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People in today's world are insecure for many reasons, and rightly so in most cases. People have been abandoned as children, deserted by mates, victimized on the streets and some have been the object of terrorist attacks. Schools, Churches, Shopping Malls and even Military Bases have been the scene of carnage from mass murderers. With the constant threat of nuclear bombs going off in different parts of the world, insecurity is an international problem.
In the midst of this dire problem, there is a place of security for all who will enter in. Solomon said, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe", Proverbs 18:10. The word "safe" here means "inaccessible". Apostle Paul taught us that this safe place was "In Christ". Writing to the Romans, Paul shared three aspects of the security provided for us by our relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. The following passage reveals these three "faith builders" in great clarity.
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"Romans 8:31-35
There is NO SHORTAGE. "....how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" There is no reason to be insecure when it comes to provision in spirit, soul or body; God has told us He will not withhold any need from us. We needed a Redeemer and Father God did not withhold, even when it meant sending His Only Begotten Son. This is the clearest statement of God's willingness to meet every need of our lives in every area of our lives. We can "rest assured" it will be done according to His promise. We should develop an "abundance mentality" and never entertain an "attitude of lack" which rests securely on the Word of God.
There is NO SHAME. "Who shall bring a charge against God's elect?" God has justified us; there is no need to be insecure in our acceptance by Him. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ we have been declared "not guilty" by the Judge of all the Earth, so who can bring a charge against us that will hold up in God's court. Paul said, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God..", by this he meant we are secure in our relationship with Him, we need not fear rejection while we live by faith in the finished work of Christ. This kind of assurance is the atmosphere in which great faith is developed like we see demonstrated in the life of Christ who said at the Tomb of Lazarus, "Father I thank thee that thou hast heard me, and that thou hearest me always". No condemnation here but a consciousness of being totally right with God and confident of being heard by Him.
There is NO SEPARATION. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" There are many people, things and demons that seek to separate the vital relationships of our lives and cause us to doubt the love of others. Paul says that even though we may be experiencing troubles and distresses of many types, none of these things indicate that God's love for us has changed. Satan tells us that "God doesn't care, or even love us" when we are going through hardships in our lives. On the contrary, our loving Christ shares the pain with us as we bump up against the evils of this world in our daily lives. God's love for us never changes simply because God is Love, He loves us not because of something in us that incites that love, but because of Who He is. God's love is always radiating out from Him to us regardless of the circumstances we may find ourselves in. It is when we believe in His love for us that faith arises in our hearts to trust for His deliverance.
These are some of the apostolic truths needing to be instilled in the hearts of today's believers who must live in uncertain times and advance theKingdomofGodin the Earth.
Dr. John Polis © 2012
Opportunities will come to you this year that you need to catch! And not miss!
God has assigned opportunities to you. Opportunities you don’t want to miss and later regret.
It’s not what’s done unto you that can hurt you this year, but what you don’t do that will hurt you. The Opportunities you miss can hurt you much more.
I believe many people are just waiting for God to do something unto them. But God responds to seekers and movers.
Zacchaeas was a man of action. He heard that Jesus was coming toJericho (Luke 19: 1-10) and went to great effort to be sure he could see him. He climbed up a sycamore tree. He didn’t care that the entire town despised him because he was the rich tax collector; he moved towards the goal to see Jesus. Zacchaeas was actively seeking more. He positioned himself to be found. And he was discovered by Jesus; the discovery lead to his moment of opportunity.
The effort got Jesus’ attention and he took action because this was their divine appointed moment. The rest is history—not only did Zacchaeas get blessed, the entire town benefited from the encounter. Zacchaeas’ heart was convicted so much; he gave the poor half of his wealth and paid everyone back four times what he took!
Doing nothing is the invisible mistake we too often make. It is a sin of omission rather than commission. Fulfilling your destiny requires commission – cooperation with God’s mission for you. A commission must be acted upon. It will affect not only you, but the world around you.
Action often involves risk. Taking a risk requires courage. Zacchaeas had to climb a tree so he could see. He took the risk; evaluated how he could get up the tree, and hung on until Jesus came by. Jesus noticed the courage, the determination, the will-power of Zacchaeas. He rewarded the risk by telling Zacchaeas he would go to his home that very moment, to dine and fellowship with him.
Others such as Mary, the woman who in the midst of ridicule poured oil on Jesus feet and the men who broke open a roof to let their friend down in front of Jesus all took a risk, like Zacchaeas. They kept their eyes on the goal, not the obstacles. Risk born out of great determination is courage, the Old Testament word for faith. Jesus honors faith, courage, and determination. They are the keys that help set your stage for God’s opportunities; his divine appointments.
God has not given you (us) a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (clear thinking (2 Tim. 1:7). Courage and love are powers that enable you to stand up for your moral and other value principles. The lack of courage is what typically causes people to not act on principles or seek and step into opportunities. They operate in a spirit of fear.
Courage is not the lack of fear. Men in combat are full of fear, but chose to act courageously—even when scared to death. What motivates them to act instead of shrink back?
- The cause is greater than their feelings and their values more powerful.
- Their passion breaks the internal and external barriers.
- This is the igniting of faith, determination, and guts that empower the ability to perform.
- This separates the winners and losers.
This is where heroes are born.
Your life is a journey with a destination. Most would say life’s entire destination ends in death. Sure it does. “For it is appointed once for all men to die.” But Jesus says what we do in life for him is what lasts, FOREVER. It is not burned up, these are our crowns presented to God.
It’s a ‘wisdom truth’ that you are called to more than die, you are called to fulfill a destiny. Destiny is the destination prior to leaving life. Fulfilling your Destiny is an achievement. It is designed to produce a profound effect on others.
I don’t want to be remembered for what I died OF, but rather for what I lived FOR.
Variations on a Theme
Recently I was listening to Hayden’s ‘Variations on a Theme” done by Brahms. I remember hearing this piece of music during a music appreciation course in college. I really like this unique piece because it sounds like it could be some nation’s national anthem, before it switches to another variation.
This year will be ‘Variations on a Theme” for you. Instead of change being thrust on you that you must react and adjust to—you will become a generator of change.
This year, you will generate internal changes that will generate the external results; to establish destinations of achievements that will lead towards your destiny.
Your course gets set this year towards your destiny. Your destiny has been pre-determined not by you, but by God.
This time next year, you will arrive at another destination of achievement. Your ‘measure’ will have increased. “But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you” (2 Cor. 10:13 KJV).
A ‘CLEAR YEAR’
Let me make this clear, this is not the year you arrive at your destiny destination, this is the year you come out of a confusing 2011 to a CLEAR YEAR.
A ‘clear year’ is one where you ‘see’ what the destiny is, understand what you must do, and change to make it happen. A ‘clear year’ is also a seeking year and a discovering year. Discovering your pre-ordained purpose; that’s your destination this year
A ‘Clear Year’ is a year of Convergence. Convergence is when all your skills, experience, education, and spiritual gifts come together and you discover your God-given assignment.
Convergence is when everything God put in you unites—Igniting you - to fulfill your destiny!
Jesus came to his ‘clear year’ at age 30 by calling the twelve men to follow him and become his disciples. Then things began to really change. His destiny was ignited. 2012 is such a year for you.
A journey has a series of destinations (achievements). DO NOT despise the small achievements for together they have a compounding effect towards your destiny. If Zacchaeas could push past those who he knew disliked him to get to ‘see’ Jesus, don’t you think Jesus wants us to ‘push past’ the fears, the doubts, the anxiety, the failures of the past so we can ‘see’ our destiny? Of course he does, and he is cheering us on to make it, to reach out, to achieve a successful destiny. But we must act. Like Peter: step on the water, keep your eyes on Jesus, and he will support you.
This is David’s story. Every gift came forth as David stepped up and acted his faith. He was anointed to be King. He served in Saul’s court. He killed Goliath. He became a hero. He united Israel. He was the ‘apple of God’s eye.’ And Jesus came from the line of David.
Only Peter walked on water. Even when he started to drown, Jesus lifted him up. He is a hero that has been talked about for 2,000 years. That’s a lasting destiny.
Now is the year to climb the tree, step out on the water, and claim your destiny.
- Be Proactive
- Be an Achiever
- Be God’s Champion
- Be all that you can be for the King and the Kingdom!
I am praying for you to see, hear, and do your destiny this year: Ignite!
I want you to pray this affirmation right now: “I have a destiny and it will not be denied me. I am on a destiny life course that will glorify my God, my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He is King of Kings and I will be one of His kings!”
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Building together with Him and you,
John P. Kelly
Founder, LEAD and Convening Apostle, ICA
“Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD; point out the right road for me to follow.Lead me by your truth and teach me.”Psalm 25:4