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Living in Difficulties with Great Joy

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Let perseverance finish its work
so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
-James 1:1-4 (NIV)


Do you ever have times when it seems like everything is broken?
It seems like all of life is discovering brokenness.
Broken things, broken people and broken relationships.

Will things ever be fixed?
When one thing gets better, it seems like a new problem arises.

Why is this happening to me?
I would prefer to avoid difficulties.
I look for a way around it, or above it.

The way of wisdom and the way of wholeness is to take on and go through difficulties that meet us.
If we turn away from difficulties that face us, we are stopping the maturing process that God has for us. Difficulties are where G…

I Can See Clearly Now

Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
For now the winter is past;
the rain has ended and gone away.
The blossoms appear in the countryside.
The time of singing has come,
and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs;
the blossoming vines give off their fragrance.
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
-Song of Songs 2:10-13
I can see things clearer now.  Did the Lord heal me?  Did I do something?  Or did the season change?  Yes.
What if the 'move of God' in your life is a simple sight adjustment, like focusing a lens?  What if the move of God for you is more about you seeing God and knowing God sees you?  What if the move of God was about the atmosphere having changed in your present time and then you living differently, because you now see?
When I was thinking about this poetic idea of, "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone". I thought about the stories of when Jesus healing various blind people.  And then I lo…

Sky Links, 3-29-17

Ministry In Your 60's
Doug Paul wrote a piece about why ministry in your 60's is the most fruitful season of your life: And here is my question: Can you really lead a meaningful Kingdom movement before the age of 50? You could maybe plant seeds for it. But in terms of leading one, growing one, sustaining one…I wonder if you have to be 50 and older. Why? Because I wonder if the accrued wisdom needed to lead a multiplying Kingdom expression is simply not possible for someone who is younger. For instance, at least in my opinion, I’m not sure Paul was really contributing to a sustainable Kingdom movement in training and sending out his team until the beginning of Acts 19 in Ephesus. At that point in his life, Paul is probably well over 50. Furthermore, I’m more convinced than ever that Paul saw more sustained breakthrough as a broken down, old man in a prison cell, writing letters and warring in prayer for the young pastors he’d invested so much of his life into. The seeds have bee…

I See The Lord Now, Today

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
-Psalm 118:24
I see the Lord now, today.

Today is the day of salvation.  Today is the day of deliverance.  Today is the day to trust God.

Today thank God.  Today trust God.  Today see God.

The Lord is here.  He is on the scene.  The Lord is working.

I see the Lord.  I see Him now.  I am glad, thankful and filled with joy about what I see God doing in my life and in those around me.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  There is no better day than today, to begin praising God.  There is no better time to trust Him.
Today is a day to choose to worship Him.  Today we have the opportunity, like no other day, to express our thanks to God.
Today is a day to begin trusting God.  Today we can begin to see God as good.  Today is a new day.
Every day is a day with God.  Every day is a day for God.  Every day is a day God made that we can choose to rejoice and be glad in.
Today is a day when I w…

Resigned To Jesus Christ and Him Crucified

For I didn't think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. -1 Corinthians 2:2
When we interface with other people, we have to be careful to not get away from Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  This applies in friendships, families and with people we meet in the marketplace.
When we gather for a small or large meet up, forgetting Jesus Christ and his crucifixion is the greatest mistake.  I imagine that this is why many churches believe in taking communion or the Eucharist at each formal meeting.
But that is not what Paul is saying nor is it the application.  The word here is saying that I am not going to get in the way of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion and I am not going to be a part of you steering us, away from Jesus Christ and His crucifixion; when we meet.
Part of the message of 1 Corinthians is that we do celebrate Christ and find Him in the midst of our fellowship, as we eat together; in the same way as Jesus was found, seen, hear…

Complaining

All the Israelites complained about Moses and Aaron,and the whole community told them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this wilderness!
-Numbers 14:2
We live in a complaining culture and most Christians complain constantly.  Have you ever wondered why complaining is a constant thing for many people?  I think it is one of the easiest ways for us to be taken off-track, off-point, fouled-out, de-commissioned or sidelined.
Many years ago, I went to a conference.  And between sessions, we heard people in the halls complaining that the bathrooms were not well stocked.  Many times, in later years I noticed that we could complain that the music was too loud, too soft; or that the a/c was too cold or too stuffy and a hundred other things.
And that is just complaining in church, where all sorts of good things are happening.  We complained a lot more during the other six days of the week.
There are many Bible verses that say that we must have faith.  God do…

Our Sorrows Call Us into The Kindness of God

My deep need calls out to the deep kindness of your love.
Your waterfall of weeping sent waves of sorrow
over my soul carrying me away,
cascading over me like a thundering cataract.
-Psalm 42:7 (TPT)

Our sorrows call us into the kindness of God.  Our grieving is an opportunity to know God.  The deep pain we have experienced is filled by God.

For those who have experienced deep sorrow, a deep experience of God's kindness is available.  The experience begins with the realization that God has been with you in your suffering.  And God is here today, to wash you with tears.

For the one who has experienced great sorrow, God has a washing and cleansing journey.

Some of us deal with sorrow by saying or living either:
"It did not happen.""It happened, but should not have.""It happened, but it's no big deal." Number one is denial.  Number two is a calculated life, that is "tit for tat", "cause and effect" or a sort of legalism; and may i…

The Lord's Favorite Place

The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. -Psalm 87:2
The Lord has a favorite place on earth.  His favorite place is the place where people come into His presence.  That is what the gates of Zion means.
The gates of Zion is God's Golden Gate Bridge.
Zion is a place, a mountain, that is real and symbolic.  Zion is the hill that Jerusalem is built on and Zion is the mountain that the temple is built on.  But today it is a place that points to something.
Zion today, is a word that signifies the people of God.  The Lord loves the gates of His people.  The gates signify the entryway and authority of Christ that believers live in with the Lord.
The gates are the ways and the means.  That is to say, the Lord loves the gates of Zion, because the Lord loves people who are living in Christ.  God's plan has always been for people to come and be transformed and then to go out with Him, into the world.
The gates of Zion are the place where people are transform…