“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14 A “Christian” is not something you ARE; it is something you DO. The world is rejecting PASSIVE Christians in search of winners. Winners GO FOR IT! Besides, the […]
Note: I wrote this post a while ago, but the Holy Spirit would simply not let me post it. In fact, as I write this note, He’s not letting me post it. But since I wrote this post, I’ve seen many confirmations from other believers by way of sermons, blog posts, and Facebook that they too are receiving this revelation.
Where exactly is home?
Now, it would be a violation of privacy and legal policies regarding it to go ahead and list in the comments your exact address. But that’s not what I’m asking for.
I’m asking for your home. Not your house, your home.
“Well, I’ve done everything I can to make my house feel like home, Elle.”
Again, not what I’m asking for.
Let me phrase it this way: what do you consider to be home? Your house? Your country? Your property? Your church? Something else? Where do you feel most at home at?
Think very seriously about your answer to this question, as it’s directly tied to your relationship with your Father. Home always is.
I hope your answer was none of the things I mentioned.
When one feels more at home in those settings than anywhere else, that’s a red flag for one’s relationship with the King.
He wants Heaven to be Home for you.
“Well, Heaven’s not here, Elle. Don’t judge me for having a place that feels like home here at earth, at least until I die.”
But heaven should be here. (And I’m not judging you) The Presence of our Almighty King should be home. We are ambassadors for our Father; we bring heaven to earth.
Home is here. But it shouldn’t be your house. Or your relatives’ house. Or your country. Or anywhere else on this planet.
“Well, America (insert “home” country) is allowed to be my home. I mean, I have pride in my country and our military, and I really love it. This country is my homeland, and it always will be.”
Every country has its flaws. Every country has its roots in evil in some way or another.
And don’t even start with the whole thing about America being a Christian nation. I won’t even get distracted talking about that. Look it up if you’re interested.
2 Peter 2:11 MSG Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.
I’ll say it: America is not my home, and that includes Georgia, South Dakota, and Alaska. Nicaragua is not my home. Canada is not my home. Israel is not my home. No house on this planet is my home. Not even my favorite place yet on this earth is home, or any other country I’ve been to and didn’t mention. None of these places are my home (or any other places, for that matter), any more than Hungary or Lesotho or Bangladesh or any other country I’ve never been to is home.
Let’s review 2 Corinthians 5:1-5.
1-5 For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.
So what do you say? What is home? Is it America (or another country), with all of its issues? Is it your church, with all of its human tendencies? Is it your house, knowing that it’s just four walls with a roof on top that will be destroyed either in this life or at the end of time? Is it somewhere else?
Or is your treasure invested in Heaven?
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14 The Gospel is good news. News must be proclaimed; it must be preached. In Mark 16:15, Jesus commanded His […]
I don’t quite agree with pulling out the stats about Christianity and guilting through external appearances, but I think the rest of the post is great! Definitely motivating!
What is the sin that has beset you over and over again? What is the weight that the enemy has used to keep you from rising to perpetual victory? No one else may know about it. But you do. It may not be anything that would even seem big to anyone else, but to you it is a great mountain. It is the little fox that spoils the vine. To others, it may look like a little fox, but to you it seems as a gigantic elephant. It is time that you deal with it. It is time that you set it aside once and for all that you may run the race that is set before you with patience, looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of your faith. Perhaps your flesh has been to strong to over come it. Maybe you have confessed it over and over to the Lord, only to do it again and again. You are at a crossroads. You must deal a final blow to it, before it does so to you. It is time to go all out! It is time to declare a fast and to pray through, until the power of the Lord comes forth to seize upon the adversary of your soul. You can’t do it alone. Your battle is not against flesh and blood but against demonic powers that are to great for you, but are no match for the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and the mighty Holy Ghost! It is time for you to cast off the darkness and rise into the glorious light of the gospel, that you might be all that God has created you to be, in holiness and righteousness! If God be for you, who can be against you. You are more than a conqueror through the power of Jesus Christ! You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength! GO FORTH AND RECEIVE THE VICTORY TODAY, ONCE AND FOR ALL!! IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME! Brother Isaac
What is the opposite of love?
Think about it for a second.
Hate? Fear? Lust? Something else?
Now, let’s look at some math principles.
If you were to rate love on a vertical timeline, where would you place it?
Considering God is love, it’s gotta be pretty high up there.
Let’s say infinity.
Let’s look on the other end of the number line – the negative scale.
We’ll start with fear. Where does fear rate?
Yes, fear can be pretty powerful, but considering that according to God’s Word, perfect love (rated at infinity) can cast out all fear, love’s gotta be more powerful.
So, we’ve established that fear is less powerful than love, putting it at a lower rating than love.
Same goes for the rest of the suggestions.
Let’s review another math principle: that of opposites.
What’s the opposite of 2? -2.
What’s the opposite of -4? 4.
What’s the opposite of infinity? -infinity.
Is fear at negative infinity? No, therefore it and love are not opposites.
Just think about it. The word opposite denotes the fact that the two values are of the same value and power.
Are fear and love at the same level? Absolutely not!
Are they opposites? No.
Repeat the process with everything else and you’ll yield the very same answer: love is not an opposite with anything this world or the devil can come up with.
Love is completely unique. Love cannot share an absolute value with anything. God is love. Love is not just fleeting romance; love is so complex, powerful, and yet so simple that a whole chapter in the Bible was devoted to it.
In fact, not only might you want to examine yourselves about the opposites of love, read I Corinthians 13 and ask yourself if the thing you consider love really is love. We use the word so flippantly, and in so many contexts, like someone saying they love their boy/girlfriend (if this love isn’t a Jesus kind of love and/or doesn’t line up with I Corinthians 13, it’s probably not “true love”) or even ice cream!
Just think about it all throughout your day, and let the Lord speak to you. God bless you!
From Brother Isaac Prather (our missionary friends from Nica that are now evangelizing in Florida):
In the church today, we have to much talk and not enough action. When we read the gospels, and we see the ministry of Jesus, He taught the people, He preached the gospel of the Kingdom, but He also ministered the fire of the Holy Spirit to the multitudes, burning up sickness and diseases, burning out demons, burning up the spirit of death, until the dead were raised to life again, burning up leprosy, until those affected by it were completely restored and could live a normal life.
Jesus never intended for such ministry to end when He went to the cross. And it didn’t. We only need to read the book of Acts to see Jesus in action again–this time through His chosen apostles who went forth in His name, and had been endued with power from on high. The miracles continued. And so masses came to Jesus and…
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Reader, let me put forth a question to you. Why are you a Christian? Because you want to get out of hell, or because you love Christ? Think about it – long and hard. I’ll wait.
Salvation is not a mere ‘get-out-of-hell-free’ card. If you view it as such, it is quite possible that you are not saved, and even if you are, you are completely missing out on absolutely everything. As a Christian, Christ not only is our Savior and Lord, but he is to be the object of our love and adoration. The One who gave His life for our redemption ought to be worthy of nothing less than our fullest devotion and love. If you do not truly desire Christ, it is probably because you have not realized the extent of what He has done upon the cross – meaning that you do not understand the gospel…
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