Life Is Like A Box Of Cereal And Jesus Is The Prize

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Glimpses.

I sometimes legitimately question whether I’m crazy.

Anyone remember when there would be prizes in cereal boxes?

You’d open the box and tilt it to shift the contents to find the prize.

Sometimes, it would look like the prize wasn’t in there.

So you’d pour out the entire box in a large bowl. You would dig through it, creating a crater in the bowl, and you might catch a glimpse of a color or form that stood out, that was different than its surrounding, but the heaps of cereal you had displaced would come crashing back down into the bowl to fill the hole again.

If after digging and shifting stuff around for a minute, you hadn’t found it, you’d start to wonder whether you really saw what you think you saw.

Whether you would get the prize was determined by whether you really believed there was a prize and if you really wanted it.

That’s what my faith walk is like sometimes.

I’ve caught glimpses of the Prize, but this world is like that bowl full of stuff that you have to dig through and push to the side to find it.

And when you get that glimpse, and your heart leaps for joy, the world has a way of crashing back in on you and leave you wondering where you ever saw the Prize at all. This is because this world is not inanimate stuff, rather it’s a spiritual thing operating under principalities and powers, under the sway of the Evil one, operating with malicious intent:

Lies block Love.

The world is not just some neutral object, it’s the wool pulled over our eyes to blind us to the Prize. The world is not some lifeless thing.

But, neither is the Prize.

Hallelujah!

We have been sent a Message, messengers and the Messenger, to declare their is a Prize.

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;”
—Hebrews 1:1-2
https://bible.com/bible/114/heb.1.1-2.NKJV

I heard that Word and was granted glimpses of the Prize that caused me to believe it.

By faith through grace, I have been given a desire. I want the Prize!

However, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches constantly crash in on me, blocking my view of the Prize.

“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
—Matthew 13:22
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.13.22.NKJV

But, God.

The Prize came to save me and thanks be to God, He did not leave it to me to lay hold of Him, He keeps coming to me!

This is why Jesus is called our Savior. When the world comes crashing in and I cry out to Him, “Lord, save me!” He rescues me.

My Savior lifts me out of the flood and allows me to walk firmly upon it, setting my feet on His Word. And, His Word, the good news where my feet are planted is this:

We can do more than know about God.
We can know God.
We can be with God!

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
—John 10:10
https://bible.com/bible/114/jhn.10.10.NKJV

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
—John 17:3 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/jhn.17.3.NKJV

We can do more than know about God.
We can know God.
We can be with God.

And, we can experience God.

And, you know where I most readily experience Him?

Loving obedience.

A real Glimpse causes me to love God. And when I obey the Glimpse God allows me to see through the Spirit by His Word which is Christ, or when I encounter others who are lovingly obeying Christ’s revelation, this is when I most readily perceive His form and encounter His person.

The world still crashes in, but I’ve encountered the Prize. I’ve seen too much, I’ve laid hold of and have been laid hold of too long to doubt Him now.

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
—Philippians 3:12 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/php.3.12.NKJV

All of us were given life for the purpose of the Prize.

He makes Himself known and it has been declared to us through the Word there is a Prize.

Whether we get the Prize is determined by whether we really believe there is a Prize and if you really want it.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
—Hebrews 11:6
https://bible.com/bible/114/heb.11.6.NKJV

I attest to you there is a Prize.

We can do more than know about God.
We can know God.
We can be with God.

Believe the Word.
Repent, lay this world aside.
Seek and you shall find.

#gospel

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Helping vs Helping At People

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Something we Christians do a lot, is we “help at” people which is not the same as helping people.

We give food baskets to the blind man and buy glasses for the lame, when that’s not their primary issue.

We want to do what we want to do, just to say we’ve done something rather than what they need done.

Jesus is Immanuel, “God with us”.

To help someone, we have to start with where they are and what they’re doing. We have to be with them. We have to expose ourselves long enough to SEE THEM, to see who they’d be, what they’d have and what they could do if the kingdom were to come to their life.

Then, we could come alongside them to help them walk in that reality.

We help people by first elevating our view, elevating their view and then elevating their circumstances to match that as it is in heaven.

We should be satisfied with nothing less.

That’s help.

#help #service #ministry

Am I A Good Person?

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People around me may applaud and praise me as being a “good” person, but am I? What does Jesus say?

You know, the hungry, the thirsty, those I do not know, the naked, the sick, those who are in prison? The people whom the Father wants to be safe and sound in His kingdom as sons and daughters, treated just as though they were His beloved Son because they are His kindred, they ARE His flesh and blood –what does *that* Jesus say about me?

Do I deal with them on the basis of how they can or cannot advance my interests?

Or, will I deal with them on the basis of having an intense intolerance for the incongruity of insufficiency, illness and imprisonment with God’s kingdom and act with a sincere desire to bring their circumstances in-line with His intent?

That’s what Jesus did, after all.

How I engage the inconvenient and disinherited is a more accurate reflection of who I am and whether I ever knew Jesus than praise from other self-promoting people who I trade favors among.

“Then He also said to him who invited Him, ‘When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.

And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.'”
—Luke 14:12-14

I have failed this test many times.

I repent.

Love seeks to remedy the inconsistencies between God’s heart and what’s happening, with whomever it’s happening, everywhere it’s happening.

“[Love] does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;”
—1 Corinthians 13:6

Love goes.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and COMING in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
-Philippians 2:5-8

Do you have such a heart? Is the same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus? To go until there is no place that His light has not shined?

There is a lot of work to do Christians.

How “good” we are is determined by whether we share the same heart as the only One who is good, who so loved the WORLD that He sent His only begotten Son that they may not perish but have everlasting life.

A desire to see “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” EVERYWHERE determines whether we hear “Come, you blessed of my Father” (Matthew 25:34), or “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23, Matthew 25:41)

Love is the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

Let love be without hypocrisy. (Romans 12:9)

Father, help me to not be deceived by my own or the world’s sense of goodness. But, give me a heart that wants above all else to see Your kingdom come.

Create in me the heart to go, as Jesus did, to bring the Gospel not only to people’s hearing but also to what’s happening in their lives, to live as He lived that I may through obedience manifest the only One that is good: God, so that I can truly proclaim as my Lord did, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”.

I ask this in service to my Master, your only begotten Son Jesus’ name.

Amen.

As Christians our constant occupation should be where to bring the Gospel, both to ears (word) and circumstances (deed), next.

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
—1 John 3:18

That’s good.

Good News

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We were hopelessly separated from God, but God provided a Way to overcome the sin that’s separating us, a Door to bridge the impossible chasm between us, the Truth that we may know Him, and Life that we may be with Him forever.

The gospel is we can be with God. Jesus is the Way.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
—John 14:6

When we realize that our most desperate need, our soul’s greatest desire is God, the Gospel becomes good news indeed!

#gospel

I Can’t Believe My Eyes

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Jesus said we are blind.
Jesus said we are deaf.

Yet we perceive an image and we register sounds.

What does this mean?

It means we’re hallucinating. The natural man is deluded.

We are under the influence of something.

Satan deceived us and we sinned. We declared ourselves enemies of God. We grasped for His power and sought to obtain knowledge apart from Him and we fell into delusion, under the spell and rule of the evil one.

We sought to know God on our own terms according to our own understanding but God will not allow it.

He has hidden Himself that our knowledge of Him is not obtained by our own wisdom, power or will, but that is obtained through Him.

“Just as it is written: ‘God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.'”
—Romans 11:8

We don’t get to say who He is, He tells us who He is, because nothing is more important than getting that right!

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
—Isaiah 11:1-2

“And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!'”
—Luke 9:35

The only way to know God is if He reveals Himself and gives us sensitivity to perceive it.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
—John 1:12-13

God has revealed Himself and has ordained His Word as the means that we receive perception.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
—Romans 10:17

Jesus is the Word in flesh.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
—John 1:14

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;”
—Hebrews 1:1-2

The Gospel, the good news, is we were hopelessly separated from God -man’s most desperate need, but God has provided a Way to overcome the sin that’s separating us, a Door to bridge the impossible chasm between us, the Truth that we may know Him, and Life that we may be with Him forever. Jesus is the Way, The Door, The Truth and The Life.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
—John 14:6

However, the evil one is still actively working to separate us from God.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
—1 Peter 5:8

He is the god of this world that we gave over to him when we obeyed him and disobeyed God.

And, this world is the hallucination, the wool pulled over our eyes to distract us, to deceive us and blind us.

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
—2 Corinthians 4:3-4

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
—1 John 2:15-17

So, we cannot trust our natural senses, what we see.

But thanks be to God,

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
—2 Corinthians 4:6

Light is how we see. There is false light and the True Light.

“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
—Matthew 6:23

We do not walk according to what we see naturally (sight) and according to the wisdom of this world.

“This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.”
—James 3:15

We walk according to what Jesus reveals (faith).

“But, the just live by faith, not by sight.”
—2 Corinthians 5:7

We distrust our senses and trust Jesus, following Him, who, upon the revelation of Himself, commands us to come to Him and step out on what we cannot see.

“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’

And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’

So He said, ‘Come.’

And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.”
—Matthew 14:25-29

I endeavor to follow Jesus and “walk on water”.

If He is not real, I will perish.

But since I’ve been following Him, I have not yet utterly fallen.

Because, He is real.

This world is the delusion and the myth that it, under the rule and sway of the evil one, purports Jesus to be.

“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
—1 John 5:19

“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
—1 John 4:6

We are in the Matrix for the sole purpose of saving people out.

Jesus is real. The world is not.

Which are you going to trust?

#gospel #lookagain

The One With The Most Fails

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Imagine if God gave to us with the intent that we give to others, to the extent that when He comes to judge our work that is counted as a failure if we have anything still in our account!

I believe Jesus drops a truth bomb here:

Consider the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)

The Master gave varying amounts to three servants.

The only servant that failed was the one who still had what the Master had given.

But what about the two that succeeded?

They understood that they never owned what they were given. It was always the Master’s and they used it for His profit, not their own.

I repent!

My goal is to succeed and do likewise: to own nothing and use everything the Master gives me for His profit. And at His coming, my goal is for my account to be empty but for His house to be bursting at the seams.

The reward I seek is, “Well done good and faithful servant. Well done.”

#lookagain

Love Is More Than Kindness

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We often confuse a kind face with love. But love is not always approval, hugs and kisses. Sometimes love is resisting you to the face and telling you you’re wrong.

Love is much more than kindness.

Love will bruise you to make you better.

Love will brave the risk of your rejection and retaliation to help you.

Love will bear the expense for your profit, often ridicule and sorrow.

Love will boldly resist iniquity; what causes harm.

Love is so much more than kindness.

#perfectourlove

The Peculiar Prescription For My Peace

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I was in trouble and Jesus rescued me.

He lifted me out of despair and set my feet on solid ground.

For more than a year now, Jesus has been turning my world upside down, teaching me the things that make for my peace.

Jesus has been teaching me to secure me, the things that make for my peace;

The more I give away, the more I have.
The less I possess, the more I can rest in Him.

“Forsake all and follow Me,” is not only the price of discipleship, it is the prescription for my peace.

Expect Trouble

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I believe the unhealthy and unrealistic expectation to always be happy contributes to a lot of misery.

As Solomon wisely wrote, “There is a season for everything under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3)

Well-being is not the absence of storms.

Well-being is being able to weather them.

Well-being is:
full consciousness of my feelings without relinquishing control,
anger, without sin, (Ephesians 4:26)
grief, with hope, (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
hard-pressed, yet not crushed,
perplexed, but not in despair,
persecuted, but not forsaken,
struck down, but not destroyed,
surrounded by death, but I still share life, (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)
tribulations, but I still have joy. (James 1:2)

You don’t develop such a temperament without being tempered, without difficulty. (James 1:2-4)

Storms will come. They’re a part of life, in fact, we need them to be well. Don’t hide from them. Harness them.

Don’t bring it on yourself (1 Peter 4:12-19), but expect trouble. (John 16:33, 2 Timothy 3:12) Prepare for it. Sit and glean wisdom at Jesus’ feet, fast, study, pray.

Learn to grow in strength so, like Jesus, you can weather anything and help others through the storm. (John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

And, when you find yourself in a storm, count it all joy because you have sure shelter in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 7:24-25)

Not only will you and those sheltered with you not die, the storm will make you stronger. This is more than conquering.

Count it all joy.