The three wise men were the wisest men of their time. Discovering that the Messiah was to be born, they organized an expedition to find Him. They followed His star that led them to Bethlehem, and they pursued until they found Him, worshiped Him, and honored Him with gifts. How could we do any less? We, too, need to: Acknowledge Him as the Messiah / Pursue Him until we find Him / Worship Him / Honor Him with gifts. Time, talent, energy and finances are due His wonderful, beautiful name.
In Luke Chapter 2, Luke describes the angelic annunciation of the birth of the Savior of the world. It did not come to important dignitaries or kings, but to shepherds tending their flocks in the middle of the night.There is a reason why the angel came to these particular shepherds. God is still announcing His gift and plan for all mankind. He is still calling all to come and behold Him!
Honor - the first commandment with promise. "That all may go well with you." (Thrive, be successful, have favor.) Honor is vital in the Kingdom of God - not just for your parents, but all those in authority, your employer, co-workers, all those in your family, in your church. Each individual is crowned with honor by God, and when we honor others, it not only honors Him, it gives access to God's best for your life and your generations. Pastor Rick exhorts us to honor others, focus on the gifts and strengths of others, encourage and edify those close to you, and even strangers. It will make a difference in your life and in the world!
His Mission Statement Jesus quotes Isaiah 61, and declares His mission statement. He begins to reveal that God was restoring His original intent to His children. He always had a plan to restore the order that was in the Garden of Eden. Freedom. Authority. Wholeness. Sonship. Can you hear the trumpet of Jubilee?
God has called each one of us, but He doesn't just call us so that we can go for Him. He wants us to go as a person changed by such an encounter of seeing Him in His holiness that holiness becomes a part of who we are. Isaiah walked through this process and became a voice to the nation as a result. Isaiah had to SEE what he needed to see so that God could BE who he needed to be.
The times we are living in look much like it did in the prophet Ezekiel’s time, when God took him to the valley of dry bones, where the army of God was dead and dry. Our God is Sovereign. And though He can do whatever He wants, He chooses to partner with man, even when man does not deserve it. He is causing us to realize who we are and whose we are. We are His people and He is our God. And when you begin to respond to what He is doing in you, things are going to align themselves for your benefit and for the benefit of the Church, and cities and nations!
God is a harvest-keeping Father. There is no lack or void in His Kingdom. As sons and daughters of God, we are to reflect Him and His nature. There should be tangible, obvious fruit emanating from our lives. With practical ideas and humor, Pastor Rese exhorts all of us to be that fruitful family, not only in church, but in our homes, neighborhoods and in the world.
As you learn to trust God on another level, you will realize your steps are ordered and you will find yourself obeying without even realizing the higher thing God has going on in the background. Noah is a perfect example, and thanks to his obedience, we all benefit from the covenant that God made with him!