In the mountains with our family, all 15 of our immediate family members are here and we see God’s Thumb print on us. Reflection time this morning due to family out skiing and our choice to not ski until this afternoon (the spirit is willing but the flesh…..).
- In a recent blog the idea of cleansing of sin came along with the blind seeing, the deaf hearing and the lame walking. This will be more necessary than ever in the coming year.
- Miracles must be acknowledged and God given the praise for them. Every birth of a child both spiritual and natural births are not to be taken lightly. By simplifying new-birth to a prayer recited and no real time to focus on repentance and conversion, we have put spiritual births into the hands of the one leading the prayer. The natural birth of a baby is put into the hands of a doctor and we fail to acknowledge God’s involvement in the process many times.
- Miracles will come with a price tag! Mother Mary had the distinct honor of carrying the Savior of the World but had to walk in shame, disgrace and rejection. She called out to the Lord, but He appeared to be silent. He did not reveal His Son to the multitudes, not even the immediate family with the exception of a few. What about Joseph and his embarrassment? How many of his ‘friends’ believed his wife conceived by the Holy Spirit? Are you prepared for the miracles to separate you?
- God is a holy God, yes, but a just God also.
- The mandates of scripture in our deeds and lifestyles are meaningless without a fear of God. Fear must not control us, however, fear must keep us on the straight and narrow.
- Our living must be a true reflection of His Kingdom, not a set of religious rules.
- Jesus was born in a hostile world,
- Genocide followed his birth, how much blood ran due to His birth.
- Why didn’t the Father simply take Herod off the throne?
- We are going to experience more and more hostility in this ‘post-Christian’ society we live in.
- We must stop our giving the enemy all the credit. God is in control and has a major plan.
- We must stop focusing our frustration and pain because God does NOT fix everything.
- Embrace the ‘refiner’s’ fire! It is hot but it purifies.
- Yield to the ‘potter’s wheel’ – It is painful but He is preparing you for His plan.
- If God truly has a plan for our life (which I believe He does), we must accept it whole heartedly.
- Recognize materialism, earthly wealth and worldly status may not be the key to Kingdom success.
- Currently, the study of poverty, poor people in scripture has me fascinated. Not looking at it through the eyes of our American culture; religion or political views but Biblical.
- Look at the church in Smyrna, Revelations 2
- ….this is the message from the one who is the First and Last, who was dead but is now alive: 9. “I know about your suffering and your poverty – but you are rich!
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