FINDING STRENGTH IN TURMOIL

Micah 7:7

But I will look to the Lord
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
My God will hear me (HCSB)

Micah was overcome with grief over Judah’s fall into total ungodliness, The degradation of their moral fiber, The righteous abandoned their faith and forsook God (7:2), Debauchery among citizens was such that no one trusted anyone, and Government corruption was common placeimages (13). (7:3a) Both hands are good at accomplishing evil; the official and the judge demand a bribe,

Today, the racial/civil unrest, corruption, protesting, and need for war that plague humanity is no different. Micah shows us how to live in the world without becoming a part of it, How to stand firm in the face of adversity. For those who cling to their faith have access to His promise of deliverance, restoration and victory in Him.

(7:8) Do not rejoice over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will stand up, though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

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INVESTING IN LIFE

When doing life, it’s not hard to become disenchanted, when our spiritual compass is off kilter. The challenges we face are these huge behemoths that cast shadows on all we hold near and dear. Ecclesiates tells us that worrying about our stuff only brings self-inflicted misery, and offers this solution;

And put away pain from your flesh
Because youth and the prime of you life
Are fleeting (HCSB)

We’ve a lifetime ahead of us, why be concerned with these things we cannot change, and rob ourselves of our God-given moments. In the grand scheme of God’s plan, everything has its place and purpose, even we
have pre-cut paths we must follow (11:3) If the clouds are full, they Will pour out rain on the earth;
Whether a tree falls to the south Or the north, There it will be.RevivalG+

Rejoice I say again, rejoice, Live in the moment, in the here and now (Philippians 4:4), Live in the love of Christ Jesus;

(11:8) If a man lives many years,
Let him rejoice in them all,
And let him remember the days of darkness since there will be many.
All that comes is futile

Life is short. Enjoy

OUR LIFE CURRENCY

Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, young man
While you are young
And walk in the ways of your heart
And in the sight of your eyes;
But know that for all things
God will bring judgement (HCSB)
When we are born, each of us is given a certain amount of time (here on earth), we will call it our “Life Currency.” Ecclesiates forces us to look at how we live our lives- That ‘Now is the time to assess how the purchases we make affect the quality of our lives before it runs out. Don’t spend your time worrying over your stuff that is robbing you of true happiness- Once we’ve spent all of our currency, that’s it, there is no more.
(11:9a) Rejoice, young man while you are still young– Go ahead, it’s okay to spend your currency on these things you enjoy before it’s too late.
Though, We are cautioned about the things we buy- To make certain these things we buy aren’t offensive to God. In the end, we will stand before God and must make an account for how we chose to spend our currency. How are you planning to spend today?

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THE LIVING DEAD Part time Christianity

Jeremiah 2:23-24

You are a swift camel
Twisting and turning in her way,
a donkey at home in the wilderness
she sniffs the wind in her heat of her desire.
Who can control her passion?
All who look for her will not become tired; they will find her
In her mating season
We’re all familiar with the 1968 classic, “Night of the living dead,” Well, if you’ve been around for a while, sure you do. Let me start by saying, no, this post has nothing to do with promoting the upcoming Halloween festivities, It is,Seies Extereme Rennovations however, about dying to Christ, and clinging to a life of unrepented sin.
We see in this movie how the undead must devour (in this case) human flesh to remain in this state, and how this need becomes an insatiable craving. I submit, looking at my own faith, and spirituality in this light, that I am one of these living dead, a part-time Christian.

Jeremiah 2 tells us how vulnerable we are and easy it is to fall to the allure of carnal cravings and all its trappings (addictions) apart from a complete death in Christ. 24 a wild donkey at home in the wilderness. She sniffs the wind in her heat of her desire. Who can control her passion? All who look for her will not become tired; they will find her in her mating season.
In Luke 16, we find it’s just not possible to love God and the world: 13 No household slave can be slave of two masters since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slave to both God and money.

So What, where do I go from here? Ascribe to the process, wholeheartedly;

Relinquish your spear; come onto complete surrender to the Holy Spirit. It is much stronger that we could ever hope to be, and certainly greater than any bindings. (Matthew 8:1 6,17) 16 When the evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed the sick, 17 So what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah must be fulfilled. He Himself took out weaknesses and carried our decreases.

Repent, release the sin to where it rightfully belongs so the cords of this bondage can be loosed.
*Caveat. Our sins were pardoned at the Cross-, though; the consequences follow us around make it difficult for spiritual growth. (Matthew 5:24) Leave your gift there in front of the altar. Go and reconcile with your brother and then come offer your gift.

Receive His Holy Spirit, and commune with it often In Him is our refuge and strength (Galatians 5:1-2) Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.2 Take note! I, Paul tell you to get yourselves circumcised; Christ will not benefit you at all

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A “Privileged punishment” for His Elect

Amos 5:18-20

18 Woe to you who long for the
of Day of the Lord!
What will the Day of the Lord be for you?
It will be darkness and not light (HCSB)
The Israelites assumed that because they were God’s chosen people, they would be exempt from His judgement-that they could do as they please without consequence. Because we have been appointed to certain positions, designated for a special ministry within the church, are we not spared from His judgement (Isaiah 5:18-19), Absolutely Not. We are subject to God’s judgement and discipline for our conduct, even more so.

We see how God dealt Israel’s arrogance and contrite hearts, as He will with us:

19 He will be like a man who fleesjudgement sacle
from a lion
only to have a bear confront him .
He goes home and rests his hand against the wall
only to have a snake bite him.

Our gift, our “So what” here, is the wisdom from Amos’ account of stewardship, how we serve our purpose in the church. This is our wake-up
call to examine and revisit our commitment to Jesus Christ – The Israelites began to lament, but by then, God’s judgement had already began to unfold.

(5:30) On that day they will roar over ut,
like the roaring of the sea.
When one looks at the Lord,
There will be darkness;
Light will be obscured
by clouds
Be encouraged!

STOP TRYING TO BE CHRISTIAN!

Good Monday. My post this morning is based on feedback I’ve received from talking to others about our faith and spiritual growth in Christ,  What our works look like to new believers and unbelievers alike. As a church, a body of believers, it is critical  to keep a pulse on how we are perceived as co-workers in bringing the Gospel to the world, that we may know that messages we are sending out about the Christ we embrace.

Our newfound love in Jesus Christ has filled us to the brim with His amazing grace, and an excitement to talk to as many people possible about accepting Him and changing their lives too – And that’s a good thing, right? Absolutely, when we do it through the grid of the Holy Spirit, and with the heart of Jesus Christ. Think back to where you were when the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ came and met you.Many of those you meet are right there, in that same place- Fragile, broken, and damaged.
We need to be careful, very careful that our approach is from a standpoint of empathy and humility of the Holy Spirit. Let me explain, Sharing the Good news of salvation without including the guest of honor, leaves us susceptible to default to our own humanity, our own biases, and opinions, only to elicit a less than favorable response.
You “Should,” You ”Have to” might be taken as forms of condemnation and judgement, because it is, without the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3:6) I planted, Apollos waters but I will make it grow! Paul was clear about his role in bringing the Gospel to the people of Corinth. (7) So that neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives it growth.The same yesterday, today and forever

So what, what does this mean for me?

Stop being Christian! Ephesians 2:8 tells us, We were saved by grace you are saved, not by works, this is Not of ourselves! There is nothing we can do to be made anymore acceptable

Testify from the standpoint of God’s grace, we don’t want to be condemning someone for the same work the Holy Spirit is doing on us! (Hebrews 4:15) For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things yet without sin.

Aspire to be more Christ-like: (Ephesians 4:2) Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love.

Aloha and God Bless “Art”

GOD’S PROMISE AND PROVISION

Micah 2:12

I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob;
I will collect the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep
In a pen,
Like flock in the middle of it’s fold.
It will be noisy with people (HCSB)

In the midst of a chaotic world, and among those suffering God’s judgement, are His, those who remain in communion (with Him), and keep His statutes. God’s plan of reconciliation is met with the vilest humanism, and contempt for His authority Lawlessness, idolatry, paganism, and contentious spirits, it is easier said than done to live in the world and not be of it

This culture was not isolated to one tribe but spread throughout Israel like cancer with no discernment for who it infects. (2:1) Woe to those who dream up wickedness and prepare evil plans on their beds. At morning light they accomplish it because if the power at their hands, (Hosea 7:6) For they-Their hearts like an oven-draw him into their oven.

Look around! This is the state of our human condition, the world we live in – Shootings, racial unrest, religious persecution, and conflicts, the whole ball of wax. Sadly, this is what we’ve accepted to be the norm, business as usual
(Micah 7:3) Both hands are good at accomplishing evil: The official and the judge demand a bribe; when the powerful man communicates his evil desire, to plot it together Before you know it, we’ve become magnets to that culture

Some of us have abandoned our faith only to find emptiness after giving into the allure, the greener grass of depravity

(7:1) How sad for me!cropped-wrath-of-god.jpg
For I am like one who-
when the summer fruit
Has been gathered
after the gleaning of the grape
Finds no grape cluster to eat
No early fig which I crave.

Though, Micah 7:8 tells us, those who love God and keep His covenant have the promise of God’s provision and faithfulness of restoration

Who is a God like you,
removing iniquity and passing
over rebellion for the remnant of His inheritance?
He does not hold onto His anger forever,
because He delights in love

That He will come back and claim them

7:14 Shepherd your people with Your staff, the flock that is Your possession. They love alone in the woodland surrounded by pastures. Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in ancient times
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