Reaping

Reaping

We can trust that our obedience to the Lord in even the smallest things brings forth glorious treasures at a later time. It is written in the Word of God that if we do not grow weary in well doing, in due time we reap the rewards. We do not do anything to receive something in return, and we do not lose heart, knowing that when the Lord leads us to sow, we will reap a harvest.

What we sow may be time, money or talents. It’s given with love, and with love unconditionally. It may not appear to be much, but it is, because it’s for the Lord. It may not appear to be appreciated, but it is, by the Lord. It may not measure up to how much we would like to give, but it’s multiplied, in the Lord. We give ourselves to the Lord and He gives through us. When our due season to reap is upon us, the enemy attempts to make us lose heart. In those moments the loving and giving heart of God, that dwells in our heart, is anointed to flow even more. Our reward is in Christ and all the blessings that come from Him.

When we obey the Lord, immediate results may not be seen, but we can trust His glory will be seen. We do not lose heart; we do not grow weary in well doing. Whatever He asks us to do, we delight in doing. We obey with love and patience–and without complaint. We know His glory will be seen, from glory to glory!

Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” 

 

No Worry!

No Worry!

When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything else falls into place. In our past, we spent nights worrying about things that the Lord faithfully handled in unexpected ways. Now, we are taking no thought for tomorrow. This doesn’t relate to everyday thinking, but to thoughts of worry filled with anxiety.

To worry about tomorrow brings fear in our today. The Lord is with us yesterday, today and forever. It helps to remember the times in our yesterday when we had concerns about a situation, and recall what the Lord did in and through the challenges we faced. We understand our lives looking backwards. Looking forward, we understand our lives are in God’s hands. Someone once said, “Worrying is like being in a rocking chair going back and forth, but going nowhere.” One minute we trust things are going to be ok, the next minute we fret and question our destiny. When we shift our focus to today by looking unto the Lord and praising Him, we remove the worry and cares for our tomorrow.

Instead of wondering how things are going to turn out, we trust God is going to work all things together for our good. God has provided, and He will continue to provide us with better than expected! He is concerned about everything that concerns us. He loves us and watches over every little thing. He is so faithful! We rest in His hands, from glory to glory 

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

 

It’s Personal

It’s Personal

Each of us encounters the risen Lord. One primary way we encounter Him is through personal encounters unique for every person — intimate and private.

We grow in our awareness that God knows and understands us with love and compassion. What we find in the process is that God draws us to know and understand Him. He does so personally: to a gardener, He reveals Himself and speaks through the gardening process; to the fisherman, through fishing; to the shepherd through sheep;  to a parent, through a child. He meets us where we are and ministers to us through personal experiences and situations so we can know Him for ourselves. Mary recognized Jesus after He had risen when He called her by name. This showed His knowledge, love and care for her like only He could. When we seek the Lord, amid our tears, we will find Him closer than we ever expected.

The personal relationship we have with the Lord is such an individual experience we cannot compare it with others. We can never think that one is experiencing the Lord more than another, because it’s not the more or less, it’s the one on one. It can never be the same, because God’s ways are new every day. Familiarity can hinder our hearing from God through a fresh approach. We are taught not to take things personally, but that doesn’t apply to what comes from the Lord: it is personal, from glory to glory!

John 20:15-16 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

 

Who Are YOU?

Who Are YOU?

Receiving revelation of who Jesus is, knowing Him in deeper, more intimate ways, gives us access to the things of the Kingdom. Jesus gave Simon Peter the keys of the Kingdom as a result of Peter knows who Jesus is. The same is true in our lives, not just regarding who the Lord is… but also who He is in others.

Who do we say He is? Who do we say a child of God is? Is it just BillTim or Susie? Or… do we believe this is the child of the most High God? The people in our lives who are born again are not just who they are known to be in the natural, but they are vessels used by God in greater measure than what is seen.

As we grow and walk in the Spirit, we no longer battle the inner familiarity with ourselves, but we see it in others. The Holy Spirit is moving through us. We have finally learned to recognize and believe in the glory of the Lord that is seen in and through us. Others in our lives start to receive from the Lord through us, bypassing who we are in the natural. We grow to know no one by the flesh, but in and by the Spirit of God, from glory to glory!

Matthew 16:16-19 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 

 

The Way Out

The Way Out

When adversity comes, God makes a way of escape so we are able to endure it. He not only makes a way of escape, He is the way, in so many ways, no matter what comes our way.

The Lord brings us out of trials suddenly, stepping into our situation supernaturally. He makes a way when there is no way. Before the way out manifests, the Spirit of Christ helps us escape in the midst of the trial by taking us deeper in the realm of the spirit. The way out in the natural realm is preceded by a way out in the spiritual realm, so we can learn to abide in Him, The Way, at all times. The moment we set our hearts upon the Lord, worshipping Him, we are walking towards the way out of our troubles!

As a believer, the way we have taken in the Kingdom tells us we have received the way out of darkness, out of sickness, out of hurt, out of despair, and out of any evil that comes our way. By our Lord’s grace, we can trust that The Way to victory has been prepared for us at every crossroad, from glory to glory!

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what  you are able,  but with the temptation will also make the way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.

 

Hanging in “There”

Hanging in “There”

We should believe the best, and expect the best, from each other. We are part of the same team; members of the Body of Christ. We are the branches and Christ is the vine. We do not cut any branch down. We do not pick at other branches, but we pick from them. Everyone is a valuable part of the vine and we increase in value to one another.

To deprecate ourselves or others assaults the grace of God. In our process of being transformed into the image of Christ, things that have been deeply rooted in our mind, will or emotions are being pulled up by the roots. In those times we may sense emptiness, a “hanging” in a new place without feeling securely planted. We may perceive that the other branches have disconnected from us making us feel uneasy. Loneliness and a feeling of “not belonging” may try to hinder us. It’s important to recognize the changes we will go through as we learn to walk in our divine identity.

To hang in there means not to give up or give in to fear. We can hang in there when we are a branch abiding in Christ. We receive His very life and are able to trust the outcome as we bear His fruit. We can praise God for the pruning process. He lifts us up so that we may bear more fruit. He does so by pulling up by the roots, everything that has no place in our new life in Christ, from glory to glory!

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

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