Dare to believe God for greater things…
Today we are stepping into the unknown. As our world is in transition we are also in transition. Everyone is trying to get back to normal living. I am not sure what normal is at this point and time. I do realize that this crisis has exposed, revealed a lot of negatives and positives.
Fear seems to be the greatest crises to me. It by far exceeds the virus itself. Fear with it has brought division. Fear and the crisis has caused people to become so divided on so many things.
With every storm you will find a rainbow. In every crisis you will find opportunity. LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU AND YOURS.
This crisis has shut down many industries and caused many to figure new ways to reach people. We as a church had to figure out social media and we watched the church figure out how to get outside of the church building.This is a good, God thing.
The church is not the building. We the people are the church. This crises has caused a surge in social media and God and Church have really gone viral. This is good God thing.
The during the house quarantine we seen families doing things together that were not happening. This crisis slowed families down. They are having family meals together, spending time together, having fun together, playing together. Which is a good God thing.
Prayer and seeking God is on the rise. What amazes me is people who are afraid run to God or run away from God. Crisis caused people to see a much larger picture of life and health and happiness. Which is a good God thing.
During this crisis we found lots of time. No theaters, no malls, no gyms, no restaurants, we had to occupy our times differently.
I believe this crisis has given us a lot of unknown opportunities to better our world and our lives.
FINDING OPPORTUNITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS. REMEMBER IN ASIAN LANGUAGE THEIR WORD FOR CRISIS IS OUR WORD OPPORTUNITY.
A WORLD IN CRISIS IS SCREAMING WITH OPPORTUNITIES.
For this reason He says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”
Ephesians 5:14 AMP
I believe this is one of the main points that God is bringing to us thru the Crisis. I believe the church and much of his people we have been a sleep.
Do you remember when they came to Jesus about Lazarus being dead, and others and Jesus response was they are not dead they are a sleep.
See something here. In our realm they are dead. In Gods realm they are a sleep. In the natural realm you prepare for a funeral. In the spirit realm you prepare to get up and get ready and go to work and be productive. In the natural realm its over, the end. In the Gods Spiritual realm it’s just about to get active and going. It’s a New Beginning.
Our world is been in Crisis and so many of us have been asleep. People have become so afraid and self consumed we can’t see the opportunities that God is bringing before us.
Crisis cause you to be afraid, hide, self protect, it’s all about self preservation.
God is saying to us to wake up. You and I are not dead but we have been living like we are dead. Wake up and see what’s really going on around your world.
There is no light for the dead, only darkness. Jesus wants to shine His light over you and yours.
I walked into my garage the other night. I stepped into the garage and then flipped the light switch. What I seen was a few big water bugs. They froze in the light.
Jesus wants to shine and expose what does not belong with you so you can replace with what does. Opportunities to get rid of things, attitudes, and mind sets that do not bless you. Get rid of them. Habits and things that do not advance your life only hinder your progress, get rid of them.
You ever see a pest control or exterminators, they have lights they shine to see the pests. Even a black light for like scorpions. Shine a light and expose what does noes not belong. God has shown you things that you should depart with. People, beliefs, habits, whatever it is that does not advance you. Extermination.
David’s Prayer should be our prayer.
Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalms 139:23-24 AMP
SEARCH ME: HEART TEST ME: THOUGHTS SEE IN WICKED IN ME: LEAD ME:
You can’t be led by God till you cry out for Him to search you, test you, see in you like a microscope, then you can be led by Him.
LET JESUS SHINE HIS LIGHT IN YOU AND ON YOU. HERE IS REVELATION. IF HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO SHINE HIS LIGHT ON AND IN YOU, THEN HE CAN NOT GIVE YOU HIS LIGHT.
HERE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WALKING IN DARK AND WITH THE LIGHT. IN THE DARK YOU CAN’T SEE HARDLY AT ALL. YOU FALL IN THE DARK. YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO HURT YOURSELF IN THE DARK. YOU MUST MOVE VERY SLOW.
IN THE LIGHT YOU SEE EVERYTHING. YOU SEE THE OBSTACLES. You also see the clear path. YOU SEE AND CAN MOVE FAST.
Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people],
Ephesians 5:15 AMP
HERE IS THE GOD OPPORTUNITY. HOW YOU WALK IS HOW YOU LIVE. HOW YOU LIVE IS HOW YOU WALK. GOD SAYS TO WALK CAREFULLY. HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE LIFE WITH HONOR, PURPOSE, AND COURAGE.
THIS IS A GOD LIFE: HONOR, PURPOSE, COURAGE.
THE CRISIS SHOWED PEOPLE RUNNING TO GOD BECAUSE THEY GOT AFRAID BUT WHAT YOU DO AFTER THE CRISIS WILL SHOW WHATS IN OUR HEART, REALLY IN OUR HEART.
IT’S LIKE WHEN I TURNED ON THE LIGHTS IN GARAGE THE WATER BUGS RAN AND HID OR FROZE. TURNED THE LIGHTS OFF AND DARK AGAIN AND THEY ARE RUNNING DOING LIFE IN THE DARK LIKE NOTHING.
GOD SAYS THIS IS NO LIFE. THIS IS RELIGIOUS. LET THE LIGHT SHINE AND BE FREE.
THIS NEXT WORD IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHO IS INFLUENCING YOU OR WHO YOU INFLUENCING. THIS WORD SAYS PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FROM THOSE WHO DON’T DESIRE THE LIGHT BUT LOVE THE DARKNESS.
YOU WILL BECOME LIKE THOSE WHO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH. JESUS SPENT TIME WITH EVERYONE TO SHARE THE KINGDOM. HIS CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WERE PEOPLE WHO SHARED IN HIS KINGDOM LIFE. ONE GROUP HE DESIRES TO WIN, THE OTHER HE DOES LIFE WITH. THE JUST HANG OUT WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN FIND THEM AND THEIR WAYS INFLUENCING YOU.
PEOPLE ARE LIKE ELEVATORS, THEY WILL TAKE YOU UP OR DOWN. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR ELEVATOR.YOU WILL GO UP OR DOWN BASED ON WHO YOU ALLOW TO STAY IN YOUR ELEVATOR.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work.”
John 4:34 AMP
Making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.
Ephesians 5:16 AMP
Seize the opportunity with time.
Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.
If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:17 AMP
Here is a great opportunity to find out Gods Will for your life. Only foolish and thoughtless people do not think about Gods Will. Life is our will or Gods Will. Self Will is when we are just pleasing ourselves, not God just ourselves.
Even Jesus was about doing God’s Will.