As a people, we pay a lot of attention to time. In my opinion and in my own guilt, we pay a little too much attention to time. There are so many deadlines we place on people to assess their performance and declare whether or not they’ve done what we’ve expected and accept them as worthy. We give each president 100 days to prove they were the proper vote. We tell our employees they are worth benefits after a year of employment. We’re prone to discount someone’s qualifications and/or intentions if they are a mere ten minutes late to an interview or appointment. So much of our judgment stems from our perception of time, especially as we start discussing the time it takes God to answer our prayers.Read More
We’ve been called to cast out darkness. We’ve been commissioned to see the dead rise. We’ve been told to lay hands on the sick so we can watch them recover. But I’ve recently learned we can’t do any of those things simply by knowing - we must be completely convinced.
Our commission to call forth God’s kingdom to Earth, as it is in Heaven is legitimate. It’s weighty. It’s the greatest privilege we have as human beings. But we can’t rely on our knowledge of who God is if we’re going to see His glory revealed in its fullness. We move past failure and into manifestation when we move from knowing and into conviction.Read More
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” sounds simple enough and rationally makes sense (Matthew 6:33). The Father desires to take us from glory to glory, so why would He withhold our needs from us as we make His Kingdom known here on earth? When we give ourselves to the purposes of seeing God known He’s faithful to keep us from striving to simply stay alive. Yet in the strength of Jesus’ encouraging message, His words seem to be surrounded by verses which give little insight as to how we are to seek the Kingdom, only adding to the dreaded cliché, “just trust in God.”
So the question then becomes how do we seek first the Kingdom of God in a way that when the issues of life appear at our doorstep, our natural reaction is to abide in our established trust that God will continue to sustain us? How do we seek first His kingdom and allow Him access into our lives to where our needs are always met?Read More
I often wonder what the paralytic thought when he got home and realized not only did Jesus heal him but also forgave his sins. It’s one thing to be healed from a life-long illness; it’s another thing to be in right standing with God, blameless and free, especially in an era where someone’s ailment was believed to be a byproduct of his/her sin. Yet my frequent questioning of this man’s transformation stems from seeing many miracles deafen what first arrives underneath the surface in our hearts, spirits and souls.Read More
Peter has become one of my favorite heroes of the faith because of the blatant transformation God did in and through him. In Peter’s pride and stubbornness, he denied Jesus three times and still became the man God used to preach a powerful message on the day of Pentecost, inviting the Holy Spirit to fall on thousands. Yet there’s one simple moment near the beginning of Peter’s ministry that has captured my attention more than any other, and it’s found in the middle of John 21. It’s a familiar moment as it is almost identical to the moment Jesus called Peter to be His disciple and partner with God for a greater purpose - the difference being, God’s sustaining grace on Peter’s life in John 21.Read More
It’s interesting to me that most people are unable to find themselves in a deep sleep with the lights on. Not because I can. I can’t. I enjoy a dark room when it’s time for bed. But I find it intriguing that our physical bodies - for the majority of people - require pitch black rooms to find themselves in the greatest place of rest; and while it scientifically makes sense, I believe it has created a behavior within us that resists the ability to find rest for our souls in the brightest of lights.Read More