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Let’s Get on With It!

On August 21, the US experienced a total solar eclipse – from the west coast to the east. There was another solar eclipse that did the same thing 99 years ago. Think about how much the nation has changed in those 99 years. But since this last solar eclipse, I think there has been a drastic change. It is like gears have shifted to a new level of intensity. Just think of everything that has occurred since August 21.

Everything changed in that same week with the devastation from Hurricane Harvey; then Hurricane Irma hit the islands about a couple of weeks later; then Hurricane Maria soon after. It’s been a busy hurricane season. Many firsts have occurred this year in the Atlantic Basin.

Not only has it been natural disasters since the solar eclipse, but man-made devastation as well. The Las Vegas shooting happened in October, NY had its day of terror, and now this church shooting just this past weekend. Did I forget anything? Every month, has seen something new. Will this end anytime soon? Unfortunately, I think we have turned a corner. It is interesting to me that the next solar eclipse to cross this nation will come in seven years. Leads me to wonder what God has in store for us in these next seven years.

And yet, here we are born into this time on God’s calendar. We were made for this season. He chose us for this hour. Scripture tells us that God has a plan for our lives. We have a purpose specific. Ephesians 2:10 says we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. God molded us in a fashion to do something specific – to reach the people He puts in our lives in the only way we can do so – with our talents and abilities. You might think you have no talent or ability. I always did. But God has placed something uniquely in you that will make a connection with someone else. You just might not have found that uniqueness yet. But it’s there. God designed you for a purpose higher than you can imagine.

So what do we do in this new time? We go back to the beginning of the church age when Jesus walked this earth – Love God; Love others and tell others what Jesus has done. I think the church has forgotten its roots. We got all into our programs to enrich our spiritual lives, but we have failed to follow through and teach others outside the four walls of the building. We became self-absorbed and have failed to love others in the way we have been instructed through God’s Word (Matthew 28:19-20). Well, that’s my opinion based on what I have witnessed in my own life.

However, I really believe we are in a new time where this is really going to be top priority in the years to come. One day, we may not have church buildings to go to. The American church body may become like every other part of the world, meeting in homes under the guidance of everyday people who love the Lord and love others by teaching them what they know. We actually learn together as the Holy Spirit joins in to teach us. It stretches us to learn in a different way by participating in a group setting. No one speaks at us, but we engage in the conversation as we discuss the Bible and apply what we learn. I think this is where we will be going in the future. I could be wrong. Time will tell.

You also might think you don’t know enough to teach someone. I did. However, I know more than someone else. We are all at different points of understanding. We can all learn and grow from one another. We pray for a heart that is willing to listen and the Holy Spirit to help us in the process of teaching and learning from each other. We are to be open and ready whenever Jesus places us in the position to be His hands and feet. We can do this.

The first church did it with great success. Jesus instructed the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. The disciples weren’t ready in the beginning of His time with them; but when Jesus was ready to leave this earth, He put those scrappy young men in charge and they were ready. Three years of instructions from Jesus took a new form with the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who heard in the first few years spread the word and look how far it has gone. This is our time; and as you noticed, things are changing rapidly. Be prepared to tell others about your peace and your joy. They are going to want what you have.

So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it! Hebrews 6:1-3 (MSG)

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Wheat and Weeds

One Saturday morning in July, I went out to clean up my yard. Weeds are very abundant in my yard. I commenced to pulling them up. I have written about weeds in the past, but this time I considered something I had just heard from Beth Moore. She spoke about something God had placed on her heart concerning the time drawing near. God is revealing to her about the need for revival in this land. I think we can all agree with her assessment.

Beth spoke of the times coming up where false teachers and good teachers will be in the same field as shown in the parable about the wheat and weeds. This will be allowed for a time. God has revealed to Beth, the good teachers will be seen by the majority as false teachers. The good teachers will have to endure the suffering during that time. They will be discredited. They will be grieved to know that no one is listening to the Truth being spoken. She had more to say on the subject but this really spoke to me. She tells the audience not to believe her words, but to study and seek confirmation in God’s word for this truth.

As I was pulling my weeds, I was thinking of her insights about the parable. I also remembered a devotional on this same passage (Matthew 13:24-30), which I just read a few days prior Beth’s message. The devotional pointed out we are not to judge who are the wheat and the weeds – only God can make that judgment. We just need to make sure we are in the wheat category! However, with Beth’s insight we do need to judge the teachers. We are not to be deceived and are to scan scripture for the Truth. We are to be diligent about studying for ourselves the Word so that we will know when someone is speaking falsely.

We need to be able to understand the truth up front, right now, so that we will not be deceived. The truth needs to be spoken and we need to hear it, even if we don’t like what is being said. The teaching of Jesus is very divisive meant to cut to the heart for repentance. But Jesus always spoke out of love. The ones who are speaking on His behalf will speak out of that same love as well. We need to recognize the difference and know the ones to whom God has placed in the field to speak the truth for our repentance before the harvest comes.

The weeds were sown while everyone was sleeping (verse 25). Wake up; it’s time to be ready for the harvest!

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” Matthew 13:27-30

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