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109. You’ve been Invited

What if you were invited to a party of a lifetime, so lavish, so impressive, that everyone who knew you would be green with envy? Why him? What did he do to deserve such an honor? Maybe you have been asked, but just don’t know it! The truth is, a priceless invitation has delivered by God Himself, not just to you but everyone on earth. Invited to what? To an eternity united with God for an indescribable life you never dreamed possible: the party of all parties!

Yes, whether you are aware of it or not, you’ve been invited. The question is, “Who’s listening?” Are you among those who genuinely seek the truth? And if so, are you asking the right questions? Just what is required of me to be included with those who will enjoy eternity in heaven? Jesus said it well in the Bible:  “Many are called, but few are chosen.”

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Forgotten by God?

Insecurity often results from feeling like we’ve been put on the shelf and forgotten by God. But the fact is that sometimes He needs to do just that! Regardless, it can be really painful, because it feels like we’ve somehow been overlooked. These times come in the life of every Christian. It’s merely God’s way of reducing us to a state of total dependence, so that He can use us in some greater way later.

The Lord tells us not to be anxious in these moments. Rather we must let the peace of God rule in our heart, always being thankful. Gratefulness is the tonic that helps ward off any anxiety or depression which might result from our circumstances, whether those feelings stem from being shelved or otherwise. It’s important to be thankful, because only then can God give us the peace needed to wait patiently for His direction.

Problems with My Heart

I love Paul’s writings. So practical! So honest! In Romans 7 he exposes what we like to keep as a closely guarded secret. It’s this: “I’m not the model believer I appear to be. There are problems with my heart I don’t even want to admit, or that I blatantly hide in an attempt to appear more righteous than I actually am.” Our inborn pride strongly resists any admission of failure. After all, people might discover what we’re really like!
       Paul knew that if we are ever to successfully walk in God’s purpose we must first come to a sound understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And since the gospel impacts every facet of a person’s life, a good grasp of who we are in Christ requires that we be aware of at least three very important things: First of all, God’s purpose and plan for our life. Secondly, our own nature as human beings. And finally, the implications of being redeemed in Christ, but still impacted by a worldly environment dominated by sin.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

The Power of Belief

Ask yourself: “Why do I believe what I believe? “ To believe is basic to the nature of man; it is the most powerful of all human drives. Because this is so, philosophy has flourished throughout our history, the early Greeks being a prime example. Sadly, man’s ideas have taken root to the extent of infiltrating Christ’s Church itself. Because the nature of life is what has always spurred philosophy, the question keeps arising: “What is truth?” as Pilate asked Jesus while examining Him.

Truth is simply reality—things the way they really are, not as we wished they were. Absolute truth is derived from God’s revelation, because only He knows how things truly are. What God has revealed is found most prominently in the Bible, of course. Get to know your Bible intimately and you will find His truth deeply rooted as an anchor of the eternal life He has promised. \lsdunhideuse

The Power of Belief

Ask yourself: “Why do I believe what I believe? “ To believe is basic to the nature of man; it is the most powerful of all human drives. Because this is so, philosophy has flourished throughout our history, the early Greeks being a prime example. Sadly, man’s ideas have taken root to the extent of infiltrating Christ’s Church itself. Because the nature of life is what has always spurred philosophy, the question keeps arising: “What is truth?” as Pilate asked Jesus while examining Him.

Truth is simply reality—things the way they really are, not as we wished they were. Absolute truth is derived from God’s revelation, because only He knows how things truly are. What God has revealed is found most prominently in the Bible, of course. Get to know your Bible intimately and you will find His truth deeply rooted as an anchor of the eternal life He has promised. \lsdunhideuse

Pain

My child, I am here in your pain. In this time of suffering and grief I am right here. Let Me in to go through this with you. Only I can bring comfort. Don’t try to handle this yourself and don’t shut Me out. Allow Me in to your broken heart. I am everything you need and I will see you through this.

Ideas are Powerful

Ideas are powerful. There is no greater force for social transformation than ideas. Nations have been birthed by them. Ideas form the foundation of entire cultures. Most people live according to ideas nurtured by the world around us. More often than not the media establishment directs and rules our lives.
      So if ideas really are that influential, wouldn’t it make sense that God’s ideas are the most dynamic of all? Who but God alone totally understands the fabric of our being? God alone knows what brings true fulfillment. His truth is there to be uncovered throughout the pages of the Bible. Yet it’s impossible to discover those ideas without first gaining a solid understanding of what it contains. It stands to reason, then, that we need to study the Bible. In it you will not only direction find for your life, but also the peace which surpasses all worldly understanding.

God spoke through a stink bug

God spoke to me through a stink bug this morning…I saw a stink but down in the garage a couple of days ago, but didn’t do anything about it. Well this morning I saw him again on his back with his legs wiggling struggling to turn over. I took a pencil and helped him back on this feet. Immediately his butt went up in the air! Then the oddest thing happened. He fell back over onto his back! I felt God saying to me that even though He tries to help people in their time of need, their response is ‘defensive’ and then they go back to their prior situation even though it’s killing them. Weather it’s out of being in their comfort zone, not wanting to be told what to do, or a defense mechanism, we’re not too far off from being a stink bug. See where God is trying to help you and embrace it, don’t fight it! Your life will smell a lot better when you are obedient to Him!

 

Psalm 103 Wraps Up in Glory

The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the Lord you His angels, mighty in strength, you who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word. Bless the Lord all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the Lord all you works of His, in all places of His dominion, bless the Lord O my soul. (Ps.103: 19-22)

The prime theme of the entire Bible is not only God’s glory–that has eternally been established throughout all creation–but that we are to be about glorifying Him with every aspect of our lives. Live in a manner worthy of Him, the Apostle Paul says. Bless Him. Pursue Lord Jesus Christ, you His chosen ones!