“God, I’m So Lonely, I Think I’m Going To Die!”

Ever notice how you can be in a crowd of people but still feel lonely?lonely

America is a land of lonely people.  Statistics say that over half of all Americans are lonely, (AJC.com).

According to Lost Connections, (pg. 75), lonely people are also anxious, have low self-esteem, are pessimistic, and are afraid other people will dislike them.

Loneliness leads to depression.

But wait a minute!  Why are we so lonely when we live in a land with many other people?  Most of us have family, friends, neighbors.  So why?

Let’s define loneliness – again according to Lost Connections, (pg. 83) – Loneliness isn’t the physical absence of other people, but the sense that you’re not sharing anything that matters with anyone else.

God created us for community.  When God created Adam before He created Eve, He stated, “It’s not good for man to be alone”, (Genesis 2:18).

We were created to be creatures of joy but joy only comes from healthy community.  One of the elements of sustained joy in our lives is to have a multi-generational community, filled with the weak along with the strong – this is the description of a healthy community.

The key to overcoming our loneliness is connection – to God and people.  Because we have broken away from God, our families are also broken, thereby breaking the ability for our children to have deep, healthy relationships.

Our path away from loneliness begins with God – to make our relationship right with Him again and seek His healing touch on those areas of our emotions that hinder our relationships with Him then others.

Our lives were meant to be VERTICAL and HORIZONTAL.  We are meant to have healthy relationships with our creator God and others around us – deep meaningful relationships with those in our lives.  But for most of us, we really are not very good at having those deep meaningful relationships with others (horizontal) until we fix our relationship with God (vertical).  Our horizontal relationships are superficial at best.  We keep people at at handdistance and build a wall to keep them out.

But it’s time we stop drowning our loneliness in a bottle, or losing our self in drugs, or the internet – that’s a big one.  I was just reading about how people have become so addicted to the internet because of it’s false promise of connection with people.  FACEBOOK???  That’s about the most unface – book there is.  No real connection there.  The internet promises to fill the empty heart but it has proven to be an empty promise!

God promises in Joshua 1:8 –

Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

God also says in Acts 2:42 –

And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of break and to prayer. 

It’s time we get connected – in a healthy way.    With God first and then with others who are healthy for our emotional and spiritual well-being.

Father, I am so thankful You have invited me to fellowship with You through the blood of Jesus.  I accept Your invitation.  Teach me how to have a relationship with Someone I can’t see.  Now, lead me to a group of people I can have deep meaningful relationships with.  Give me courage to open my heart to others.  Help me to escape from my special form of avoidance (the bottle, drugs, TV, internet).  Bring a deep joy to my life that my soul so desperately needs.  Amen.

#lonelypeople  #verticalandhorizontal  #americansarelonely

References

Hari, Johann.  Lost Connections

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The Path of Resurrection Goes By the Cross First!

I was listening to a great worship song that was recorded during the pandemic at an open concert.   It was great!  Awesome!  Powerful!

I hear things spoken such as –

“Let us prophesy….”

“I declare the power of God be released….”

“I believe in victory for His people….”

“Let the Spirit of revival come….”

All things wonderful and true!  But where is the reality?

I believe we are missing a key element! 

Before revival comes, repentance must come.  Where are the prophets declaring and calling for repentance?

Stand at a concert and instead of calls of victory, maybe a true prophet will call for repentance first!

We as a people naturally gravitate towards goodness, feel good words, warmth, etc.   Paul warned against this in II Timothy 4:3 –

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but wanted to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.

Dutch Sheets said in Roll Away the Stone –

“We want to live at the resurrection when we need to go to the cross first”.

the crossWe need daily to remember that we still have to die to ourselves.  Jesus said this as well in Luke 9:23 –

Daily take up your cross and follow me…

How can we expect the hand of God when we fail to bow in obedience before Him?

How does that saying go?  The definition of insanity is – doing the same thing over and over again!!!

We keep calling, declaring, and speaking strong words that seem meaningless!   Because they have little results.

Don’t misunderstand me.  God meets with individuals and small groups of His people when we come to Him sincerely.  He is present.  

Yet we have a nation that is going to “hell in a handbasket”!  I blame the state of the nation on the church.  

We still see these things in the church – 

  • abortion
  • sexual sins
  • embracing homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle
  • divorce
  • drugs
  • division
  • greed
  • corruption
  • compromise
  • hiding the Gospel

Not every church of course.  If your church teaches against these things – Praise God!  

Yet the American church as a whole is sick and needs repentance.  

Could it be that while we are calling out to God for revival, His Spirit is calling us to purity first.  He longs to bring good things but it won’t happen until we repent of our sins as the Bride of Christ. 

Don’t misunderstand.  We are created to live and walk at the Resurrection and in His power.  Yet it can’t come unless we live in obedience daily – the Cross!

Let us repent before we call for blessing!

I Samuel 15:22 says – 

Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice….

God longs we come to the cross (our obedience) first.

Won’t you come?

#repentance #theresurrection

Doctrines of Demons!

“Well, this is just the way it is!”

“This is what I believe!”angry woman

“This is our NEW policy now!”

“How dare you say those kinds of things in this day and age!”

All of those statements reflect a “doctrine”.  A belief system that mirrors the world’s views.  What the world thinks…how the world thinks.

It’s so easy to get caught up in a WAY of thinking.  We are inundated today with – INFORMATION!  From everywhere!  All around us.

woman on phoneWe have an information box, a library at our fingertips.

“Hey Siri!  Hey Alexa!  Tell me truth about the world.”

As a result of too much information and a disintegrating view of God before us, nature abhors a vacuum.  So…we gravitate towards the latest and brightest “hip” idea.

The only problem?  These are ideas straight from the mind of the devil!

The Bible says in II Corinthians 4:4 – …the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that we might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.

Satan…being the temporary “god of this world” will implement, infuse HIS beliefs through media (TV, news), internet, books, as well as unbelieving rulers and politicians.

The problem is, Satan seeks to blind the eyes of ALL people – unbelievers and believers alike.  Because it is through deception he accomplishes his purposes.

What are his purposes?  Enslavement, control!

I Timothy 4:1 – But the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some fill fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.

Our very salvation is at risk here according to this verse!  We MUST pay attention to what we believe about God, the world, and it’s belief systems.  It is essential to our very health and spiritual life that we be on guard to Satan’s doctrines.

God’s will for us is to have His Word so deeply entrenched in our soul that we recognize a lie immediately, through all the myriad of avenues available to Satan to teach his doctrine.

Remember the Word of God is the sword of the spirit, (Ephesians 6:17).sword fight

What do swords do?  They defend against all other weapons that come at us.

Why?  For the purpose of keeping us in health and safety.

Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you will meditate on it day and night, being CAREFUL to do according to all that is in it.

Our soul and spirit for eternity is at stake here.  Be careful not to get caught up in doctrines of demons.

How do you know if you are?

Go to the Word.

Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You, (Psalms 119:11).

Would You Have Been A NORTHERNER or a SOUTHERNER?

What do you think?  north and south

Imagine you lived in the days of the Civil War.  You lived right on the border between the south and the north.  You could see both sides.  Which would you choose?

The North was fighting to free the slaves.  The South was fighting to keep the slaves as slaves.   But were they really?

slaveryThe slaves were a whole race of people who were wrongfully subjugated, downtrodden, oppressed, tyrannized, and maltreated simply because of their skin color.  After all, the elites had the power to do so.

You say, “Well, of course, I would fight to free the slaves”.

But was the south REALLY fighting simply to keep slaves?

Listen to this quote from Jefferson Davis –

“We are not fighting for slavery.  We are fighting for independence, and that, or extermination we will have,” (https://www.quoteambition.com/civil-war-quotes/).

The South during the days of the Civil War was not fighting so much to keep slaves as they were fighting for their way of life.  They were fighting for the FREEDOM to live their life the way THEY wanted to live.

Sound familiar?

There was ONLY one problem with living the life they wanted.  It required the total degradation of a slavery 2whole race of people – they did not classify as PEOPLE!  They brutally mistreated them, felt they could do with them and to them whatever they wanted to do.  It was totally based on the whims of these wealthy plantation owners.  It was horrible.

Just as then, even now as well, none of us have the freedom to live how we want completely.  We have responsibility.  Our actions have consequences.

If you choose to sleep around irresponsibly and then get pregnant or make a woman pregnant, you must follow through with the results of your actions in a responsible way.  Without the mutilation of that unborn child that must take precedence over you choices now.

It doesn’t matter if you rename the BABY and call it a fetus or a lump of tissue, it’s still a baby.

He/she is a person.  You don’t have the right to just live how you want without consequences and treat the product of your actions as if they are not human.

We are living in another kind of Civil War today.  It’s still the North against the South.  Only not geographically.  The North is still seeking to free the slaves and South is still seeking to live how they want with no consequences.

If you are a southerner, fighting for your right to live how you want is fine.  Except when your right to live requires the total degradation of a people group called the UNBORN!  unborn

The Southern view sees these unborn children as non-people (slaves) to do with them however they want.  Really?

What gives you the right over life and death?

Southerners say, “My body, my choice!”  my body

Yes you can do whatever you want with YOUR body.  But…not the body of that baby inside your body.  I could care less about YOUR  body.  Just give me the body of that baby.  Give him/her the right of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

Paul said in I Corinthians 6:19-20 –

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have from God and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in you body. 

You really are NOT your own.

“My body, my choice”? Think again.

“Jesus body, Jesus choice”.

So I ask again.  Are you a Northerner or a Southerner?

#northandsouth  #mybodymychoice  #slavery

Longing For Disneyland?

disneyWhat do Disneyland, the movie Avatar, Communism, and Utopia all have in common?

They all reflect something in the heart of man.  A call we all have!  It’s the call of living in peace, prosperity, and joy.  Living with all humanity – all races, men and women – blissfully, without conflict.  Sounds nice?  Ofavatar course it does.

It’s something we ALL long for.

After all, humanity started out in the Garden.  We’re all seeking to subconsciously return.

Part of the salvation process is to take us back to many aspects of the Garden.  Scholars call this the “Eden Mandate”.  To bring us into perfect fellowship with Jesus, walking and talking with Him as Adam & Eve did in the Garden.

Not only is this God’s will for us to walk with Him, but in the near future, His plan is to recreate the Earth back to it’s original intent and put us there once again.  We see this in Revelation 21-

vs. 1 –Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away….

vs. 3 – Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them…

vs. 4 – And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death…

22:1 – Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb…

(I encourage you to read Revelation chs. 21-22.  They are incredible descriptions of God’s plans for you and me.)

Jesus even taught us to pray for this Utopian society in the Lord’s prayer –

“May Your kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven”.

But getting there is the problem!  That’s the hard part.

Everyone has their own idea of how this is accomplished.  This may surprise you but – the foundation of most communistic regimes were founded by men who sought after a Utopian society.

They said things similar to this –

  • “All men and women will be equal”.
  • “Equal the playing field”.
  • “Fairness is the right way to live”.
  • “All races and genders will be treated fairly”.
  • “No more hatred”.

Can’t you hear some of these things said even today?  There are unelected leaders who influence us here and abroad who are saying the same things.  We need to beware!

What is that saying?  “The road to hell was paved with good intentions!

So how is this Utopian society accomplished?  It won’t be literally accomplished until we understand the heart of the problem.

Can it be achieved with man’s intent?  – To some degree.  We do need laws that protect the weak and vulnerable of course.

But do laws change the human heart?  No, not usually.

You see the heart of the problem rests in the heart of all men and women.  All of us were born with a heart problem – sin resides in the seat of our heart.   Jeremiah describes our heart condition in 17:9 –

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick.

Man’s efforts to create a Utopian society on earth of any kind is fruitless.  And we need to run from any leader who seeks to do so.

So where is our hope?

Since the heart of the problem lies in our heart, then we all need heart transplants for any Utopian society to work properly.

Jesus is the only One who has the power to change the human heart – to accomplish this Utopian society we all long for.  He is the one we need to be looking to for heart and societal changes – not man.

Jesus speaking through Paul, promises us new hearts when we come to Him in repentance –

Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water, (Hebrews 10:22).

Let’s keep our eyes on the only ONE who can heal our land by healing the heart – Jesus!

Have you come to Him for a heart transplant?  He is waiting!

The Highest Ideas!

“That’s so puritanical!”

“No one believes that anymore.  Science has proven otherwise!”

“What works for you is fine for you and what works for me, is good for me!”

puritans

We are in a war of ideas.  Worse yet!  Gone with old ideas and in with new!  A few old ideas are good to be gone, such as women’s restriction to vote and racial differences.  It’s not right to treat women or other races as second class citizens with these kind of restrictions.

But…what about other new ideas.  Are they all good?  And what do these new ideas do to our society?  To people?  Do they make our families or the individual stronger, better?

Satan being the god-of-this-world, (II Corinthians 4:3-4), is continually seeking to implement “new ideas” that are in competition with the One true God.   His ideas become a barrier between man and God.  To keep man from understanding and coming to God.

Look at these ideas that have become prominent today:

  • All that exists came into existence naturally, (Evolution)
  • Man has the power to destroy and save the earth, (Climate change or global warming)
  • The view that religious beliefs should be separate from civil affairs and public education, (Secularism)
  • The view that affirms that humans have right and responsibility to bring meaning and worth to their own lives apart from God, (Humanism)
  • I can do enough good to get into Heaven, (Works righteousness)
  • Man is basically good, (Self righteousness)
  • I’m a spiritual person with my own new spiritual practices.  I’m sure if there is a God, He will accept me, (New Age, Spiritism)
  • Humanity is not enough the way we currently are and we need to transcend this, (Transhumanism)
  • My doctor is all I need to be healthy, (Medical tyranny)
  • My counselor and my drugs help me acquire peace of mind, (Psychological tyranny)
  • I can love – man or woman – whoever I want, (Homosexuality)
  • I can change my sex anytime I want, based on my feelings, (Transgenderism)
  • Science will reveal everything in time, (Science)

First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday.  Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings… (II Peter 3:3 – Message version).

All these crazy beliefs pretty much describes today.  Based on feelings rather than the solid rock of Jesus’ truth.  Who HE is – not us.

Yet, praise God, we have been given special tools to bring down these “higher ideals”.  Look at II Corinthians 10:5, (Message version) –

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God…

hammerIt’s past time we start smashing these supposed higher ideals that Satan has raised up against God.  For the purpose of keeping you and me from seeing God for who HE is.  And that is what life is all about.  Seeing Him, worshipping Him, living for Him.  Not us!

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to step into the realm of using my God-tools to do some serious smashing!

Are you?

#transgenderism  #transhumanism  #evolution  #secularism  #humanism  #climatechange  #globalwarming  #spiritism

Schizophrenic Christianity!

Depression, schizophrenia, paranoia, mental illness – are well known subjects of our culture today – unfortunately!

Various mental/emotional conditions that are not life-giving have become extremely prominent in this generation – unfortunately!

How is it that people who call themselves Christians are also – paranoid, depressed, schizophrenic, and mentally ill?

Yet, could these mental/emotional conditions be a result of ….something else?

I believe so!

You see, when we make a decision to follow Jesus – become a Christian, our spirit is saved from the eternal hell we deserve.

YET!!!! Our soul is NOT saved, (Sheets, 2007).  Our soul is defined as the seat of our emotions, our appetites, wants, and needs.

Our soul is in the PROCESS of “being saved” – IF, IF, IF we allow it to do so.  IF we give the Holy Spirit rule and reign, time to perform this ongoing, for the rest of our life, PROCESS!

If we do not, we become schizophrenic Christians, (Sheets, 2007, p. 95).  Going to church, praying, saying all the right things, but in our heart of hearts, we are very lost.   Living two lives.  One at church and in front of people we want to impress and another at home!

The WORD of God is the tool the Holy Spirit uses to create His change.

Jesus told us this when He said –

If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine, (John 8:31).

Notice the word “if”?

We don’t truly become His disciples until we stay in His word.  Allowing Him time in the PROCESS to save our soul as well.

The Holy Spirit is seeking to create Christ in us, (Galatians 5:19).   That takes a PROCESS.

A very crucial part of the repentance process is gaining a new mind.  New thoughts.  This can only come about with revelation from God through His Word.

Otherwise – we become Schizophrenic Christians.   This is NOT God’s will for us.

When we abide in Him and His Word, we gain the fruit of the Spirit which is the love, joy, peace…. (Galatians 5:22).  It bleeds out into our soul taking away the fear, the anger, the hurt and pain and giving us joy and peace.  It’s He so good?!

Ahhhh….that’s so much better than what the world offers.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful, (John 14:27).

How much time do you spend in the Word of God?

How much time are you giving the Holy Spirit in this process called salvation?

#depression  #mentalillness  #schizophrenia  #peace  #abidingintheword

References

Sheets, Dutch, (2007).  Roll away the stone., Bethany House Publishers., Bloomington, Mi.

What a beautiful…Squirrel!

Ever see the movie Up?  I thought it was an adorable movie particularly the dog that came to help them!  He squirrelalways did have something important to say but was easily distracted.  Squirrel!

I do believe we are a society who are just like that dog.  No matter how important the situation, we are seriously distracted by – Squirrel!

It is understandable!  We have just come out of 2 years of lies, deceit about a low fatality virus, lockdowns, mandates, control leading to loss of businesses, suicides, increased addictions and homelessness.  Is it any wonder that we want to get back to “normal”.

Only to come out of this mess into a war.  Yes we want to be distracted!

But we must not be distracted.  We must be continually focused on the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith….., (Hebrews 12:2).  

The meaning of the Greek word for “fixing” means to turn our eyes away from something else to focus our eyes on what we need to look at, (BLB).

I like that because I don’t know about you, but this pandemic was tempting to be all consuming.  I must confess it took a few months before I could “turn my eyes away from the mess” and begin to look at what God was doing!

One huge thing I learned through this pandemic is that no matter how big of a fit Satan is throwing, God is ALWAYS working.  Always seeking to extend His kingdom.  Always at work in the hearts of men and women.

No matter how big and grand Satan’s plans are, God’s are bigger!

I realize things seem very concerning right now giving the reason for the temptation to be distracted.

Could the white horseman have been released?  Many are quite mystified at the control and seeminglywhite horse hypnosis of people throughout the world.

Then of course, the other 3 horsemen – loss of peace, wars, the climbing expense of things like we have never seen – that can easily lead to further famines.  There is also much talk of more plagues.

We know every generation believes Jesus will come in THIER generation but the truth is – He will come in someone’s generation.  We need to ALWAYS be ready to meet Him.

This is not meant to be a doomsayer blog but I do believe we need to keep our focus on our mission as His people.  It’s essential to be of even more earnest and diligent in these days.  Satan’s distractions are everywhere!  It’s so easy to…Squirrel!

We must keep our eyes on Him – the author and perfecter of our faith.

Life – The Stroke of a Pen!

Every day that goes by, history is written.

Every moment of each day, is the stroke of the pen of history. pen

Everyday that goes by, we can look back on history written by life.

In the writing of our life, we get caught up in TODAY and forget…

We are caught up in worry, busyness, distractions, frustrations.  While every moment, stroke…stroke – life is written.

We forget what is most important.

“Remember what I have done for you” – says the Lord, (Deuteronomy 8:2).

In the book of Deuteronomy, God tells the Israelites repeatedly to “Remember” all He has done.  He even requests they do things (build small towers of rocks – Joshua 4:2+) to help them commemorate various miracles.

We too are called to remember.

remembranceIn the ceremony of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus told them to “do this in remembrance of Me”.

Yet, are we only called to remember that He died for us?

No!  I believe it’s so much more.

It’s important we remember all the answers to prayer in yesterday’s writing of history.  Every answered prayer is the stroke of the pen in our life.

How many times does God answer our prayers and we respond with, “Phew.  Got through that one!”.  Only to move on to the next prayer need, as if God didn’t hear us or see us in the writing of yesterday’s history.

We need to practice living a life of gratefulness so that when “life happens”, we will remember how God was with us in the past situations (the writing of our history) and is with us now as well.  It should help us to relax and trust easier as our history writes for us today.

Especially when we realize as each day goes by, one more stroke of life is accomplished.  These strokes must remind us of how God answered our prayers in yesterday’s strokes of the pen.

So that we don’t forget Him today!

What does the writing of your history say about you?  Do you trust today?  Rest in Him?

#thelorsdssupper  #remembrance  #rememberme  #thelordssupper

You Think You’re So Smart! Really???

Wisdom.  Knowledges.  Studies.  Science.  Books.  Learning.  Schools.

What do all these have in common?  They represent something we all crave for and need to live well – wisdom and knowledge!

We have just come through 2 years of an inundation of facts and knowledge.  That led to a war of knowledge and studies.  Which led to a conclusion – “You can’t really know the truth about what’s going on!”

I listened to a pod cast from Maajid Nawaz who warned of a culture who can’t find the truth.  Without truth, we are lost to the most loud and most powerful people telling us what is truth.

He’s right.

This should make us all the more determined to find truth.

Where does truth really come from?  Proverbs 9:10 says –

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

God and His Word, MUST be the beginning of and foundation of truth, wisdom, and knowledge…OR else, our finding of truth is like straining for a plastic bag in the wind.  bag in the wind

This kind of search for truth leads to lies.  Lies always lead us into bondage of some kind.  ALWAYS!  ALWAYS!

While God’s truth ALWAYS brings freedom.  Having lived in lies and freedom, I must say, the freedom God brings is so sweet!

Yet what to do in this age of a flood of knowledge at our fingertips?  (Notice I did NOT say “truth” at our fingertips.)

To discern truth ourselves, we must:

  1. Follow God’s direction and come to Him and His Word first.
  2. Allow His Spirit to lead us into ALL truth.  He promised us this in John 16:13.

What has made me so sad about this last 2 years has been a suppression of truth.   Even if it’s not all truth, the opportunity for discussion has been removed.  The removal of discussion has always opened the door for the most powerful to present lies.

We MUST beware of this danger.  Sociologists talk about various ideas throughout history that have swayed and turned the tied of history and societies.  These are not good ideas but EVIL.  Such as the Renaissance Era and Darwin’s – The origin of species, for example.

Yet the question remains what to do with all this knowledge?  What to do with the ideas presented that threaten the swaying of humanity such as Darwin?

So many people do NOT seek knowledge with God but APART from Him.  This is equivalent to evil or will always lead to evil – such as Evolution explaining the origin of life as opposed to God.

People sadly see coming to God  for truth as equivalent to those from long ago who saw an eclipse as judgement from their “gods”.

To them following God is foolish and old-fashioned, narrow minded!  Sound familiar?

Yet there is assurance here from God.  He says He will destroy all so-called wisdom of the day.  This brings  me peace for tomorrow even if lies win in the present.

Paul talked about this in I Corinthians 1:19 –

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and cleverness of the clever I will thwart.  Where is the wise man?  (Godless Scientists)  Where is the scribe?  (The lawmaker – senators, etc).  Where is the debater of this age?  (Google, facebook, twitter).  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

According to the world’s standards, following God seems foolish.  He and His followers who proclaim Him, are a stumbling block for scientific people of this day, (I Corinthians 1:23).

Yet, the power to change our hearts and minds is found ONLY in God.  The wisdom of today is powerless to transform us.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men and

the weakness of God is stronger than men, (I Corinthians 1:25).

prayerSeek today the ONE who has the ONLY power to change the human heart and mind and holds the key to true knowledge and wisdom – while He can be found.

#praying  #truthandlies  #truth  #wisdomandknowledge

The Cross or the Empty Grave?

“Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever….”

“You can overcome!”

“You can be free from whatever holds you down.”

We live in an age where people are so bogged down by their own sin and struggles to overcome, that ourself help ears are tickled by anyone who comes along to encourage us to rise above it.  Whether that be the church or any self-help group.

Paul said in I Corinthians 2:2 –

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

But how can we overcome unless we come to the cross – first?

Yet many say, “Well, I did!  I prayed that prayer years ago.”

Here is the problem – this is what Jesus said in Luke 9:23 –

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Notice the word daily.

What do we do daily?

Take up our cross.

What does it mean to take up our cross?

Die to ourselves.

What does it mean to die to myself?

Deny what I want everyday.  Deny myself of my lusts, wants, wishes, longings.  Bring them to God instead – daily.

We live in an age today where overcoming is the religion of the day.  But how can we overcome unless we come to the cross  – DAILY?  We must die to ourselves FIRST.

In our age, we don’t really understand the “cross” thing.  We don’t see people dying on crosses as wedying on the cross enter our cities, like they did in Rome.  When Jesus told the people they had to pick up their cross, they knew exactly what He meant.    They had to live as if they died everyday.

The Cross or the Empty Grave?

It’s both.  But we can’t overcome until we go to the cross – DAILY!