“If we are not living in the life of Jesus Christ, if we are not abiding in the light of His holiness.
Then we are living a false existence under the banner of all these things that are true.”
– Gary Farris
Noah had followed Enoch’s footsteps. Enoch was taken up to Heaven. Since Noah was following, shouldn’t he (Noah) had been raptured as well?
No, we all have a specific Will that God has ordained us with, a blue print for our lives. That He is wanting us to carry out, without looking , comparing with other people.
We may say “Lord there is no way i can do that” or “I’m not capable” God does not call the equipped He equips the called. When God told Mose’s to save His people out of exile in Egypt, Mose’s made the excuse that he was slow of speech. What would’ve happened if Moses just stepped into the action instead of the reaction of doubting God and belly aching that he was not able to perform the task that God wanted him to carry out. We each have a mission, some say it’s Mission Impossible, but with God, all things are possible.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 ESV)
The book of Habakkuk opens in doubt and closes in glory. It is a story of a man who had the heart of God, crying out in desperation for the people who were living a life of sin. Asking God why He isn’t doing nothing about it. God did not speak to him about concern that He saw. Being concerned is the opposite of anguish. Concern is a flash of emotion that will pass. God spoke because a man who was broken in prayer, asking God to “bend me, bend me o’Lord” wanting to be used. We have no reason to ask God, why is this going on when we don’t allow ourselves to get in the prayer closet and let God pour out His heart into us, so that we can make a difference while we have the time.
“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” – John 9:4 (ESV)
“I ask for peace as I look around,
I wonder how it can be in this barren town.
Then I hear You whisper,
soft words, that you see not my concern
But the anguish of my heart.”
God is wanting this generation to be full of His spirit, not to be in our comfort zone.
No creature comes into the World so helpless as man.
there is hope for the hopeless.
there is joy for the depressed.
there is deliverance for the bonded.
there is healing for the sick.
there is salvation for the lost.
there is Jesus.
Left with nothing, is a sad, scary thought when we think of all what we own and have possession of. For the normal American it would be hard to sell everything and follow a man that you know very little about, but what you seen and what you heard was astounding; Being, walking, talking to Jesus who was foretold of from the very beginning, had just asked you to follow Him.
What do you think? what would you do if you were to place yourself in the situation as Matthew, or John?
We must keep expecting from God. Whether it is in our finances, our relationship’s and most importantly your walk with God. Expectancy is key to everything that belong’s to God, why?
it is what the book of Hebrew’s chapter explains “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1.
Faith is expectancy, expectancy is faith. The very work that you expect God to perform in your life.
We can have a poor attitude about our life and where we think it should be, but yet we don’t ask God to transform us into the very being He created us for?
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2
– I will be taking this verse out of context, we all know that the star was for a purpose during the time that He was born. Without the star there would be no direction for the wise men to follow to where Jesus lay.
Lets fast forward a little over 2000 years. In today’s society people have lost direction and all hope by allowing this World to direct their path, what a terrible way to live a life. God should not have to point Himself out, we were created to worship Him, we should be humble enough to exhort His name without a sign. No flesh can glorify in His presence.
Why do people say that there is no God but yet they try to accomplish things on their own and they fail?
While Jesus was on earth, He could have done all sorts of fantastic things.
He could have built buildings that would have made the engineers and architects of the Roman Empire look stupid. He could have opened a university and taught science to the smartest scholars from every nation.
He could have conducted the largest Gospel crusade the world had ever seen.
He could have healed all the sick people on earth and cleared out every hospital.
He could have sent out 12,000 apostles instead of 12 to build His Church.
Why did Jesus refrain from doing these and a million other wonderful things that were within His power? The simple answer is this:
Jesus knew His mission—the one task for which He came.
He stated it very clearly: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Although He was well aware that He would die for the sins of the whole world, He also knew that He needed to accomplish His mission within the tiny nation of Israel. Jesus lived daily to fulfill His mission and never allowed Himself to be distracted by anything or anyone. When His journey came to an end, He simply said to His Father, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). And on the cross, He looked at humanity past, present and future and proclaimed, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
Jesus was surrounded by distractions just like we are.
Right before He began His ministry, the devil attempted to cause Jesus to use His embodied spiritual powers in a selfish way and without the authorization of His Father. Jesus could have indeed turned stones into bread, jumped off the tower and survived, or walked away from the cross, but He refused.
Even when the devil used Peter and later the Greeks to try to prevent Him from completing His mission, Jesus still didn’t give in to distractions. Instead, He explained why He was keeping His focus: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain [fruit]” (John 12:24). And then in the last few hours of His life, when Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied Him and all of His disciples ran away, Jesus could have easily given up and said, “It’s all been a mistake. They betrayed everything I showed and lived before them. It’s not worth it”—and walked away from the cross. Thank God He didn’t.
Paul and Nehemiah also didn’t give in to distractions.
One of the secrets behind the Apostle Paul’s achievements in life was his absolute focus. His statement, “None of these things move me” (Acts 20:24) meant that none of the difficulties, persecutions and problems he faced could persuade him to walk away.
Nehemiah had the same determination when he was building the wall of Jerusalem. Although his enemies used every tactic in the book to frighten him into quitting, he kept right on building and answered, “Should such a man as I flee?” (Nehemiah 6:11).
Others gave in—and forfeited the most incredible possibilities they could have achieved in their lives.
Baalam the prophet was handpicked by God. Gehazi was in line to inherit Elisha’s mantle and a double portion of his master’s ministry. Demas could have possibly been the one to receive the torch from Paul. Yet all three got distracted by the love of this world and money and hence were sidetracked from their mission.
We are asked to follow Jesus’ example in handling distractions.
Each of us has a mission to fulfill in winning the lost world and building God’s kingdom. The writer of Hebrews gives us precise instructions about what we must do to keep our focus: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross …” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Christ, our example, is the One who has gone before us in the race. We are not asked to look at the spectators in the arena or at the other runners, but to keep our eyes on Jesus and imitate Him. Jesus Himself said, “Follow Me,” because He knew that staying focused would be one of the most difficult things for us to do.
I remember well when, during the early days of our ministry, someone offered me all the financial assistance in the world if I would give up my calling and commit myself to advance his cause overseas.
The thing that helped me walk away from this distraction was when my wife asked me, “When the journey comes to an end and you look back, what will you answer? If for the sake of money you compromise your calling and your walk with the Lord, how will you explain this to the people who are following you?”
My dear brothers and sisters, let us faithfully encourage each other daily to stay focused and to say no to distractions.
Dr. K.P. Yohannan Founder & President of Gospel for Asia
for the past week or so, God is reminding me to “stay focused”
As i began to let that stir, a thought came to my mind. What makes us un-focused? could it be the daily hussle and bussle of the american life? Or is it that the enemy is using more things
to keep our focus off the cross? My opinion, they both work hand in hand. We get caught up because we have to get this done and this by this certain time before it gets lost or what ever the case may be, we are all victims of staying un-focused. But how would a person these days stay focused? First we have to think of this. What is one area in your life that distracts you the most from spending those hours, (minutes for some) with the King? While life’s ambitions may sway you from side to side, let’s just think of someone who never got distracted from His mission while He was on this earth, Jesus.
– Rev. Gary Farris Jr.