All posts by Douglas Thomas

The Living God

You are the living God,
And there is no god besides You.
You put to death and You bring to life,
You have wounded and You will heal,
And no one can deliver from Your hand.

(From Deuteronomy 32:39)

It is appropriate to frequently consider Who our God is in detail.

The only appropriate response to the in-depth consideration is worship.

Fearing

Don’t be afraid.

The Kingdom of God is really here, where we obey Him. It really is real, here, where He does what He wants to do.

The things that have worked our in our lives really are the favor of the King of all Kings, not just luck or hard work or family members pulling us out of tight spots.

It is real. Our wondersful callings are true. We are not imagining. His salvation is not late.

Be irrationally joyful over difficulties and the clouds and storms they bring. They come to produce evidence that your faith is real. They come to produce patience. When patience gets through with you, you will truly be perfect, complete, and you won’t lack any thing.

It’s real. Rejoice!

Judged in Advance

We have access in our minds to the Wisdom that designed the universe.

Instead of accessing it, we frequently make decisions using prejudice. Pre – judgment.

Last time we experienced that subject or person, we decided to respond to it or them a certain way, so that’s probably the way to deal with this situation too. We fail to or refuse to consult the Spirit of Wisdom and be informed about how to respond.

Instead of pre – suming and pre – judging, we could consult the King Who knows the end from the beginning. We could receive advice – better yet instruction – from the Ancient of Days.

Let’s do that. Think how awesome Life will be!

Critical Advice

As we move forward in the development of our true identities and purposes, the more public we allow our work and intentions to become, the more criticism we are the subjects of.

We need to learn to listen to the “advice” under the influence of the Holy Spirit. We are never as bad as our critics say nor ever as good as our dogs say. We are exactly what our Father says. Sometimes He says something through people who have opinions that differ from ours.

If He says you are a dancer, but someone else says that you don’t dance well, find out what is true about your ability shortage and learn to do what you can’t yet do.

Take enough critical advice to find your weakness and use it to become awesome, not to become separated from your courage and faith.


 

Successfully Led

We should be very encouraged regarding our callings. Jesus wants the success that He died to makeĀ  possible in our lives to happen!

When Jesus went to his hometown once (Mark 6:5), the doubt of the people there created a space where He couldn’t do miracles. He marveled at their unbelief.

When Jesus went to Capernaum once (Matthew 8:5), a centurion he encountered there had faith that created a space where Jesus could do a miracle without even having to go to the man’s home, where his servant was paralyzed. Jesus marveled at his faith.

If you create a space in your home, your business, your job, your ministry, where Jesus can lead you by His Spirit, He will lead you just like He led the fishermen who fished unsuccessfully all night in John 21. He simply told them to fish on the other side of the boat and He filled their net with success.

He wants to lead you to awesomeness. Expect it. Create the space for it by looking for it. Never expect to fail, no matter what happened all night. Or what didn’t.

RECOGNIZING BAPTISMS

Frequently we are rebuking demons for attacking us when God is baptizing us. We need to learn to ask Him what He is doing and what He wants to do next when things are looking bad in our lives, so that by cooperating with Him, we gain every benefit He is hiding in the situations we dread.

Some Criteria for Identifying Baptisms:
> There is a real danger of our destruction
> God intends to effect growth through the baptism, usually in one or more of three areas:
– Knowing our God
– Knowing who He says we are
– Knowing our purpose/ministry/destiny/calling
> We have to submit to our God and His fellowship in the baptism and in His intent in order to receive the blessing of the baptism becoming a prophetic act instead of merely being an empty ritual or pointless pain
> If we cooperate and expect our God to bless us in the baptism it frees Him to wash or burn away the influence or presence of our enemies
> Our landscape or environment for life or ministry can change through our baptism; we are taken to a higher place of provision, revelation, position, honor, authority

Here is a link to a detailed study of Scriptures that teach about baptisms.

The Journey

In my dream I see the lone figure of a man following a road. As the sun sets beneath the hills, a city comes into view. Nearing it, the traveler sees what appears to be a large group of churches. Spires and crosses pierce the skyline. His pace quickens. Is this his destination? He passes an imposing structure, a neon sign flashing “Cathedral of the Future.” Farther on a floodlit stadium supports a billboard boasting that fifty thousand people crowd into evangelistic meetings there three nights a week. Beyond this, modest “New Testament” chapels and Hebrew Christian synagogues cluster together on the street front.

“Is this the City of God?” I hear the traveler ask a woman at the information booth in the central square.

That is the beginning of “Escape From Christendom.” If you haven’t read it lately, here is a link to the entire article.

Valuable Mistakes

Ray Dalio is one of the most successful business men on the planet, if you count how much money you make as an indicator. His company has created $45 billion income since 1975. He currently has $14 billion personal net worth.

He says that PAIN + REFLECTION = PROGRESS.

It means something like: if you just study your successes (which we like to do), you are not really preparing for the future. You are already likely to do the same good stuff again and have the same successes again.

The valuable study to perform is, instead, lengthy, in-depth study of your failures (which we hate to do). You are likely to repeat them again with little or no preparation, too!

SO, if you want to change the future of your mistake-likeliness, study the failures to find out how you got fooled. Find out why you believed the lie. Dig until you discover what looked good that turned out to be poison. Who did you believe when you shouldn’t have? What do the teeth of the rake look like, barely hidden in the leaves, just before you step on them and break your nose with the rake handle as it flies up?

Israel had an astonishing success at Jericho. Then, they had an astonishing failure at Ai. When they found out what went wrong, they should have had an unending flow of success by always acting in light of the information they received from Yahweh about their failure.

Open UP

Jesus said that He is a Door.

He became that Door so that we could access His Father. He also became a Door to Father to give Him access to the earth.

He has sent us just as He was sent (John 20:21). You are a door, also.

Be lifted up, Eternal Door, and let the King of Glory come through into your home. Be opened in the place where you work – let the King of Glory come in through you. Be opened up in the presence of your most difficult family members! Let the King of Glory invade their lives through yours.

He is the Lord – mighty in battle – Yahweh Sabaoth: the Commander of the Armies of Heaven. He wants to manifest and be known through you.

Be lifted up. Be opened up!