Stretch For Abundant Growth

We look forward at 2017 as a greater year for good.  Expansion in our lives and for our friends and loved ones.

But, we’ve been here before.  Fresh anticipation that this year will be better than the last one.  Yet, like a hamster on it’s wheel, the story begins again.  Fresh hope.  Little progress.

What Am I Missing?

A few years back, a prophetic voice that is proven to be legitimate, spoke a vision that he saw for me.

He said, “I see a ruler between two large hands being stretched.”

As I pondered the statement, I realized that the Lord was communicating something very important to me.

He was visually saying, “I am going to be stretching the way you measure things.”

In the years that have followed, the vision has proven to be a true word from the Lord.  The way I have measured what I considered fact and truth has been stretched.  I have become less judgemental and more considerate of other expressions of truth.  The result has been a largely expanded heart that has received many rich deposits of gold in my relationship with God and His Kingdom.

Willing To Be Stretched

It hasn’t always been easy.  Sometimes I’ve wondered if I was becoming a heretic (or hairy tic).  I grew up in such a rigid idea of what was determined as Scriptural, or Biblical.

Referring to the Bereans in Acts 17:11 Paul said, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with allreadiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily to see whether those things were so.”

What I discovered about myself is that I actually searched the Scriptures to see if something I questioned was false or not.  Not whether it was true.  The difference in the motivation is actually significant.  If a person is searching for “falseness,” they are actually looking for evidence to support their pre-established positions and opinions.  If they are searching for “trueness,” they are looking, without judgement, for confirmations of truth.  In other words, they are leaving their own prejudgements on the side for the moment.  They are desiring to be enlarged.

Without question, we need to take care that error is avoided, but we also need to be humble enough to realize that there is a great likelihood that we don’t already “know it all.”  It’s just possible that we only have a part of the picture.  Our doctrine may contain truth but be incomplete…even when the new thoughts seem to challenge pre-established ones.

This is not easy.  It hasn’t been for me, anyway.  But, when applied, this method of truth seeking has proven very beneficial.  In fact, in my opinion, this kind of humility is a major key in “Seeking first (as highest life priority) the Kingdom of God and His right ways.

I Challenge Myself…I Challenge You

We are in the first days of 2017.  We all have hopes for it being a blessed year.  An important part of that happening will include the humility and willingness to have what we think we know, stretched.  Jesus is door.  There is no other; but relating to Him is truth that contains many facets for growth.

Gary

Let’s Talk

Do you wish things were clearer in your life?  Are you stuck wondering “Why?”  What’s the solution?  Where’s some wisdom and peace of mind?   The “Jesus Story” reveals a very important principle.

In Luke 3, Jesus was baptized.  The story continues, “While He prayed, the heavens were opened.”

While He Prayed…The Heaven’s Were Opened

We do a lot of thinking about issues in our lives.  We try to reason things out.  God gave mankind a brain to use; But to be a servant of the human spirit.  When we are “born from above” we have access to superior laws. Unfortunately, we put most (if not all) of the weight on inferior laws.

The superior law is referred to as “the mind of Christ.”  Our natural powers of thought will always be in play (unless we’re dead).  However, we can “super-size” the power of our natural reasoning by appealing to the Lord for His thoughts on the matter.

If truth be told, there are many things that we are not actually conversing with God about.  We’re not taking advantage of one of our greatest connections to solutions.  We’re not actually talking things over with the Lord.

He’s standing right there at the door knocking.  He wants to fellowship with you about your life and the things that concern you.

Remember Jesus’ example:  When He prayed…the heaven’s were opened.

Gary

 

What’s Wrong With Me?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What’s wrong with me?”  You’ve probably asked the Lord that question, sincerely.  But, have you ever gotten a really satisfactory answer?

I prayed that prayer several years ago, and the Lord immediately responded.  His answer has helped me a great deal over the years.  That’s why I wrote the book.  As an digital e-book (which can be read on any digital devise like phone, pad, or computer, it’s currently on sale for only .99  To find out more about the contents and how they may bless you, too, just click on the image.   Be Blessed, Gary

Experiencing God’s Kingdom

taling-pic-of-castleExperiencing God’s Kingdom is your goal.  You’ve taken a good picture of what you believe it looks like.  However, there’s so much drab and rainy weather – not to mention the muddy roads between you and personally enjoying the King’s castle.

Stress Mud

Why can’t there just be a clear, dry, untwisting road between me and my destination?  With every step I take, it seems like I slip (and too often) fall down.  My hopes and commitments (once again) to keep myself clean from the mess around me is beginning to seem more impossible by the day.

There’s the King’s castle.  But how am I going to get there?  Will I ever be able to do anything more than take a picture?  Will I personally experience the atmosphere of it’s love, peace, and joy?

The Quiet Whisper Within

An almost imperceptible whisper penetrates through the chaotic din of noise that surrounds me.  It’s quiet and gentle but has an unearthly quality that pierces the darkness of doom like the first rays of the sun on an overcast day.

Here’s The Way

I am impressed and influenced by an intuition to look inside past the muddy road and allow myself to be guided by a heart beat that is not my own.  When I say those words out loud that sound confusing and illogical.  But, somehow my invisible self knows what they mean.

I’m being challenged to listen for a heart beat that is not my own like a mother listens for sound of her baby in the other room.  There’s another room inside of this body, and I have ears to perceive it.

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It sounds like love.  It feels like peace.  It seems to be wrapped in a cloak of joy that gives strength to its pulsing.

What I’m hearing is the echo of Jesus’ heart!

As I pay attention, the rhythm gets clearer.  It awakens a fresh desire in the core of my being.  I want to pay attention to You.  You give me life.  You give me wisdom.  You fill my heart beat with Your own.

There’s a reason why the Scriptures counsel us to look unto Jesus, rather than doctrines, and opinions of every sort.  It’s Jesus where the life of God’s Kingdom is found.

Not a Method – Instead a Man

I’m always looking for a “right method” to navigate the muddy paths of life.  But, those methods are natural wisdom.  Natural wisdom has its own legitimacy.  But, God’s Kingdom is spiritual in origin.  The path is traversed spiritually.  The distractions are spiritual in nature and motivation.  Therefore, guidance and victory on the path can only be achieved by follow a Spiritual Man not a natural opinion, doctrine, or method.

Be cautious.  Some will think that following the Man of Scripture is knowing and relying upon words about the Man.  It is not.  Truth about the Man and about His heartbeat may help focus our thoughts.  But, hearing and experiencing – in a personal, intimate way – the “sound” of His Heartbeat is the only sure way to navigate the muddy path to the castle without getting your shoes and cloths dirty.

Practice listening.  Practice feeling.  Practice sensing.  The Man is closer than your breath.  Ask Him for ears to hear and then practice quietly listening.  The result is your salvation.

Gary

The Kingdom of God and the United States Election

handsflag-280x595I have great hope for the Glory of God’s Kingdom and the United States 2016 Election.  

I didn’t say that I have great hope for everything to turn out according to my opinion of what is best.

I said, I have great hope for the Glory of God’s Kingdom and the United States Elections of 2016.  Not because of what is happening politically or from other natural factors.  But because I know that God is orchestrating many things in front of the scenes and behind the scenes.

I have great hope because God has made a promise to His people. “If you humble yourselves, pray, and turn from your wicked way…I WILL heal your land.”
I have great hope because God’s people have increasingly has been taking instructions and promises like that seriously.  It’s been happen.  It has already been happening – with ever growing numbers – for the past few years.
Too many of God’s own sons and daughters are stressing because they don’t have eyes to see what has been happening in prayer in and all over the world for America.

I have great hope because Tuesday’s Election doesn’t decide the truth. God’s promises do! The wheels are already in motion whether it’s the size of a man’s hand or in the mighty storm cloud releasing it’s rain.

I have great hope for the glory of God’s Kingdom and the United States of America!

Gary

What Is Reality?

glassesGod’s Kingdom on earth has the same nature as God’s Kingdom in heaven.

The atmosphere of God’s Kingdom is hope.

Not as in “wishful thinking.”  But as in confident anticipation.

There are two kinds of people in the way they approach living.  Glass half full people and glass half empty people.  Optimists and Pessimists.  Which are you?

The glass half empty folks (the pessimists) don’t like what I’m about to say, but faith and hope is more of a mental emotional challenge for them than it is for the glass half full people.

On the other hand, the glass half full folks can tend to sweep legitimate challenges under the rug and not give them the thought they are due.

Hope comes more naturally to a glass half full person.  They anticipate good more easily.  Glass half empty people lean toward seeing the possible problems.  They call it “being a realist.”

So, let’s look at that for a minute.  The only way that a person can define something as real is if there is proof. Proof isn’t possible until something has literally occurred.  Now, the realist will argue that they are looking at past evidence to draw a future conclusion.

However, that is a kind faith in operation.  That is applying Murphy’s Law (which is the opposite of hope),  The opposite of hope can only summon up fear.

Confused yet?

The point is that people who a pessimists and call it “being a realist” doesn’t understand what reality actually is and therefore they are constantly struggling and stressing over all the things that could go wrong.

To enjoy the abundant life of God’s Kingdom, one has to be thinking about all of the things that could go right.  That’s hope.  That inspires faith.

Be a true realist.  The true…the actual…the authentic realist is the one who believes, “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

May your life be saturated with the half full glass of water!

Gary

When You Feel Like a Mess

90830d4d416563a3ed597771a3093caaI was taking a shower and thinking about some things that I had repented of and repeated over and over again ad naeseam.

Although I battle temptations and sins like every human being, I am referring more to my lack of consistency, procrastination, and follow through on things that are very important.

Discouraged with myself, I said, “Lord, I’m such a mess.”  Immediately I sensed the response in the middle of my chest, “But, you’re My mess.”  The words seemed to be coated in a warm layer of Fatherly love that caused my self disdain to melt away.

I listened to my heart to see if I sensed anything else He wanted me to know.  There wasn’t anything other than the idea that those five simple words of grace were enough.  I simply needed to accept them and be encouraged.  He said, “But, you’re My mess.”  He was identifying me as his own.  That is an endlessly profound revelation…if you take the time and pursue it.

What would it mean to you if you heard the most powerful, resourceful, wisest, richest, loving, and caring man on earth say to those around, “He/She’s My Son/Daughter?

Do you know Whose you are?  Have you ever really contemplated that?

Perhaps you would be better off to stop in your pursuit of doctrinal, theological accuracy and started focusing on what it means…really means to be God’s own child.

Ya know…My wife and I were just discussing this the other day.  We concluded that it was good to believe correct doctrine, but it was better to major on the majors and minor on the actual minors.  In so doing, let God sort out all your messed up theology.  (Because, you and I most likely have some…or a lot.)

But, you’re My mess!

Gary