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The Right view of Jesus Changes Everything

55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him.
58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

When we have an accurate view of Jesus, everything else then is weighted correctly. Some of the things we once loved and longed for have become meaningless and some of the things that were meaningless and trivial become most important. Stephen knew this, and Acts 7 gives the historical account. Stephen was filled with the Spirit and saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. As men gathered stones to put him to death, Stephen calmly stood without fear, without anger, without retaliation, he was fortified by an accurate view of Jesus. He begged not that God would intervene and protect him, not that fire would fall and devour these men where they stood, but that these men who would stone him would be forgiven. Once you have an accurate view of Jesus, fear fades, hatred is halted, and death no longer permanent becomes sleep, to which we now know, we will once again be awakened from. My prayer today is that we will see Jesus most clearly as he truly is, The Lover of Our Souls. I wonder the conversations that took place in the homes of these stone throwers after they witnessed Stephen’s prayer? Did Stephen’s reflection of love impact even one? Maybe, just as Jesus’ death impacted the soldiers that witnessed his love at the cross and were transformed so these men also may have been moved by Stephens death. One thing I know for sure, Stephen’s message was not diluted, he did not compromise his stand, he didn’t do what was politically correct, even to the point of giving up his very life. When we have a accurate view of Jesus, we can trust whatever circumstance we are facing that He is in control.

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Addict’s Hope

I have seen your pain, your trials and your struggles, your fears and concerns. I have known your hate for the extreme weaknesses to which you have given yourself time and again. I’ve seen your embarrassment at the wrong choices you have made, and the hurt you endured along the way. You have destroyed your own life, missing moments that cannot be regained. You have cheapened the lives of those about you, taking from them the joy they would have known. You have stole, borrowed, and begged to satisfy your inner longings, only to be fed on that which removes your pain temporarily. The pain is never gone long and that which once you controlled, now controls you. You are unable to let go, it beacons you like a lover and rules you like a master. You have in this process aligned yourself with unseen enemies that take you down pathways of hopelessness and emptiness. The mask you wear to hide from the world is showing signs of over use, and even it has taken on the wrinkles it was intended to cover. You have been abandoned, left of those who once stood beside you, but could not any longer. You have broken promises, failed attempts at recovery and each time it becomes harder. I know you have considered death as an alternative because you think you have tried everything and to your understanding you have, but now you’ve reached a breaking point. The cycle continues and you are weary…but what to do??? You are wondering how I know this? Because, I endured all your pain, I suffered all your failure, I felt every ounce of your addiction, I took on every one of your sins. I died so you could live. I paid your price. When will it end my child? When will it all stop? When will the pain cease and the joy return? When will you give up and allow Me the reigns of your life? Then you will find the peace you desire. I’m not telling you it will be instantaneous bliss, that it will all just melt away, that some of the consequences of you choices will not linger, but I will love you and accept you, and restore you, cleansing you from all your unrighteousness. Will you come to Me and allow My blood to work on your behalf? Come to Jesus.

America Needs Humility and Prayer

 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land. 
America is without a doubt teetering on the edge of certain disaster. Our economic woes are reaching epic proportion and our spending is so out of control that our credit rating has actually been downgraded. We are nearing what some have called a tipping point, or the point of no return. We are without unity, and at odds with each other and those who are supposed to be our leaders. Some are fearful of civil war, revolution, or even being swallowed up by a one world government. God gives us the conditions for healing this land. First He gives us the option…that small word if means we have a choice. if we decide we want this fixed there is a solution. Next He puts the weight of this situation squarely on the shoulders of those He has chosen…my people. God never counts on those who are not His to remedy the problem and the edicts tell us quickly who it is that has wandered from His will. The conditions that must be met are painful reminders of where we have slipped and allowed idols to take the place of the One we claim as our Father. We are told to humble ourselves…that means we must recognize we have nothing in our own ability that can resolve our circumstances…we must turn to God. Pray…God wants us to communicate our need of Him. He desires conversation where we share our concerns and He shares His heart. He wants us to seek His face…far too long we have asked for the hand of God, failing to long for intimacy we only want answer…not this time. Turn from our wicked ways…repentance is a word seldom heard but God longs for His people to hunger for Him rather than worldly pleasures. These are the conditions…now the question is will we meet them? Is our land sick enough for us who are His, to cry out to Him? These next forty days we need to spend much time in quiet humility meeting with Him who has the ability to heal this land. We must repent of the idolatry, the selfishness, and the pleasure seeking flesh and earnestly call out for God’s face to shine upon us. Now is the time today is the day to begin revival in our nation.