Category Archives: God

Learning In The Dark!

In a lot of different ways, we are living in very dark times. People are scared, worried and frustrated. And the big temptation is to curse the darkness, but what good will that do? Cursing the darkness only breeds more negativity. Instead of cursing the darkness, maybe we should go running right into the middle of it? Why??? Because in the middle of the darkness, it is much easier to see the light and this is the very place that our tansformation begins to take place.

Think about the dark times of your life: You thought they were going to kill you, that you were not going to make it through, but you are still here, fighting the good fight. The reason why you are still here is because what you thought might be the end, was really the beginning of your transformation and growth into something more and better.

When we find ourselves in that deep, dark hole that we think there is no way out of, when the blows of life have knocked us flat on our backs and when it seems that all hope is lost, it is then that the miracle takes place. In the very midst of the darkness, which we hate so much, we begin to see a glimmer of light, we feel the encouragement of hope, which promises that this thing called life is not over just yet.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5

When we come face to face with the limits of what we can’t do, it is at this place that we begin to discover what God can do, will do and has done. The darkness is necessary to help us really appreciate and be grateful for the light. As we move from darkness to light, we make the amazing discovery that we are more than just flesh, we are SPIRIT, which makes us so much more than anything we will ever face.

When you find yourself in the dark, do not focus on the darkness, instead, begin to look for the light and in the process discover the amazing gift of transformation, growth, life in the Spirit and all that comes with it…

The Next Best Thing!

Life has this incredible way of offering us unlimited opportunities if we will get out of the blindness of our procrastination, open our spiritual eyes and see all that God and His Universe has to offer us.

This year, my younder daughter and I planted some corn. We plowed the ground, dug the holes, planted the tiny kernal of corn, watered it and waitied for nature to do her thing. Before long the seed turned into a blade and broke through the ground looking for the sun up above. Through the days and nights, it grew into a stalk and eventually the stalk grew ears, which we eventually picked off, shucked and silked to reveal a cob full of corn kernals. My daughter proclaimed: “I can’t believe that all of that came from that little kernal (seed) of corn that we planted in the ground???”

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:7-9

This is the way life works! Life is designed so that when it is working the way it is supposed to, it is always creating more of itself. Stop and let that thought sink in. God has created the Universe, so that it is always looking for ways to recreate and heal itself, by setting up opportunities for us to love and be loved.

It does not matter what mistakes you may have made in the past, because the present is always a new beginning with the possibilitiy of something better. Our Creator has arranged time, so that we may learn from the past and grow in the present as we live and love into the future.

The best way I know to make sure that we don’t miss it is by opening ourselves to God’s unconditional love and allowing it to flow into and through our lives, so that we then might be able to share it with others. Let the love flow and see how creation takes care of itself by offering you more than you can dream or imagine…

REBIRTH!

The Scriptures speak of being born again. This has always been a fascinating and at the same time, confusing consideration. It is fascinating because, we want to understand, it is confusing because, most of us usually don’t make the effort. But we should, because while being born again is not necessairly an easy work, it is a very necessary one.

To be born again is to be born of the spirit and it is a spiritual process. It is the re-awakening to our potential and while it does require some effort on our part, it is our God, Spirit, Lord, Christ, Source, who does the heavy lifiting. Spiritual labor, just like physical labor can be challenging and tiring. It is work from the inside – out. It involves us surrendering our will and coming to a place of giving up, letting go, and allowing our heart to grow tender.

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” -John 3:3

In the spiritual labor of being born again, it does not matter who gets the credit, who is right, who is wrong, how long it takes, what the opinions of others might happen to be or who gets the prize??? The only thing that matters is the end result and some where along the way, we begin realize that all of our effort is just not enough. In the tired weariness of living in this old sin sick world, we finally surrender, give up and allow ourselves to rest in the arms of our Creator. It is at this place that the miracle of rebirth begins to happen.

Being reborn is finding the love we’ve been searching for all of our lives. Once we are reborn, we quickly find comfort in our new skin, because we understand that we are loved. We are loved because we were created by love and for love. We are not so easily distracted by the stuff of this world, because we finally understand that we are just passing through to a better and more perfect place. We experience freedom that sets us free from fear and allows us to overcome any and all challenges with love, sweet love.

This new energy of love opens up a whole new spiritual world within the physcial world of our dwelling, which offers us opportunities for growth outside of ourselves and into the supernatural. It is within the supernatural, that we find the strength, maturity and spirit to grow as we have never grown before. This growth in grace is the sweet and beautiful gift that we were created and re-created for, so please make sure that you enjoy it, every baby step of the way…