Set apart. Chosen. Consecrated. Dan & I have recently been drawn to the Old Testament epic exodus story. You will remember many famous aspects of this drama such as the horrendous plagues brought upon the Egyptians, the totally miraculous parting of the Red Sea, the supernatural manna and quail feeding all the thousands and thousands of Israelites each day, and the water flowing from a rock. The list goes on and on. God does a lot in 40 years!
The world has changed so much over the last couple months, and many of the changes have made it more difficult to keep up with your normal health and wellness routines. Without those routines, you may not be feeling or looking your best, which is why you need these budget-savvy tips to keep yourself healthy and thriving in lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has everyone a little more stressed out, which means that many people may be stress-eating more than usual.
Are you disturbed? While I was out doing my prayer walk this morning, I began to ask, "Am I disturbed, if so, why?" What are the kinds of disturbances in our lives? I see two kinds: The disturbance that which comes when we focus on our circumstances, which automatically moves us away from our "ignorance is bliss" mode and fall into challenge of reality. The disturbance that comes when God rocks our boat and disturbs our comfort zones in order to either re-direct us, or to get our attention.
"… I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." Jeremiah 31:13 NIV If you aren't familiar with Pentecost, it coincides with the Jewish festival of the Feast of Weeks that takes place 7 weeks after Passover and Resurrection Sunday. For Christians, it also commemorates when the Holy Spirit filled God's people in Acts 2. This is an important time on God's calendar and one of the special times during the year when the heavens are open, making it easier to hear the Lord and receive power from Heaven.
"And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'" Luke 15:20, 22-24 One of the most beautiful parables in the Bible is the parable of the father of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Many commentators call this the parable of the prodigal son, but the real hero of this story is the father and his love for his two sons.
We the people of God have just come out of a major shaking in the universe as the coronavirus caused us to have to change everything about our lives. This shaking was of the created things, or earthly things. No matter how difficult this was this shaking is opening up doors of opportunity in which we are going to go out and come in bringing the gospel at an amazing rate. Recently, the Lord gave me an open vision of many doors being shaken open. I saw 10 doors of opportunity opening before one per person. Which means lots of doors are opening across the world. People were going through those doors by calling others to come over to where they are and also going out through the doors to others.
The Spirit of Christ is God-inspired consciousness; the ingenious and powerfully productive, creative energy force who skillfully imagined then spoke as He designed, formed and crafted the universe. As a result, Christ consciousness exists throughout the entire universe. Nothing was created, nothing exists and nothing holds together except in and through Christ. From before the foundation of the world, the great love of God chose each and every one of us as His very own to live in Christ. His desired destiny for us is to be adopted as the children of God, holy and set apart as His blameless Beloved.
Someone asked me recently why I'd been writing less these days. It's been a transitional, busy, challenging few months, I ashamedly admitted. As I reflect back on that answer over this cherished long weekend, I realize now the distractions are our life. They're not some disruption or interruption. They're the building blocks of who we are and what we are becoming, and the moment we choose to look at them as the obstacle instead of the teacher, we start to miss it. And I've been missing it lately...
You get to choose! Remember Mary? (Luke 10:42) Jesus said that she made the best choice! God has given you loads of R&R time. How will you spend it? A "Matthew 20:16 Reversal" is about to take place; "The last shall be first & the first shall be last." First the virus but then the corona (crown) virus will take a back seat ushered in by the King with many crowns as a New Awakening on this planet will take the forefront & go viral. Also we have been given the power to release blessings out of our mouths to reverse any curse. We have the power in our tongue to turn the tide!
There is no doubt that we are living in turbulent times, even the last days of the Last Days that Jesus spoke about. What the exact timing of the return of Jesus is no man knows, but we are able to know the season. It is an exciting time – not a time to fear but to have faith! Because if you know Jesus you have a reason to be glad. Even though we do have more time and things to do here I'm reminded of this verse. Luke 21:28 "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."