The Remnant Who Remains….

Night after night, thousands of Braves fans file into Suntrust Park in anticipation of seeing the Braves pull out a victory. Last night was no exception, the Pirates were in town, the attendance was great considering the weather, the expectations were high, and although the Braves started out a little shaky, the game was good. In spite of the drizzle throughout the night, the game continued until the top of the seventh inning. At this time play was suspended because the rain became more intense. 
This rain delay didn’t last for a couple of minutes, it lasted for about three hours. While the average baseball game usually takes about three hours to play, because of the weather, this game took 6 hours and 15 minutes. I remember checking online at about midnight, and the game was still delayed, so I checked out. I just knew that this game was going to be called, but it wasn’t. At around 12:51 a.m., play resumed and YES, the fans who REMAINED were not disappointed. Unfortunately, I learned of the victory after the fact, but somehow it wasn’t the same as watching my team battle to victory..
God spoke to me this morning through the events surrounding the Braves victory. He spoke about the significance of enduring the process. He spoke to me about delay not being denial, and  He also spoke to me about being the REMNANT WHO REMAINS. 

  • Part of being able to endure the process of God means being cognizant, or mindful of what’s taking place in the spiritual realm of our everyday lives. Beloved, we can’t afford to live life at face value, because face value can fool you. Yes, we live in the natural, but spiritually, things are taking place in and around all of us. 
  • Delay doesn’t mean denial, in the WILL OF GOD, and in the economy of the kingdom. But in order to walk in sync with God’s will, in the kingdom, we must walk in sync with the Holy Spirit. 
  • In order to be that REMNANT WHO REMAINS, it requires us to endure the process and press beyond delay. 

Last night’s game started with thousands of Braves fans in attendance, but only 200 REMAINED to experience the VICTORY. 

  • They endured the weather…
  • They weren’t deterred by the delay..
  • Therefore they experienced the VICTORY….

“Those who wait upon the Lord SHALL….Isaiah 40:31

Living with Low Vision….

“Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house…Ezekiel 12:2

As a Saul journeyed to Damascus something happened. He had an encounter with God that changed his life forever. When Saul set out on his journey, his plans weren’t to surrender his life to God, but Saul had a date with destiny that he knew not of. Saul was living in rebellion to God’s word, God’s will, and God’s way, therefore, it was IMPOSSIBLE for Saul to see what God’s purpose, path and plan for his life was..

“…Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me….Acts 9:4

When you’re living in rebellion to God, you’re living with low vision. Low vision is seeing, but not seeing. It’s seeing in the natural, but having no clue of what’s going on in the spirit realm. 

As Saul journeyed to Damascus, God supernaturally intervened, causing Saul’s  spiritual blindness to be coupled with a physical blindness…

“Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one…Acts 9:8

This was by divine design, because God had to deal with and deliver Saul, before he could become Paul and discover his purpose. God had to deal with and purge Saul’s rebellious heart, so that He could walk in the imputed righteousness of God.

Some of us are just like Saul, we’re living in rebellion to God’s word, will and way. We’re living with low vision. We see, but we don’t see. We see things in the natural, but remain clueless to what’s spiritually going on around us. My prayer is that the word of God will prick our hearts, so that we can fully surrender our lives to God, before we too have a Damascus experience. 

God has a purpose, path and plan for all of our lives, but we’ll never see the manifestation thereof, as long as we’re living in rebellion towards God. Living in rebellion towards God is just like a child who knows the rules that their parents have set, but are hell bent and determined on walking in a different direction.

Beloved, the wages of sin is still death, regardless of what WE THINK WE’RE GETTING AWAY WITH…

No matter where we are or what we’re dealing with, GOD SPECIALIZES…

Saul started this journey to Damscus living in rebellion towards God, but God pricked his heart, and supernaturally anointed Ananias as a Spiritual Ophthalmologist, to help Saul receive his physical and spiritual sight. 

Are you living with low vision? 

The BIG BANG…

Are we doing what God has called us to do, the WAY that He wants us to do it?

Beloved, the Lord spoke to me saying, “Many of My people are doing what I’ve called and anointed them to do, but they aren’t doing it the WAY I wanted them to do it. It’s NOT ENOUGH to merely do what God wants done, we MUST do it the WAY He wants it done…

Guess what beloved, this is an easy place to find ourselves. I believe that one of the main reasons that we end up here is because we get anxious. We’ve been programmed to grab life by the horns, and where there is no way, MAKE ONE..

But if can I be perfectly honest and say this, that’s a direct contradiction to what the word of God teaches. You can search from Genesis to Revelation and you won’t find that. That’s the worldly or carnal way of living, of which I’ve been gravely entangled in. Can I also offer this other word that the Lord shared with me this morning? Because we don’t seek and follow the directions and instructions of God, although we may see a certain degree of manifestation, many of us will NEVER see, nor will we experience God’s POWER and FULLNESS. That’s why people who are unsaved are comfortable in fellowship with many of us. There’s no real power that invokes change.

You see, this way of living robs us of what God has ordained to SET US APART, it robs us of becoming the CITY THAT SITS ON A HILL THAT CANNOT BE HIDDEN, and we merely become a church building on a corner lot, or a campus, with a big ole steeple. God hasn’t called us to do what the world does, He’s called us to separate ourselves, in our practices and principles, but we’ve conformed to the world.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.,,Matthew 5:14

Do you remember when David and the people of God were bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem? This was what God wanted them to do, but something happened in the process, Uzzah was killed when he touched the Ark with his hands. When you read 2 Samuel 6 your initial response may be wow Lord, that was pretty harsh of You, because Uzzah was trying to keep the Ark from hitting the ground when the oxen stumbled. But upon taking a closer look you’ll discover that although they were doing what God called and anointed them to do, they didn’t do it how God wanted it  done..

They weren’t suppose to place the Ark on a cart on the backs of oxen, they were suppose to place the Ark on the shoulders, to be carried men. Rather that doing the Lord’s work the way the Lord taught them, they did it the way the Philistines did it. Therefore, a man was killed..

Beloved this passage speak VOLUMES to us today. The Philistine’s way represent the world’s way. So I ask a simple question, Are you wholly doing what God has called and anointed you to do, the WAY God has called you to do it?

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…Romans 12:2

I BELIEVE God wants to make a BIG BANG in the world, in our everyday lives, but it’s going to take wholly seeking, obeying, and following His instructions and directions…

What’s the BIG BANG?

  • Making us Light that people CANNOT look past us…
  • Making us a City of power and truth, that CANNOT BE HIDDEN, where people see Jesus and come, saying, “WHAT must I do to be saved?

 

Passing life’s tests…

 

In the state of Georgia, grades 3 through high school take an end of the grade assessment, called The Georgia Milestones Assessment System. This test is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Once tested, there are four categories that students are classified in: (either)

  • Beginning Learners..Students do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level and content area of learning..
  • Developing Learners..Students demonstrates partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level and content area of learning..
  • Proficient Learners..Students demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level and content area of learning..
  • Distinguished Learners..students demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level and content area of learning..
Beloved, just as our children are tested in school, so we are tested by God. God’s instructions are forever before us, and He reviews and tests the concourses and interactions of our everyday lives. God has expectations of EVERY born again believer’s life and He desires them to be on display EVERYDAY. In the home, we’re tested, In the workplace, we’re tested, In the drive-thru, we’re tested, At check out, we’re tested, In the supermarket, O yes, we’re tested. Late at night, we’re tested, Early in the morning, we’re tested. In the presence of people, we’re tested, By ourselves, we’re tested…
Someone may ask, well how are we tested?
Well, just like students are tested in the content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies, God tests us in the content areas of our everyday lives, such as: faith and faithfulness, love of ourselves and others, attitude, demeanor, how well we get along with others, compassion, patience, temperament, gentleness, and self-control, joy, kindness, goodness, generosity, and the like…
God wants all of us to know what His life expectations are, therefore, He’s left us a biblical curriculum, written in a multiplicity of different languages and translations so that we all could know and understand…
Although we’re in a very dark place, from a worldly standpoint, God has placed His light, the light of Jesus, in the heart of every born again believer. Some of us realize it and some of us don’t. Some of us know our expectations, and some don’t. This message isn’t to condemn or criticize anyone, it’s a self check for me first of all, because I’m writing and reading it, and it’s also for whoever is reading it.
Go ahead and be honest with yourself, and examine your personal content areas. Where do you stand with God? What areas do you need God to really work on and in?

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things…Galatians 5:22-23