Green as the Grass

Recently, seeing a nearby field, the question came to me, “How green is the grass?” There are days we look upon the fields and because of our complaint, fail to see anything.  Other times, we are passing by way too fast, thinking way too many things to realize the grass is green for a reason.  The answer I received is; it all depends upon the prism thru which you look, either through the humble eyes of a ‘suffering servant,’ or the angry heart of an ‘indentured slave’. Only Jesus, can cancel the certificate of debt by the power of His cross to those decrees against us that hold us in pledge to this world and its lusts with an extreme precision to release us from slavish thinking and cruel bondage.  The power of the cross is for the humble who will draw near with confidence to surrender their thoughts of care and ambition for this life to understand the statement, ‘Have this same attitude which was in Christ Jesus who although He existed with all the attributes of God, He humbled Himself as a slave, becoming obedient to God by taking up His cross.’ His cross, calls us higher under the influence of a still small voice, mighty in power, rich in service, and green as the grass.  Philippians 2:6-11

A Tale of Two Trains

I received a vision of a train–one bound for nowhere, the other for glory. From the station they appear to run along parallel tracks; one however, merely circles the city while the other moves swiftly and westerly out from all that looks like progress through a valley and then on to a mountain summit. It is really a picture of faith. Take for example the story of Abraham and Lot. One wanted the city, the other took the heights. Abraham, if you will, took the outbound train for glory by faith to believe God that glory was in moving out and taking possession rather that circling that which he could never fully possess. Scores of believers are literally being taken for a ride on the inside track. It is a ride of deceptive influence where the enemy is the “Thief Conductor”. He makes his passengers comfortable and happy and there are many stops along the way. All the lively excitement enriches the senses, but leads the spirit of man nowhere and for no cause greater than self. In Mark 8:17 Jesus asks His disciples, ‘do you have a dull and insensible heart?’ Repentance will be the mark of true believers in these last days–sin however, will keep you with an inflated view of the obvious missing the discerning influence of the Glory Train–its riders are under the influence of faith because they are hearing a word made more clear as they have a seat by the window with a view of the God inspired not the man-made. Riders of this outbound train have taken the seat of faith for a ride that would seem less certain in its destination, yet the word of the Conductor has a settling effect as they move away from the familiar to experience a revelation God himself could only reveal. David Wilkerson has said, many have knowledge, but no revelation of Jesus. One train deludes, the other reveals. Which train will you ride? One is content only with knowledge, but never finds repentance from circular things.  The other is a train of trust where passengers ride because God says, ‘I have greater things for you, and your confession of My Lordship will be your release to board’. Do you find yourself on the inside tracks going round again? You know your are on the wrong train being taken for a ride when God shows you something, but it serves you little benefit. It means you have a thief for a conductor. Truth is, as believers we have all spent far too much time riding the inside rails and not the outbound train. God says don’t be foolish; get off at the next stop and make the connection for the Glory Train. There is one leaving from a stop very near where you live….

Working Together

This ministry has for a long time provided a place to help others. I can’t say that everyone has received help, but that has been our desire. This week I began thinking about the body of Christ working together; it is important we pull together to accomplish the purposes of the church. The church has been given the unique call to preach good news and make disciples. At our ministry farm we believe the Lord was saying to us for the past few years, “build a barn and usher in a harvest of souls”. That word was confirmed to us and so we will be using the farm to provide a variety of ministry opportunities in days ahead. It is important you see your part in the body of Christ and realize your effectiveness.  We must believe in our hearts we can reach people for Christ’s sake. So I need you to ask yourself the question, ‘what do I see as my part in His body and will I allow the Holy Spirit to prepare me to be ready in season?’ My dad used to say, ‘you get what you are willing to give’.  That is so true; we often reap a harvest out of the kind of attitude we bring with us. Often, I see people who come to church and seem to get nothing.  What did they come to bring?  Did they come just to get and not to give or participate?  Did they just bring an attitude of unbelief that thought they were not going to get much and so received nothing?  Someone has said how much attitude affects our altitude.  I believe that is important for us all to consider.  Is your attitude one of appreciation for the word or is it in merely telling what you know?  Are you spreading words that heal or do they divide?  The real issue is my heart and a faith that is working for his kingdom not my own.   Will you consider working with me to reap a harvest in these days?  Call or contact me so we can pray with you concerning God’s will and His work.  Let’s find ourselves working together in these days ahead.