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The Correct Connection

“Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.” 

Isaiah 26:4 NLT

Ever have God just whisper something into your thought processes that just made you stop in your tracks and say, “WHAT?”  Just the other day this very thing happened to me as I was having a conversation with a former youth student.  I had been praying for this boy to find God and I was ecstatic that he had, but my revival spirit was churning because of the church he had joined in the process.  As I stood there wrestling with “religion” I felt God say this very thing to me, “Why does it matter what church he goes to?  Are you not happy he found Me?”

Wow did that hit me like a ton of bricks.  Who are we to judge how people find God?  Why do we get so caught up in the religious aspect of God that we fail to see God?  As fellow Christians we should just be rejoicing for the mere fact someone came to know the Lord.  We should be there for that person in love and have their back.  We should be willing to give them encouragement and guidance even if they joined a different denomination than ours.  Our way is not the only way to God, how silly are we to think so?

Now of course we can flip the coin and point out all of the differences between their beliefs and ours, however in the end isn’t the end result that God is the common denominator?  I  for one do not want to be in judgement of another persons beliefs for in the way I judge so I will be judged as well.

Matthew 7:2
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.

Yes, of course we are not going to agree with everything the other person believes in and we may even feel as if they are being deceived according to what we have been taught, but this does not give us the right to judge God in that persons life.  God is God and He is love and if He loves you and I then surely He will love this person equally no matter what religion path they are on.  Who are we to know everything?  Do we really know all the workings of God?  We should be content in who we are in Christ and trust God to take care of any deception or lies the enemy may be feeding parts of the Body.

In these last days, our focus should be on winning souls not increasing the numbers in our own religious beliefs.  The more who come to know Christ the less who find themselves headed for hell.  I know that from now on I will be more cautious in how I react to where people attend church and how they connect God.  My way to God is not the only way.  I know in my heart of hearts that Jesus is the only way to heaven and it is by confessing our sins and accepting Him as our personal Savior that in the end of all of this, we will find ourselves stepping through those Pearly Gates into heaven.  If one accepts Jesus no matter the religion they follow, they shall see heaven.

Friends, let us strive for taking souls for Jesus and not increasing the number who attends our own church.  It is about the numbers but not ours, His.

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Love Poured +Faith = Hope

Matthew 21:21
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.

“Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.” Amos 5:14-15 NLT

Had another awesome Saturday night at church.  It seems when many choose to go and party on the weekends, I end up at the Fathers house and find much going on.  Tonight was kinda spectacular.  Let me set the scene for a typical Saturday at church.  We come in and just listen to the music which is playing for about an hour, during this time I journal, read the Bible or just sit and soak.  Then there is a teaching time followed by prayer if anyone needs it.  Sometimes things do not go as “we” plan but rather the Holy Spirit changes the line-up.  Tonight I felt compelled to draw a bit and hence came the drawing above.  This also sparked a few things in my thinking and I came away well refreshed and seeking God even more.

My life, as with any Christian should be, is built upon faith.  During the recent revival I learned many things about faith.  I discovered I really did not have much until about three years ago when God pulled me out of the mess I was in and began to set my life apart from the destruction it had previously known.  My finances were looking better, I was writing more than ever, I was healing and I was beginning to finally believe God for things in my life.  Through this faith I acquired a good running van, kept my job, learned how to budget my money and recently getting my teeth fixed.  Faith is that thing which we cannot see and that is where the difficulty lies.

Take getting this house I want for instance.  People are telling me it is just not possible.  My credit rating says it will difficult to get an interest rate I can afford.  My flesh is telling me I am going for the impossible, yet all the while my faith is letting me pursue this dream.  If you read my blog Deer in the Front Yard, then you already understand just how perfect this house is and how much of a God thing it is for both parties involved.  I am acting on faith as I begin to search out my options for purchasing this home.  I have even begun a work in my current trailer to set things in motion.

As I sat in church tonight, journaling to God, I begin to see a different side of faith like I had not know before.  As the music was playing I began to see this pitcher as it was being filled with water and it was overflowing.  Now I am a writer and drawing is not my expertise, however I began to draw out what I was seeing.  I now have my vision for 2012 which is centered around hope and God just took it a few steps farther for me.  As indicated in the picture, water is flowing from above and this represents the Father’s love for us.  As it pours into the pitcher, which represents us, it mixes with our faith.  It is then when we begin to pour into the lives of others that it turns into Hope.

Another angle too is that when God is pouring love into our lives and we are filled with faith then the hope just begins to pour out as in a continuous stream from above. Just like Peter we must activate our faith if we want things to happen.  Once we are walking by faith on the water before us we must then keep our eyes on Jesus so as not see the circumstances below our feet for surely we will falter. So my focus in 2012 is to be filled up with Jesus so that my faith will remain activated.  By allowing this to happen, faith can arise and be seen causing others to have hope for their lives as well.

Nothing is too big for God and even when others in our lives say we cannot attain our goals, we know when we are operating out of faith, nothing is impossible.  We need to daily renew our minds so that our focus will remain on Jesus and our faith will grow stronger.  I have seen God do so many things already in my life, I find it hard not to have faith.  As I have grown stronger, knowing God is in control, I am able to press forward into other venues of life knowing that if God desires it for my life than it shall be.  As I am finishing the very last chapter of my book, I look forward to taking it to an editor and beginning the process of getting it published with the faith that God is in control.