restrictions; no limits; no fears of abandonment or rejection; a life of endless possibilities; a life that’s at peace with its place in the world – free from the scramble of competition for significance; a life that is founded in the infinite, unending love of God. A dynamite life!

 

 

The Living Dead


Humanity is created as a tri-part being: spirit, soul, and body. Two parts of our nature are immaterial: spirit and soul. The body did not come to life until the immaterial was imparted into it by God breathing into man and the body ceases to live once the immaterial departs from the body.

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

Our spirit is the part of our being that makes a relationship with God possible. God is Spirit and to become one with us, we must have a spirit to join to. The second part of our immaterial nature is the soul.

Soul: individual personality and sense of self.

The soul expresses our unique personhood and is shaped by our beliefs about self, others, God, and the world. Life can be like a war at times. In those times, our soul can be wounded. Wounding of the soul creates negative emotions and can negatively affect our ability to exercise faith in God. Wounding in the soul can make it hard for people to believe in the Word of God. If you are a believer in Jesus, nothing is wrong with your spirit, but you can have a lack of agreement between your spirit and your soul. This causes confusion, doubt, anxiety, depression, anger, rejection, disobedience, etc.

I want to begin to look at the healing of the soul today. The first healing agent I want to discuss is the blood of Jesus.

No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him– For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever– That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay. Psalm 49:7-9


The redemption of the soul is costly: it can only be changed and healed by the One who created it.

Jesus shed His blood for our souls. What does that mean?

Sin wages war against our souls:

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11

Sin seeks to deceive the soul. It seeks to create beliefs within the soul that reject God as the One who meets our needs. Through these deceptions, sin seeks to damage and distort the soul, leaving behind pain and restriction of soul. When we practice sin, we restrict the full expression of our souls and repress the maturity of our soul.

Sin can damage the soul to the point that the individual has personality changes. What was once free becomes anxious; what was once expressive becomes dead; what was once happy now just exists.

And, I’m not just talking about sins we commit, but sins that have been committed against us by others. They also cause pain, damage the soul, and change our ability to trust.

Jesus’ blood provided for freedom from sin and its effects. Sin leaves behind disappointment, guilt, self hatred, hatred of others, victim mentality, helplessness, and other kinds of things that hinder our future. Jesus’ blood provided for the payment of sins, freedom from sins affects, and deliverance from controlling beliefs. You can’t make a dead person commit sin. You cannot wound a dead person. The world and others no longer have control over a dead person. In Jesus’ death, by His blood, you are dead to your sins, their effects and the sins of others against you and their effects!

The blood of Jesus broke the chains!

What is the basis of the power of the blood?

Forgiveness!

When you accept Jesus’ payment for your sins, you accept Jesus’ forgiveness of said sins. Then, you are free from them: their guilt, their control over your emotions and your future. You must accept Jesus’ payment as sufficient for your sins! This means that you not only are forgiven but you forgive yourself!

If Jesus paid the price, who am I to say that I am not forgiven?

The blood is enough!

The blood also provided the power to free me from the sins that others have committed against me! How do I experience that freedom?

 By forgiving others – by releasing them to God! When I do this, I no longer carry the pain of what they have done to me; I no longer carry the guilt of their sins against me; I no longer am defined by what they have done to me and therefore, I am no longer restricted by what has happened to me!

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 KJV

There is more! Come back next week to get the full dose!

 

Healing of the Soul


And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

This scripture details the very beginning of humanity. It gives us a glimpse into our created nature. We are products of two realities:

Earth and Breath

Our bodies are carbon based. Carbon is a key component of all known life on Earth. Complex molecules are made up of carbon bonded with other elements, especially oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. Carbon is abundant on Earth. 

But, we are also a product of breath. Whose breath? God’s breath. While we do know that every created creature was made of Earth, we (humans) are the only creature we see made alive by the breath of God. The Bible tells us that God’s breath made us a “living being”.

Being: existence, conscious, nature

So, to know what it means “to be”, we must know more about the breath that brought us to life.

You will notice that the carbon based body did not “live” until the breath of God entered it. Therefore, the true life force of humanity is found in the presence of the breath of God. No breath – no life.

What is this breath?

psyxḗ (from psyxō, “to breathe, blow” which is the root of the English words “psyche,” “psychology”) – soul (psyche); a person’s distinct identity (unique personhood), i.e. individual personality.

(psyxē) corresponds exactly to the OT /phágō (“soul”). The soul is the direct aftermath of God breathing (blowing) His gift of life into a person, making them an ensouled being.

So, you could define the breath that made us alive as “soul” which is our individual personality and our sense of self. The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God. We are made with characteristics that identify us as made like Him.

The Godhead is a tri-part unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Humanity is not just a soul and body, but the Bible tells us that we are also made of three parts:

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 5:23 NIV


This scripture speaks of wholeness. The word used for “blameless” here actually means “whole”. We know that the Hebrew mindset attributes the God of peace (Shalom) as the God of wholeness: nothing missing, nothing lacking.

The “spirit” of man, along with the soul make up the immaterial parts of man. The “spirit” is the element that gives us the ability to have a relationship with God. God is Spirit, so to fellowship with and know Him, we must also contain a spirit. The Bible tells us that believers are spiritually alive and that unbelievers are spiritually dead. So, our spirit is present but operating in darkness when not in fellowship with God.

One more important scripture:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

This scripture tells us that the soul and spirit are two different entities. It also tells us that the soul and the spirit can agree or disagree.

This is where problems occur for believers! If our spirit is united with Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is saying one thing and our soul, which is our sense of self is believing something contrary, well, we’ve got confusion, double-mindedness, lack of peace, disobedience, you name it!

You see, our sense of self is expressed through our beliefs and our emotions. Our soul can be wounded by life or others. If our soul is wounded, it can carry pain, fear, anger, depression, and beliefs that are shaped by the bad experiences we have been through.

So, the Word of God can be speaking truths about us and we can believe lies at the same time. When we believe lies or are living in internal pain, fear, depression, anxiety, then our soul needs healing.

I believe that this is the cause of much of the difficulty we experience walking with God.

Next time we are together, I want to look at what God has provided to deliver the soul.

 

Fastest Way to Change


If your relationships are not working, here’s a fast way to create change. Notice: this will first create change in you. The changes in you will be noticed by others and create a pathway for God to work in them. It removes you from being part of the problem and makes you part of the solution. It’s like the “rock in the pond”. You throw a rock into a pond. The rock enters at just one point, but the ripple effect is felt all throughout the pond. Let God change you through submission to Him and the ripple effect will be felt by everyone around you. While I can guarantee that everyone will notice and have to respond to the changes in you, I cannot guarantee that everyone will change for the better. But, this is the fastest way to find out what is going to happen in your relationships and the quickest and surest way to your peace.

Submission to God requires:

Humility: I agree with God’s assessment of who I am.

Repentance: I turn away from lies, attitudes, actions, and outlooks that do not reflect God’s Word.

Release: I release my relationships to the power and authority of God. I stop trying to change others and I stop judging them.

Obedience: I put all my energies into seeing myself become a Spirit walking, Word obeying, child of God.

No Rationalizing or Denying: I give up denying my sinful behavior or rationalizing my sins because of what others have done to me or because of bad circumstances.

If you use this as another manipulation technique to get others to do what you want, this will fail. But, if you do it because it is the right thing to do for you, then you have a chance to see God restore you and everything around you!

The Trash Man


Early this morning, I was sitting in my normal place of prayer in my home. Today is trash day. It’s the day in which the waste company comes to our neighborhood and carries off the garbage produced by the neighborhood over the last week.

As I sat there, I began to pray for these workers. I expressed my thankfulness for the job that they do each day. And, I began to think about the “Man” who comes continually to my house to carry off the “trash” that I accumulate in my life.

Trash is produced as a product of living. Only dead people produce zero trash. As much as I want to live “green” – with little negative effect on my environment – I still realize that if I’m alive I will produce some trash or refuse.

We want to live in such a way that we have as little negative effect upon those in our world as possible. We want to be able to produce things that are good for meeting needs that will be able to be “recycled” and be refilled for use over and over again. Meeting needs – positive impact – little trash. It’s a noble goal for living.

As much as I long to produce zero refuse in my life I realize that is not a realistic goal. Living produces consumables, non-perishables and “throw aways”. Jesus knew this when He taught His disciples this prayer:

“Thy kingdom come” – “Lord, give us the non-perishable”

“Give us this day our daily bread” – “Lord, provide the consumables we need”

“Forgive us our debts” – “Lord, please take away my trash”

Unattended trash causes disease. It must be hauled away or it will have long term effects.

Next time you see the men take away your trash, thank them for their service.

And, thank God for the “Man” who hauls away our trash to the incinerator of Calvary.

 

Sounds of Stone


 

 

A stone upon a hole

The roll damns up the soul

A clock that has no face

Eternity absent grace

Death will always be

Its captives never free

Son of Man lays in the space

Vanish without a trace

Enter to see no more

Stone blockades His door

But how does stone make a sound

With no one else around

To open up the hole

To free imprisoned soul

 

Happy Resurrection!!!!