How many times have you and I been told of something or someone only to find out that it wasn’t what you thought? How many times have you gone somewhere or bought something to ultimately find out that it wasn’t what you thought it was going to be? Have you ever wanted to be with someone, to only find out that they weren’t what you expected? Oftentimes there are things that can appear to be, but what they are, isn’t what you see. It’s therefore important that we strongly consider before diving in, as best as possible to know the depth of the water. It can be deadly if you try diving into shallow waters, especially when the waters are murky and you can’t see the bottom; you are subject to get hurt. When there could be either rocks or some other things at the bottom that you’re not unaware of. People are falling into all kinds of situations without checking out the depth and get burned without checking out the temperature before getting in.
We’re in such a time that it can be hard to distinguish what is and what isn’t, because of an appearance. The Apostle Paul speaks of these times, of those having a form of Godliness. It’s therefore critical to have the spirit of discernment through the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit to make these critical distinctions. Whether its life, relationships, jobs, family, work, home, career choices and so much more, in the least little things. The enemy has his way of making things look good & sound and as soon as you get close to that bush, that snake will jump out and bite you. You’re then infected and without a relationship with Christ if one dies in their condition there’s no hope. Yet for the child of God it’s still dangerous, though we’re protected by the blood of Christ. One must be careful and not take for granted, their salvation because many believers have been bitten and are walking around in a delusional state, because of the venom in the bite. Unware of the dangerous state that they’re in, they go about with a lack of regard for their soul. Therefore needing to be attended to through the word of God, to help us heal and come to an understanding of the dangers that lurk out in the world outside of the ark of safety. It’s important to understand that everything that appears good and sounds good, isn’t necessarily good or good for you. Read the label God does originals, if it’s not from God, don’t buy it, the enemy tries to sell you copies.
There are many different positions in life such as directional: top, bottom, front, back, left and right. Then there are positions of employment; staff, worker, manager, supervisor, boss and CEO; as well as positions in athletics: forward, guard, quarterback, safety and pitcher. These are just a fragment of the many positions of life one might hold; but the question here is, what is your position spiritually? Are you in spiritual position? Are you on the team? Are you in the game? Are you on the bench? Have you quit the team? Do you know what your position is and what is expected of you? When we are out of position, we fail to fulfill what is expected of us because we are not in the right place.
It is therefore necessary for us to consider what one needs to do to get things corrected. Quite often and most of the time there's someone (the coach) that you can go to or who will come to you, that observes your performance who can help you fix what is going wrong. Then sometimes we can be out matched by what we are up against and can use some assistance to handle what it is that we are dealing with. Still to know my position; what is expected and to have prepared myself with the help of those around me doing their part, can help in getting what needs to be accomplished done, so that we will ultimately win, because you were in the right position.
Christ in his love for us positioned himself on the cross as the sacrificial lamb in our place to take on our sins. Because we were not matched, he put himself in that place of us to suffer for us the penalty that would be set free. Therefore, to give us a place/position in the Kingdom as God, as He will presents those who have received the gift of the Son, who took our place. So are you now in position?
In life there are many questions asked, with the possibility of right or wrong answers. Sometimes answers are obvious while others take thought and investigation. Still there are questions that go unanswered to leave one wondering and searching. There are some things in life they say that you just can’t put your finger on it. Yet there’s evidence to show who God is and one word is “Sovereign.” God is above everything and has the authority to do whatever he chooses, while He’s yet loving, just and able to impose His wrath where needed.
So how does one handle hurt and pain, when you’ve waited through challenges – it seems your breakthrough has come when suddenly something else happens – the loss of the very thing you’ve waited for ie; a child, job, home – you then face the challenge to believe in God.
To try to explain the sovereignty of God is virtually impossible – in His almighty power and love, God demonstrates an authority above all others, yet with an unexplainable desire to love each of us. So as He loves every one of us, with everything belonging to Him, He has the right to do as he chooses. Therefore His knowing what it takes for each one of us, even if for a moment we are seemingly driven from Him by our pain.
In His infinite wisdom He knows that in due time we’ll be driven to Him. Abraham at the call of God responds in obedience to take that which God has given him “Isaac” to offer as a sacrifice. After waiting for so long the very gift of God was being required of Abraham by God. How do you give that what you love, that you’ve waited so long for? This act has to be a great level of faith and obedience understanding that everything belongs to God.
With the temporarily of life, and as Psalms 24:1 declares; “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the worlds and they that dwell therein.”
Abraham was able to make this journey because even as he was asked by his son (Isaac) because something was missing “where is the lamb?” Abraham declares in response “God will provide.” Abraham had in his possession the wood and the fire, but no lamb. Yet as they journeyed and came to the place, he instructed the servants to tarry here, while he and Isaac would go to make the sacrifice and stated “I and the lad will return.”
Without question He provided when we needed Him the most when He gave His only Son Jesus Christ as the sacrificial lamb in our place at Calvary. Can you trust God with what you love the most to know that He’ll provide? Let us know how you feel.
Life is full of so many choices and daily we choose from one thing or another, whether good or bad we make them. We choose to get up or stay in bed; we love or hate, work or rest and ultimately live or die. Someone might well say that, that's not true; in some things we don't have a choice in the matter. There are some things that we can't control, yet there are circumstances that if we make right or better choices, can have a better outcome for us and others. There are paths that we have already been laid and traveled. Therefore, if we should choose to follow them, life can be experienced with a lot less heartache.
Listening is one aspect of life that can help us in making better choices, In that, if we listen we can learn and in doing so take time to process what is being shared to make sound choices getting as much information as possible for the best choices.
Trusting is another aspect of importance in making- choices that if one can't or does not trust the source of the information, then it will be difficult to make good choices. So in being able to trust the source one can have confidence or reliance in the potential outcome.
Evidence is another aspect that helps one in making choices. Such evidence can prove a fact about something or someone. This evidence can prove or disprove what one is attempting to validate. Therefore evidence can give credence to the point being proven.
And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye shall serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
As the Lord spoke and Joshua engaged and challenged the people a choice had to be made after all the Lord had done for them. Their fathers served other gods on the other side; they're in the land of the Amorites given by God to them. They have a choke to put away the gods of that land and serve the God who has delivered, provided and preserved them. So as he did with the children Israel; we've come a long ways thru another year and the Lord has been good to us. So as then I say to you now lest we forget what the Lord hath done. Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.
Who will you choose to serve this day? I would love to hear from you.