SOUNDING THE ALARM…


I am going to share this in my blogs and what I am going to say will resonate with some and possibly turn some off.  I am speaking strictly from my Christian perspective and the desire of my heart for a deeper relationship relationship with God and my love for my nation.  This is a different type of post I am placing in www.roybeaird.com but a more normal one for www.royscovenantcorner.com but I hope it is meaningful and helpful.

The LORD is stirring my heart more than He has in a long time over what is happening in America, the world, and the church.  I am shaken to the core of my being and drawn to seek the LORD more than ever.  I take the command and commission of Jesus extremely seriously and am seeking to understand and pursue Him with my entire being.

Jesus gave us some incredibly specific and pertinent instructions in Matthew 6.  In verses 9-13 we are given what we have called the “Lord’s Prayer” but it is actually the prayer that Jesus gave us an example or pattern for us, His disciples.  Then in verses 33-34, we are given instruction or our our mission and assignment in life.  This is paramount over all else that we can think or do.  I believe it is the key to success or failure.  It is the key to liberty or tyranny.  It is the key to life or death.  It is something that we mentally ascribe to but practically bypass.

The directive here and elsewhere in including a dozen or more places in the Old Testament is that we are to Love and Seek God with our entire being, body, soul, and spirit. Seeking God FIRST is critical but what is the purpose of seeking Him first?  Is it that we can feel good about ourselves, get goosebumps, have notoriety, or do some exploit? 

In order to answer that question, I ask that we go back to the earlier part of Matthew 6 and the prayer.  We are instructed to pray, “Thy Kingdom Come.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  We are to seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and our purpose is to bring the manifestation of that Kingdom to the earth so that God’s will is done here as it is in heaven.

How do I seek the Kingdom of God?  Is it through petition and prayer pleading for God to come to us?  I suggest that everything that Jesus did was for the purpose of action and was our example.  He was fully God and choose to live and operate as fully man.  A man totally obedient to God and filled with the Holy Spirit.  He thought with a heavenly mind.  Jesus revealed that He only did what He saw the Father do and only said what He heard the Father say. In John 5:30 our LORD said, “By myself, I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him that sent me.” 

What could Jesus do in His own power?  NOTHING!  Before you protest and say, “But He is God and God can do anything.”  Remember that Jesus chose to operate fully as man, a man dependent upon the Spirit of God and the Father.  Jesus is an example of what one person can do who is totally dependent, totally obedient, and filled with the Holy Spirit.  Jesus told us that with God all things are possible.  The Bible tells us that we are IN Him and seated WITH Him in heavenly places.  He has given us power and authority over all the power of the devil.  Therefore, we can do all things through obedience and faith.  NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE to them that believe (Mark 9:23).

THE WARNING AND PROBLEM:

We become what we focus on.  Our lives, thoughts, actions, and conditions are determined by what we fill our hearts and minds with.  Whatever most fills our hearts and heads determines who we are and what we do.  It determines whether we live and operate in faith, victory, and power, or fear, defeat, and bondage. 

If we hear what the Mainstream Media says more than what God says we will live in fear, anger, jealousy, envy, and defeat.  We will be unable to exercise the Christ-given authority that the Cross won.  We will not be able to bring the Kingdom of God into our present world or situation.

If we focus on the abuses or perceived abuses or other injustices of the world and any inequalities, we will live defeated and driven by our emotions.  On the other hand, if we realize that we have authority over the powers of darkness we will bring the Kingdom of God into the present situation, and through our lives and actions, we will bring peace and become a drawing light to Christ. 

Paul taught us the importance of our thoughts and instructed us to “think heavenly thoughts not earthly thoughts.”  There is no contest between God and the devil.  We do not have two all-powerful gods we have The Living God and the devil, a created being.  God could mash him like a bug anytime.  But God has chosen to operate in this world through our invitation and obedience. 

Let me illustrate it this way and hopefully, it will resonate.  If I own a home and rent it to you.  I am the owner and have a master key but without your invitation, I cannot enter that house.  While you are meeting the requirements of the lease agreement it is your home.  I own it.  I am ultimately responsible for it, but I have made an agreement with you to manage it.  God owns all things.  He created man but He has chosen to allow us to be fruitful and replenish His creation.  He has chosen to allow us to follow the desires of our hearts.  He has given us choice and we either live in obedience or rebellion.  We either trust the arm of flesh or the arm of God.

THE PROBLEM:

The problem with this present day is not people!  It is not even what they do!  The problem is the existence and operation of evil and our disobedience or ignorance of God’s provisions, purposes, and desires.

If we focus on what is wrong and what people are doing, or people, we will be controlled by earthly thinking and never see the full victory He has promised and provided.  God has invited us to enter into a relationship with Him where we can have the Kingdom of God live and manifest in us.  In that relationship, we view everything from the perspective of What Is in Him not What Is in the Present World.  We move from what we see with our natural eyes, hear with our natural ears, and experience in our natural emotions to a Kingdom Consciousness and a God Consciousness. 

The Spirit of God in us is not a Lake it is a River.  He is in us to flow out from us and impact those around us.  We do not have His presence to simply make us feel good we have His presence to impact our world.  We are salt and light.  We are the flavor the world needs.  When we walk into the room, things change, or they should.  Why?  Because of the presence of God in us and the Expectation that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

God has given us an Impossible Assignment.  A commission that we cannot fulfill in our own strength.  The only way we can complete our Life Purpose is in Total Reliance on God.  We must become totally obedient.

Believers, if we want to see America and the World saved we must change our mindset and worldview from what we see in the natural, what we can do in the natural to GOD, and become people who have a limitless expectation. 

I have so much I’d like to say but for the sake of a little brevity and the limitations of posting on social media, I conclude saying, “What happens in the world is up to the Body of Christ.”  We either become who God says we are and exercise the authority of Christ and enforce the victory He won on the Cross or we operate in our own strength and flounder from battle to battle often defeated and relishing momentary and temporary victories.  We win a few battles but not the War!

I am determined to become a vessel that He can use and allow the Holy Spirit to enable me to end my stinking thinking and become Kingdom and God-conscious.  I refuse to live in defeat when He has provided the Victory.  I refuse to allow the devil to steal, kill, and destroy when Jesus said, I have authority over Him.  I will resist the devil by seeking God and expect the devil to retreat.  IT IS UP TO US, IN AND THROUGH HIM!

God bless you!

COMFORT IN TROUBLED TIMES…


Isaiah 43:1-3 – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.  3 “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;” NASB

All of us face times of trepidation and experience times of deep concern. There are times when we are fearful.  Many of those times we handle the situations reflecting on the promises of God.  We utilize rational thinking or perseverance and receive His peace.  Yet, there are times when we are overwhelmed and need a comforting touch from the Master. 

A few years ago, on the night before I visited an Orthopedic surgeon, I had difficulty sleeping.  During the night the hip pain increased to almost unbearable levels.  I don’t know if it was stress if I was laying wrong, or what the problem was but by 4 AM I was up taking a shower, and getting dressed for my day.  That experience gave me a significant amount of time to pray, meditate on the things of God, and talk to the Father about my situation! 

The two doctors I have seen agreed on the likely ultimate treatment just had differing opinions as to the steps to that achieve that end.  I had been waiting for the time to see the specialist who was supposed to the “the man” regarding hip replacement in this area.  That was his primary specialty.  Did that relieve my anxiety, No!  I was holding on to the Lord for His ultimate and complete healing.  My attitude was that if He chose to use a medical practitioner to accomplish that, I was okay with that.  However, it was not my preference. 

As my spirit calmed down and I read in Isaiah.  I came to Chapter 43 and the words so familiar just leaped off the page at me.  I could hear the Holy Spirit saying, “Son, why are you anxious and allowing an element of fear to enter your heart.  We’ve been through much worse than this and have I ever failed you?”  Of course, the answer is a resounding NO!  He said, “You’ve been through troubled waters even to the point of death and I was there.  You’ve been through the fire where you despaired of life and I was there.  What would make you even consider that I won’t be there this time?” 

It was in a moment of humble repentance, that I cried out to the Lord and peace flooded my heart, mind, and soul.  I did not know what would take place, but I knew that God was in control.  I knew that I was in His hands and as I listen to the direction of His Spirit, I knew that everything was going to be okay!   As I prepared for the evaluation from the “top dog” in the specialty I did so with Complete Peace because I experienced God’s “comfort in a time of trouble.” 

I am always grateful for God’s comfort.  I knew then and know that the peace I that flows out of His love and the prayers of friends are always instrumental in bringing about God’s perfect plan. 

I pray God’s Blessings upon you as you embark on another day’s journey in Jesus!