God doesn’t always work the way we think He should. You can’t figure out someone as sovereign and divine and mysterious as God.
There’s a difference between people who are talented and those who are anointed.
He will illuminate the hearts and minds of men so they can see the mystery.
Jews are saved the same way Gentiles are. It’s not about who you are but whose you are.
1. It’s important to recognize God’s emphasis on diversity and unity in the body. One of the reasons our churches are filled with factions is that there isn’t enough unity. We don’t look the same and dress the same and have the same tastes and we have to learn to accept diversity in the church.
When Paul first preached after being saved and anointed, there were 17 nationalities who heard the gospel in their own languages.
A church that becomes selective in who they will accept is NOT a genuine New Testament church. There is no one of any lifestyle choice that this church would ever turn away. The gospel will be preached no matter who walks through our doors. Acceptance is not the same as approval. Don’t love people for who you want them to be but for who they are right now.
Differences and diversity do not make us enemies but humans.
When certain people are not allowed in a church it means that God probably isn’t there either.
2. Jesus is the sum total of all things from creation to redemption until the final revelation. If you don’t have Jesus, then you are bankrupt. Jesus is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. We have no creation without Jesus, no redemption, no fulfillment of prophecy.
Jesus didn’t only come into existence when He was born of Mary. Jesus has always existed. All things exist by Jesus Christ. There was nothing made that was made without Him.
The presence of God is never absent from us, but sometimes He is hidden. Sometimes we get so used to the presence of Jesus that we go home without Him and God will see how far we will go.
3. God reveals Himself in seasons. It never stays the same season forever. Sometimes we go through bad seasons but it doesn’t stay that way. New life is born. Things start to grow again. But eventually we go through all the seasons. Some seasons are longer than others depending on the sovereignty of God.
The biggest reality of life is death. It is certain. Prepare for it.
We often try to speak death into things that God is trying to bring to life or we try to speak life into things that God is trying to let die. When people die we mourn. Even Jesus wept. There is a time to mourn. But God will build us back up.
The reason we need miracles is because there is a problem beforehand that needs a miracle.
There is also a time for happiness and laughter and joy. Joy is based on the Spirit of Christ who lives in us.
When someone throws stones don’t throw them back. If you sling mud with someone else you both end up dirty. Put the stones away and build an empire with them.
There is a time to tear things down and a time to build them up.
There is a time for silence and a time to speak up.
It is so easy to live in retaliation. It comes naturally to us. Yet sometimes the best thing you can say is nothing.
When you are silent it allows you to build up wisdom, and then is time to talk.
There is a time to love and hate. There is a time to walk away from chaos. Don’t subject yourself to foolishness.
There is a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing. Some things you cannot embrace but have to let go because they will destroy you if you try to hang on.
The book of Job consoles us during hard times. You see, Job went through his seasons, too.
We work ourselves for things that don’t really matter. God makes things beautiful in His time.
When God opens a door walk though it. When God closes a door don’t try to kick it down.