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Supernatural Star Search

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“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2 Chronicles 16:8-10

The LORD Himself is diligently and thoroughly on a ‘star search’ quest. The idea did not originate from us. The idea with much help from Satan was corrupted by us. Ours is corrupted, because the criteria is different; it is self-serving and self-glorifying. It heals, helps and delivers no one (not even ourselves!). Its main form of fuel and energy is good old pride. Yes the Lord is looking for some to bless, favor, exalt and then categorically place on a pedestal that they might lift His name on high, and subsequently draw all men unto Him. “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Romans 11:4-6  Even Jesus Christ who was God in flesh made an incredible statement: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:37-39  Basically, God calls and uses those who will diligently go about His business and He blesses and lifts them up as they do.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my GodZechariah 13:8-9

How about my ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ some poor soul may cry! When do I get to shine? Well honestly I do not know of a greater beam of light to herald a mortal man than that of the LIGHT of the World’ that is Jesus Christ. Everyone has a free will to pursue or bring about any course of decision or direction for their lives. Be it by manipulation, scheming or plotting. But the Lord would rather we chose His way, which is guaranteed and insured. And should His name be tagged in our projects, then it should be backed by His Spirit and emanate a fragrance that is undeniably Christlike. This cannot be attained without a pure and contrite heart that results from a broken spirit and a surrendered life. I really wish I could tell that poor chagrined soul, that there was a short cut. “Has not my hand-made all these things, (talents, gifts and what-have-you, ‘italics mine’) and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:1-3

When God was sending Samuel to go and anoint a new king for Israel, God let His servant the prophet know that he had already found someone. God did not depend on man’s election and voting system. He certainly did not ask for man’s opinion or approval nor employ the tactics of a public relations officer. He sent His servant on an already completed task. God knew who He wanted and why as was noted in the book of the ‘Acts of the Apostle’. All that Samuel needed to do was perform and demonstrate on earth something that had already taken place in heaven selah!. “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:21-23  Did you note the secret behind God’s selection; “… he will do everything I (God) want him to do.”  

Just like David who was in the back woods of the stage, slaying the seemingly meaningless lion and bear with no encouragement or applause, save the watchful eyes of Jehovah Shamma (the ever-present God). These Holy Ghost stars have been trained and prepared in the fire of purification. The have been in the valley of tears and the crucible of affliction, and through it all they have learnt to not only trust in the Lord their God but that He was to be the Master of their lives. Therefore, by the time Goliath made his loud and lofty appearance, David knowing who his God was and what He was capable of doing; ran fearlessly and brazenly to defeat the giant. “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands… and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 14:1-3

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:17-19

May our testimony, reward and honor be that God’s Spirit is upon us and He has chosen us to serve HIM!

The ONE (A reminder!)

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“Can you raise your voice to the clouds
    and cover yourself with a flood of water? 
 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
    Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?” Job 38:34-36

Who knew lightning bolts had an attendance sheet and had to clock in every now and then as they answer to their Boss the Creator of the Universe. To the rest of us we get struck by the bolts if we are in the way or not careful enough. In a time and era when society boasts of freedom and vast amounts of religions to choose from, we do well to remember the ONE who spoke into the colossal void that once was and formed the earth. ” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1-3 .   The ONE who took soil in His hand and after a ‘play-dough’ moment, breathed His very soul into that mast and man came to be.

That sounds more plausible to my ‘fearfully and wonderfully’  made ears, than the fact that I was a result of an explosive splatter of atomic molecules strewn across a ‘dinosaur diaspora‘ that eventually morphed together into ‘me’. I beg to differ. I do not know about you, but I see the deliberate act of an intelligent Immortal and a divine Artist every time I look in the mirror, express an emotion or display a talent (or lack thereof). “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-15

In Genesis Chapter 2, we are shown another amazing feat that only ONE that has all knowledge and power can bring to pass. In verse 21, the word of God tells us that in order to get a SUITABLE helpmate for man, he put him to sleep and surgically but gingerly extracted one rib from his chest. And here is the part that separates the many idols from the ONE. I wonder which one (rib) He picked, the true, the false or the ones that just float. How long did it take Him to extract the rib He chose, from its attached vertebrae. In the process did He severe a nerve or two, or burst some arteries. Since man is not one rib short of normal or breathing lopsided, I guess it was all done with deft and knowing hands and absolute precision. He would know what to do he designed and put it all in place. From that one rib, He made woman and brought her to man. “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” Genesis 2:21-23

Fast forward to the New Testament (not that the old is irrelevant) to encounter the greatest deed of all times. The deed that keeps giving and producing life eternal. In one final attempt to reconcile the beings He created for His pleasure and fellowship, God took on the flesh of man and submitted to an excruciating, humiliating and an unprecedented death at the Cross of Calvary. That there may be hope for you and for me when the final curtain falls on this side of time. The mercy and grace of the ONE true and capable and might I add… only God. “‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Luke 24:6-8 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One.” Deuteronomy 6:3-5

Bow with me and worship the ONE. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The ONE Triune GOD. ”

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children… Praise the Lord.

Soul Sale (The Profit Margin)

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“If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:6-8

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:35-37

I recently watched three separately recorded video clips sent to me by an entertainment industry insider. It showed on separate occasions three mega-superstars each declaring blatantly or subtly that they had ‘sold their souls to the devil’. Many giggled and thought that the absurdity of those declarations must have been pun intended. The severity of the camouflaged laments or cries for help were eventually reduced to bad or poorly selected jokes. What was even more bone chilling was that one of those mega-stars went ahead to say that the result of the ‘soul transaction’ was more money, toys and fame. I knew right away in my gut that he was not doing stand-up comedy.

The Bible (inspired word of God) tells us that Satan is the god of this world. When God the Creator cast Lucifer down from the heavens, he relegated him quite some power and authority. The devil was very much aware of this, so aware that he had the guts and steely nerve to approach Jesus Christ after our Savior’s forty days fast in the wilderness. He made Jesus Christ an offer of what had been given to him. Stating that if Christ (God in flesh) would reverse roles and worship him (the devil) he would be greatly rewarded in this world. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”  Luke 4:5-7

Jesus never argued the authenticity of the devil’s claim to owning the world. But He referred to the Scriptures for verification of who was in ultimate control and was to be worshiped. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.Today, are you in agreement with Jesus that He (God) alone should be worshiped?

So many have made that transaction like the aforementioned superstars in the first paragraph. The flesh while very much alive devices a plan to glorify itself and then presents it at God’s altar; demanding howbeit religiously that God bless the Spirit-void itinerary. Of course the Holy Spirit never adorns that which is not born of God. Thus a door is opened for Satan to come in and make his seemingly easy and ever-ready offer.

Does God not use and bless His people, one might ask. Absolutely! In His will, His way and His time. The end result is deliverance, freedom and peace for first the person being used, then an outpouring  to all affected. How can we now tell when it is of the devil or of God; ” … be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:17-19

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:15-17

One Man, One Mission, One Message

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 “That the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”Acts 26:22-24 

“That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

John 3:16 must be the most known and quoted verse of the Bible, yet people seem to have lost its meaning. God was still interested in reconciling the world he created back to Himself, so He devised a mind-boggling, sacrificial and unthinkable plan. He sent His only begotten Son to come and pay the price that a sinful humanity owed. Actually, since Jesus was God in flesh; it only means God took it one step further and took on flesh to come Himself. Kind of puts a new spin on the notion that: ‘if you want something done, you do it yourself’.

The understanding of the technicality of the mystery that is the trinity, is not what God has called us to unravel. We are simply to believe like little children, on the finished work of Calvary. That a holy God the Creator, Who also sits as the Judge of the world took of His robe of righteousness, stepped over to the other side where the guilty abode and propitiated the consequences of sin. Then He stepped right back to His throne and judgement seat put on His robe of righteousness once again, and proclaimed “It is finished”. The debt had been paid and the ultimate Judge was satisfied.

Today, unbeknownst to humanity, creation yearns for the inhabitation of its Creator. The vacuüm created by our separation from the only One who satisfies is gaping and ravenous. Man is in an endless and hopeless scamper for an answer. The solution remains the same; it is found in one Man who trod this terrestrial strip over 2,000 years ago (Jesus Christ, the Son of God), with a mission to save us from our sins and a message of reconciliation.

Would you let someone know the ‘good news’ that is the Gospel today?

“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.” Acts 13:25-27  “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” Ephesians 1:12-14

Against You??? (Hardly)

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“Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
Genesis 42:35-37

Have you ever looked at your circumstance and situation and thought every thing is surely working against me or at least going against what I planned and expected. You are probably right it is. However, if you are the redeemed of the Lord and you love, trust and obey him, then He is more than able and sure willing to flip things around and bring a smile to your face. The book of Romans says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:27-29.

God is obligated to make sure things are tidied up for your good, simply because He has called you for his purposes. You were made to be a light to this generation and subsequently or simultaneously bring glory to His ever worthy name! Will the enemy cause havoc, heart ache and chaos? But of course, that is his job. But your job is to focus on the Faithful and True One and praise him as you go along.

Jacob (Israel) will eventually see that the temporary loss of his son was to fulfill thousands of years of prophecy. God had allowed Joseph to be a victim of his brothers envy and jealousy to make a way for the immigration of the Israelites to Egypt. This paved the way eventually for the ‘GREAT I AM’ to be introduced first to the Israelites through Moses and Aaron, their surrounding neighbours and enemies alike, and then the rest of the world. Then from the ‘plagues’ through to the Passover and the Exodus, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was God indeed!

So, I ask you; do you still feel disadvantaged? Hold on in faith and expectation and watch the Almighty God flip things in your favour.

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