New Thing (Part 3)

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV

GOD IS MOVING!  This week, we are discussing grace, the move of God and how we can help God move if we are awake to see what is happening around us and obedient to Him.

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for guiding me and giving me these messages this week. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what you are saying to each of us – you have something for each person reading. We bind the spirit of division and loose unity and grace over all believers. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

As I sit here and type, I do not yet know the outcome of the election (in the United States of America).  My guess is they will need more days to count the vote as neither man will concede.

In the meanwhile – Let us talk about UNITY.  As the nation of the United State is divided and as the body of Christ has divided itself into different denominations and as there is a shift in the spirit all over the world – God is trying to “spring forth” as it says in Isaiah 43 and one of the thing getting in His way is the lack of unity.

Our lack of understanding grace and permitting it to flow through us was the hindrance discussed on Monday. And Tuesday, we discussed obeying His will and praying for guidance in order to prevent disobedience from hindering.  And these things do not just hinder God’s move – He will still find a way and it will be leaving you out of it – but these things also hinder our relationship with God, the blessings intended for us, and our ability to complete what we were created to complete.

We do not need to believe 100% theologically the same to join in unity. For example: if you believe the rapture will come mid-tribulation and I hope and pray and think there is biblical evidence that it will be pre-tribulation – we can put that aside because it will happen when it happens and there are more important things to do.  Peter and Paul, the apostles of the early church had some interesting disagreements yet unity in mission and understanding of the will of God. And people in Corinth started dividing themselves over similar disagreements over small matters. Let us read what Paul writes to them:

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 ESV

Amen! Paul says it so well. Is our salvation in any other name BUT Jesus? Is some denomination named in the Bible as the only way and has the monopoly on the power of God?!
The only people that God set apart as favored are the Jewish people – but they (as a majority) rejected their Messiah for coming in the power of grace instead of coming as a political warrior. (As right now God is coming, as in moving here on earth, and doing a new thing, in the power of grace – are you still looking for the warrior or politician and possibly missing it?)  Lord, open our eyes. Let us see what you have to show us.

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:27-32 ESV

OK, please try to understand these things:
First Jesus says he came for this purpose – and we all think that it means He came for the work of the cross (and resurrection). But literally He said it is so the Father will be glorified. The cross was part of many ordained tasks Jesus had to accomplish (and one that would complete the purpose) – but the purpose is to give glory to God! The same holds true for us – created that God could be glorified.
Next, God replies showing us two different time references bookending the end-times.  Jesus said when He walked on the earth that it was the end times, signaling the beginning of the end. And our great longsuffering and merciful Father continues the end times even to this day. God was glorified because of Jesus then – and He will be glorified in the end.
Thirdly, this time period is still in play, as Jesus says that the display of God was for their benefit, and therefore recorded for ours. Then was the judgment and the casting out of the ruler of this world and NOW is STILL the judgment and casting out of the ruler of this world, until it is completed. And when the savior died and rose again – only a few understood. Such a strong warning for all Christians throughout these end times. The signs are here – yet we cannot even live in love and unity let alone in the power and gifts and works that God wants to accomplish.
AND if we lift Jesus up ALL men (black, white, Jew, gentile, rich, poor, healthy, sickly, all, ALL – ALL MEN) shall be drawn to Him. Can we at least unite in our mission?! Our joint task of lifting Jesus higher!

There is a special strength in agreement and unity. 
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19 ESV

ANYTHING – IT WILL BE DONE.

It doesn’t matter what the outcome of the presidential election is. I have unity with the body of Christ and the Power of God. It doesn’t matter if America falls into dark times of persecution or if God grants us four more years of grace – either way the persecution is still growing and so is division and hate. I am covered under my father’s wing – listening to His voice, doing His will, untouchable in spirit. Are you?

Draw close to Him and others who believe – Read your Bible (maybe try memorizing verses) – pray! Pray like Paul prayed in the spirit “more than all of you” (1 Corinthians 14:18) – work on your relationship with God. Because as this move of God grows, nothing else will matter.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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