“Today you will be with Me in paradise”
Did you know that Jesus was not just talking about physical death? But all death! Dying to self is HUGE in His book. Dying to sin, crucifying this flesh and aligning ourselves with Christ the Lord in the sight of God, dying to this world – and the world’s culture/system and dying to our own selfish desires means we have chosen to be in “Paradise” with the Lord Jesus over EVERYTHING we can attain in this world/this life. Woooohooohooo! That is HUGE!!! Death to everything that stands against GOD brings us (TODAY) into Paradise with His Son, JESUS THE CHRIST.
Acts 3:6-8 (ESV)
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
So, so, so powerful. A wonderful account of true worship and servitude. Wouldn’t you agree?
“What do I have to offer them, Lord. I, myself are in great need?”
All of us who confess Jesus have sought God on this issue with a heavy heart and a willingness to do more for those we know need help. We, too, feel helpless when we cannot help them and are forced to stand and watch. It hurts. But the fact that we feel deeply about their cause and desire to help someone truly pleases God. It really does. It opens doors for our prayers for them to be answered even if it means God uses someone else to bring them the resources they need, understand God honors our prayers, then turns and blesses us as He blesses those we’ve been praying for. Yep! It’s true!!!
Here we goooooooooooo!!!
One great thing I live for is serving. Service is a sure way to touch the very heart of God. Humility, selflessness and compassion are birthed in our need to help and support others. Being someone who was once VERY self-centered to now meeting the needs of others and relying on God completely to provide me with the tools needed to help them, and to always meet mine and my family’s needs, I am soooooooo grateful for the road God allowed me to take to become a new creation in Him. God gave me a completely new heart FULL OF GENUINE COMPASSION, LOVE, CARE AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS. When I can’t physically help others – I PRAY FOR GOD TO INTERVENE AND MEET THEIR NEEDS. When He gives me the resources to help and bless others, I STILL PRAY, GIVE THANKS AND MEET THE NEED ACCORDING TO HOW GOD SEES FIT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY TO. It is NEVER about me! It’s the Christ in me ALWAYS at work. I have an amazing life! No lie! The more I give, let go with no concern of it coming back or how long my family and I will go without, THE MORE GOD’S LOVE, GRACE, COMPASSION AND INTERESTS IN IS AND OUR DAILY NEEDS COME FLOWING INTO OUR HOME. Believe me!! We have LOTS of needs, but I can honestly say because God is HEAD OF OUR LIVES & IT ALL, ~We want for NOTHING~ Everything, every need, and (some) wants/desires under God’s watchful eye (in due time) gets met. If not, it’s His way of saying either “not yet” or “you don’t need this – I’ve better for you. You’ll see.” He’s always right. Even when I pray, standing in need of something ‘great’ and God sends something as small as a snowflake, No lie, soooooooo much gratitude flows out from my heart for the littlest blessing, because God answered my prayer in His own way.
Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God and in His deep love and concern for you and those you love. Do your best to bless others as a means to relieve you of your worries. Begin to pour out goodness on others, before doing something for yourself. Pray nonstop for other people, that God will meet their needs. Learn of and Present The Gospel of Jesus to everyone you encounter. Give them what you do have – your testimony of how Jesus transformed your life and the blessed hope you now have of knowing Him in an intimate way for yourself THEN WATCH HOW GOD WILL USE YOU AND PROVIDE FOR YOU!!! It’s bananas!!! To say the least. God does some amazing things. He often comes from left field and trust me, you’ve never been nor will you ever be loved like this – ever! There’s only one true God who loves on a level we cannot comprehend nor explain, but we can imitate. Truly, we CAN mimic His love by loving on others the same way He loves us.
Because I’ve been homeless, I know how to genuinely be there for homeless people. Because I’ve been abandoned, I have learned to be loyal to others. Because I’ve been lied to countless times, I’ve learned to let my Yes be yes and my no be no. Because my heart has been unjustly broken by those I loved deeply, I know how to swallow my pride, hold myself accountable for the wrongs I commit against others (including myself) and God, apologize (itemizing what I did wrong) ask for forgiveness, reconcile with others and turn and TEACH MY CHILDREN BY EXAMPLE. I apologize to my children ALL THE TIME!! Because I want them to know they are valuable individuals worth every bit of love, respect and affection. The best apology is CHANGED BEHAVIOR. Point blank. To be better we must DO BETTER. I agree with the Lord, even unto our enemies – we must do good to them. Some we will win for the kingdom of God and others we won’t. No matter! God is watching us, always. He’s in full control. So let’s remember who is our Commander and Chief and remember to do good before Him – to ALL. Expecting NOTHING in return. Pride is the head symptom of all the lack we are encountering as a nation. Next is offense. Which leads us down the dark path of self-centeredness, greed, and discontentment in others and ourselves. We never feel full, satisfied or content. We’re always looking at and comparing our lives and experiences to others, which ultimately replaces God. Worry becomes our god. We willfully become slaves to the demonic spirits of bitterness and resentment. But there’s good news!!! Once we overcome these things for real – confessing with our mouths, daily to the Lord that we struggle with these things – in due time we begin to see glorious transformation in our thinking, our attitude and in our actions. We become more responsive and less reactive toward injustice. Do you see?
Taking His life for our own (death for life, life for death) now places us in direct union with Christ – being everywhere He is (here)… His Paradise and now having more to offer – “SUCH AS I HAVE, I GIVE…” #thegoodnews #loveinaction
Mouth SHUT – Eyes on God. Let go!!! Yes, let it all go and allow Holy Spirit the opportunity to properly position you for spiritual change and service. You will forever be slave to Holy Spirit exchange. Wanting more and more of Him and to know His ways. Trust me. And you’ll feel great! Even in your low times. Why? Because the JOY OF THE LORD is your strength and is constantly at work in you. Your cares of this world will change (die) to a willingness to find out and know what is God’s good and most pleasing will. You need a cause to support and belong to? Marry yourself to the blood and cause of Jesus – then watch Him blow your mind. Bet?
I live to serve! I am in love with my new life! God could not have given me a better gift. 😁 Serving others has taught me MANY things, but most of all serving others has taught me how grateful King Jesus was to first love and first serve us – that His Father in heaven may forever be glorified. What an incredible High Priest we have and serve, family. Serve the Lord with gladness – by serving others and serving less of yourself. You will live a truly fulfilled life. I promise!
I love you!