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Ministering with Gentleness

Bearing fruit in season

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  Galatians 6:1 NASB

Apostle Paul is giving important instruction here about ministering. He just finished the previous chapter on the fruit of the spirit. Walking in the spirit, exhibiting such fruit brings maturity and fortitude. Appraising each situation with discernment is crucial to be effective when dealing with carnal desires. Just as a soft answer turns wrath, gentleness turns chaos into control.

Blessings,

Michael-Paul J

Our World Is Evil

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”                                                        ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

As long as there is evil in the world, the world itself cannot get better. It is virtually impossible on a secular level to remove evil from ever existing on the planet. There’s no magic pill, no special forces soldiers, or any government entity that can stand against the wiles of the demonic.

It will take the Second Coming to bring peace, and even then—evil will still exist—it will be controlled by the presence of the King. Scripture tells of that during the Millennial Reign, there will be peace on earth for one thousand years. All the forces that affect nature and man will be at the mercy of the One True Christ—Jesus. There will be no earthquakes, no wars, no death, and no disease. Wild animals and evil will be under the authority of a Sovereign King of Glory here on earth. When heaven invades earth during this time, to achieve such peace where evil is held at bay, an angel takes Satan and binds him with a chain and locks him in a pit for the one thousand year duration so he cannot influence the nations with his evil schemes ( see Revelation 20:1-6).

     God loves this world we live in, and rightly so—He created it. But we are called to abhor it. Why? It’s rather simple—He created it and He’s not influenced by it. We have a connection with the world on a secular or fleshly level—carnal. He has a connection because He first loved it and those that inhabit it. He is separated by time and space in a dimension that we cannot begin to imagine. We on the other hand, are influenced by good and bad at every turn. It takes divinity to separate. We don’t have that. We do not have the capacity to Love the world so much that we would give our only child as a ransomed act of atoning everyone in it—including sex-traffickers and pedophiles. But He did (see John 3:16).

     We can’t love the world like Him because we cannot separate the world from us. The world is in us whether we like to admit it or not. We consist of dust and clay, mud and sand, water and rock. We have His spirit, but our flesh is stronger (see Mathew 26:41). If it were the opposite, would there be a need for a sacrificial Lamb? It was originally set up that way with Adam and Eve—but we all know how that turned out!

  I’m going to ruffle some religious feathers. You and I are of this world—physically. To think that you are from heaven is not biblical. Jesus Himself had this to say:

“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”                                                       ~John 8:23 NASB

We occupy earth, but heaven will be our eternal dwelling place with Him in the end. Until that day comes—we are here on this evil rotating ball called earth, and we must try to make the best of it, living our best life for the kingdom of God influencing all we come in contact with so they too can experience eternal life through Christ.

     The separation that takes place that divides the “of the world” vs. “not of this world” is in our minds. Consider what Apostle Paul instructed the church of Rome to do:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."                                                                                                                                               ~Romans 12:2 NASB

There’s a separation that must take place inside the mind of every person when deciding to take a step of faith to live for Jesus. You can no longer live and act like you used to—that of the flesh and worldly lusts. There are thee factors that completely contradict the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and pride. They are found at the end of Romans 12:2:

            “…that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” This is God.

Blessings and Be a Blessing!

Michael-Paul J

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Until

The Shadow of His Wings

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. ~Psalm 57:1 | NASB

This verse of scripture is referenced from when David is on the run from Saul. When I read this passage about David seeking asylum in the caves, there’s no want, there’s no lack—only desire. Desire to see the hand of the Lord move over his life and protect him.

Until… Destruction passes.

Until…his enemies are no longer.

Until…he can safely move freely in the will of God.

Until…Coronavirus is gone.

Until…Your finances are restored.

Until…cancer is eradicated from your body.

Until…Your kids are living under the will of God.

Until…( you fill in the blank ).

The word until in the original text is ‘adah’ which literally translates “to pass on, advance”.

It’s not the until that is most important, but the phrase that precedes it: “And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuse”. Being steadfast and faithful during the good times and the bad. We are in a cave, secluded and protected by the presence, the power, and authority of the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t mean we hide in fear and terror. But it does indicate the necessity to use wisdom, seeking God in everything we do before we do it.

It’s obvious that times have changed and continue to do so on a daily basis if not sooner. And that is not going change either. The way things used to be is no longer a thing. This virus, this pandemic and all the political power- shifting will pass, but Until…We need to be found in God’s favor taking refuge in the safety of His wings, His presence, His virtue, His love.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Michael-Paul J

Recoiled Fear

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
                                1 John 4:18 | NASB

Why is it that we never quote the rest of this verse? Fear involves punishment, a recoil of sin. Love perfected is one without sin. 
Many Christians today explain away their sins with excuses, living with a carnal warped view of love. Everything short of perfect. To live in fear of punishment from God is not trusting God.
But the one who man’s-up (or woman’s-up) is found surrounded with the love of God.
Own up to it! You’re not perfect by any stretch of the imagination! Don’t live in fear of God’s wrath but live in his love.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

You’ve Been Approved!

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.                          ~ James 1:12 |NASB

What will your crown look like? Does it really matter?

Approval only comes when your trial is over. The trial James refers to is the testing of your character, morals, and faith. If you lack these, I can tell you that there won’t be much pressure.

Faith is your approval guaranteed. It doesn’t take much and all God asks is that you use the measure He bestows upon you as an act of good faith.

God doesn’t ask for a co-sign or collateral…He offers himself in exchange for you—straight trade. What a deal! Not to mention a life-long crown that we will continually throw at His feet.

Your approval has been pre-authorized and awaits your signature—one of the lines in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Make sure you’re ready to receive the crown!

Blessings!

Michael-Paul J

King of the Hill

And to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:24 | NASB

Jesus makes a way to approach the trembling mountain by His own sacrificial blood. Sinai was unapproachable, but Jesus being transfigured once on the mountain before the witnesses of Peter, James, and John makes a way by transforming our hearts and the mountain itself. The power of the Almighty transforms everything, including the mountain from the Law to Love.

The journey we take from unrighteousness to righteousness is infact moving from Sinai to Zion. The shed blood on the cross and the resurrection of life eternal through Christ Jesus transfigures us and our mountain that we are chained to. No longer is it a mountain of doom and gloom, but of hope and peace for righteousness sake.

The New Covenant prepared by God in offering His only Son, speaks better or testifies truer than the blood of Abel because the blood of Jesus has redemptive purposes and not vengeance. We are not adopters of the Kingdom by violence but by love, and love only. The Zionic model that Jesus exemplified is love from the Father, and then that same love shown to our neighbors.

The sprinkled blood had, and still has a purpose today. Whereas the slain blood of murder through jealousy, envy, and strife has only the thought of getting even. Sinai, is it’s motivation, is bound by the letter of the Law. But vengence belongs to God and Him only. The perfection of love throws out every preconceived notion that fear motivates us to sin. Zion tells the poetic story of surrender of oneself and to submit your life to be laid down for the sake of your brother. There’s no better cause, it is infact Zion’s purpose.

Take caution in your response to the shedding of blood today and it’s purpose. From where does it get motivation? From Sinai or Zion? Will you respond with vengence or with love? Your response will either reconcile or refuse the path to freedom and liberty in Christ Jesus.

Michael-Paul J

A.S.S.U.M.E.

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. John 6:65-66 | NASB

You know the old saying “What happens when you assume? You make an ASS of U and ME!”

Mostly this happens because of a misunderstanding. When you assume something, mostly indicative of the worse case scenario, what you are really indicating is that you know exactly what the person is thinking, or the move in which they will make (Enter the ASS part).

In the scripture above, some disciples (which John did not name) made an ass of themselves by assuming Jesus’ words meant they had to be have picked by God to be his followers. This was old thinking from the days of Moses and the Law. Instead of understanding that Jesus came to free all men and was sent by the Father, they made a spectacle by leaving. Not everyone will believe in you and your mission. That’s ok. Let them go. Jesus didn’t run after then did he? No. He actually asked his twelve if they wanted to tuck-tail-and-run as well. The mind-blowing concept of following Christ! He’ll give you the option to either go or stay.

Don’t assume! Don’t be destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Ask the Holy Spirit to bring clarity to your relationship with Jesus. Just don’t walk away over a misunderstanding.

Pray this with me:

Heavenly Father, I want to know you and the power of your might. Strengthen me to understand your ways. I love You and need more of You, decreasing myself so You can be seen through me. Amen.