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The Veil Calls

June 6, 2014 — 2 Comments

maya[pp]I struggle not so much with the chaos of the world as I do with how to reshape the world. My life must count beyond this life. I know it matters. I know there is an eternal world just thinly veiled beyond my walk. The veil solicits me to poke holes in it so the healing will leak in.

Matthew 27:51 (NKJV)
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,

 

Some Day

September 30, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Some day all things will be set right. Some day all things will be made new. Some day there will be a new heaven and earth. Some day New Jerusalem will come down to meet us. Some day the dwelling place of God will be with us. Some day there will be no more tears to dry.

Some day death will be no more. Some day we will see Him face to face. Some day His glory will flood the universe. Some day we will put on our resurrected bodies.

Some day every day will give way to eternal days. Some day there will be no more crying and pain. Some day we will receive from the spring of water without payment. Some day nations will walk together without war.

Some day bloodshed will be no more. Some day the future gives way to eternity with God. Some day might just be today.

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You are growing toward eternity, and that being true, you must live toward eternity with all of your life. The beautiful virtues of Christ, taught as He delivered the Sermon on the Mount, as He shared the story of the Good Samaritan, as taught in Matthew 25, can all be lived by the Spirit of God working in us, and through us.

When we feed the hungry in our broken world, we are pointing ahead to the future where there will be no more hunger. When we give water to the thirsty in the present, we are pointing ahead to the future where there will be no more thirst. When we clothe the naked in our midst, we are pointing ahead to the future where there will be no more want.

Most importantly, when we live God’s kingdom virtues in the present-day, we bring God the most glory, and show the world that His kingdom is at work right now among them. As a Christ follower, you are filled with God’s Spirit. Anywhere and everywhere you go, the Spirit of God is alive, and yearning to work God’s love through you. His love cast out all fear and evil. His love drives out the darkness and fills the voids of the wounded.

Beauty breaks through the thin vile that separates heaven and the earth when we live the prayer, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When we live that prayer, the image of God is not distorted, but clear, powerful and complaining.

How will you live? The way you live follows you into the kingdom.

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The only prophetic voice that spoke on Golgotha was from the middle cross. The man on the left cross-needed the man on the middle, and the man on the right cross-needed the man on the middle also.

The only redemptive work taking place that day was from the man in the middle. He was 100% man and 100% God. God in the middle was showing the world the only way to eternal life. Choosing the man in the middle makes you the only alternative society that has the right answer.

In a world of ugly, beauty can only be seen through the lens of the cross and what Jesus accomplished by willfully submitting to His Father’s will. Only by following the suffering of the cross can we live as sheep among the wolves of the left and right.

The only thing that will ever change the world is when His followers simply follow Him. When we choose the left we are not choosing Jesus. When we choose the right we are not choosing Jesus. Only when we choose the man in the middle do we choose the path that leads to Heaven and Earth coming together.

The cross of Christ takes away resentment and fills our hearts with hope. Down through the centuries, resentment and power have crucified many. However, resentment and power met its match the day it confronted Jesus.   Resentment and power  was confronted by love and love won forever!

Jesus took the dreadfulness and ugliness of a Roman cross and painted it with the beauty of God’s own blood so that humanity could be free from evil forever.  Freedom comes when you choose the man in the middle. Once we choose the man in the middle, we are called to a different way of living. We are no long left or right. We are now the middle. As the writer Brian Zahnd says, “We are to model what it means to be Christ-like in a Caesar-like world.”

Along with Paul, we cry out, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

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The future speaks to me when I hear the sound of the ocean. I’m taking a few days to myself at the beach to collect my thoughts, soothe my soul and restore my focus. Life has a way of placing weights upon your soul that only a voice from the future can unburden. Somehow, the wind and the waves unite as one. If you listen with an eternal attention and awareness, you can hear the promise of God to one-day make all things new again.

Yesterday, as I was sitting on the beach, I closed my eyes and just listened. I could hear the sound of the wind and the waves. They danced as one, yet you could hear their uniqueness. The waves seem to be much heavier and solid sounding than the wind with its whirling and flowing pace.  Yet, together, the wind and the waves sing a song of a future that is sure.

The water moves in harmony toward the shoreline in constant complexity. A complexity that speaks to me that God is always involved in His creation and also my life. He never stops changing the shore of my life or your life. Each time the water retreats back into the ocean, it leaves a new layer of mystery to explore behind.

The vastness of the ocean overwhelms us, but it doesn’t overwhelm God. Each drop of water is accounted for as much as He knows the exact number of hairs on your head. Each drop of water counts and each drop matters to the whole of things. I matter! You matter! Mother Teresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

The future speaks to me when I hear the sound of the ocean. To my soul it whispers, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)

Bad Friday

March 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

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It was a bad Friday for the powers of darkness. It was a Good Friday for a world needing redemption.

He created the world and saw that it was good.  He redeemed the world and said, “It is finished. When Jesus died on the cross, He reached to the deepest place of collapse and with His might power, He rescued the world with His unmatched love.

We now stand in the victory won on the cross, and we live by the power of the resurrection breathing in the air of the new creation. The world is now different; therefore, we can live different.

We can and must behave as kingdom people that have had their lives renewed in order to witness to the world. We are citizens of heaven called to colonize this world with His beauty. Resurrection is an event that is still in progress for the deliverance of the world and humanity to the glory of God.

Your life and mine must point to the redemption and rebirth of God’s creation in order to witness of hope assured.  Our hope is not the world’s hope. Our hope is assured in Christ Jesus.

N.T Wright once wrote, “Good Friday is the point at which God comes into our chaos, to be there with us in the middle of it and to bring us his new creation.”

I end the devotion today by sharing a few lines of an old hymn.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:

Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one.

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I’m starting to understand more and more as I grow older the better question to trouble in the world and evil in the word is “How long?” and not “Why God?”

I’ve arrived at a place where I no longer have to have an answer for trouble; nor do I have an unquenched need to have God give me an explanation for all things wrong and evil.

Instead, I’ve learned to live in the direction of healing and correction of all the wicked and evil in the world. After all, that is what the Christ follower is called to do.

We are called to follow the Price of Peace. My prayers are prayers for God to bring an end to all the evil and turmoil. The message of the Bible is God has promised to end evil, and I just stand, walk and believe. “One day,” will become “The day” all evil ends.”

I trust in the fact that God is perfect love and has a perfect power, and yet things often look out of control and dark. However, I don’t have to look for answers to why evil. I just have to look at the answer for evils final defeat, and that answer is Christ.

I’m not called to understand the evil of this world. I’m called to be a light in it until the light of Christ and His glory floods the earth forever. I don’t have to understand evil, and I don’t have to accept evil. I’ve accepted Christ, and He alone is the undefeated King.

Christopher Wright writes, “Evil has no proper place within creation. It has no validity, no truth, no integrity. It does not intrinsically belong to the creation as God originally made it nor will it belong to creation as God will ultimately redeem it.”

Now my beloved Christ followers…go and live the light and watch as darkness slowly dies. WE WIN!

Revelation 21:1
21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Behind The Glass

January 21, 2013 — 3 Comments

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King Jr.

I love to watch children play together before they manifest selfishness, racism, and a host of other fallen world personality reflections.

It’s seems to be a little taste of the God’s future Kingdom manifesting in the now.

It’s a short window, but it seems to exist. Behind the glass is a little taste of heaven. All you have to do is go to a hospital and observe the babies behind the glass of the nursery.  Grown adults from every culture and race can be seen looking through the glass at a community of babies that have yet to learn the voice of a fallen world.

In other words, we learn the language of this fallen world once when come out from behind the glass. I’m not here to debate if we are born this way or learn our fallenness.  I’m sure it’s a combination of both. We are born sinners, and we learn to sin pretty well.

But what if there is another language to learn? What if there is another community to be part of?

The answer to both questions is, there is! It’s called the Kingdom of God. It is God’s rule and reign in the here and now. The resurrection has brought the future forward.

Christ Followers have another language and community that we are part of.

We know there is another Identity that was stamped on us when we gave our life to Christ.

When we were born again into God’s Kingdom, we were called to a Kingdom way of loving and living among the outside others. We were given a new language of love to learn

It’s a community that seeks to live how it will one day fully be when God sets all things right at His coming. Part of that the future is leaking into the present through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Kingdom of God is about unlearning our old stamped identity and learning a new way of being human.

The bible ends with a multitude of people and a calm sea of humanity living and worshiping God in their glorified bodies in a world that has finally been put to right forever.

As Christ Followers, We have been called to reflect God’s future Community among the lost of the world. We are God’s love language to the world. We are God’s community that is setting things right. We are God’s temple. Now go live like it.

“Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”
N.T. Wright,

There Is Coming A Day

January 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

There is coming a day that the entirety of the universe will be at rest under the reign of God. Our beloved world will be covered wholly with the perfect knowledge of our God like the waters are the cover for the sea.

Heaven and earth will be married forever and bathed in the renewal power of God and of his Christ. God will walk with us and talk with us. He will once again dwell among us with love unsearchable.

God’s city, the New Jerusalem, will be a reality of the redeemed, and evil will have no more place. I long for that day. I live for that day. I witness of that day that will arrive fully and soon.

The resurrection of Christ kicked open the door of the new creation and the future trickles into the now. One day the flood will be released, and the world will be changed forever. We are guaranteed this reality. My prayer is that we live like it now.

What say you?

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Today, million of changes will take place in the lives of individuals. New Year resolutions will kick off with great excitement. People will pick up new habits. People will let go of bad habits. The list could go on and on. Don’t get me wrong; we all need a fresh start from time to time. So by all means, go for it.

Change is all around us. Everywhere you look things are constantly changing. Circumstances are always changing. We even have four seasons of change. There are days we wake up, and we feel alive and free. Then, there are days we wake up and feel down and dead. Change seems to be part of the human condition.

In a world of change, God knew we needed something sure to count on. God knew we need something unmovable, something constants in our lives that we could place our full faith in. Therefore, He offers Himself. He is that constant. His love, compassion and leading in our lives are unceasing and perfect. He is the only perfect reassuring source.

The Bible declares in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

The God that created all things is available and constant in your life. When everything around you is changing, He changes not. God is consistently loving us and guarding over us.

Many things in life are temporary. God is not temporary. God is faithful. He never changes.

In fact, 2 Timothy 2:13 tell us, “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”

His faithfulness is not temporary; His love doesn’t have an expiration date on it. When it comes to God’s love, you and I need to be thinking it is never-changing and never-ending. Your New Year resolutions may work and they may not. I sure wish you the best in the New Year, but God will never fail. Now go enjoy 2013.