All Roads Lead To God

153 best images about Christianity on PinterestYou’ve heard it before.  “All roads lead to God.”

We are quick to point out how this is not true – the only way to God is through Christ!

Not exactly.   Look at the scripture again.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus is the way to God the Father.
Jesus is the Truth of God the Father.
Jesus is the Life of God the Father.

A Father is loving.
A Father is patient.
A Father is merciful.
A Father is kind.
A Father is slow to anger.
A Father is rewarding.
A Father is life-giving.
A Father displays everlasting love and gives life-giving gifts.

To know the Father, we must know Jesus.

But, there are other aspects of God that we must know.

Romans 11:22 tells us to consider the goodness AND the severity of God. 

If we don’t choose Christ, we will still meet God.  But this will not be God, the Father.

Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.   And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

One group of people will be judged according to Christ’s works through them, and another will be judged according to their own works because they rejected Him.

So when you hear that all roads lead to God, you may want to describe the destination rather than argue or debate.  Telling someone they are wrong is not a way to help them see.  Telling them how right they are may get their attention more effectively.

Midnight Son

Image may contain: ocean, sky, cloud, twilight, outdoor, water and natureThe 11th hour
Is an hour of trust
When the signs around look dim
It is in this hour
That we must
Look only, only to Him
The jailers may put you in prison
Your feet may be stuck to the floor
But the midnight hour is almost here
And release is at the Door –
Not only for you but for all who see
Your praise for the One you adore!

Acts 16: 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

Dem Bones Dem Bones Dem Dry Bones

Healthy Bones, Healthy Life; Osteoporosis Cause & Solution - YouTubeSome ask me what is the best thing for Osteopenia (diminishing bone mass) or Osteoporosis (Dry, brittle bones).

If they ask me while I am in the health food store, I talk to them about calcium – a whole food based calcium is the most absorbable, but calcium alone is not enough.  Magnesium is needed either 2:1 ratio or 1:1 (2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium).  What is also needed is the combination of Vitamin D3 and K2.  Calcium helps muscles contract, magnesium helps them relax.  Vitamin D3 and K2 together helps drive the calcium into the bones instead of it hanging out in the body.

It gets complicated and I personally believe that many are sincerely trying to be well but the science of what exactly works to accomplish what is needed in our body to be strong and well can fall into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Without God, it produces stress not peace.  Without God, it produces death, not life.

Where do thin, brittle bones begin?

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

They begin with broken, unhealed spirit and soul.   The decision to eat right and take the right supplements is a great decision.  But without the decision to deal with this in the spirit realm first is a decision to be strong without God.  It is a decision to become our own doctor, nutritionist, judge.

What is written?

Ezekiel 37:1  The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”

Dem bones dem bones dem dry bones
Dem bones dem bones dem dry bones
Dem bones dem bones dem dry bones
Now hear the word of the Lord!

Speak to your dry bones.   Tell them to hear the word of the Lord!

Then tell breath to enter them!  Breath contains oxygen and bones need oxygen to make new red bone marrow.

So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Don’t Forget Your “Nevertheless”

Though He slay me, I will put my trust in Him.
Neverless, I will argue my ways to His face. Job 13:15
We forget the “neverless” part. Neverless I will ARGUE my ways! God does not want you to sit there SLAIN! Nor does He want you giving credit of SLAIN CONDITION to your enemy! (Psalm 41:11).

He wants you to get up and argue with Him about where you are at and why you believe you should not be there! He wants you to stand up and demand your blessing! (Genesis 32:25-28).

One of my favorite prayers of all time was when my brother “had a talk with the Lord” about the 5% chance of survival given my mother, and the declaration of my father, that if she lived, he will give his life to Christ.   My brother was arguing with the Lord about this.   “If you take her now, you have one.  But if you let her live, you have two!”

That is faith.

Don’t forget your “neverless” and get out and ARGUE your SITUATION today!  There is a time for ARGUE.  It is not the arguing that is a problem.

Argue is only a problem when you argue with one who cannot change your situation because it is futile. 

It’s Not About Todd; It’s About God

By now, many have heard or read the latest allegations against Todd Bentley by Stephen Powell, and how many have gone to leaders but it appeared to be covered up.

If you haven’t, you can listen here.  Or you can read the account in its entirety here.

Some leaders have stepped up to verify the heart of SP, and here is one. 
And another.  And there are more but you, the reader can dig it all up.

I have nothing further to add, since I am not a witness, and don’t have first-hand knowledge, however, I did have a word from the Lord.

Upon waking this morning, I heard in my spirit, “It’s not about Todd, it’s about God.”

What we need to comprehend is GOD IS HOLY.  If we don’t grasp that GOD IS HOLY, then all we are doing when we read or listen to these reports is participating in the sin of gossip and slander.

If we don’t grasp that GOD IS HOLY, then it becomes about Todd and all the darkness that has overtaken him, as we await the exposure of all that have participated with him and covered it up.

If we don’t grasp that GOD IS HOLY, then we will condemn people rather than their sin; we will fail to pray for their souls but eagerly await their consequences.

But if we understand that GOD IS HOLY, has ALWAYS BEEN HOLY, and has been giving the Church time to repent, then we too will see this as a movement about to happen on a grander scale and God is sweeping through the Church as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah because He will not strive with flesh forever.

If we understand that GOD IS HOLY and has BEEN HOLY, then we will humble ourselves right now,  put our faces to the floor and REPENT for any coverup or sin we have participated in, that has nothing to do with Todd.

If we understand that GOD IS HOLY, then we will not be afraid of what the devil can do, but let the FEAR OF A HOLY GOD burn through us, and stand in that HOLINESS and no longer making excuse or fearing what people say.

Be careful who you follow.  Ask yourself why you follow them.  Get yourselves right before God NOW.  Because God is draining the Christian swamp.  It’s going to get ugly and yet it’s going to be beautiful.

He Judges Among the Gods

Get ready!  He is about to show there was never any partiality to the wicked.  His ways are higher than our ways.  He is the Original Deal Maker and Master of it.

Psalm 82:1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
He judges among the gods.

How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah

Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.

They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are unstable.

I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For You shall inherit all nations.

Wax On, Wax Off

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I’m reminded this morning of “The Karate Kid” how Mr Miyagi teaches young Danielson how to be a Black Belt champion by instructing him how to paint fences and wax cars.

Our own journey is just like that. The Lord takes us over rocks, and through thornbushes and briers, and teaches us to step on snakes but first by facing them, he sets people in our lives that seem like they want to harm us, but we learn to overcome and all seems like it’s just random…. One day, we step on the side of a cliff and find we can do this, we were made for this, and we are not afraid.

“For by You I can run upon a troop;
And by my God I can leap over a wall.” Psalm 18:29

Psalm 18: 28 For You light my lamp;
The Lord my God illumines my darkness.
29 For by You I can run upon a troop;
And by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
31 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God,
32 The God who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.
34 He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me;
And Your gentleness makes me great.
36 You enlarge my steps under me,
And my feet have not slipped.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
38 I shattered them, so that they were not able to rise;
They fell under my feet.
39 For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.