Do you recall my statement that those who mourn are blessed? Does this seem obvious to you? Have you ever mourned and considered it to be a blessed experience? You have the promise that you will be comforted, and you do not grieve as those who have no hope, but does that help in the moment of mourning? The promise is written in future tense to those who shall be comforted, but have you found that you have to wait for this?
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Do you see the benefits of having a direct encounter with me? In the beginning, before there was an organized church, this was the only way to experience me. Do you assume that this is no longer available since there is now a church? But this is not a valid assumption. Is it the longing of your heart to encounter me yourself? Have you found that this is not something you can arrange or stage yourself? You are in my hands but I am not in yours. Do not be discouraged.
Are you glad that you are under grace and not under the law? Does it sound too good to be true? Who would want a list of rules to follow if they didn’t have to? Yet how many people understand the implications of grace? For I invite those who respond to grace to have an encounter with me. Consider the accounts of those who did. They reported that they exceedingly trembled and quaked, or said, woe is me, for I am undone, for I have seen the Lord. But you are invited to this encounter at a higher level than Mount Sinai, for you have come to the City of the Living God.
Are you familiar with the theological terms propitiation and atonement and absolution? These are terms you normally only hear in church, and are unfamiliar to those outside. Yet there are terms they are familiar with that convey the same ideas, such as amnesty and immunity. Are you free to use terms like this to present my message? Do you want your audience to understand you? Specialized vocabulary can be used to exclude outsiders, but I want to include them. Consider my own words.
Have you had an encounter with me? This is cause for great joy. You can learn about me from others and from books, but knowing about me is not the same as knowing me. What was your response to your encounter with me? Are you attached to it in such a way that prevents you from moving forward? It would be a mixed blessing if your first encounter with me made you immune to more. You describe your faith as a relationship with me and that implies ongoing flow. I promised that those who continue in my word would know the truth and be free.
When you consider whether someone is young or old what do you use as a reference standard? Don’t you compare them to your own age? No matter how old you are, those who are older than you are old, and those who are younger than you are young. Since your age constantly changes this is not a fixed standard, but it illustrates the human tendency to be subjective and self-referential. Do you see the world around you the way it is or the way you are? Do you desire to know eternal truth?
I said that in me there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. Can you comprehend how radical a message this was in a slave economy? The political concept of equality grew out of this, and although it was then claimed to be a self-evident truth, it wasn’t self-evident to everyone, and prior to the gospel message wasn’t self-evident to anyone. Can you see how this message would appeal more to the poor and oppressed than to the wealthy and powerful? Yet everyone benefits from the recognition of intrinsic human worth. This is the reality you find in me.
For atheists nothing is sacred. For some Christians, only those things that occur in churches are sacred. Churches buildings range in size from houses to warehouses, but they comprise a small fraction of the whole world. Does this Christian world view leave most of the world in the realm of the atheists? Christianity is not animism, but you do hold the doctrine of omnipresence, even as I said that I am with you always. Can you see the transcendent in everyday life? If you do you will never be bored. How would your life be different if you walked with this continuous awareness?
If I walked into your church and was thirsty, would you give me a drink? I think that if it was obvious that it was me that you would. What about the least of these or your enemies? In this case would you be so eager to serve them? In this case it may not be so obvious it is me but it really is, and it was my own declaration that established the equivalence. So do you see that the problem here is your lack of awareness and the ability to see things as they really are?
Are you a healer? In every culture those who practice medicine must have extensive training and meet strict and demanding criteria. This is particularly true for cardiac specialists who work on hearts. But in another sense, anyone who is willing can heal a broken heart. If you are willing to establish relationship and trust you can bring healing to those who have been hurt so much that they are in despair. An injured body requires medical attention, but who can bear a wounded spirit? Who can live without hope? I have enabled you to heal these things as much as a doctor can heal a body.
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by Mark Virkler and Patti Virkler | 192 Pages
Reviewed by Sid Roth on It's Supernatural. What does it sound like to hear from Heaven? In this interactive journal, Dr. Mark Virkler takes you on a life-changing journey that reveals three powerful ways you can hear God’s voice and recognize how He is speaking in your life everyday.
A step-by-step guide on “abiding in Christ” or how to let go and let God live naturally and powerfully out through you. Disarmingly simple. Mind-blowingly powerful. The process is boiled down to four truths: 1) It's all about God, 2) I contain God, 3) I tune to the indwelling Christ, and 4) I release the power of the indwelling Christ.
You can be the parent God wants you to be: loving, encouraging, trusting and able to raise up your children in the way they should go, fulfilling their own unique destinies. Parenting was not intended to be a burden, and anyone who tells you differently has bought into a lie. You will learn to enjoy parenting as an exciting, joy-filled, divinely-ordained opportunity, not an wearying responsibility.
Get your teens excited about hearing God's voice, two-way journaling and receiving divine vision! Keep them from going through teenage rebellion by teaching them how to hear from the Lord personally every single day of their lives. Give them a foundation that will let them accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible!
This book will ensure that your children learn to hear the voice of God. Generally young people can hear God’s voice easier than adults can! And by teaching them the four keys early on they will clearly recognize His voice as they grow up, positioning them to readily experience His maximum grace and goodness every day of their lives.
If you have ever believed any of the following lies, then this book is for you: "Emotions are soulish;" "Money is evil or secular;" "It is wrong to seek vision;" "Don’t trust experiences;" "God gave me a mind and expects me to use it;" "Politics are evil;" God is always beating on me;" or one of 43 more such detestable lies...
Apprenticeship: "Soaking up the spirit and anointing of another."
Apprenticeship is the most time-honored approach to learning. It has proven itself through all of history, was used by Jesus of Nazareth to disciple the Twelve, and is being restored in America today by progressive educators.
by Brad Jersak | 58 Pages
This delightful book illustrates in full-color how God opens the eyes and ears of each child's heart so that they become aware of His constant love and friendship. Speaking in the first person, God assures the reader that He is available to them wherever they go and through every experience. This book brings journaling, seeing with the eyes of your heart, dream interpretation, inner healing, and trusting God in all of life to the youngest child. We cannot recommend it too highly!
by Jesse and Kara Birkey
Jesse and Kara Birkey introduce a moving devotional with a daily word from God that will help you hear and experience Him in ways you never have before.