Monday, March 27, 2017

"The Waiting Game"

   


"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless  
 thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt
be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and
curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all
families of the earth be blessed."
(Genesis 12:2-3)


How many of us are still waiting?  Waiting for what?  Waiting for a promise to be fulfilled, waiting for the blessing breathed into our spirits, waiting for that gut feeling to be manifested, waiting for that one to do their part so we can do our part, waiting to do what our hearts say we will do, waiting for that Word to be manifested, waiting for the dream groaning in our souls to Awaken, waiting  ...  It's called "The Waiting Game."
 

Humans are not good at waiting; we like drive-thru fast food, fast service, fast appointments; we want everything to happen NOW; we want it to occur "lightning" fast.  With God, however, a day is as a thousand years!  What?  Yeah, we're dealing with the Master and Creator of "Wait."  In the realm of mathematics, it's a model in which the participant has partial control.  Ah, sounds a little like us and God, doesn't it?  Actually, if we are absolutely honest, and we are totally surrendered to our Lord Jesus Christ, we have no control; He's the driver; we're just along for the ride!  That lightning fast answer rarely happens.  Why?  It's a process of molding, trusting, learning, growing, stretching, bowing, climbing, becoming, rising, and believing  ...
 




The Bible is full of them, those who waited:  Joseph, accused falsely and thrown in prison to "wait;" Job, sitting in the dust covered with boils, having lost all of his children, his servants, his assets, and his health, and now he is just "waiting" to die; Elijah, in deep depression hiding and "waiting" in a cave, thinking he was the only prophet left; Abraham, told he would be the father of many nations, but Sarah was barren, and he "waited;" Noah "waited" over a hundred years while he built the Ark, and then he "waited" a year in the Ark after the flood before he could leave it; and then there was David, who "waited" knowing his son would have to die because of his sins with Bathsheba, he "waited" about 15 years from the time he was first anointed by Samuel to the time he became king over Judah, and then it was another seven years before he was anointed king over all of Israel, so David waited over 20 years of his life to be made King.  The list continues with the Bible examples in the game of "Wait."




Are you in the game?  You say, "I don't like that, this is not a game; I am really tired of waiting."  I hear you, but we are "all" waiting for something, someone, some way, some amount, some day, some hope, some sign, some wonder, some miracle, some deliverance, some Word  ...  


 

"Whoever keeps a fig-tree will have its fruit; and the servant
waiting on his master will be honored."  Proverbs 27:18


"And those who have knowledge of  Your Name will put their
faith in You; because You, Lord, have ever given Your help 
to those who were waiting for You."  Psalms 9:10

 

"And so, as the result of patient waiting, our forefather
obtained what God had promised."  Hebrews 6:15


"And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles; in the
knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting.  And
waiting gives experience; and experience, hope: and hope
does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has gven us."
(Romans 5:4-5)



There, we have it; stalwart people who waited, a sampling of some mighty and powerful scriptures encouraging us while we "abide," and you're nervously reading this thinking, "Hurry up with it, already!"  Uh huh, we're the laser generation that seeks a zap, a whiff, a whim, and a wisp, when God is desiring a walk, a wallow, a wander, a want, and a wait in His designated desert places of higher learning and wisdom  ...  They're just a "wait" away  ... 

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their 
 strength; they shall mount up with wings as 
 eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and 
and they shall walk, and not faint." 
(Isaiah 40:31) 



 

 
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Dimensions of Glory"







"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, 
are changed into the same image from glory to glory, 
even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

It is a hunger that climbs into realms of the ethereal, where the
 Lion dwells in portals of unearthly power
Sometimes it's a rain falling like a waterfall and sometimes it's a
 lightning strike of fire like a thunderous shower
It could be a silence so deafening that the room reverberates His
 presence in waves of Love's highest splendor
None can anticipate this sudden rush of His Spirit that stops us in
 our tracks and leaves heaven's cinder
When it happens, dust is transformed ever so quickly into an awed
   motionless participant in time that ceases
The worshipers become immediate kneelers, in the mighty force of
  His presence, leaving mortals in weakness
Earth is not equipped to handle such majesty in the auspices of
 God's arrival, so we fall down in holy respect
The space is quickly filled with Angels, God's heavenly host, and
 His Spirit and entrance are easy to detect
A holy mist may be seen like a smoke of the holiest ilk, and it
 hovers like a dove in feathery still motion
We all are moved to tears as emotions run amok in this place filled
 with power, fire, and wonders like a roaring ocean
Humans dare not stir in this cyclone that's still, yet it moves with
 wind and breath like a reined sweeping breeze
Our hearts are beating fast, yet our beings love this presence; it's
 what the soul longs for, and the spirit agrees
Some are slain in the Spirit; others dance in the Spirit with praise;
 while some weep, with hands lifted in the air
It seems we have climbed and reached an apex too beautiful to
 describe; it's an ascension up an ecstasy stair
How can this be?  We are mortal flesh, but our spirits feel the
 difference; it's unearthly and so holy and pure
We know that even though our feet are on the ground, we have left
 this world behind, and that's a fact, for sure 
It's a venture into the paradise of our dreams, while we still live in
 confines of earth's dust and human form 
But, there's no denying it; this feels like a heavenly interruption
  blowing into our midst like a mysterious storm
Only those rising from visions, the ones awakening from dreams,
 and those smelling roses can tell the story
They will say they took a trip into God's treasures of secrets, His
 clouds of wonder, and His "Dimensions of Glory."





 
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Glory is falling; please go to promiselandchurch.net and give 
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Thank You, Lord!"


 
"We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we
praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare
that Your Name is near and they who invoke
Your Name rehearse Your wonders."
(Psalm 75:1)


O, Lord, Our God; we exalt and magnify Your name in wondrous 
awe, at Your beauty and glory in our midst
You have poured upon us the abundance of Your Spirit, sent down 
 in showers of blessings, too many to even list
Your Holy name reigns above the earth, like a canopy of Glory
 hovering in Your splendor for all to see
You are the center of our Joy, the essence of our peace, and the 
 Spirit within us, so bountiful to set us free
How meticulous You are with Your care for Your beloved, Your 
 bride, in the "dust" of the confines of earth
Yet, You make us feel as though we soar in winds of floral aromas, 
 as we rise in Your presence on wings of mirth
You have lifted us above the mundane and set us among angels, to 
 fly high above our woes in billows of Your Spirit
You have given us Your peace, that drowns out earth's noise and
   terror, so that we we do not cower or fear it
You're the light of our pathway, the glow on our faces, and the
 sparkle in eyes that strain to envision Your beauty
To love and serve You is our pleasure and our honor, as we bow
 in  obeisance in Your presence; it's our Joy, not a duty
O, the wonders You perform are so mighty and miraculous; we
 are astounded at Your majesty, ever aglow in our eyes
You are always our Savior, not just in baptism and Spirit, but You 
 bring clarity to our minds, binding satan's disguise
You're our Lily of the Valley, our Bright and morning star, and
Your whispers in the moonlight peak our yearning
Maranatha! is our cry as we wander the ground that is not our
 home, and we seek You for higher learning
Thank You Lord, for redemption's price, for Your blood, Your
 Word, and Your name, our eternal legacy
O, Lord, if the world does not receive Your gift of salvation, love,
 and peace; it will be the greatest travesty
Our Lord, we beckon to one and all to partake of Your love, to be
 filled with Your Spirit, and baptized in Your name
It was the reason You bled, died, and rose again; Your sacrifice 
 was our permanent reprieve; it's why You came
You, O Lord, are LOVE personified, wrapped in velvet gloves of 
 holiness and purity, a Glory untold to behold
Your coming for us in the clouds is our ever thought; our prayers
 long for the skies to open and prophecy to unfold
No words, O Lord, can be found to exemplify our gratitude for all
 You have done for us, and Your love so profound
So, we give our hearts in postures on our knees, as we wait at Your
feet, abiding for our heaven, homebound
You have given us authority in the earth that is not our home, and
 we stand tall in Your name, wielding our swords
You have freed us with Your blood and Your name, Jesus; so we offer Your light to the world, as we "Thank You, Lord!"

 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

"The Kiss"












But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the
Son of Man with a kiss?"
(Luke 22:48)


Judas and Peter

Is Easter the right time to talk about Judas' kiss of betrayal?  Because of his betraying ghastly deed; we shouldn't even mention him, should we?  Does Jesus miss Judas?  The answer to all three questions is a resounding, and blood covered, YES!  Easter is the perfect time to talk about "The Kiss." 

Jesus and His disciples

 
Jesus had twelve disciples, but one was like a devil.  Judas sold out the Lord Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver, and told the soldiers they would know whom to arrest, because he would "kiss" Him.  But, did Judas repent for what he did, because later he tried to give the priests their money back.  The Greek explains the meaning of the words in this betrayal:

"There are two Greek words which are translated "repented," the one properly
so translated, metanoeo, which means literally "to know after" and which therefore
  means a change of mind or purpose; and the other, metamellomai, which is
used here and which means literally "to care after," indicates a sorrow for the past.
The first should be translated "repent;" the second, "regret."
(Bible Study Tools.com)

We see that Judas "regretted" what he did, but was not repentant for what he did  ...  big difference.  Trench draws the distinction thus: "He who has changed his mind about the past is in the way to change everything; he who has an after care may have little or nothing more than a selfish dread of the consequences of what he has done." 

Having obtained the condemnation from Pilate,
Jesus was charged

Judas, finding that the priests would not accept the returned money, he threw the silver to the ground and went out and hung himself.  He sold his soul, he sold out the only Man who could save his soul, and where evil is concerned, it's always the soul that loses.

 
Judas hung himself

Imagine what this must have done to the heart of the One who came to die for the world, who came to shed His blood for all men, who came to give the world a hope and a future, who loved His creation unto death  ...  I believe Jesus Christ was saddened over Judas, just as He is saddened over lucifer, satan.  Jesus Christ has no revenge for those who hurt Him; He loves deeply, and is still sad today that people don't love Him, that people still betray Him with their actions and indifference, that people turn their backs on Him and curse Him  ...  He loves even those who hate Him.

Evil


It's not too late for those in the grips of evil, for those who have succombed to the wiles of satanic fury.  Come unto Jesus Christ, while there is still time.  Give Him your heart; call out to Him for mercy; repent with sorrowful sincere honesty and humility; ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and you will speak with tongues as His Spirit gives you the utterance; then, be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.  It's Easter; it's Resurrection time  ...  Let the Lord Jesus Christ lift you to newness of life; let Him wash you with His blood shed for you; let Him give you peace like a river, and Joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Let Him  ... Let Him  ...
 
 


Did Judas enter the mind of Jesus Christ when He was hanging on the cross?  He took the sins of the whole world and redeemed them with His death, His blood and the stripes upon His back, but it was too late for Judas  ...  It's not too late for you and me  ... The Holy Lord Jesus Christ arose the third day!  He is alive and well, and it doesn't matter what you've done; He loves YOU utterly and He will receive You unto Himself; He will forgive You, care for You, carry You through the storms of life, wipe away Your tears, and hold You in His arms.

Jesus Christ Lives!

The Lord Jesus Christ always remembers "The Kiss."


 

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Thank you for joining us in worship of our Lord Jesus Christ!
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