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So What is God’s Story, Really? Pt. 2

In part one of this post, I laid out God’s over-all plan…to create a people to live with Him throughout all of eternity.  But not just people to fill the space.  He wanted, wants, people who love Him, and choose to be with Him.  In order to do that, He had to create them, and give them free will.  He allowed them to turn their backs on Him, and then went to the extreme to save them when He offered His own Son as the sacrifice, paying the penalty for their hatred of Him.  He patiently waits, year after year, century after century, to bring as many people into eternity as will come, and why?  Love.  He loves us with a love that we cannot understand.

God set the world spinning, filled with all these people, with the goal being eternity.  But He doesn’t just sit and watch it spin.  He doesn’t just let the chips fall where they may.  Earth and it’s people are not an experiment to see what will happen.  It is not happenstance or willy-nilly…God sitting back and letting it all play out, hoping for the best scenario.  God is busy, active, involved in this world that He created.  Yes, we, as a whole, are indeed the middle step in His plan, but God is involved in the lives of each and every person who has ever, or will ever live.  He knitted us together in our mothers’ wombs.  He takes the time to know our names.  He knows the very number of hairs on each of our heads!  He knows the desires of our hearts.    God is intimate with us.  He is developing the intimate relationships with each of us that He so desires, and it is all preparation for when we will see the end to the goal, when we will be in Heaven, for eternity, with Him.  No, this is not a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants plan.  God does not have ADHD, and decided impulsively to create a world filled with people without thinking it through.  God’s plan will be worked out in every life, from birth to death, until the time when Jesus returns.

I was so blessed by the words God gave me in part one of this post.  I could see the big picture so clearly, and was in such awe of my God!!  But what touched my soul was how God works within His creation, on a personal level, recognizing each and every one.  Like an artist, lovingly sculpting, noticing, and perfecting the finest details.  Loving what He is making, even though we are all just one tiny figurine in a shop of billions.  I can almost see Him, bent over the clay that is me, eyes warmed by deep love and affection, a carving tool in His hand.  He touches me gently, scrapes a little clay off here, but shifts a little, or adds some in another place.  In one spot, He uses a damp sponge to smooth a scratch.  He speaks lovingly to me all the while.  So devoted to making me just right…and at the very same time, with the same love, attention, and devotion, He works on thousands, maybe millions of other pieces of clay, all in different stages of readiness.  Look!  Do you see what He has done?  He painted the blood of Jesus on my forehead!  I am His!  And He is mine!  And when it is time, He will breath eternity in to me.  I will be able to commune with Him, face to face, in a way that I can only dream of now.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV) – For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

John 10:14-15 – “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

Matthew 10:30 – “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 64:8 – But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.

So What is God’s Story, Really? Pt. 1

A while back we were talking about creation and the fall into sin in our adult Sunday School class.  During the discussion, one woman spoke up and said something that stuck with me…”God set us up.”  Heh?  Come again?  Oh, she wasn’t saying it with any kind of malicious attitude or anything.  She was just saying that, by putting the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, it appeared that God was setting mankind up for a fall.  He put the tree there, knowing it would be a temptation to eat from it.

Did God really set us up for a fall?  Did He put that tree there as a test to see if we could pass it up?  How fair is that?  That just goes against the unspoken rules of decency.  Everyone knows it just isn’t right to set someone up just so that they will fail.  It’s plain old cruel.

So does that make God cruel?  Can’t be.  He is love.  He is just.  And He is truth.  Those things alone do not add up to cruel.  Since God is not cruel, then we must ask the question:  Did God really set us up for a fall?  The answer is yes and no.

We know from the Bible that God is all-knowing.  Romans 11:33-36 (ESV) – Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Since God is all-knowing, then, yes, He knew when He put that tree in the garden that Adam and Eve would eat from it.  But we need to back up further.  God knew before He created the world and everything in it that when He created the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and put it in the Garden of Eden, and made Adam and Eve, and told them not to eat of it, that Satan would tempt Eve, she would eat, and give to Adam, who would also eat.  God knew before He created any of it, that man would need a savior, that He would have to provide that sacrificial Lamb, in the form of His own Son, and that, even after sending Jesus to die in place of the sinful humans He created, that many, many would reject Him, hate Him, and chose to live as His enemies.  Why in the world did God bother??

In the words of my 10-year-old son, “Why didn’t God just click something and make everyone love Him?”  I believe that in that question lies the answer.  Why in the world did God bother with creating a world that would reject Him?  Why didn’t He just make us follow Him and love Him?  Because that is not what He wanted, or wants!  Even from the very beginning…before the beginning of the world, God wanted to have a relationship with us, His creation.  But He didn’t want a forced relationship.  God knew that forcing people to love Him would only lead to a false love.  It wouldn’t be real.  Even if it prevented sin from entering the world, and the forced love did not lead to bitterness and resentment.  It would still be a hollow love.  Love without meaning.  That is not what God wants.  He wants a love that brings with it deep devotion, abiding love that lasts for eternity, and is willing to give to Him everything that we have, because He has given to us everything we have.

This kind of love cannot be created or forced.  The love that God wants from you and me is a love that chooses Him.  When we give Him that kind of love, when we make a conscious decision to love God, He, in turn, promises us the reward of living in eternity with Him.

Now I want to put this in a very large nutshell for you.  Picture this:  God’s real story, a book from beginning to end.  God wanted a people with whom He could have a true relationship, based on a love that was chosen, not forced.  Knowing this, He set about creating a world for people to live in.  He placed a temptation before the people, knowing that they would choose to take it, and separate themselves from Him.  He already had a plan to restore that relationship once the ball was rolling.  It was a plan that was going to take a lot of time, and cost Him a lot of pain in a very personal way.  But He knew that, along the way, there would be those who would choose to love Him.  He planned to let the whole scenario play out as long as possible.  He loved each person that He created and put into the story of the world, even before they were created, and He desired to give each and every one of them the opportunity to love Him.  Eventually, He will close the book on this world, this place that He has built to cultivate people who will love Him and live with Him for eternity.  This earth was never intended to be a forever place.  It was always a time and a place on the way to eternity.  The middle step in God’s plan to create a family who could be with Him, and love Him, and talk with Him, and whom He could love and care for for all of eternity.

For those of us who are Christians, followers of Jesus, people who have chosen to love God, this is cause to praise and rejoice.  If you are reading this, and you have not made that conscious decision to love God, you still can.  God is going to close the back cover to this book very soon.  Most of the story has been written.  The final chapters are being playing out in our lifetimes.  Won’t you chose the God who went through all this trouble, sacrificed His only Son, and has waited so patiently for thousands of years so that you can share in His glory?  He loves you so much.  Chose to love Him.

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16.

 

It’s Time for Day Lilies to be Sunflowers!

Recently I attended a conference that had absolutely nothing to do with sunflowers.  However, sunflowers were used as an example of something during the presentation.  I honestly can’t tell you how they linked to the topic, because when I heard the illustration, I grew a bunch of goosebumps and had a worship-my-God-the-amazing-creator-of-all-things moment.  Here is why.

The presenter at the conference told of an experiment that was done with sunflowers.  (Unfortunately, when I asked later, she could not tell me the name of the experiment, and I have not been able to find it.)  In the experiment, sunflowers were planted in a controlled environment, a room.  A bank of lights was put at one end of the room, and turned on at a certain time every day.  The scientist wanted to see if the sunflowers would remember which direction the light came from.  I’m not certain how they were going to measure this.  But what they discovered is that the sunflowers would actually turn toward the bank of light an hour before the lights would go on.  Amazing!!!!

Now, in my attempt to find this particular science experiment, I have sort of accidentally learned more about the sunflower.  Apparently they have an uncanny ability to turn towards the sun as it comes up in the East, and follow it through the day so that it is still facing the sun as it settles in the West.  In the morning, it has turned back and is ready to follow from East to West again the next day.  Amazing!!!!

I’m not a scientist.  In fact, science was always my worst subject in school.  I couldn’t make heads or tails of it then, and still can’t today.  So the next bit of information I share here is going to be the best that I can understand of why sunflowers do this fix and follow every day.  Apparently the “neck” of the flower, which I suppose is the stem, grows in a sort of rotation.  As the sun shines on the East side of the plant, that side of the stem begins to grow stronger and so the plant faces East.  Then the Northern side grows, followed by the Western side, with the flower turning according to its strongest stem-side.  During the night, the south side grows (in the dark? Don’t ask me why!) and so the flower returns back to the East for the morning light.  This could likely go down into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most pathetic science lesson in history!!!!

Of course you are wondering by now why in the world I am making such a weak attempt to share all of this information.  Hang in there, I’m getting to it.  Of course an illustration could be made that we, as Christians, should always be facing the Son of God, Jesus.  Keep your eyes focused on Him as you go throughout your day.  Makes perfect sense.  A great illustration.

I would like to go back to the sunflowers in the room that turned toward the bank of lights an hour before they turned on, however.  And I ask you, isn’t that what we should be doing?

There is another flower that I know of that opens up to the sun.  I am sure there are more, but I am not a florist, or a botanist…too closely related to scientist:-)  We have a patch of Day Lilies that grow every summer out behind our shed.  My boys love to pick them for me.  They are always so excited to offer me this beautiful orange flower, bloomed and open to the sun…and so disappointed at night, when the sun has gone down, and the flower in the vase in the window has closed up and sunk down into the vase.

There are far too many Christians who are like the Day Lily…asleep at the wheel; oblivious to what is happening.  Jesus told us to watch for His return.  Pay attention to the signs.  Matthew 25:42 – “So always be ready, because you don’t know the day your Lord will come.”

In 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 Paul warns us to be alert.  “You know very well that the day the Lord comes again will be a surprise, like a thief that comes in the night.  While people are saying, ‘We have peace and we are safe,’ they will be destroyed quickly.  It is like pains that come quickly to a woman having a baby.  Those people will not escape.  But you, brothers and sisters, are not living in darkness, and so that day will not surprise you like a thief.  You are all people who belong to the light and to the day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So we should not be like other people who are sleeping, but we should be alert and have self-control.”

How can a Christian be alert, and watch for the return of the Lord, if they are not awake and paying attention half the time…like a Day Lily that sleeps through the night?

The sunflower not only looks to the sun, and follows it all day long, it remains alert to it, even through the night, by turning to watch for its return each morning.  The sunflower is always ready, even turning it’s face before the sun returns.  Christians must wake up!  The end times are here.  The wars and rumors of wars.  The continual, rapid decline of mankind into greater and greater sin and depravity, turning further and further from God.  The increase in natural disasters.  Prophesy after prophesy are coming true, right now, in our lifetimes!  If you follow the events in the Middle East, it is nearly impossible to miss the signs!!!  The alarm clock is sounding!  We must wake up!!!  We must be ready!!!  God is calling us to a state of readiness, and we cannot afford to be Day Lilies.  It is time for Christians to be like the sunflower…to be SONflowers!  We must follow the Son all day, all night, and be turned, with our faces toward Him, ready for Jesus to make His appearance in the skies.  He is coming…soon, very soon.  Are you watching the skies?  Is your face turned to see Jesus coming through the clouds?

 

When The Spirit Calls

What is your calling?  If you are a follower of Christ, God has a job for you.  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:4- 11 (ESV) that there are many Spiritual gifts.  The list here is not exclusive, but a sampling.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”

He also stresses that each member of the Church is a part of the body  (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).  As we all know, if one part of the body does not do it’s work, life becomes considerably more complicated for the rest of the body.  There may even be times when, because of the inability to use a certain part of the body, the body as a whole will be unable to carry out a given task at all.   For example, my parents are both blind.  The part of their bodies that see (their eyes), do not work.  It is impossible for them to use a camera to take a picture.  We have few family photos available to us.  Most are those that were taken by extended family members at big family gatherings.  When I was old enough to have a camera, my parents gave one to me, and after that time, we have more printed proof of our existence.  Prior to that, taking pictures was just something that my parents could not do.   People with disabilities exist all over the world.  And, for the most part, they are able to lead normal, productive lives.  But there are always some things that they just can’t do.  It is a fact of life.

When you put this into the perspective of the church, that is very disconcerting, however.  Imagine parts of the church body refusing to do the work they are given.  This is a big body, the Church.  If large numbers of Christians decide that they are just going to come along for the ride, how many things are we collectively unable to accomplish for the Lord?  Could God call in someone else to do your job, answer your calling in place of you?  Sure He could, and He does!  God can do anything.  My parents did receive pictures taken by family members and friends…but their were gaps.  None of them lived with us.  No one was there to take a picture of my first steps, or the first time I rode a bike.  When God needs to call someone else to fill in for you, what gaps are there in the work He has called you to?  Consider this.  When God calls someone to fill your shoes, who fills the shoes of the person who has to fill yours?  Do you see my point?

What if Mary, the mother of Jesus, had chosen not to receive God’s calling?  I know, I know.  God would have chosen someone else.  Yes.  And He would have made it work.  God will always see that His will is done.  But there is something else.  What would Mary have missed out on?  Oh my!  How terribly sad she would have been to someday realize that she passed up the opportunity to be the mother of the very Son of God!!!!  Difficult as her calling was at times, she was so blessed by it as well.  More than I’m sure she could have ever imagined.

So what is the Spirit calling you to?  Consider the desires of your heart.  Is there some area that you have felt the Spirit’s nudging in?  Ask Him to reveal His will to you.  He is just waiting for you to be willing.  If you feel you have received a call, but are uncertain, ask God to confirm it for you.  Mary was told by the Angel Gabriel, but her cousin Elizabeth confirmed it when the Holy Spirit filled her and she recognized Mary as the mother of the Savior.  I know others, myself included, for whom God has provided a confirmation of their calling.  Don’t view asking for a confirmation as doubting God.  If you are truly seeking His leading, He call you in ways that are very clear, but He will also provide confirmation of His call in equally clear ways.

The next question is, will you obey His call?  Oh yes!  I did say that!  Obey.  Are you going to obey His call?  God has given you a spiritual gift, and a purpose.  To not use them for His service, His glory and honor, is to disobey His call in your life.  Consider the story of the 3 servants in Matthew 25:14-30.  Each servant was given a number of coins to use for the Master.  The first and second servants both doubled the coins they were given.  And the Master rewarded them.  The third, however, sat on his coins and did nothing.  The response of the Master was to call him a wicked and lazy servant!  His coins were taken away, and he was sent away, where he would have to anguish over his failure.  I don’t know about you, but that is not the response I want from my King!  It might be difficult to obey His calling.  It might be scary at times.  I have had to battle Satan on many occasions because he does not want me to obey God.  But I will be jiggered (my grandpa’s word) if I am going to stand before Jesus someday and be called wicked and lazy!  I desire nothing more than to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” (Matthew 25:21).

I heard a pastor on the radio this week share a quote from an anonymous note he was given years ago.  “God’s commandments are our enablements.”  What a great quote!  You may think that you cannot do what God has asked of you.  You may be frightened by His call.  You may hear the doubts and lies that Satan fills your head with.  Do not forget this:  If God has called you to do something, He will give you whatever it takes for you to accomplish His will.  You are simply the tool for the work He will do through you.  God does not expect you to do this all by yourself!  Be bold!   Be faithful!  Answer His call now, and God bless you as you do!!!

BAM! BOOM! POW! The Power in the Blood of Jesus!

The Old Testament Israelites had a tent.  A special tent to be sure.  For in it resided God.  But even though it was there for all the people, only a few could enter it.  The first room of the tent was the Holy Place.  The priests entered there every day to worship and offer sacrifices.  Beyond that lie the Most Holy Place, where the Ark of the Covenant was, and God said He would be present.  Only the High Priest could enter there, only one time a year, and only to offer a sacrifice for himself, and one for the people for the sins they did not knowingly commit.

Have you ever read the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy?  No, I mean actually read them…not skimmed them.  Do you know how many sacrifices needed to be made…daily?  How many bulls, goats, sheep, etc. were slain for the sins of the people of Israel?  I often think that the priests must have just spent every day, all day long, killing one animal after another.  Pouring the blood out here, or sprinkling it there.  Burning this part of the animal, but removing this other part from the camp.  Day after day.  Year after year.  Can you imagine?  Honestly, it had to get pretty old…and gross!  And you know what the thing about it all is?  All that blood and gore didn’t forgive the sins of the people (Hebrews 10:4)!  What in the world was it all for?  I swear it was just to make a point.  You are sinful, and you can’t save yourself.  No really.  Look at all the rules!!!!  And then this exercise in futility with all the sacrificing!

But then God did something amazing…like He always does…but this was like the ultimate in amazing.  He sent a sacrifice whose blood actually could forgive sins!  And the kicker?  The sacrifice was just one life, that only had to die one time, and His blood would forgive the sins of absolutely every person in the world from then until eternity, so long as they received it.  KERPOW!  The power-packed, extreme ultimate, hyper, nitrous-loaded blood of JESUS!!!!  And if the one-blood-covers-all wasn’t enough, there were bonuses!  Remember the tent?  The Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place?  Only the High Priest could enter the presence of God, and only once a year.  There was a curtain that hung between the two places.  When Jesus died, He took on the role of that curtain (Hebrews 10:19-20).  Because of the power of the blood of His sacrifice we, anyone, at any time, can go through Jesus into the very presence of God!  We can walk in there, drop to our knees and hand our lives over to Him every day of the year, and more than once a day, if we want!

Hebrews 10:17 (NCV) – Then He says:  “Their sins and the evil things they do–I will not remember anymore.”  Oh yah!!!  Bonus number two.  All these sins I battle every day, that leave me frustrated, and fatigued, are not only forgiven, but FORGOTTEN.  FORGOTTEN!!!!!!  By the God of the universe who knows all things.  The perfect, not-a-flaw-in-Him God, forgets our sins.  That is beyond comprehension!

Bonus number three?  The promise, and process, of salvation.  Accepting the blood and sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins is only the beginning in the salvation process.  Hebrews 10:14 – “With one sacrifice He made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”  Not “have been.”  “BEING.”  Whew!!!  Thank God that is a process!  Because if salvation meant that I am holy, I have missed the mark terribly!  No.  Praise Him!  Praise Him!  Praise Him!  Because He is making me holy!!!  But that, of course is not all.  The being made holy thing is not just a never-ending process.  There is a conclusion when my salvation will be made complete.  It will be a done deal.  Hebrews 9:28 – “So Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people.  And He will come a second time, not to offer Himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”  That’s it.  The completion of the process.  We accept the gift of Christ’s sacrifice.  We are then being made holy.  Finally, Christ returns to earth to take us to be with Him…and our salvation is complete.   Done.  Finished.  Perfection.

The best news of all?  That time of completion is near!  Very near!  Keep heart Brothers and Sisters in Christ!  His words to me…”It won’t be long now.”  The process is nearly over!  We will be made holy, and our salvation will be complete!  We will kneel in the presence of God, not just in spirit, but in our new, pure bodies…right there!  In His glory!!!  Hallelujah!!!!!!!

Come Lord Jesus!!!!!!

Building A Temple: From Jerusalem to You

King David wanted to build a Temple for God.  He wanted it so badly, but God had other plans.  The Temple was for David’s son, Solomon to build.  David did not get to build it, or even see it.  But God did not leave him hanging high and dry.  God gave David the blue print.  I can see David, laboring over writing the plans that God gave to him, and pausing to day dream a bit, trying to imagine what the finished  Temple would look like.  Can you see the shine in his eyes with that far off look?  The awe and wonder written on his face?  Can you sense the wistful longing?  Sigh!

David wasn’t daunted in any way by taking on this task.  Not so for Solomon.  He was given the privilege of doing the actual building.  But building the temple of the one true God was a bit nerve wracking!  What if he messed up?  What if something didn’t turn out like it was supposed to?  He must have been showing his nervousness, maybe fretting, pacing, or chewing his nails.  Because David felt the need to encourage Solomon.

“David said, ‘All these plans were written with the Lord guiding me.  He helped me understand everything in the plans.  David also said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and brave, and do the work.  Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or leave you until all the work for the Temple of the Lord is finished.'”  (I Chronicles 28:19-20, NCV).

So Solomon set to work.  He followed God’s blue print, and built the temple.  What a truly awesome place it was, too.  Eye-popping, jaw-dropping beauty!  Check out I Kings 6 and 7 for the description.  God was faithful to David’s dream, and Solomon’s work.  He was with Solomon as the temple was built, just as He promised.  And when it was finished, He moved in.  I Kings 8:6, 10-13 (NCV) – “Then the priests put the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord in its place inside the Most Holy Place in the Temple, under the wings of the golden creatures.  When the priests left the Holy Place, a cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.  The priests could not continue their work, because the Temple was filled with the glory of the Lord.  Then Solomon said, ‘The Lord said He would live in a dark cloud.  Lord, I have truly built a wonderful Temple for you–a place for you to live forever.'”

Could you hear Solomon’s giant sigh of relief, as he let out the breath he held for years while the Temple was being built.  WHEW!!!

Fast-forward a few hundred years to when  Jesus, the Son of God, took on the roll of the Temple of the Lord.  John 2:19 (NKJV) – “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'”  Jesus was the Temple, the presence of God, in human form, walking on earth.  The Holy Spirit was with Jesus, living in Him, part of Him as the third member of the Trinity.  Before Jesus went away, the Spirit could not come to us in an individual, personal way.  John 16:7 (NCV) – “But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go away.  When I go away, I will send the Helper [the Holy Spirit] to you.  If I do not go away, the Helper will not come.”

Fast-forward again.  Jesus was crucified, and raised to life after the third day.  He walked the earth again, and ascended to Heaven.  At the day of Pentecost, He sent His Holy Spirit…where.  Into (not to, INTO) the disciples, and every follower thereafter.  Jesus, in His human form, could not dwell in each of us.  He couldn’t even be with each of us all over the world all the time.  He was limited to that which his human form, like ours, could do and be.  But His Holy Spirit can be all over the world in every single believer at all times.  Now we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us…and we have become the Temple.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NCV) – “You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit who is in you.  You have received the Holy Spirit from God.  So you do not belong to yourselves, because you were bought by God for a price.  So honor God with your bodies.”

David wrote the blue print for the Temple.  Solomon built the Temple.  Jesus brought the Holy Spirit to a personal level.  He made us the Temple where the Spirit resides.  What is your roll as the Temple of God?

God has a blue print for you.  He wrote it.  Have you sensed His call?  What is He leading you to do?  Do you pace the floors, fretting, biting your nails, wondering if you are up to the task?  Consider David’s words to Solomon, “Be strong and brave, and do the work.  Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you.”

We have a huge bonus that Solomon did not have.  The Holy Spirit living within us.  There is a reason Jesus called Him the HELPER.  With the blue print designed and written by God, and The Helper living inside of you to HELP you, how can you go wrong?  So do not fear!  Instead, be strong and brave and do the work God has called you to!!!  And “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).

 

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