The Secret Key

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“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 

– Matthew 16:19

First, I’d like to point out that there is no “secret” key per se, to those who believe, all that was once hidden and shrouded in mystery has either been given to us, revealed to us, or left waiting to be found by us. God doesn’t hide things from us, but for us. He is a God of mystery but He is also good. We must remember that Christ spoke in parables so that only those who believed would hear and understand. He didn’t do it to cause confusion or make it difficult for those truly hungry for Him.

“So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”‘ – Matthew 13:35

It is the mystery left waiting for us to discover that keeps us hungry, the more that is revealed to us the hungrier we get. We are reminded with each new discovery that God is infinitely vast, not just in wisdom but in love. Again I must liken our relationship with God to that of a husband and wife. It is through communication and intimacy that couples grow closer together and so it is with God, it really is all about relationship.

The Bible is a great place to start, for all those who long for more of God, His Word is where we should all return to in both times of joy and during the varying storms of life. It is through the Word that we learn to recognize God’s voice and guidance amidst the other voices that try to sway us. It’s the Word which displays the character of Jesus which we are to mirror in our daily lives. Since we have received the Holy Spirit, the Word becomes an even deeper well of life that we get to drink from. I truly believe that if you let the Holy Spirit speak to you while you read the Bible, you will continually learn and grow in wisdom through it. You could read a chapter a million times and God will never fail to teach you more about Him.

It might seem intimidating, can we truly know God and yet not know Him fully? Honestly I can spend a lifetime learning about my husband and yet never fully know him…only God understands us all fully, even the parts of us we don’t even understand, He created us and it’s His right and will to know His creation. Nothing escapes His notice. Although I may never know my husband fully like God, I will know what stirs his heart; his passions, his dreams, what makes him smile, and what he would give his life for. You see when you are in a close relationship with someone you cannot hide your heart from them, and why would you want to? If you love someone you reveal yourself to them in ways you wouldn’t reveal to others. Love requires sacrifice and it starts by revealing your heart, sharing your dreams, and, quite honestly, being vulnerable. And so the answer to the question, can we truly know God and yet still have much to learn? Yes, we have seen through the Bible and through our personal relationship with Him the deepest desires of His heart.

What does the heart of God reveal?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

“….God is love.” -1 John 4:8

Out of all the great displays of love I have received, from handmade gifts to tender kisses, to a mother’s embrace or a father’s encouragement….none of it compares to when God gave His Son for me…it was the greatest act of love, it was the first…He died for me before I even existed, before I was even a thought in my parents minds. Do you know why you exist? Do you truly know? It wasn’t by chance or because God just decided to create you on a whim…you and I were in the heart of God from the beginning…it wasn’t enough that we were just an idea…God wanted us to exist.

I’m not a mother yet, but as time passes I find myself imagining the sound of a child’s laughter, I smile at the thought of what they will look like, and who they will grow to be. As I do dishes I look out the window and imagine my husband playing in the yard with our son. I think to myself, I can’t wait for them to be…will they like it here, will Aaron and I make good parents? I feel my excitement grow and look forward to the many memories we will share as a family. Surely these are the kind of thoughts God had of us before we came to be..

The Secret Key=Relationship

Relationship is the key to God’s heart. It is the key to the mysteries of God. It is the key to greater works through the Holy Spirit. It’s in the seeking that we find, and for those who seek God earnestly, there is much to be found.

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Beautifully Broken

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“Life is so ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.” (weebly.com)

He had cancer…it had advanced to its final stage and there was nothing that could be done. I remember him in a wheelchair, bald from chemo, and yet always smiling. I was only a child and it was the first time in my life I saw God answer my prayers. Yes, he had answered them when I was afraid of coming storms or test results. But this was different, the doctors said he had only a month left, not enough to say goodbye. I prayed for him, asking God for time, and he kept living.. 2 months, 3 months…6 months went by, and then one peaceful evening he said goodbye, surrounded by his family, they said it was like he simply fell asleep.

When I remember this man I don’t feel sad, although I do wonder how things would have turned out if I would’ve prayed bigger, could he have been healed completely? All I know is that there comes a time in everyone’s life in which we must say goodbye. It is the one unavoidable truth, often feared and spoken of in whispers, as though the grim reaper was bending ear to hear. To a Christian though, death should hold no fear…so when I think of this man, I am filled with peace because I know that with every end, there is a new beginning. Heaven is the prize at our journeys end.

The truth is, it is during hardships that who we really are breaks through. So many people hide behind a false smile, burying their passions, hurt, and emotions deep within, believing that vulnerability is weakness, when in reality, we are all vulnerable and it takes true courage to admit it to ourselves and others. We can’t pretend away our brokenness, or sweep it under the rug.

There is beauty in our brokenness. We all need beauty in our lives, God made the world beautiful for a reason, with flowers of every color and fragrance, waterfalls, sunsets of red, orange, yellow and purple. Was God just showing off when he crafted the wings of a butterfly? Or just being creative when he decided that there should be seasons? I don’t think so..our God is righteous, pure, and beautiful, and so, being created in His image we too crave beauty in our lives. When it comes to physical beauty, we see through its fleetingness that God wants us to dig deeper into the heart of what true beauty is. Beauty is a matter of the heart.

Just as we are called to be joyful in all circumstances we are also called to find the beauty in every circumstance. Beauty and joy are correlated, as one can’t be experienced without the other. Just think of what brings a smile to your face….babies, nature, movies, art…the list goes on. You know what tops them all? Jesus giving his life for us….I find that beautiful.Is it also heartbreaking? yes, the pain he suffered was meant for us…a piece of us breaks when we realize all our savior did for us…..what is beautiful is his love. Sometimes beauty is the things we just can’t put into words, those moments of awe. Jesus loved us more than anyone has ever loved us….beautifully broken for us. What is more beautiful that love put to action?

God has been allowing me to see things through a different lense lately. The closer I draw to Him the more I see all the beauty around me. It is so important to stop and smell the roses sometimes…to simply walk with our God and be alone with Him. I think He created nature to do just that, to be a temple of peace and beauty that we can escape into at any time. Even Jesus went off into the wilderness at times to be with His father. I know life can be busy, the city lights often draw us in, and the daily chores can divert our attention. But the time we spend with God is irreplacable. And in those moments when we are too busy to go off and be with Him, ask Him to come along, He isn’t just in the wilderness but beside you, in your very heart. Being constantly aware of His presence will fill you with beauty and peace. If there is beauty in brokenness, there is beauty to be found in everything. Just open your eyes, and let Him show you.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:11

Simply Living

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“A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” –Mark Twain

On the surface Ecclesiastes seems dark and gloomy, a book of hopelessness. And even more sobering is the fact that it was written by a genius, the great King Solomon himself. The man who asked God for wisdom over wealth and was given both.

“Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.” (1 Kings 4:20)

By all means, he was the wisest of his time, giving advice and guidance and solving every case that his people brought to him. However, as we read Ecclesiastes we see that not even wisdom or wealth was the answer to true happiness.

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14)

No wonder he was depressed, in his wisdom he saw the earth and its inhabitants through a different set of eyes. He saw men working in the fields day after day, the sweat rolling down their backs, and he watched the women cleaning and baking, preparing for their husbands return from the feilds…the cycle continued with each rise and set of the sun…meaningless.

Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t work, clean, or cook…Solomon isn’t quite done with his rantings. Despite all that is meaningless, he doesn’t let us succumb to the weight of futility entirely.

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

Enjoy life. Sounds to simple, I feel like I have to strive, struggle, and fight to make every moment of this life meaningful. And yet, “there is nothing new under the sun”, I can’t create a purpose for myself apart from what I was created for. Now notice that Solomon isn’t talking about what we do for God as being meaningless…he speaks only of the human condition, our toiling and most of all our uncanny ability to “waste” time. Anytime we place God on the back burner we place something else on the pedestal. In other words if we aren’t focused on Him and His ultimate fulfilling purpose for our lives, we try to create or replace His design for something else…which of course, leads to us over-working, feeling helpless and utterly unsatisfied with life. How do atheists do it? Well, they chase after the wind, finding temporary fulfillment in earthly things. It’s like taking a drug to curb the symptoms of an illness there is only one remedy for. It might get you through life but are you really living?

Solomon, the wisest man had acquired everything life had to offer..he had many wives, treasure of every kind, an entire kingdom awaiting his commands, and to top it all he had wisdom that secured his reign and respect. To anyone and everyone he was living the ultimate dream of success….and yet looking at it all he saw that it was all meaningless. What are earthly treasures but things that will someday rot and decay. What man-made legacy could ever survive the test of time?

Lately I have been reminded again and again that I can’t slow time, life and death are inevitable truths. But enjoying the time in between the two…well, that is a choice. God didn’t create us to toil in suffering under the sun until we die. We are His beloved remember? Set apart from the animals and yet even they live life abundantly. Every morning I walk outside and see birds with full bellies nesting in the trees, rabbits playing by the tree line, bees collecting nectar from flowers of every color. Is not what they are doing meaningless? And yet, God saw it fit that they play, eat, and drink just as we do. He loves caring for them but most of all He loves that they are free, content in the world He created. And we are His prized possession! How much more do you think He cares for our contentment and joy? He is our Father…He cares for us physically and spiritually. He doesn’t just fix us breakfast in the morning but asks us how we are doing. He doesn’t just bind our wounds but holds us in His arms and wipes away our tears.

My uncle celebrates his 65th wedding anniversary tomorrow, he suffers from COPD and doesn’t have a lot of time left, I visited him in the hospital the other day and despite his fear and sadness of what lies ahead, he told me that he had a good life…in other words, that he enjoyed his life. And then he told me to go home, fix up our new house in the country, and enjoy every minute of it. I have heard the same thing said by two other people recently, both going through struggles I can’t even imagine, and both having lived a long life. Through their life experiences they have come to the same conclusion as Solomon…life is a gift from God, not a curse…and like any gift, it was made to be enjoyed.

So I could get caught up in the pain and useless toiling of the world around me…or I could live abundantly in joy. Seeing each day that I get to live as a gift…and each day I come closer to the inevitable end…as one step closer home.

It’s really that simple. No matter what you are going through, whether you are on cloud nine or feeling as though you are going to sink…there is always something to be thankful for….that’s the beauty of being a Christian…I could have nothing but still have everything,  Jesus is all I need.

“Though you have not seen him, you love him, and even though you do not see him now you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” -1 Peter 1:8-9

Filthy Rags

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“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”

Isaiah 64:6

What can we offer in exchange for an eternity in Heaven? Nothing. Even our most righteous acts are incomparable to the great righteousness of God. And yet, many are caught up in doing good deeds, not out of kindness but out of what we feel is a necessity. Ouch! are we really that selfish? What it really stems from is lack of understanding and low view of oneself. If we really understood that Jesus’s sacrifice was enough, we would not feel as though we have to “earn” salvation. First of all, we can’t earn something that we don’t deserve. And that brings me to the “low view” problem. The love that God expresses to us, and has already expressed through the sacrifice of His Son, is incomprehensible. It is a never-ending love that goes far above any love we have ever experienced on Earth. That is why we subconsciously strive so hard to “earn” salvation, we simply can’t believe that God has wiped all our sins away and has freely given us salvation! We still think we are worthless worms when he has crowned us as kings and queens! Do we deserve it? No. But because God called us worthy, we are.

Again I must say, God’s words are powerful and they do not return to Him empty. To deny what God has spoken of you is to call Him a liar. Do you really want to disagree with God (the one who created you) on the matter of your worth and His Word? Imagine buying a really nice expensive gift for your child. You can barely contain your excitement as you imagine their face lighting up and the overflowing joy your gift will bring him/her. You hand them the gift and wait beaming from ear to ear. But the child suddenly looks downcast, they refuse to even open the gift and instead thrust it back into your arms saying, “I can’t take this, I don’t deserve it.” You insist again and again that it is theirs and that it even has their name on it, but they continue to refuse….Our God calls us His children, not his slaves, and he even calls us His friends.

If I refused a gift from a parent or friend I would certainly hurt their feelings. Do I deserve their gifts? No. Turning another year older doesn’t come with some entitlement. No matter what society tries to tell you, we are entitled to nothing. “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Timothy 6:7) However, because they call me worthy, and love me, they buy me gifts on my birthday. They spend time, energy, and money to bless me on a day that means nothing to everyone else.

Do you really want to please God? Accept what He has given you with thanksgiving. Let Him bless you! let go of this spirit of poverty and lowliness disguised as humility and be who God says you are. Live joyously in intimacy with Him and good deeds will just be a natural expression of God’s love flowing through you so that you can bless others. It won’t come from selfish intent. Just open the gift already! say thank you! and be His friend. That’s what He really wants, for you to be His friend and through your friendship to reflect His goodness to others, heal, raise, restore, and change the world one person at a time.We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)..and you know, the closer we draw in relationship with Him, the more we reflect His heart as well. We begin to notice those around us we completely ignored before in our daily rush, they aren’t strangers but brothers and sisters, lost sheep searching for Jesus…let them see him in you. Your gift of salvation can be shared and in fact was made to be.

I remember growing up thinking that if I sinned I had to pray extra long or read just one more chapter in the Bible or God would be upset. And then I would see someone at church who read and prayed even longer and begin to compare my “deeds”to theirs. Here’s a simple fact that will make you want to shake free of the “earning” mindset. There will always be someone more talented than you, more dedicated, more outwardly beautiful, more smart, more religious…the list goes on and on. Thank God we aren’t called to be the best, this isn’t a competition. God doesn’t pick favorites or sides. He loves everyone equally whether they read for 5 minutes or 55. “Comparison is the death of joy.” (Mark Twain). If we learned anything from Ecclesiastes it’s that we should enjoy life, because fleeting it is, and comparison robs us of our precious time.

Don’t always be appraising yourself, wondering if you are better or worse than other writers. “I will not reason and compare, “said Blake; “my business is to create.” Besides, since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.”

Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

Though others may posses something you don’t have, you surely posses something that they don’t. No one can be you. You are unique and God loves you just the way you are. And His plan for you is just as important as anyone elses. The reason people become known as “great” isn’t because they had something you don’t have…they became great because they discovered the greatness within, the greatness that already existed inside themselves..you see everyone has the same potential for greatness…it’s a choice, a willingness to sacrifice everything for God that makes us stand out from the rest.

I believe that if you are reading this it’s because God wants to tell you something. Maybe you have been struggling so hard to please Him and He wants to tell you, “I was never angry with you.” Maybe the churches you have gone to have told you that you are not worthy and have to do x, y, and z to enter the kingdom of heaven. Or maybe, your past sins have made you feel shame, and you strive to do good works in the desperate hope that you will be forgiven and your debts paid in full….my friend, you are forgiven and your debts were paid in full before you were ever born. Jesus would have died just for you..if you were the only one on earth he would have suffered the same pain to save your soul. It’s a love that I don’t think I will ever fully understand…”As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) One thing we can be sure of though, “We love because He first loved us.”(1 John 4:19) God is love…He doesn’t just have love, but is the very definition and creator of the term…it was in love that He created us, it was in love that He died for us…and it is in love that He gave us the greatest gift of all, an eternity with Him, our Father and our friend. God bless.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

Called To Heal

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“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inequities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

-Isaiah 53:4-5

I still have yet to witness a profound miraculous healing. I have seen many people healed of small afflictions, and have seen serious illnesses healed over time, but never have I witnessed someone’s leg grow out instantly, cancerous tumors visibly dissolve, or the crippled walk. Despite having not seen, I still believe. It is a choice we all have to make, and yes it’s a choice. Satan tries daily to increase our doubt and wrap us up in the worldly reality that writes miracles off as impossible fantasies. For those that believe in God, satan tries to twist our view of Him, “is God really good?” we begin to question, “if He is good why would He let bad things happen?” Unfortunately most, if not all, of us have blamed God at least once, for something He didn’t do because we fell into satan’s trap and forgot who He is.

It is crazy how easily one can twist the Bible. Picking out verses here and there like a bag of skittles and tossing the more nasty or “offending” parts out. We see this happening more and more as people try to justify their sins and force God into their self-created box. I’ve even seen people take it as far as to believe that there is no hell or satan….no judgement at all for their actions. There are extreme opposites too, that live in the old testament and believe God to be constantly furious and unforgiving towards His creation. Both, I am happy to say, are not true. All it takes is looking at the entire Bible, not just the savory parts, for us to reaffirm who God is and what constitutes right and wrong.

The old testament, in so many ways, has many still bound. Just like the pharisees we gravitate towards laws and structure instead of the miraculous and spontaneous acts of God. If it wasn’t in their religious scrolls they instantly labeled anything new as from demons, giving credit to satan for what God actually did. They had studied the Word and held that as the complete picture of who God is, not realizing until late that God was still writing and revealing His nature to us. Even now, we do not know God completely, that’s what makes a relationship with him so much fun! He reveals more of Himself as we partner with Him. I didn’t know everything about my husband coming into marriage. I still don’t. We had been friends for years but even then I had much to learn about his heart and what living with him would be like. I honestly believe that to be one of the greatest joys of marriage, discovering one another more deeply. God is the same way.

Our God is miraculous! keep that truth in your mind when the world tries to tell you something else. God’s nature, heart, and intent are clearly expressed in the Bible, however do not limit God to only what you know. One thing I’ve heard through multiple testimonies is that God often works in ways we would never have guessed. We can’t be like Moses striking the rock (Numbers 20) instead of obeying how God wants to do something. We serve a God of infinite ideas and He loves expressing them through us, for the sake of our faith and trust, but also for the sake of those we minister to.

The new testament is what brings it home for us. In the old testament we see God as restorer and healer, then He sends His Son, who is restorer and healer..lastly Jesus dies for our sins/debt and is resurrected…before he returns to heaven He promises the disciples that they will be receiving the Holy Spirit in His place. Keeping that in mind lets look at what Jesus says earlier in John 14:12-13:

“I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things I’m doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father. I will do anything you ask the Father in my name so that the Father will be given glory because of the Son.”

We will do even greater things than Jesus? Yes, it is now our commission to carry out, we are called to heal, restore, raise, cast out, and perform many other signs in the name of Jesus. What about the next part, “They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father,” In order for the Holy Spirit to come, Jesus had to ascend. He even tells the disciples that it’s better that He goes so that the Holy Spirit can come and rest upon them. It is through the Holy Spirit we receive power to do the miraculous. Remember, our debt has been paid, our old selves have died along with the old covenant. God is not mad at us, if he was that would mean that our debt has not been paid! Jesus is now alive in us, God sees Him reflected in each of His children. Now we are the ones called to heal and restore.

That is why I believe in the power of healing. Our God does not punish us with diseases and disabilities! Do not blame God for the works of the devil. “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) We live in a fallen world, however we have a weapon in the Holy Spirit. Through co-laboring with Him we can change the world. We are the ones called to release heaven’s realities on earth and destroy the works of the devil. But we have to say yes, we have to make a choice. Do you believe in the power of healing?

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the captives and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…” (Luke 4:18)

The Game of Chance

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“We exist for such a minute time, he mused. We perform a great many inconsequential nothings and call them Acts of Significance, realizing the futility of our lies all the while. Yet we constantly strive for the postponement of the inevitable end which would bring peace to all. Such is the nature of man, and it does not change with his physical stature.”

Star Trek Log Four: Alan Dean Foster

Out of all the significant resources we humans believe will never become scarce..time is the resource believed above all to be in abundance. It is only upon looking back that we realize that it is the scarcest resource. Time cannot be paused, moderated, or reversed…it is ongoing, unchanging, and unsympathetic towards our wants and wills. It keeps ticking by and with each tick, we say goodbye. Memories, even the most fundamental, are slowly erased from our ever filling minds. And without purpose, we are left with sagging skin and a longing to do something lasting…yet with time as our captor, our legacy blurs surely but slowly from the face of the earth. “Such is the nature of man”, to strive for eternity amidst an hourglass world.

Is it really so hard to accept the existence of God? Those driven by natural logic cannot fathom the existence of a timeless omnipotent God. And on the surface, it would appear reasonable to believe in the hopelessness of our existence. We see today the outcome from accepting this belief…even as you read this, scientists are researching and preparing a future trip to Mars. Many are even already volunteering for such a mission, a mission they will not return from…all in the hopes of buying time. Self preservation is the logical outcome of those who accept a mortal life, what else is there to be fought for than time? That is why we see so many people chasing after their bodily desires and rushing about their day-to-day tasks. Our youth are being solely driven by the phrase, “you only live once”, and using the phrase to justify their lusts.

As we watch the world rushing by, we Christians either get caught up in their rush, or stand apart, and in simply stopping we realize that they are playing a game of chance. Time has become their captor, while we embrace eternity. Don’t get me wrong, our time here is very important, but it is not the end…but the beginning. In rushing about we lose sight of that fact. Many Christians out there are caught up in this….thinking of only worldly things and acquiring worldly treasure…which we don’t take with us by the way. In American culture it is particularly difficult to stand apart. Distraction is at every door, billboard, commercial, or radio station. Many things demand our time and attention…and quite frankly some if not most can’t be avoided. We have to get our kids ready for school, we have a meeting at work, we have to go to class…the list goes on and on. And by the time we finish our daily tasks we slump on the couch, peer at the clock, and wonder where all our time has gone.

As Christians I truly believe that our busyness can be balanced by discipline and renewal of the mind. In other words, when we get too caught up in life we need to step back and refocus/shift our thinking so that we don’t get burnt out and stressed. Our time with God is too essential to pass up, it is a relationship He longs for afterall…not just for us to be acquainted with Him and His presence. I can honestly say that when I have a particularly busy week and don’t pray or spend time with Him…I feel disconnected and sad. After knowing God and having a relationship with Him…how could I ever try to do life without Him? We are made a new creation when we accept the Holy Spirit into our lives and are born again…as new creations we can’t easily revert to our old ways…since they are dead, it actually takes effort and ignoring the convictions of the Holy Spirit to revert to our old selves. If you are reading this and thinking that it is all to easy to revert to your old self, then I must ask if you were truly born again in the first place? If no dying of self took place, then no re-birth took place, and the old self is surely still alive.

So what is the game of chance? It is the game every atheist plays, or every Christian who misuses grace. As an atheist, you have decided to believe the world was created by chance…and that you are a product of chance. To believe in that in itself takes more faith to believe in than Christianity. It goes against our very nature to be more, and to stand apart from the rest of creation. And regardless of explanations it actually leaves just as many questions in the air as, atheists would argue,  religion does. Relativism may be their pacifier and way of justificating all the unanswered questions but it really just covers up the fact that there actually is a right answer. For those of you that don’t know, relativism is a term that can be defined by the internet as, “the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.” To put it simply, relativism is the belief that everyone is right, and no one is wrong. Again it avoids the obvious truth and is merely a silencer to any opposing views.

You may say, “how is relativism seen as logical? Aren’t scientists and atheist’s solely driven by logic and cold hard facts?” I would say that although they may use the terms logic and fact…they are used loosely and without support. What truly defines logic?…to me logic encompasses common knowledge and reasoning which the Bible states clearly supports the existence of a God, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) His existence has been made plain for all to see, throughout creation and through the very existence of the Bible…a book consisting of many people from different times all in agreeance and support of the existence of God and Jesus as the Savior of the world. All their stories line up and support the core of the book…and that’s coming from an era that didn’t write fictional novels but wrote and recorded only what was essential.

Atheist’s may say they believe in logic and fact, but really they believe in luck. It is by luck the world happened to explode into existence and somehow be the only planet to have and sustain life when all of the galaxies were birthed from the same point in space and have been expanding from that birthplace ever since. It is merely the byproduct of intelligence that makes us long for eternity, a purpose amidst our sufferings. Even Star Trek, a scientific fiction which prided itself on logic and reasoning held to the belief in higher intelligence over chance in virtually every alien world they encountered. What is more believable? That the computer mouse in my hand just sprung into being or that it was created, with purpose and intent? The game of chance…is anything but logical.

This game is played by Christians to unfortunately. Those who abuse God’s grace and forgiveness in order to justify their actions. It is out of the fear of judgement or lack thereof that I have seen Christians fall into sin knowing that tomorrow they can ask for forgiveness and start over. It’s a cycle that’s repeated over and over and it is ignorant of the fact that God knows whether a heart is fully repented or not. They use God’s grace like a debit card and swipe it after every sinning spree…not realizing that Jesus could come at any moment and they could very much miss out on eternity. A dangerous game this game of chance. Would you wager your life for one night of rebellion?

I do not have enough faith to be an atheist, I don’t want to play Russian Roulette with grace…maybe you will call me closed-minded or illogical, I am not offended by your beliefs..no I do not believe in relativism either. To me, it is logical to stop asking questions you already know the answer to, why keep digging in the same hole when you have already found the treasure? That is truly a waste of our scarce amount of time on this earth. Seek God, believe in Him…invest in your eternity. Rest in His purpose for your life..It is more fulfilling than anything we could create, and it leaves a lasting legacy.

“Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will  come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were  from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of the water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

-2 Peter 3:3-9 ESV

Lease of Authority

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The world we live in is not our own, in fact, nothing is truly ours. Yet, with that being said, why is it we can buy a plot of land, destroy forests, eat any animal, fruit, or vegetable we desire? Though the world remains Gods, He has given us authority over it. The God of the universe has “leased” His authority to us!

“God blessed them; and God said to them, “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”‘ (Genesis 1:28)

In that moment a lease with mankind was made, and the keys of authority were given to us. However, with authority comes responsibility, and mankind was not alone in the garden…somewhere, a serpent lie waiting. Satan had been cast down from heaven, he had become prideful and arrogant, wanting to be God. So he was stripped of his authority as an angel and thrown from heaven to earth.

I had the great pleasure to hear Pastor Craig Hill speak on this, it is he that I give the credit to in explaining our great story, and how authority was “passed around” so to speak. Never had I heard the story of mankind likened to a lease, and yet in doing so he brilliantly simplified the concept that we must all understand…Now, back to the story!

So satan was on the earth and he saw the creation of mankind and God handing them authority. Satan knew that he could not win, but that if he had authority, he could destroy God’s creation and the very hearts of those made in God’s image, humans. And hence, we enter the scene of the serpent tempting Eve, and she says yes and eats the forbidden fruit and gives it to her husband. Now mankind knows both good and evil…but something else happened. In agreeing with satan, Adam and Eve handed over their authority to him!

After that we see many years of turmoil and pain as mankind is separated from God and stripped of their authority. And then we meet Jesus. Though mankind does not fully understand the great importance of who Jesus is then, satan stands shaking…here is the Son of God and he was sent to take authority back! Satan devises a plan to destroy Jesus, and obviously that plan backfires…Jesus dies and steals back the keys of authority from hell and then raises from the dead and gives the authority back to mankind.

It is through our authority God’s power is released on the earth. He is a God who keeps His word. His power is released through our agreement with Him…that is why we don’t see worldwide revivals or the gifts of the spirit at work in every church….no matter what God honor’s His word to us, He will never go against our free will, and because He has given us His authority till Jesus returns, He is limited, as Craig puts it, “God chose to voluntarily limit himself to working through us.” We are the ones sent to change the world, we are the ones to bring heaven to earth and release the power of God.

Satan is feared  by many christians. I’ve seen brothers and sisters in Christ go to a supernatural horror film and leave it just as terrified as everyone else. When will we realize that satan’s only weapon against us is deception. He may appear as Goliath, but can be crushed with a single pebble. He knows what mankind is afraid of and what lies we are most likely to believe. It is time we face the truth, we have the lease of authority, it’s time to exercise it!

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)