Lessons from life

Lessons from the past (The way it used to be)

  In all honesty, I don't really remember what prompted this study, only that I kept thinking about how often we as humans reminisce about our past and the reasons associated with why we do that. Obviously this study is not about living in the past (at least not literally) or dwelling in the past (whether that having been for the better or worse). What's done is done, but as we all know, the past is tied to our future in more ways than we might realize.

 Think for a minute about the last time you thought about your past. In all likelihood it was within the last 5 minutes. That's how often we think about what used to be or what was or what could have been. Our lives are "filled to overflowing" with past thoughts and events and I propose that although not always a positive thing, there is a reason why we keep looking back.

What has been lost

 Each of us as human beings have been shaped by God Himself through a series of people and events. We all look back upon both fond memories as well as the traumatic for one reason or another. As much as we might be attempting to learn from our past (a good thing of course) I suggest that another primary reason for this is a longing for something we now believe to be lost, despite our inability to pinpoint what that loss actually is.

 Regardless of who you meet from day to day, stick around them long enough and you're really likely to hear something from them along these lines, "Nothing's the way it used to be." Their sure is a lot of truth to that. But what are they actually saying? Isn't it more than just 50 cent fuel, 400 hp engines and the integrity and strength of most products previously made. Isn't it more than just wishing to be young again, living in the innocence of not knowing what we cannot now escape due to the media or some item that brings us back to our glory days? Why do people collect all manner of items unto themselves with a particular bent upon what is or seems to be rare? Isn't it because of the perceived value in those things- or is their more?

"The whole He hath made beautiful in its season; also, that knowledge He hath put in their heart without which man findeth not out the work that God hath done from the beginning even unto the end" [Ecclesiastes 3:11] YLT

"He has made everything appropriate (Lit: beautiful) in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that (in such a way that) man will not find out the work which God has done from beginning to the end"  NASB

 Without pretending to perfectly understand the above text to which scholars have some disagreement, I suggest it includes these pertinent things:

  • "The whole He hath made" refers to the whole of creation and all of the various forms of life He has made and the manner in which they intersect and interact.
  • "Beautiful in its season" looks back to verse 10 and coincides with the specific tasks God has given us during our lives.
  • "Knowledge (world, eternity) He hath put in their heart" speaks of that which is hidden (either past or present)- an innate knowledge of eternity itself to which mankind is ever attempting to comprehend and answer without resolution.

 When I speak of "what has been lost above" I am speaking to the Christian and the practice of what they call "the faith." We know that those without Christ will be continually looking to solve the dillemma of eternity, for they too have this awareness of eternity as well. Unlike those with faith, man and his ingenuity would take credit for both "what is now" and "what has been done." They will no doubt continue to revolt against the God they know exists and purpose to unite mankind in such a rebellion that "nothing will be impossible for them." (or so they will think) Genesis 11:6. 

 Little might you know, the instigators of this rebellion against God do follow in the footsteps of the past. Once again they will unite humanity against the Lord and His Christ:

"THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST" [Acts 4:26]  Also note that this rebellion will once again accomplish God's purposes exactly:  

….to do whatsoever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. [verse 28]

 Imagine being an unbeliever with this concept of eternity with no answer to it. On one hand we each age and know we will some day face that uncertain and fearful eternity. On the other, we attempt to grasp onto anything and everything that might prolong that reality like attempting to relive the past or hoping for some solution that might ease the pain of our dilemma. Eternity is fast approaching and we're all going there whether we are or are not prepared. That's a trauma they need to be ready to face-now.

 Sadly, the average professing Christian isn't much better off. They too have lost their way, the evidence of which stands upon thousands upon thousands of hills within the cities which we call our homes. They are testaments to the work of men's hands, and if the sheer number of them isn't proof positive of the value they place upon such, the vast investments in those structures most certainly do. Similar to their unregenerate neighbors who also go back to the beginning with their rebellion, most of the professing "Christian" world has returned to the practice of Old Testment law and tradition with an unbridled passion reminiscent of "the kings and rulers of the earth" above. Add to this the ever increasing departure from the facts of scripture and we see the apostacy our God warns of in full swing.

In the beginning God…..

 From the beginning it was God who put the seed of eternity within our hearts. Though we try, we cannot possibly comprehend the depth and width of such and despite this we keep pretending like we do. There is an uncertainty, an uneasiness about the future that God has intentionally placed within us. The answer to that uneasiness and uncertainty is not in a better life here on earth, not found in numbing its reality through the vanity of temporal pleasures whether they be sports teams or otherwise. They just shroud reality. Neither is it found in the next religious machinism, movement or in all the new fangled "revolutions" or "revelations" that drive our man made solutions. God hates them all. After all this, one would think men would desire to think clearly- nope.

 A God inspired and God designed problem can only be resolved by the designer Himself. Not by what He can do or even what He might desire us to do- but by Himself. We have left God behind, along with His perfect designs…..a long, long time ago.

 

What has been forgotten

"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;

…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitations….

…that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him…..[Acts 17:24-27]

 The verses above are speaking far more than the obvious and most people's rejection of these truths. They speak of a timeline through which God has chosen to act- a "beginning to end scenario" if you will. Note that God is altogether separate from man, in need of nothing (we could do for Him). He is the One Who:

  • Gives to all men life and breath
  • He made the nations
  • Determines the length of time men will live
  • Determines where men will live

…..and why……that they would (might) seek God.

 What is important here is this: It is the things that God does that opens the door for men to seek Him. (Not the things we do or attempt to do for Him, but what He has chosen to do) in very specific ways and within very specific time frames. How do I know this? Because God has an end in sight that we cannot possibly accomplish, an end that began with a seed of eternity that was planted in our hearts from the very beginning……the very seed that brings both discontent, uneasiness and uncertainty apart from its solution. There is only one thing which could ever resolve such a dillemma within us, and its the same solution God Himself demanded from His own Son to purchase our redemption- perfection itself.

Lessons from the present: The way it is

 Looking at the above title from the outside as a non-Christian, one would probably say, "Great, another one of those self-absorbed Christians who think they know something." Frankly, most Christians arn't really offering much substance these days, and believe it or not your average unbeliever knows the difference.

 Most unbelievers could care less about "getting saved" or discovering and living an obedient life unto a God they quickly reject. They have no desire nor inclination to stop living selfishly and reliquish control of their lives. They are perfectly content living in their sins and with this interesting exception: almost all men ponder and consider their original origin and final destiny. This is more than a basic curiosity about life, it is the result of God "placing eternity in men's hearts."

 As Christians, we rarely give those who don't share our faith nearly enough credit. These are not ignorant people, but those like ourselves who also have questions and who are looking for answers. They live in the same world we do, they see and experience the same problems that affect us as individuals and as a united humanity. On some fronts they do more for the needy than many who claim to have "faith."

Torn between two worlds

 It's understandable when any person seeks out answers to the difficulties we each face in life, and those without Christ have lots of answers that they claim to have found and which they promote. Of course these answers are not a testimony to God nor toward what He has done but rather, to the ingenuity of men and what they themselves have supposedly discovered. Despite these answers which often include a particular view of the origin of humanity such as evolution, their remains a fascination concerning death and what comes after. It is here many unbelievers have an interest, not just because of the troubled times and the obvious ongoing conflicts between men and nations, but because of something deeper…..that uneasiness, that uncertainty, that fear of the unknown that God placed within their hearts. It is the one thing God prevents them from discovering outside of Him.

 There is no reason why an unbeliever would invest in eternity for they know not about such things. The work of eternity is in the hands of God's people, and despite what we may think, the unbelievers are well aware of this. Many of them, though still in their sins, are fairly familiar with what the Bible says and even the manner God requires His people to live in this world. Granted, they don't understand grace, though they are aware of the attitudes and actions God requires. The claim by those without faith that professing "Christians are hypocrites" is absolutely true about many people and is often based upon what these people know about the Bible. If that surprises you it shouldn't. They're looking and watching much more than we might think they are.

 In a very real sense the unbeliever has a legitimate reason for living it up in this world- they're simply enjoying the only option they know- they are propelled by a nature that cannot do otherwise. Unlike them, the Christian who is called to invest in eternity has no excuse. If he or she does otherwise that is hypocritical, that is the opposite of what God commands and the antithesis of all that the Bible reveals as having true faith. This is even more puzzling in light of another significant truth: a real Christian has the Holy Spirit living in them Who grants them revelation to "see the kingdom of God" and how that operates among the family of God. Furthermore, He also grants a glimpse of eternity from both perspectives as they come to realize God as the author of life in creation as well as the author of resurrection after physical death. Thus the uneasiness, uncertainty and fear that was once present is now removed for the future is sure for those trusting in Him.

 All of the above is some background information for what I want to share now.

God's ultimate aim for us is perfection: the absence of sin

 I've always been a rather passionate chap, I was the guy who never wanted the Bible study or prayer meeting to ever end. I could never understand the people who wanted to get right through this stuff so they could go to the movies or pursue something else. For most of the people I knew, something or someone else always seemed to take precedence over what I thought God had showed me mattered most. Anytime I tried to speak my mind or challenge what I thought was wrong I kept hearing people say things like, "We're all sinners," "Everybody does it," and "Nobody's perfect." I would think to myself, "But arn't we supposed to be perfect."

 Throughout the Bible we find verse after verse that denotes this process of growth from beginning to end. Every time I read these verses they never seem to fall short of God's intent- perfection for individual believers. In every instance the culmination is always this, nothing short of perfection.

"May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? [Romans 6:2]

"…..knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so we would no longer be slaves to sin…[Romans 6:6]

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect" [Romans 12:2]

"…..who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." [1 Corinthians 1:8]

"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" [2 Corinthians 7:1]

"…..just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him" [Ephesians 1:4]

…until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ" [Ephesians 4:13]

"…..that He might present to Himself the ekklesia in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless" [Ephesians 5:27]

"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus" [Philippians 1:6]

"…..who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself" [Philippians 3:21]

"…..yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach" [Colossians 1:22]

"We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ" [Colossians 1:28]

"…..so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints" [1 Thessalonians 3:13]

…and many, many more.

God is perfect, and so are His ways

 Throughout God's dealings with man we can easily see that God's standard is perfection. That perfection began with God's own character (Deuteronomy 32:3, 4), extended through His law (Psalm 19:7)(Romans 7:12), and was fulfilled by Jesus so He could become the author of salvation. (Hebrews 5:9, 10) God has a perfect plan and perfect will (Romans 12:2) – the consumation of which will be perfect children in a perfect paradise.

Eternity in their hearts

Try as we might, all men long to understand the "beginnings and ends" of their existence and yet eludes them all. For the sinner, he places his hope in this world and what he can make of it and in it. He foregoes what his heart really longs for, hindered by an ongoing unbelief in the only one capable of giving him sight. Even when he might look to those supposedly representing God for answers, he or she finds that in most cases they are just as inept of living free from the same things that bind them, whether they be natural or spiritual.

 The poor professing Christian might be worse off. Supposedly endowed with the very Spirit they claim enables them to triumph over all, they claim God's knowledge and power to triumph over sin only to be caught in the same quagmire as the world around them. Despite their touting the triumphs of Jesus, their lives rarely if ever reflect His life on earth or the tremendous promises that He says can raise His own above both death and destruction. They too have relinquished God's best, preferring to spout out their weak faith using the same excuses the world does like, "Nobody's perfect." That pretty much sums up where most of these folks focus is doesn't it?

The Holy Spirit- the seed of perfection

Believe it.  Both the Christian and unbeliever are desirious of the very same thing whether they realize this or not- and so are you. Think about it. When you go shopping, when you eat, when you buy a car, a computer or a hundred other things. When you long for a mate, when you have children and when you participate in any function that demands your attention. What is it that you are looking for, that's right- perfection!

 You can call this selfish, it most certainly is, but that's only because Adam's nature in us has corrupted what God gave as a perfect longing to all of mankind- a longing that can only lead to a perfect place, to the perfect God, to Him. You see, our longings aren't really for things, rather its for answers to questions like, "Why was I born," "Why am I here" and yes even, "What is my purpose?" Things are merely the substitutes that attempt to temper the void that the unbeliever pretends doesn't exist and the average professing Christian neglects and hides from. Even when men attempt to answer these questions for us or them its never sufficient, for only the revelation of Christ will bring assurance of the truth. All must seek God for themselves.

 As an unbeliever no one has hope. But those who possess the Holy Spirit have in their possession perfection itself, literally living within them. What is it that God desires most from us as a result? Our time, our money, even our best?

"He jealously desires the spirit which He has made to dwell within us" [James 4:5]

 Noting the varying translations of this verse, God has placed initially a human spirit (at birth) and the Holy Spirit (when we were spiritually regererated) within the bodies of Christians. We are called to live our lives by the Spirit of God in many passages, the Spirit that testifies with our human spirit that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:16, 17) It is only a result of living as such that our lives will be fruitful and lived within the perfection of God. That doesn't mean we are perfect now or free from sin (conditionally that is) but having the Holy Spirit living in us guarantees God's aim in redemption- the blameless, holy and perfect instruments He's after.

What we've forgotten

 God set in motion the guarantee of our perfection the very day He called us unto Himself. Although that perfection is guaranteed by God, their is a practical working out of that "perfect will" that we are responsible for and it does not include making excuses and settling for far less than God's best in and through us. Every single thing that was necessary for our redemption as well as a lifetime of fruitful service was provided in the past. It is merely our failure to recognize this and live in it, combined with our own ingenuity and human resources that hinder the perfection of God from becoming reality- now.

STOP MAKING EXCUSES

If Jesus says in Matthew 5:48;

"Therefore you are to be perfect, as Your heavenly Father is perfect"

He is more than adequate, more than capable, more than willing. Believe it.

 

Lessons from the future: The way it can be

 Just having talked to a faithful brother in the Lord today, a rather common refrain was once again brought up which revolved around some of the regrets we have as believers. Even though I did encourage him despite his concern, I couldn't help acknowledging that's exactly how I felt myself.

 All of us as Christians have regrets. But like many other things that can affect us adveresly, let's leave our past regrets in the past and dwell upon the goodness of God that we might learn to walk therein- today. Every day is new in Jesus and it can be with us as well provided we choose to make it so. That change of heart starts with a proper belief about what is really true.

 Recently I've been thinking about the perfection of God. Even when friends ask me how I've been doing lately I've been foregoing the typical answer of "ok" or "fine" and jumping right into "perfect." That usually garners a laugh or two- that is until the person on the other end of the phone realizes I'm not joking. Seeing that people already think I'm a little out there, I thought I might as well add this response to my repertoire.

 As funny as this seems, and considering God's own rather radical declarations, most Christians might as well be laughing just as hard about these things God Himself promises to His children:

"But seek first His kingdom and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tommorrow; for tommorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" [Matthew 6:33, 34]

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" [Matthew 7:7, 8]

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" [Matthew 11:28-30]

"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock (Myself) I will build My ekklesia, and the gates of hell will not overpower it" (them). [Matthew 16:18]

"Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." [Matthew 17:20, 21]

"Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and the gospel's sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life" [Mark 10:29, 30]

 Why would they be quietly and secretly laughing? Ask yourself, "How much of the above have you lived or are living presently living at this moment of your life? If you're not living all of the above, "Doesn't that warrant an investigation of why not?" For either God Himself is a liar (which means He isn't trustworthy) or the problem resides with you and I? Hopefully we're not so foolish to think outside the latter.

 Promises in the Bible are not always easy to understand. Some promises are for some people and not others. Some promises are conditional while others are not. Other promises relate to very specific things, times, nations or are fulfilled under very specific circumstances. Many if not most of the promises are misunderstood or ripped from their proper context. Take above the promise above in the book of Mark. What is this promise stating exactly? What does "will receive a hundred times as much in this age" actually mean? Does God want each of His children to be rich? Does God really want us to store up earthly treasures upon this earth? Despite what this verse seems to say, wouldn't both of the previous statements be contrary to other Bible passages?

The whole He hath made

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse" [Romans 1:20]

The verse above is a divine indictment toward all of mankind. It might as well have said, "THEY KNOW I EXIST" by the evidence I have left for them through creation. God has not merely created the marvel of this world, He has done that in such a way that its existence could not be explained in any other rational way outside of the existence of Himself. Have you ever thought deeply about the marvel of creation? The manner the sun and the moon and the earth all work together? How storms create rain, ice and snow and the other way around? How all of the earths ecosystems are all intricately connected? Although we cannot possibly grasp the entire magnitude of what God has done, we do know this about what we have discovered so far- it's perfect! The fool says in his heart their is no God.

 Why is this so important to you and I? How does this relate to the perfection of God?

 God has reasons for our existence and He put His plan together for us before the beginning of time. God is in the business of redemption, redeeming a fallen world- not through partial or imperfect means, but with a perfect solution, through a perfect Savior.

 Most of us realize it was necessary for Jesus to perfectly fulfill His Father's law as a human being in order for Him to be able to condemn sin and free us from its grasp. He was the perfect lamb of God- an absolute necessity if we were to find forgiveness and ultimately share in His glory. This of course has been accomplished and becomes a reality for those who trust in His finished work on their behalf. "The hour has come (and gone now) for the Son of Man to be glorified" [John 12:23]

 Sadly, many people, even professing Christians are convinced that this is where the story ends. Huh what? This is the beginning folks, the SEED OF PERFECTION which has fallen into the ground and died:

"Truly, truly, I say to, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" [John 12:24]

 Oh Christian, "Do you not want to share His glory?" Do you not want to follow in His footsteps of suffering that you might share in that glory?

"For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings" [Hebrews 2:10]

Beautiful in its time

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent his Son" [Galatians 4:4]

 There is a time for everything…..and God is not in a hurry like we are. He knows the tasks which He has prepared for each of us, He knows how to prepare us for those tasks and knows what resources will be needed for their accomplishment. Sadly, two things happen when we don't wait upon God's timing:

1. We do things "for God" that He does not sanction.

2. We use our own resources/methods to bring those same things to fruition.

 Looking over the thousands of years since Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension, would you say God's people are nearer the perfection that God desires for us? Or would we have to conclude that we are as far away as from that as we have ever been? Such questions cannot be slighted anymore than those concerning His promises. They too warrant an explanation for what surely amounts to a failure on someone's part. Someone is to blame for stopping this train on the tracks or replacing it with another that is heading somewhere else.

Get on the right train

 If your not on the right train, you're bound to end up somewhere other than your destination. Jesus is the engine that is pulling His people exactly where He wants them to go. If you haven't figured it out yet, as a Christian you have absolutely no say in the matter. If you are His than you have absolutely no right to yourself.

He hath put eternity in their hearts

 In an earlier post we discussed how despite God placing this desire to understand "the ends of the earth" (eternity) or their "beginning and end" that this is beyond the reach of mortal men. This was specifically done that men might grope for God in their quest for that answer. We also discussed how Christians have some insight into this matter because those who have been born again can see the kingdom of God and how Jesus is both the Creator and their guarantor of life after death. As such, these Christians must become the ones who not only preach the message of truth and reconciliation but live in a manner that is consistent with those truths. Jesus says;

"Sanctify them in the truth, Your word is truth. As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me." [John 17:17-23]

 Uh, oh, there's that word perfection again! Except this time its not just talking about God the Father and Jesus, it's not just talking about His children also, it's not just talking about people who will become believer's through His children, it's talking about perfection in this world, in this life among all of these people! This is easily proven by the part of verse 23 which says, "that the world may know that You sent Me." Where this statement is found is crucial. It shows us that a perfect practical unity is indeed possible in this life amongst believers.

 If indeed a perfect possible unity is possible among those of faith, then only one question remains to be asked:

How might perfect practical unity be accomplished among us? I am so glad you asked. If you don't mind, I'd like to answer that by answering why it's not happening, why Christians are not united and as a result not convincing the world that God the Father sent Jesus to them.

"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways" [James 1:2-8]

 We fail to live in the manner God desires for two primary reasons. First, we flat out don't believe this is possible. This of course is based predominately upon what we see as continual disunity amongst those who claim to be Christians. This is exactly the opposite of how Christians are called to live by faith, a faith that does not take into consideration things like whether something seems possible or what we happen to think or presently see about us.

 Secondly, and tied to faith is the manner we are to share the glory that Jesus promises us in John 17. On one hand we already share His glory due to the deposit of the Holy Spirit in us which is given as a pledge of our inheritance. You can find this truth here (Romans 8:30) but practically living in God's glory is an entirely different thing. How and when was Jesus glorified? Was it not after His death and resurrection? Was that not when the fruit of His labors was born? When the Holy Spirit was sent forth in power? Was not that when we witnessed the true unity of the Spirit amongst those believers in the upper room and afterwards?

Read again John 17:22;

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, and the result of that glory is that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know….."

A Simple Equation

+ Belief in what God's Word says and not our own preconceived notions about the truth or what we see with our eyes.

+ Belief that our sufferings are the means to fruitful living and individual effectiveness and power.

+ Belief that our collective sufferings lead to fruitful living, power and influence in society.

= A willingness to embrace one's sufferings leading to the death of one's old self, a death which in turn leads to glory and in glory God's power is made manifest. The problem we face today among God's people is UNBELIEF and UNWILLINGNESS which are both equated by God to be DISOBEDIENCE.

"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His" [2 Chronicles 16:9]

Do you dare be one of them?

 

-the end