Dangerous Resentments

…pursue that consecration and holiness

without which no one will [ever] see the Lord

Exercise foresight and be on the watch

to look [after one another],

to see that no one falls back from

and fails to secure God’s grace

(His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing),

in order that no root of resentment

(rancor, bitterness or hatred) shoot forth

and cause trouble and bitter torment,

and the many become contaminated and defiled by it;

Hebrews 12:14-15 AMP

God’s plan is for us to recognize that we are consecrated in His presence through prayer.  Remember daily who you are in Christ never forgetting and falling back to the old way of thinking.  Each day ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any resentment you may be keeping.  This is serious because the side effects of bitterness and hatred will ruin your relationship with God.  Expose old sniveling resentments from our twisted past residing deep within your soul.  Take note of past hurts and bitterness that will damage all your relationships even with God.  Resentment is a cancer of the soul that ruins a person’s outlook on life.  Unforgiveness has a price that will be paid on the judgement day but also causes problems in your everyday life.  Selfishness tricks our brains into thinking that God is not in control, so we try to live life on our own.


Ascending Mount Zion

Took this photo hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park

Ascend Mount Zion in the Spirit through prayer because it is an actual place.  Climbing the mount is the only way to comprehend the Kingdom of Heaven, while living in this world.  Even though we live in the world, we are not of the world, because our citizenship is in heaven.  The Lord is calling His citizens to come and dwell at the top of Mt. Zion, where we can enter His holy place and learn about Him.  The time is short, so now is the time for saints to ascend the mount.  The scripture is the map that leads us into the realm of the heavenlies.  The Holy Spirit is a light for this map, so we can find the paths of righteousness.  God is calling the church to partake in His Kingdom to develop a close relationship with Him.

“It shall come to pass in the latter days

that the mountain of the house of the Lord

shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

and shall be raised above the hills;

and all nations shall flow to it,

and many peoples shall come, and say:

`Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob;

that he may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths.’

For out of Zion shall go forth the law,

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 2:2‑3 RSV


The Kingdom of Heaven

The Kingdom of Heaven is a place that Jesus has prepared for the saints.  His kingdom is more real than any physical place on this earth because it is eternal.  Saints who walk by faith have access to the kingdom and can move there forever.  Many Christians think that heavenly things are only for the future, but God wants to provide blessings for us while we live on this earth.

“Father, I desire that they also,

whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am,

to behold my glory which thou hast given me

in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.”

John 17:24 RSV

Jesus wants us to be citizens of His Kingdom.  He has prepared a place for each of us individually and it is His personal prayer that we enter the kingdom to share His joy.  By the anointing of the Holy Spirit we can partake of these rich things of God.


How Great is Our God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icN_wNkjr60

I wrote this little poem awhile back to reveal how great our God it, but because we are trapped in time and space we cannot fully comprehend how great He is.

God

I can reach across the heavens

            my hands sweep up the stars

                        in the cup of my hands.

I turn and the universe spins with me

            leap and the galaxies rise

                        in sweet harmony.

My foundation is broader than you

            can begin to comprehend

                        stretch your mind.

Bend your mind to think that

            I never began or ended

                        I have always been.

My throne is higher than any eye

            could possibly see in

                        a million light years.

I am totally in control

            nothing leaves my watchful eye

                        nothing is hidden.

Nothing in all of creation

            can compare with me

                        I am above all!

3 steps to follow when talking about God (to avoid offending people) – Acts 17, Part 3

This is one of the most well-written blogs I have read on how to share this good news of Jesus with others without offending people.

Let's Talk About Sunday

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It can be difficult and scary to talk about God. And maybe for some of us, it always will be, as talking about God can feel very personal, or very easily offensive. But in this post, as we continue to follow Paul’s journey as told in Acts 17, Paul will demonstrate how to talk about God with graciousness. In the first post, Paul was in Thessalonica, and the in second post we learned about his visit to Berea. After his ministry was so well-received in Berea, trouble flared up, so Paul traveled to Athens.

In Paul’s day Athens was, as it is now, a historically famous city, featuring the famous Parthenon, depicted above.  A couple hundred years before Paul’s time, Athens was home to some of history’s greatest philosophical minds: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.  Things had changed since those days when Athens was…

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Justice Will Be Served

As a child of God do not be concerned with fairness because only God knows the motives of each saint to reward as He sees fit.  There is no injustice in the Kingdom of Heaven.  A sanctified Christian will rejoice in other people’s victories and spiritual rewards.  This world is full of injustice and you will see it every day you live on this earth.  The most unjust acts are against Christians because the world does not recognize who they are in Christ.  Satan confuses the world, so they cannot comprehend God, therefore, hating Christians who live in the light. But do not think for one minute that your cries resulting from injustice are going unheard by you Father?  In fact, God is gathering up a greater reward for those misjudged by the world and persecuted.  This is best exemplified by Jesus who was a pure lamb, but the world judged Him and unjustly crucified Him, so now He is rewarded with the throne of God.  Rest assured every one of your prayers offered with a pure motive will be answered.  Since we live in a world limited by time and space, we do not understand the eternal reward system.  God’s judgment is perfect and will prevail ultimately protecting His lambs.  Jesus our Lord has risen from the altar of the cross to the throne of Heaven where He is preparing to return with fire to make all things right.  Rest assured that the enemies who have persecuted the saints will face God’s precise destruction.  We need to trust patiently in the face of injustice believing our Father will reclaim our justice with bountiful rewards. In fact, we can be thankful that we will not receive what we deserve for our sin at the Judgement Seat of God. 


Partaking of the River of Life

I took this photo at Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

God is pouring out His richness upon you in the fresh soft flow of His Spirit to rest and soothe your soul.    Hear the sweet name of Jesus in your heart as the opening blossom of truth.  Into your heart God pours His love in an overflowing abundance.  Now we can see  the Kingdom of God is at hand and we love the King.  Rejoice for today is the age of abounding grace.  Remember we are encouraged to share this truth with those who are deaf and blind praying for a miracle.  Healing miracles of the body are a sign of God’s work, but the real miracles are in salvation leading to eternal life.  Speak into their heart with a cup of cold water from the river of grace.


Hunger for Fellowship With God

I will be the first to admit that I am not always hungry for God.  I am not always excited to pray and fellowship with others.  In fact, it is not normal for humans to be hungry to know God.  Unfortunately, some Christians are excited about fellowship, but not to get to know Jesus they just enjoy socializing.  Just know this:  Did God ever say that you would feel like loving Him and others?  No, He told us to love him and others.  You know we can pretend to love others, but people are not fooled in the long run they discern our motives.  This is a life of faith where we die to self and let God do the work in us.  Today I say that my life on this earth in all its woes is dead in Christ, so I submit to His will seeking what He has in store for me today.  I continually ask God to reveal Himself through the Holy Spirit in such a way that is so inspiring it changes my life.  But for this to happen I must do my part and wait upon the Lord listening to Him in prayer.  Unfortunately, the most common prayer is simple and selfishly one sided.  To hear from God takes patience listening to God’s words by the Holy Spirit which changes our life. 

God is Judging Our Motives

Our Father will test your motives through suffering.  I wish I could tell you that from now on as a Christian all trials and temptations will go away in this life.  Your faith is revealed by your response to the trial because you are either become better or bitter.  The test is this do we persevere to know God’s Kingdom or just numb our senses with the pleasures of this world.  In fact, the scriptures tell us to take great joy in these trials of our faith if they are for Christ’s sake because they will bring eternal reward.  Everyone’s motives will ultimately be revealed at the Judgement, but as a Christian we want to get these issues cleared up in our lifetime long before the judgment occurs. 

The Death of Adam and Eve

The Worst Moment in Time

Have you ever wondered why when Adam and Eve sinned and partook of the Tree of Good and Evil, that they did not die immediately as God told them, but their earthly bodies lived on many years?  This is because we are looking at life in a limited earthly term.  In the garden of Eden, they walked and talked with God daily with His full protection they were never going to die.  When they were expelled from the garden, they lost communication, protection and immortality, so even though their bodies lived on they were dead.  True life is gone when you lose your relationship with God.  When we are born again, we become alive again, but natural man cannot comprehend.  Jesus restores our relationship pouring a river of life into our hearts through His Holy Spirit.  Jesus said die to the flesh and live in the spirit, which is eternal reality.  Most people think the world is reality, but that is because they have no insight into eternity.

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