The busyness of the day BLINDs you to the FACT that we are currently living in the Beginning of Sorrows!
What’s my point?
Unlike a millennia ago, a century ago – YES – even a decade ago — the End-Times are here. No! the Great Tribulation of the Great Consummation has not started, but the Tribulation Period is just a few steps away.
So, what does that mean to me/you?
It means… playtime is over! If you have not been letting your “Light of Christ” shine in your daily life then you are shirking your God given responsibility.
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You are the salt of the earth; (YOU ARE!) but if the salt loses its flavor, (You are not doing your job.) how shall it be seasoned? (Are you the salt of Christ?) It is then good for nothing – but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Ever been to a place in life where you’ve said to yourself, “I am undone and have nothing left” – leastwise, nothing left of value you would want to offer to someone you love.
From the world’s point of view I’d become a failure. Even if you’ve never been there – I knew I’d failed by worldly standards?
Years ago my life came to a point where I had nothing of real material value. I didn’t know it at that time, but I was in the center of God’s will for my life. I was in a God based version of a faith-walk.
Well, during said period of self-exploration and depreciation my wife and I traveled to Escondido California with a church group called Shiloh Ministries out of Sierra Vista, Arizona. We’d gone with Shiloh Ministries to launch a revival (cue the giant echo) of Biblical proportions. As you can imagine… God was chuckling for HE knew HE had not authorized this specific revival. That does not mean the Lord didn’t have other plans for our little group.
Two years earlier God let my wife and I know we needed to begin a “faith-walk”. For me… that meant quitting my job and trusting the King of kings with my finances: not fun even when you have finances to fall back on. For the first time in our lives we were penniless; zero resources; no income of any kind. I felt like a bum. Two years later as we pulled into Escondido we were living in a 58 foot Roadway truck, which we’d converted into a makeshift motor-home. We had it all – boy did we have it made – holidays and hogwash that is – no swimming pools or Movie-Stars Jed… When I say it wasn’t pretty you can believe – IT WASN’T PRETTY!
So here we were attached to Shiloh Ministries, penniless and dependent upon their leadership’s good-graces. Does that sound like a fun vacation to you?
I’ve heard said or implied that our lives are not our own because God knows our every moment in this life (Romans 8:29).
And for this reason, our lives are like videos being played out. We are just automatons taking preplanned steps and not making our own futures or choices.
Not so! No way and no way how! (Hey, is that proper American-English?)
First of all, I’m not implying that human perception or foresight is the same as our Creator’s prescience (all knowing capacity); rather, I am about to use a familiar element in our lives as an example; a way to see this element of God from our perspectives.
When I send my 8 year old little boy out to work on the lawn or fix a fence (in Tucson Arizona) when it’s 106 degrees outside… I know he is going to get overly warm, grouchy and complain… a – lot!
But that does not mean I established his every step or made him become grouchy or sunburned, NOPE! AND, he still needed to learn how to work in difficult and uncomfortable circumstances; without griping, hopefully.
Neither does the locked pattern or version of a person in a movie mean they are or were forced to take certain actions because we can replay that movie. Movies are fixed aspects of the physical world fixed in linear time.
Each of these scenarios are physically world-bound (physical-world) truths and elements.
You know how – at times – we’re looking for ways to show our Christian love and charity to our fellow man/woman/kiddo…?
Just like you wouldn’t want to kiss a cat with sticky lips…
(You know I mean – your lips being sticky – not the cat’s lips. That would be gross) 😦
You wouldn’t want to kiss this opportunity to show your Christian love and charity goodbye. This is the perfect opportunity for us to live the talk of our faith. Demonstrate the love God He has sewn in us to all those people who know you’re a living breathing Christian, right?
After all, if we (the Christians) get sick and die the worse thing that happens to us is that we join the Lord in paradise. Where’s the down side?
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
So get out there and share, share, share HIS love and mercy!
By the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established (2 Corinthians 13:1).
February 9th 2020, as I was playing my guitar and worshiping the Lord I received this Word, “I am opening doors for you.” This Word from the Lord was followed by a vision where I was playing at Reid Park, in Tucson, Arizona. I was set up somewhere near the Southwest section of the park just off the corner of 22nd St. and Country Club Rd. In the vision I was sitting at the side of a Ramada simply playing Worship and Praise music. A short distance away was a sign on a post which read: Come and Worship the Lord with Steve Harrel.
Now for anyone who has read our “True-Life series #5-#7” you’ll understand the significance of that phrase, “I am opening doors for you”. I had not heard a single whisper from the Lord which included “open doors for you; or eyes that many may see; or ears that many may hear” since that mountaintop experience on the Mogollon Rim of the White Mountains, Arizona. Continue reading →