Fear

Why do we give so much authority to an inanimate concept? We go about our daily lives, many times basing decisions on the presence of fears. Fears are like mirages. They seem bigger and more imposing than they actually are. We don’t fear something that has already happened – we fear the thought of something that might happen. Fear is always based in the future, so if we fear, we don’t live in the moment. Jesus said:

“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life.” Matt 6:25

Try this today. When you find yourself getting anxious about the possibility of something bad happening, choose not to give in to the fear. Remind yourself that fear lives in the future, and all you are guaranteed of is this moment, and the fact that you have a God beside you every step of the way. If we continually give in to fear, we will miss out on some amazing opportunities and experiences along the way. If you fear failure even before you start – you will never know what could have been. Don’t be uneasy any more. Start to live boldly, and see what God can do in your life!

The Israelites were struck with fear when they saw the Egyptians pursuing them in the desert. They saw the possible torture and death waiting in the future instead of the miraculous salvation God would bring in that moment. Moses told them:

“Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” Ex 14:13-14

God proceeded to miraculously open the sea for them, and the Egyptians were indeed never seen again.

When fear strikes you, counter with a firm confidence and boldness in God. Stand still – don’t let fear move you into the opposite direction. God will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.

100% Supernatural

The kingdom of God is not a matter of just using pretty words and inspirational quotes – the kingdom of God needs to go hand in hand with signs, wonders and miracles.

As mentioned in a previous post God does not change. His miracle working, awe-inspiring character of the old testament is still exactly the same today. He still wants to do glorious miracles in our midst – from healing a cold to raising the dead. It is the same ministry Jesus had when He walked the earth – and didn’t He come to show us the Father? His teachings consisted of ministering grace, healing the sick, opposing dead religion and raising the dead.

This is the reality of Christianity, it is supposed to be 100% supernatural. We try to contain it within the limits of our own minds and what we can understand – but God does superabundantly, far over and above all we can think or imagine (Eph. 3:20).

In most churches today Chrisitianity has been turned into a watered down, powerless theology or self-help course instead of the incredible powerful life-changing blessing it actually is. This is not how God intended it to be – His plan is for us to have and experience so much more.

Let’s not box God into a framework that makes sense to us. He is the God of the supernatural. He is the God of miracles and life and healing and power. Let’s look for more than the natural realm that is in front of us – there is so much more. Whatever you are facing today, remember: Chrisitianity is 100% supernatural.

Open your eyes to the wonder…

Today I was filled with a renewed sense of wonder at the incredible creation that surrounds us. So much thought went into every detail – the ecosystem in which we are able to breathe, an earth from which we are able to harvest crops, a body which is a continuous miracle in itself…

We can sometimes get so used to the miracle of life surrounding us. It is easy to forget how incredible it is that our bodies can regulate temperature, breathe without concious thought and convert an apple into expendable energy (to name just a few)! We are truly spectacularly and wonderfully made!

There is so much to discover around us each day – God filled the earth with good things for mankind to enjoy. Take some time to just stand in awe of His creativity and wisdom each day. He will always reveal Himself to you.

“I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted…Therefore [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job 42:2-3

Jesus shows us God’s heart

God chose to demonstrate his glory through Jesus. You cannot separate God’s intentions from Jesus’ intentions. Jesus acted like a mirror to God’s character – showcasing it to the world through signs, wonders and miracles.

“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.” Heb 1:3

If you see Jesus acting kindly and showing compassion – know that it is God’s heart as well. If you see Jesus telling the adulteress He does not condemn her – know that this is God’s heart as well. Jesus only did what He saw reflected in His Father’s heart – and this resulted in people being healed, lives being saved and condemnation being taken away.

“So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].” John 5:19

God is good and kind, and He loves perfectly. He demonstrated this through the life of Jesus on earth. Never forget that!

God does not have a split personality

Some people believe God has different personalities.  They do believe in a God who performed miracles and wonders, but “He only existed in the days of the Bible”.  Somehow, in their minds, He changed into a God who expects us to get by without any supernatural manifestations in this modern day and age.

This simply is not true.  God is incapable of change – in Him there is no variation.  James 1:17 says the following:  “Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

We’ve already seen that Jesus demonstrated God’s character on earth – therefore the following verse also confirms the fact that His character does not change:  “Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).” Heb 13:8

We can still expect wonders!  God does not change.  He still wants to show us His glory, power and supernatural provision today.