The Last Breathed Word

 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God agave him bto show to his servants the things that must soon take place. cHe made it known by sending his angel tohis servant John, dwho bore witness to the word of God and to ethe testimony of Jesus Christ, even fto all that he saw. gBlessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it,hfor the time is near.

Revelation 1:1-3

To date, i believe this to be the last written Word found in Revelation to John the Disciple.  Each time i get to Revelation while reading God’s Word, I cannot help but to think, “Did the disciples not get tired?” How many testimonies throughout God’s Word do we read about persecution, betrayal, loss of workers, disappointing relationships… and so on. These guys have been hit down, beaten, dragged, bruised, tortured, starved, betrayed, imprisoned… some even crucified as well yet here we see from John, ready again to deliver the message of God to the churches.

Don’t we need John? or a Peter? or Paul? or Barnabas? Don’t we just NEED our brother to call in to text or to stop by for anything? I need it… I seek it… I’m raising my hand in awareness of my weakness without my community of encouraging friends.  God counted on the men of Jesus immediate contact to deliver this message to others and their efforts have indeed paid off. God entrusted a very few group of elite & dangerous men to be the mouthpiece of His Kingdom and they succeeded. I believe the effort of these men lives on in us and those we inspire. I believe us to be FULLY responsible to not only continue to spread the Gospel but to ALSO grab our brother, our friend, and even our enemy and PULL THEM ALONG WHEN THEY ARE NOT WILLING. I need that to happen. We all need that to happen.

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Keep Watch

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our fcommon salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you gto contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For hcertain people ihave crept in unnoticed jwho long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert kthe grace of our God into sensuality and ldeny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Now I want mto remind you, although you once fully knew it, that nJesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, oafterward destroyed those who did not believe. Andpthe angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as qSodom and Gomorrah and rthe surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and spursued unnatural desire,4 serve as an example by under going a punishment of eternal fire. – Jude 1: 3-7

How quickly can it happen right? They have “crept in” unnoticed… then we are surprised when the sin arises amidst a strong group of believers? Verse 5 states again that JESUS destroyed those who did not believe. Often we forget the wrath of God, or forget how He cannot and will not allow continued sin in His Kingdom. Angels left bound under gloomy darkness… no thank you, keep watch brothers, keep attentive on all fronts! Check your house, guard your heart, and be the protector of your family or realm of influence… do not allow someone evil to “creep in” and bring damage to that which you are working so hard to maintain. Ask God for vision and insight in your protection, and allow Him to make your eyes aware of evil or deceit.  Be vigilant to watch, always watch, that NO ONE MAY SEIZE YOUR CROWN.

I am coming soon. hHold fast what youhave, so that no one may seize iyour crown.

Revelation 3:11

Let there be light…

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heaven? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?

Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

Isaiah 40:12-15

 – Unsearchable, unshakable, infinite, astonishing, KING!

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There’s no taking back the cross… no regret of what it cost!

Driving in today I just got stolen away by the awe of God. The link at the top is the You Tube clip of Hillsong’s “Let There Be Light” …

Today is a great day to just marvel at the power of the living God. For when we seek Him, we notice Him everywhere, in the eyes of our children, in the whispers of a spouse, through the handshake of a brother or friend, maybe in the sunrise, or the sunset, in the quiet, in the commotion, in the happiness, in the pain… God is THE ANSWER for all of us.

A practice for today can be just getting ourselves out of His way… so He can have His way. Listen to the song, thank Him for the breath you take and just soak in His way…

Glory to Glory… He is the One, He is the One, He is the One… 

Pay attention…

2:1 Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2:2 For if the message spoken through angels1 proved to be so firm that every violation2 or disobedience received its just penalty, 2:3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, 2:4 while God confirmed their witness3 with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed4 according to his will.  

Hebrews 2:1-3

Wow, if the Angels had heard it an spoke it, and the one’s that saw Jesus heard it… how hard is it for us to hear and listen to His word? Think about the downline and how it came to us… First spoken in the heavens… leading to the Evil one being cast out from the Kingdom… then practiced and learned throughout the old testament… miracle after miracle, war after war, and then Christ arrives… a walking, talking, exact replication of the HOLY GOD.. a perfect image of our Lord, the disciples and a few others hear Him, and see HIS work… then the cross, death, resurrection… to come to us? 2017? Is it not completely and totally amazing that the message reached us… in it’s fullness, and solid and still breathing as the Word of God, sharper than any sword, inspired and delivered still today be the HOLY SPIRIT.

Words that come to mind are relentless, unchanging, forever, trustworthy, King, Conquerer…. God confirmed everything for us… Jesus proved it.. the Holy Spirit delivers and empowers…    what else do you need to keep it ALIVE in you?

Witness

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

1 Peter 2:11-12.

A simple sentence right – The Passions of your flesh WAGE WAR AGAINST YOUR SOUL. Who wants their soul to be at war? Abstaining from the “passions of flesh” is the answer? We read and study and learn and try and dig and yearn….. but it can be simple really… be doing great deeds and glorify God. Find your mission. Focus on that. Dump all the other crap and junk and useless pursuits. What do they bring us? Nothing more than WAR AGAINST OUR SOULS. No thanks. We’re not looking for that. We’re  looking for the glory of God and good deeds. Being a citizen that contributes to the good of mankind.

1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”
4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
James 2:1-7

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

James 2:8-10

I’m not sure i remember these verses being covered in Sunday School as much as the others? I cannot even recall when I may have even seen these verses at all? Does this setting not completely describe our social settings here today? Rich vs Poor? Recently, two different friends started discussions on finances with me and both became transparent enough to describe their needs. The problem here was why did they wait 3-4 months to tell me of their accurate situations? Maybe humility, maybe hesitation from shame, maybe earnest efforts to “not ask another” yet now that there is an awareness there can be assistance. Or perhaps it was the presentation of myself that inhibited their sharing? I am raising my hand here as one that has “become a judge with evil thoughts.”

Prayer-

Break us down Father. Bring us to a broken state of dependence that eradicates judgement and assumption. Please provide our manna Lord yet help us to know it’s portion value and realize the needs or concerns of our brothers. Install generosity in the man that has much and place them in a position to provide. Stretch provisions further God to carry your message of Hope and Love.

Treated as Sons

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?.
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:7-11

Often “Discipline” may be missed as “trial” or “sufferings”. There is a difference. Lessons associated with learning may be discipline; a hardship turned into a blessing may be discipline; a death leading to a conversion may be a discipline or a “feeling” that leads to sitting under a more “disciplined” learning. Point is, we are TREATED AS SONS! To be a son and daughter of the King is a holy and awesome and glorious thing! Here we see that no matter our early father relationship, our Father is heaven reigns above all that and cares so much differently for us.

I’ll be the first to acknowledge it IS HARD TO FORGET PAINFUL MEMORIES. Maybe Discipline is NOT FORGETTING them but learning from them. Maybe His discipline involves us blessing our children in a different fashion than we were blessed by our parents, or maybe treating them as equally well as we were treated. I want to not get hung up on the word “discipline” rather get hung up on “treated as sons”. God has bestowed upon us HIS same love for Christ thanks to our trust in HIM and Christ work on the cross. We are HIS sons.

Hebrews 11:6 & the Hacksaw Ridge

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Hebrews 11:6-7

Last evening on the Plane ride home from Cleveland I was able to watch the Movie “Hacksaw Ridge”. It was much different than i imagined and now plan to watch it again with my son Sam.

The movie is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a soldier so firm in his convictions that he was almost court marshaled and imprisoned because of them. I will not spoil it for you but to find our true integrity and character, we are tested. Daily tests are going on against man to show what happens when integrity and character are challenged. Noah believed God and acted, Abraham believed God and acted, Christ believed God and acted, and Desmond Doss believed God and acted.

Make YOUR FAITH known to others and no matter what, stand up for your beliefs.

Hacksaw Ridge

Useful Vessels

20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

2 Timothy 2

Often I think “what can I do?”  Many times weighed down thinking about the bad decisions I have made, poor choices, crooked deals, all of it.  Most people I would meet throughout the day have no idea about my past. Therefore my mental ability to be used by God should be far higher than the one I self-create using my own brilliant judgement. (Hardly right?)

Point is, we are all very different yet hold the same high value to our Father in Heaven. We allow ourselves to be cleansed by Him and He starts using us as his mouthpiece, motivators, witnesses! Basically, WE CAN BE A BARNANBUS MAN!!!

Take your time with everyone but don’t slow down for the nay Sayers and hecklers.., avoid the useless arguemebrs that do nothing for the Kingdom! We are gold, silver, wood, & clay …. all useful and important to the King!

As One Approved…

14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,

18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.

19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

2 Timothy 2:14-19

Do your Best. This brings me back to my friends at “Becoming Your Best” by Rob & Steven Shallenberger. Rob & Steve have designed an organization around this very principle… Be your best! What more can we attain to?
Try saying this out loud, “Good, better, best, never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best!!”

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