Re-Post Thermostats v. Thermometers

The other day I was thinking about the difference between a Thermostat and a Thermometer. While thinking about that I got a revelation. When looking at these two in a natural sense we see that the Thermometer changes when the atmosphere around it changes. It reads whatever the temperature is. While the Thermostat changes the atmosphere to what you set the Thermostat on.  Now, think about it in a Spiritual sense. We as Christian’s are spiritually connected to God. We must learn to set our Thermostats to reflect the Word so that the atmosphere we’re in is changed, and not the other way around. As a Christian Thermometer, I only react to and adapt to what’s going on around me. But, as Christian Thermostat, I can control and change the atmosphere around me because of who/what I’m connected to.

Are those things around you (at work, home, school) influencing you, or are you influencing those things around you?

Speak Life and watch Life happen!

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Are You the Storm?

Jesus Calms the Storm – Matthew 8:24-26

 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm

Yup, that’s right…are YOU the storm!? Have you stepped into a peaceful place only to be the cause of confusion and unrest? Was all well until you stepped on the scene? A bad day. A rough patch. A hard time. A tough moment. They all happen to the best of us. Sometimes we bring our bad attitudes into a good situation only to see it cause chaos and ruin. But, Glory be to our Lord; Jesus Christ, who can quiet us…the Storm! During those tough times in life will you allow the Word of God to bring peace to your soul? Will you harken to His voice as He calls for peace, faith, and love? It’s difficult at times to hear God’s voice when everything around us is making so much noise. But, it’s even harder to hear His voice when we’re the ones making all the noise.

Allow Him to Speak Life to You. His Word can and will bring peace to any and every Storm.

Let the Peace of God that passeth all understanding guard your hearts & mind in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).

 

Are You Going Or Being?

Are you spending one or two days a week just “going” to church or are you spending everyday “being” the church?

We cannot be satisfied with just going to church. It’s a shame so many hear the Word, get emotional, see the Holy Spirit at work, and yet leave the same way they came in. All the while, devils wait outside the building to steal away any remembrance of what was just preached. Even worse the Saints keep the Good News to themselves. We need to step it up and start becoming the Church. You know, the one Christ is coming back for. The one without spot or wrinkle. The one who Hears the Word, Does the Word, Lives the Word, then Shares the Word. That’s who we must become. 

Many who are lost may never step foot into the building but when YOU become the church you give others access to the Door Keeper; the Way, the Truth, and the Life! When you become the church you grant others access to the Body. But, don’t let it end there be sure to introduce them to the Head of the Body. 

So please, don’t just go to church, Be the church!

Ephesians 2:19-22                                                                                                                         Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

James 1:22 (NIV)                                                                                                                                              Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!

Rock {STUCK} Hard Place

In the Old Testament we see that God appeared to different people in different ways. To Abraham, the traveler, God came as a traveler. To Joshua, the military commander, God came as the Commander of the Lord’s armies. And to the fighting, conniving, and resisting Jacob, God literally came as a wrestler.

On this occasion there were unresolved issues in Jacob’s life. He had just left Laban, who deceived him, and now he had to go back home and deal with Esau, the brother he had cheated out of a birthright. Jacob had nowhere to go but forward. Unfortunately, forward was where Esau was. It was time for Jacob to deal with his past and the wrongs he had committed. He was about to find out the hard what God says in Proverbs 18:19: “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city”.

That is not to say that we shouldn’t try, for we indeed should. But sometimes it’s just hard to reconcile with certain people. The Bible even tells us: “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Please note, “If it is possible…”  Some people just don’t want to be forgiven, and they don’t want to forgive.  However, we must still seek forgiveness and also offer forgiveness if we want to receive all that the Lord has for us.

The Lord knew Jacob was afraid, so He appeared to him in a special way. Genesis 32:1–2 tells us, “So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This is God’s camp.’ And he called the name of that place Mahanaim”.

Protection was Jacob’s need at that moment. He was afraid. He didn’t have an army. He didn’t have any way to defend himself. So God sent him a host of angels to reassure him. “Mahanaim” means “two camps.” There was Jacob’s camp, and there was God’s camp. God was saying, “You are not alone. I am here with you.” (Don’t sing Michael Jackson’s’ song here, lol)

Jacob needed to realize that He couldn’t do it in his own strength, but God was with him. He would be okay.  Even so, in an effort to appease Esau, Jacob sent his servants ahead with gifts of goats, sheep, camels, and donkeys. Next he sent his entourage, but Jacob stayed behind.

The Bible tells us, “Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day” (Genesis 32:24). Obviously an army of angels had not been enough to comfort Jacob. So the Lord himself made an appearance to him. This shows us that God meets us wherever we are in order to lift us to where He wants us to be.

Maybe you can relate to Jacob. Perhaps you recently have come face-to-face with the repercussions of a bad decision you made in life. Now you are afraid of what will happen. Know this: regardless of what you have done, God will help you. I am not saying you won’t reap the consequences, but I am saying that you won’t reap them alone.

Or perhaps there is something you want from God, such as healing in your body, better finances in a tough economy, the salvation of your friends, spouse, parents, or children. Maybe you want to get involved in ministry and are looking for an opportunity. Don’t resort to conniving. God wants to do His will in His way in His timing.

God’s provision comes to us just when it is needed—not too little and not too late. God anticipates our need and provides His grace right when we need it. Whatever the circumstance or emergency, He will be there for you, because He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

So, when caught between a rock and a hard place… just trust God!

Thermostats v. Thermometers

The other day I was thinking about the difference between a Thermostat and a Thermometer. While thinking about that I got a revelation. When looking at these two in a natural sense we see that the Thermometer changes when the atmosphere around it changes. It reads whatever the temperature is. While the Thermostat changes the atmosphere to what you set the Thermostat on.  Now, think about it in a Spiritual sense. We as Christian’s are spiritually connected to God. We must learn to set our Thermostats to reflect the Word so that the atmosphere we’re in is changed, and not the other way around. As a Christian Thermometer, I only react to and adapt to what’s going on around me. But, as Christian Thermostat, I can control and change the atmosphere around me because of who/what I’m connected to.

Are those things around you (at work, home, school) influencing you, or are you influencing those things around you?

Speak Life and watch Life happen!

3 Easy Steps!

These are just 3 steps to some miracles. God is sovereign and can do what ever He pleases. He can bring about something miraculous in any way, shape, or form. However, here are 3 steps I picked up along the way while studying about how some miracles take place!

1. Have Faith that the Lord will deliver you!

2. Get in position! Listen to and apply the Word!

3. Don’t let people talk you out of your miracle!

Jonathan and armor bearer in battleHave Faith that the Lord will deliver you!

1 Samuel 14:6 says:
1 Samuel 14:6 (KJV) 6And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

Zaccheaus the “little” tax collector: Get in position! Listen to and apply the Word!

Luke 19:3-6 says:
Luke 19:3 – 6 (KJV) 3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.  4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.  6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 

Blind Bartemaues: Don’t let people talk you out of your miracle! …

Luke 18:35-43 says:
Luke 18:35 – 43 (KJV) 35And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:  36And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.  37And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.  38And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me39And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me40And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,  41Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.  42And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

When the going gets tough…

So what is our responsibility in the process of trial and testing?

James tells us in James 1:4 that “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

How do you do that? James 1:4-12 gives us a pretty clear direction.

1. Don’t rebel against your circumstances.
Allow the testing process to be brought to completion so that you may receive the maximum benefit of God’s teaching.

2. Ask for wisdom.
I want to tell you, believer, you have a secret code to a safe that is full of tremendous resources. And the resources go totally unused by so many Christians. That “safe” is God’s wisdom.

God’s wisdom is perhaps the greatest tool for your spiritual growth! God’s wisdom is the defogger for our fuzzy lenses. And when you ask the Lord for wisdom…when you pray for wisdom…you are opening yourself up to learn about God’s overall purpose and plan. You are beginning to see God’s big picture!

3. Rejoice in the midst of your trials.
James 1:12 tells us we can truly rejoice in the midst of trials. Why? Because the victories are already won! Our victories are in Jesus and He already won the victory. That’s why you and I can claim the victory. Regardless of your circumstances, you already have the victory. The battle is won!

I don’t know what trial you may be going through today, but I want to challenge you to embrace it as God’s design to bring you to full maturity in Him. Thank Him today for what He is doing in your life, and for the blessing of your trial! 

When the going gets tough; the tough praise God!