“Yet….I’m Sure Of It!”

September 7, 2007

REV CENTRAL PARK JULY, 2006    

Rev 12/31/06 

     It’s official.  Revolution and Rock Solid Foundations are one team.  We took our first step into “the challenge” last night.  We had our first Youth Service as leaders of Rock Solid Foundations. 

     My day started early.  I woke up about 4:30 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and worked on blogs for a couple of hours before I had my morning prayer. 

     God is amazing.  His Spirit is amazing the way He leads us, guides us and directs us.  If we ever really get what it means to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh, our lives will be so different.  I get really steady for a while, and then it seems that the cares and pressures of my life and the lives of those I love pull me out of my secret place and then nothing seems to work right.  There is such a peace and security walking in the Spirit.  That is the only time that I really feel at home and no matter where I am, I am comfortable, when I’m hearing Him clearly, feeling Him gently lead me and know that He is carefully guiding me and directing me.

     I know that is what has brought me to this place in my life.  In the seasons when I’m battling the flesh, He patiently waits for me to work through my own character flaws and heart distortions.  Then, He empowers me to pull on His strength for deliverance.

     I stood in my place last night before those teen-agers and young adults knowing that it was Me and The Trinity.  I had no crutches and no scaffolding to hold to.  If I fell, I was going to fall into the arms of my God – Jehovah, My Brother  –  Jesus and the Holy Spirit would brake my fall.  My total faith, trust and confidence was in them more than it has ever been.  At this point in my life I know that the hard things that I’ve been through have prepared me for this place that my journey has led me to. 

     I’ve never felt called to teens and young adults, but I have always had a heart to see the generations blended and mixed as well as races.  It is a very foreign place to me, but I had a blast last night!  As I stood before them, I felt the anointing and I knew that my help was there.  None of my team members were able to be there.  The two who were to do the service were both sick.  One spent the night before in the Emergency Room and the other spent the night and day throwing up.   So, I stood up and my help (The Trinity) took over.  Through the years I have learned that when it seems I’m standing alone, that is when I’m the strongest because I have learned to pull on my help (The Trinity) and they have never failed me.  It’s much easier to go in their strength anyway than on your own.

     I gave those young soldiers last night the opportunity to tell me what was in their hearts and what their vision was for Rock Solid Foundations and their words set me on fire.  These kids are ready to experience God in His fullness.  Basically, they all said the same things.  One of the young men said,  “I just want Him (Jesus)!  That’s all there is to say…. I just want Him (Jesus)!” 

     They want Him (Jesus).  They want to experience Him and learn His Word and touch others.  They want His presence to resonate in the services and they want to take Him outside the walls of the local body to their world.

     Needless to say, by the end of the service I was full of joy and energized for the journey that is ahead of us.

     The past two years of Revolution have been awesome.  We have seen a lot of things happen, but “we ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”  I’m sure of it.   Now, Revolution will be our outreach ministry and Rock Solid Foundations will be in the local body.

     Father, help us to stay focused and to look to what is ahead and to learn from what lies behind.  I thank you for grace to leave the past behind us and to embrace what is ahead of us.  It is a new day!!!  In Jesus Mighty Name…. Amen (It is so!)

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“YES”

September 6, 2007

     It takes faith to say “YES” to any challenge.  What is faith anyway?  The writer of Hebrews tells us that, “Faith is the substance of things we hope for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Paul tells us in Galatians that, “Faith works by love.” 

     When our love for God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit is as it should be our faith will work.  It is the kind of love that trusts the divine more than the human realm.  The more we love and build our relationship with the Trinity the stronger our faith will become.

     Jesus said that every man is dealt “the measure” of faith.  A friend of mine has always said, “You are never going to have any more faith than you already have.”  The difference is in the way we build our faith.  He related it to a muscle.  The more you use it and work it out, the stronger it becomes.

     The challenge of our lives in this season is to be motivated by love to the point that our faith is stengthened.  That is how Peter walked on the water.  His love motivated Him to go to Jesus.  His faith held him up.  It was when he began to doubt that he started sinking, but he didn’t sink.  The Master was within reach and Jesus reached down and took him by the hand so that he wouldn’t sink.

     Maybe today you feel like you are sinking.  Look up, I can see Jesus reaching His hand to take yours to pull you to safety, lead you into the boat to go with you to what is waiting on the other side of the sea.

     Father, help us today to hold on to  Jesus…your Son…. the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, especially when we feel that we are sinking.  We choose today to cling to the nail scarred hand, knowing and believing that He will lift us up when we are sinking.  Then, He will help us into the boat so that we can reach the other side….. where our destiny awaits.  In the name above every name… the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth …… Amen


Saying “Yes” To The Challenge

September 4, 2007

     I’m in awe at how God works.  His ways are past finding out for sure.  He never ceases to amaze me.  Just when you think you have it all figured out, then He leads you into something that causes you to know that you can never figure it out.

     We have been doing Revolution Ministries for two years as ministry within the local body to teens and young adults and as an outreach in our area.  I have a staff of six and now the youth Pastors have resigned to pursue a different avenue of ministry.   Our Pastor came to us two weeks ago and asked me if my team would take on the youth ministry and combine the two.  It has always been in my heart to see these two minsitries work together to advance the Kingdom of God, but it was never my desire to lead all of it. 

     All of that being said, I have said “Yes” to this challenge, after the fact that my team members said “Yes” to this challenge.  So, this week we embark on this new journey in our lives.  I know that His grace is sufficient because His strength is made perfect in our weakness…..


“FREE TO LIVE A FREE LIFE – PART 3”

September 1, 2007

     (Galatians 5:4-6)  “I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.”  (The Message Bible)

     Paul said if we live by our own religious projects we are cut off from Christ – you fall out of grace.  What a scarry thought.  Grace is what gets us through….the unmerited favor of God….the power of the Holy Spirit to meet every evil tendency of our lives.  Rule-keeping and our own religious plans and projects will rob of from the very life of God in Christ. 

     Our motivation must be “love”.  I would much rather have someone I love be faithful to me because they value our relationship and love me and they don’t want to hurt me or offend our relationship rather than out of an obligation to rule keeping.  There’s no love in that, but Paul said what matter is, “faith expressed in love”.

     “Father God, today, may we value our relationship with you through your Son Jesus by the Holy Spirit so much that we wouldn’t want to offend you in word or in deed.  May our relationship with you be the number one priority in our lives and may all that we know see the fruit of that relationship.  May we never again squander Christ’s hard-won freedom, but may we by faith embrace Him and His ways and by doing that we embrace you and your ways.  May we understand Paul’s revelation of… Christ has set us free to live a free life, so take your stand!  In Jesus’ Mighty Holy Name…. Amen…”


“FREE TO LIVE FREE – PART 2”

August 30, 2007

     I want to pick up where I left off Tuesday. 

     Galatians 5:2-3)… “I am emphatic about this. The moment any one of you submits to circumcision or any other rule-keeping system, at that same moment Christ’s hard-won gift of freedom is squandered. I repeat my warning: The person who accepts the ways of circumcision trades all the advantages of the free life in Christ for the obligations of the slave life of the law.” (The Message Bible)

     Why would we forfeit the right of sonship for slavery?  It is a question that needs to be thought about.  Do we think that rule-keeping and good merit is all there is?  If we follow the list of do’s and don’ts then we’re in.  If we don’t then we’re out.  I did that for a lot of  years of my life and I expected the people around me to do the same, but when it is done outside of love there is no reward.  The end result is failure because we can never be good enough to stand in our own righteousness.  We must realize that it is not what we do that makes us righteous.  It is what He did and because He paid the ultimate price we can stand in the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  In Christ I am no longer seen as an individual alone and on my own merits.  When I am “In Christ” all of who “He is” is available to me.  Paul said, “It’s no longer I that lives, but it is Christ living in me.” 

     We must take it by “Faith”.  I once believed it was easier to try to work for it.  If I work for it, then I know what I have.  I was sadly mistaken because all of my works and hard labor didn’t produce what I desired.  I desired to be accepted, acknowledged and affirmed, but all of my works couldn’t produce that.  It was only when I embraced Christ and began to identify with His works I figured it out.  It is not about what I “do”…..It is about “who I am in Christ” and what He did……  The shackles fall off and we can really begin discover what it means to “live free”. 

  


Free To Live a Free Life

August 28, 2007

     I have been reading the Book of Galatians for my daily study, but this morning, as has happened many times, I was stopped and the verses jumped off of the page. 

     Galatians 5:1)…  “Christ has set us free to live a free life.  So take your stand!  Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.  (2) I am emphatic about this.  The moment any one of you submits to circumcision or any other rule-keeping system, at that same moment Christ’s hard-won gift of freedom is squandered.”  (The Message Bible)

   Paul was instructing the saints at Galatia that they would have to take a stand.  This stand was not against a person, but it was against a way of thinking.  I found out a long time ago in my walk with Christ that keeping the rules is just impossible.  It wears you out because it is a never ending unattainable process.  We can  never be good enough or perfect enough, but because of what Jesus was good and perfect we now can have a personal relationship with the Father … through the Son – Jesus… by the Holy Spirit.  Because Jesus paid the ultimate price we can live free and in the authority of sonship with all the blessings that are ours.  Why would we want to go back to the mentality of making bricks like the Israelites when they were in Egypt?  It was a never ending job,  under taskmasters and hard labor that produced very little and nothing was ever good enough. 

   My prayer today is, “Father, never again let me squander Christ’s hard-won gift of freedom.  I surrender this harness of slavery that tries to make me be good enough and do enough…. the performance mentality and I embrace this wonderful gift of grace that provides me entrance and access to your throne room! “


Guardian Angel

August 24, 2007

I asked my friend if there was a special reason that she had such a love for fine angel art.  She began to tell me that it started when she was a little girl.  Her Grandma and Granddad had a picture called “Guardian Angel”.  Every time she would go to visit them as a little child she would sit in her Grandma’s lap and listen as Grandma told her about her Guardian Angel. 

            She would say, “Sweetie, there will never be a time in your life when you’re Guardian Angel won’t be there.  Grandma has prayed many prayers for you even before you were born and I know that before you came into this world our Father God assigned your special Guardian Angel to you.  He is your angel on assignment and you will never be without him.  He will always be there to watch out for you and to watch over you.  It is because of Jesus that we have these angels in our lives.  You can always trust Jesus and His angels to be there even when no one else is there.”

            Then my friend told me that as a young child she began her collection of fine angel art and has continued it to this day.  The collection includes the porcelain angel fountain in her garden to porcelain figurines, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, sculptures, graphite drawings and every other kind of angel art you can imagine.