Its a good question to ask…
Archive for February, 2012
Its a good question to ask…
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
So often we want to make excuses for our behaviors, patterns, and problems. Sometimes there are real addictions and we need help. But many times, the issue remains because of immaturity in our lives. Remember that we have the power to control what we think about, which is why Paul again tells us in Phil. 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
When we make mistakes, we own up to them and trust God to help us move on. When we come back to the same things over and over we begin to feel defeated. But it’s not a matter of God not being big enough…it is usually a matter of our thinking being wrong and our maturity level not being high enough.
So…what choices have you been making that you need to change?
I am so thankful that I have a wife whom I am more in love with now than I was 4 years ago when I married her. That doesn’t mean our relationship is perfect and that we don’t ever have any disagreements or ‘issue’. but wow, when she walks into a room my eyes light up and I am just drawn to her. However, that is part decision by me and part work from both of us to communicate, spend time together, and demonstrate love to one another. It does take effort…but boy, is it worth it.
God is saddened when anyone ends up in an affair, because it always breaks hearts. He can restore, and does. But it’s always better to work on the front side and not end up in that place to begin with. So as you read this list, consider if you are somewhere along this path with someone you know. Maybe it isn’t an intentional position you’ve tried to put yourself in, but that doesn’t mean you might not to reset some things in your life!
Enjoy as you consider this guest post!
It is time for us to really take a look at how effective we are for God. What are we doing that we need to stop? What are we not doing that we need to start? Time is short and tomorrow isn’t promised, so let this word speak to you and ask yourself: Am I someone God can use?
This is what the Lord said:
I am shifting the balance of power this year. In nations, in denominations, in Churches, and in hearts.
The biggest most impacting changes will be on the individual level, in specific lives and hearts, because those people will be the sparks for the revival that so many around the world have prayed for. They will impact the Church. The will impact the nations.
They will be the ones who truly seek first the kingdom and seek my will above their own. Not those who talk about it. Not those who play at it. But those who do it. There is power available which has been untapped. It’s been left unused for nearly 65 years except for on rare occasions. But those who will seek me will find Me in new ways and on new levels this year. They will know they’ve stepped into something different. Not new, but different.
While others will long for this anointing, the will miss it because they will not press in and go after Me with all their hearts. They will hold back, wanting what is already provided and not apprehending it for themselves. But those that do, they will be as the leaders of the first church, setting the world on fire and turning it upside down, one last time.
The power shift among nations will not be what you expect, or what you might want. But it will be critical, because it will help to open hearts that would otherwise remain closed around the world. The power shift in the church will be as a reset button being pressed. Seemingly overnight an old guard will vanish and a new day will dawn. For those who have watched closely, this will not be a surprise, but for many it will be a shock. Yet it is just as John declared as Jesus came into his earthly ministry “I must decrease and he must increase”. That time is at hand.
And I am looking for those who will ride the wave, not for a season, but for a reason. I am looking for those who will rise to take the standard and answer the call with a resounding faith. A faith that will set a new tone and shake the world to it’s very core, both spiritually and literally. Those who will tap into My power and will use it and will shine forth brightly into the vast darkness that has engulfed the world. For soon, the darkness will set for its time and the light won’t go forth. So shine it now. Illuminate everywhere you go and in everything you do. Passionately, unashamedly, powerfully.
This is a year of the shifting of the balance of power naturally and spiritually. In the world and in the Church. Setting right and setting up that which must be in place. I have warned and warned and been patient, just as I was with the Seven Churches. Now, just as I did then, I will shift away from those who have lost their first love and will reward those who have stirred themselves up with new passion for Me.