Israel, whose birth name was Jacob, had 12 sons. Joseph, one of his sons, was sold into slavery by some of his brothers. His path of slavery was anointed by Yahweh and used to put him in Pharaoh’s prison so that when God spoke to Pharaoh in dreams that no one else could interpret, Joseph would be needed by the government to lead them by having the answers about the dreams.
Joseph’s God-given power to discern the dreams and therefore, the times, caused his path to lead to the throne of Egypt. 400 years after that exaltation, a Pharaoh came to power who had no respect for Joseph or his relatives.
His enslavement of the descendants of Israel caused Egypt to increase in greatness. The oppression they experienced under his rule was deadly. Just as He had prevailed over an earlier Pharaoh with wisdom, Yahweh prevailed over the later Pharaoh with power. To the extent that they obeyed Him, He freed His people from their slavery.
Much prophesy is being spoken in attempt to interpret events that are happening around us. Other prophesy is attempting to predict what our future will be like. Some of each is God-breathed. Some is not.
What happens in the earth is important. How we respond to what happens is more important. Being led by the Spirit Who knows the end from the beginning is a pretty smart way to live out your days.
Knowing what He is doing and joining Him in it is within our reach. We should ask. We should obey. Life will be awesome, no matter who sits in Pharaoh’s seat.
The Finish Line on your most important project is out of your reach and out of your control. As you approach it, it could change distance and direction. The adventures between where you are and where it is are yet to be surprising. Or astonishing, or disappointing…
The Start Line, however, is right in front of your toe.
Any changes that are made regarding the Prize or the location of the Finish Line can change lots of things about the path to the Finish Line, but the Start Line is always just ahead of your toe.
When I play chess, I think 3 moves ahead. I will do this, she will maybe do that. I will then do this (move 2), she might do that. I will then do this (move 3), she might do that.
I make my move, my opponent makes a move. I then think 3 moves ahead. I don’t just take the two moves left in my last decision about sequence. I completely refresh. New move 1 (maybe I keep the old move, but I decide afresh). Maybe he will do this. Move 2, maybe he will respond this way. Move 3, maybe this response.
Every next move is the beginning of something. Your life can be like that. Every next decision or action can be the new Start Line.
Even if the last move was a mistake. The next move is Start.
All of my life as a believer, I have heard things that sound like, “Well, all the signs have been fulfilled – Jesus could come back today!”
I am not answering with scoffing that Peter warned about in chapter 3 of his second letter in the Book – but I am not expecting tomorrow to be interrupted by Jesus parting the sky.
Two major pictures in the Scriptures that make me think we could put off His return for another 1000 years by continuing to be pitiful are the events around the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5) and what He prophesied in Matthew 24 (v14) about “the end” coming – that the good news about His Kingdom would first be preached to every “ethnos.” We would, today I think, translate that idea to mean every “people group.” It means, in terms John heard in the Revelation (7:9) every nation; every tribe; every tongue.
I expect Jesus to return, and that it will be the most wondrous event the world has experienced up to that point. I believe that we need to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to every ethnos first, though, to open the door to His return.
We have counted the “people groups,” and we know how many have not been reached yet. Only, we are just counting the ones we have reached with the gospel of salvation: how to be a member of God’s Family. We have just realized in the last decade that the good news about the Kingdom is not how to be saved from damnation; it’s how to obey the King.
Hold your arms as far apart as you can. Hold your thumb and pointing finger in your right hand about 3 inches apart. All the space between your pinkies is how many believers there are with Spiritual gifts and, therefore, ministries. The space between your thumb and first finger are how many of them are ministries in a local congregation. All the rest are in education; in the marketplace; in industry; in government, etc.
Most of those people have been told that they are “the laity,” and that they don’t have ministries. They are not qualified due to lack of education and degree to presume to represent God.
Go tell them who they are. Preach the Kingdom. Hasten His return.
Unity is raw power. It doesn’t resist being used for good or for evil. Electricity isn’t particular about how you use it either.
Unity empowers people who are like each other with greater strength than they have individually. Unity that includes agreement with an unclean spirit gives that spirit power. Then, the spirit can draw more people into the agreement, and they can keep adding strength until they together give the unclean spirit power to rule over a town or a city or a nation.
The power that is gained when similar people unite is greater than the sum of their strengths. It is multiplied, not just added. It is supernatural, so it affects the realm of the spirit, too.
The greatest power unity can offer, though, is when dissimilar people unite. When enough people of different races unite in an area, they can displace racism’s power if they want to confront it. When people of different religions unite they can overpower truth if they want to confront it.
Of the types of dissimilarities that can unite, the most powerful combination is when believers who have different Spiritual gifts, and different ministries from similar gifts, unite.
When pastors trust prophets, and evangelists trust pastors, and so forth, and bless each others’ perspectives and gifts, they can colonize the earth with the power and culture of heaven. They can overpower darkness if they want to confront it.
Yin and Yang are structures ancient Chinese philosophy offered to explain or identify balance. Yin is dark and passive. Yang is bright and aggressive. Yin is female, Yang is male.
Generally, they are presented as balancing or completing each other, not competing. Represented as a circle with a white drop opposing a black drop, there is a black dot in the white drop, and vice versa. The balance includes the concept that there is a little of the opposite thing in everything, which is not true.
Balance in the Kingdom of God is frequently manifest in mysteries. Things that are basic truths in the Kingdom are senseless to the world. Some don’t even make sense to us on days.
The destroyer is sometimes sent to be my trainer. The lion and the bear were sent to prepare David for Goliath. Some education in God’s plan just teaches us how to learn or listen.
Waiting for assignments to make sense or look successful can be a costly mistake. Not being quickly obedient could have cost Nehemiah or Gideon the nation.
A murder worked salvation in the earth. The holiest Spirit in all of creation wants fellowship with us. Leaders must be servants. My passion to serve the King by sparing lives from hell is balanced by my patience to see His will done His way no matter how long it takes.
Pray that you will learn to hear and trust His voice. Balance in the Kingdom is obedience.
Brace up for the shortest word ever out of Douglas Thomas (Mr Amplified Version of everything ).
Wherever you are having the most trouble in your life – the most discouragement, the greatest fear or worst disappointment, Yahweh is at work.
There, He wants to heal you or free you or change you or empower you. You have to be born again to see the Kingdom. Then you have to look.
He loves it when you ask for clues and help, too. Look around. Ask.
The references here are chapter and verse from the revelation of Jesus that John experienced:
One day, Jesus will sit on a throne for judgement of humanity. The awe of His might and glory as He sits for the first time as a Judge will be so terror inspiring that heaven and earth will try to get away (20:11). Every human will be judged for what they did in the earth (20:12,13). That is the first judgement.
The second judgement is according to the Book of Life (20:12-15). After every human is judged regarding their work and behavior while alive, their names are searched for in the Book of Life. If it isn’t found there, they are thrown in the lake of fire, where the beast, the false prophet, Lucifer, death and the grave have been thrown already.
These decisions are made based on two categories of participation in the Lord’s work in the earth: the Church and the Kingdom. Family members’ names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Obedience to the co-mission given to each individual by the King is the point of judgement regarding works and behavior.
So – get people saved by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, and teach them to obey Him and become His disciples.
Today a friend went through a test.
As a result of a series of errors in their judgement, other people suffered loss. Before they went before a court to determine what they were guilty of and what their sentence should therefore be, we prayed.
I felt led to ask our Wondrous Father for much grace and surprising favor. When I got the “here’s how it went” phone call after the trial, I was impressed at the outcome. It represented much grace and surprising favor.
In my prayers of thanks, though, I felt that I was being instructed to stop being surprised by that much favor. We ask for things to happen or not happen, and sometimes we get what we desire and sometimes we don’t. Interacting with the Holy One is clearly art and not science. It becomes very confusing trying to build a picture in our minds or lives about what is “normal.”
The thought that came to me from the Book was something Luke recorded about some astonishing favor in Acts 19. He wrote that God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul. Clearly, there is a category of “usual” miracles if there is, also clearly, a category of “unusual” miracles.
When are we going to step into the position of expecting “usual” to include “miraculous”?
I think that the door is open in heaven. Help us, Lord, to grasp how to get the door on our end open so that we receive and distribute the wealth of the resources of heaven everywhere we go!
One of my favorite advisors advised me this morning to stop calling myself crazy.
Yes, most of what I believe I am to accomplish before I die is impossible, but that doesn’t mean that I am crazy for expecting it to happen.
Yes, the people who receive the most encouragement through me are people who think the normal Christian Life includes raising the dead and healing the sick and stopping plagues and emptying hospitals and ending poverty and ending stinginess and ending stupidity, but they are not crazy for being that sort of people.
We are not “only human.” We are super-human sons and daughters of the One Who breathed the stars and the sun. We are not subject to nature, but we are supernatural spirits, born of the Holy One.
We are not just rational, every-thing-has-to-add-up people. We are born of God, so it is possible for us to see His Kingdom (John 3:3). We are spiritual people, so ideas and activities that are crazy for natural people make perfect sense to us (1 Corinthians 2).
We are super-rational people. We are bringing the laws of our Homeland into the spheres we have the power and authority to be able to influence. Our influence is going to take the power that is changing us and change our workplaces and our neighborhoods and our towns and cities and states and nations.
Super-rational leaders take 300 super-rational warriors and give them a trumpet, a torch, and a jug and send them out to battle enemies that have them outnumbered a thousand or so to one, and they defend their nation (Judges 7).
Super-rational sons of the king attack an army by themselves and inspire an army of quitters and cowards to rise up and defend their nation (1 Samuel 14:1-23).
Super-rational people like you are going to do supernatural exploits and bring glory to the Name that made you free – because you are like the One Who bears the Name that is above every name.
People argue about how many adults were in the crowd Moses led out of Egypt. I hear ranges from 1 to 6 million.
Trim all the fat out of the picture you like, and pretend we know there were 1,102,303. Based on that pretense, let’s create some minimal odds. Joshua and Caleb we don’t have to guess at. 2 people out of however many (1,102,303 pretentiously, today only) is a pretty small percentage.
If the perspective is typical (as in type / antitype), the odds of you being successful at a calling that is not maintenance of some tradition are not good. Half a million to one, you won’t be and do what Yahweh has called you to if it’s new or if it disrupts the status quo.
No problem with those odds when you are an oddity, though! Be encouraged! Your awesome God picked you because you are going to be and do what He likes. You are not going to quit, surrender, faint, fail, or die without accomplishing what He put you in the earth for.
He likes doing things that way. He likes embarrassing His enemies and nay-sayers by picking the likes of us to take out or out last the likes of them.
Go be awesome.