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Don’t have a backdoor? Ya might want to get one


Wouldn’t it be nice if what we need to know was always laid out in front of us? Splashed on the local billboard, or sent via text or email?

The “writing on the wall” is a great idea but only if it reads good news.

Bad news is easy; just turn on the TV. Check the internet. Log in to your social network and you’ll find the latest in gossip, violence and crime centrally located so you can’t miss it.

So, where’s the good news? In the print so small it can only be read with a magnifying glass.

Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Good news doesn’t get attention like bad news. Ratings are lost covering the truth. Media prefers ratings over encouragement and hope.

Why promote anything good? The world is a chaotic mess. Listening to the majority of people you would get the idea God either doesn’t exist anymore or left.

The reason many believe God left and hasn’t returned is they see no evidence of him; he is nowhere to be found.

That depends on what you are looking at, reading or listening to. It may also depend on which doors you open.

By that I am convinced God enjoys quiet arrivals through unlikely entrances.back-door-3

He was born in a manger surrounded by farm animals, not a palace.

He worked as a carpenter and was known as Mary and Joseph’s boy.

He walked on foot during his ministry wearing a cloak and sandals, not fancy robes and handmade shoes.

Forget the gold and silver placed on many heads of Kings, his Crown of Thorns was used as a mockery of the position he claimed.

The questions remains for many “Why did God do it this way? Why wasn’t Jesus born the King of Kings in a palace made for royalty? Why is God so mysterious? Why can’t he call me and tell me what he wants?”

If we knew the answers to those questions, he might not be God.

And maybe God didn’t want to do it that way.

Maybe God is smarter than all of us; put together.

My theory is God prefers to walk in the back doors of our lives; quietly, gently and mostly when invited.  He shows up frequently when we are alone and desperate.  He speaks for the most part peacefully and calmly. In reality, his word sheds his genuine spirit and character allowing the reader to get to know him in a personal manner. His wisdom, knowledge and understanding are packaged waiting to be unwrapped by anyone who seeks to learn what many have no idea even exists.

If you are waiting for God to knock on your front door, your wait may be long.

IF you seek his presence on a regular basis, leave the back door opened.

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There are no Duplicates


We are all unique. Sadly many people don’t know it.
We are all so unique there is only one of each of us.
Some people might like the idea of no duplicates.
Our individuality is a God given gift so that we might discover and utilize the mission for our earthly journey. It is through this mission or task we become all God meant for us to be.

 
Most people go through decades on earth never knowing why they were born much less lived to a ripe old age. The reason?

Seeking God to discover their assignment is never on their to-do list.
The working world is full of unhappy, dead-beat employees. Why?
They are pursuing a job or career God didn’t equip them to do.

 
Before we were born, he placed in each of us a reason or objective to discern and carry out.

 
It is up to each individual to seek God to lead them to their divine appointment.
The obviousness of one who has found their passion for God needs no advertisement; it just shows.
After 40 years in the wilderness, God revealed to Moses his calling as the “Deliverer.”
God revealed to Joseph when he was very young he would raise him up as one who leads.
The Virgin Mary was 14 when the Angel of God spoke to her about becoming the “Mother of Christ.”

 
Depending on the service, many go through years of training, preparedness and discipline. Others seem to find out when they are 8. (LOL)
The key to discovering your calling is giving God your time. He is looking for a personal relationship with each of us which leads to miracles and open doors to the supernatural. As you get to know him he gradually and progressively speaks to you about what he wants you to do. The two-fold act establishes the relationship and prepares you for what is ahead.

 
As time passes and you begin to understand, he builds inside of you a desire and hunger to fulfill your destiny.
Once that is accomplished, focus on it. Build your life around it even if it means removing or saying “No” to anything that does not contribute to his plan. Take the clutter or baggage and throw it out. Do not dip into pots you have no business dipping. God gave you his “field of dreams” or specialty when he created you and he is delighted when we discover it.

 
God is looking for availability not genius. He is looking for quality not quantity.
He is waiting to teach and mentor each one of us to learn all there is about the vision he placed in our hearts.
It may be one pursuit. One mission. One assignment.

 
Jesus saw Peter in his boat after a lousy day of fishing. He made his way through the shallow water and stepped into the boat.

Peter asked him,
“What are you doing?”
Jesus, “Asking you to follow me.”
Peter, “To do what?”
Jesus, “To change the world.”


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The Liberated Woman: Eve, Esther, Ruth etc. etc. etc. (Part 2


The greatest liberator of women is Jesus.

Eve has many firsts.

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Wife
Mother
First and only woman born without sin
Dressmaker
First mother to a murderer
Eve appeared, she was not born
She was born a perfect and complete woman
Eve was never a child or a daughter
She was the first person ever tempted by Satan
The first sinner
Eve is called, “The Mother of all the Living”

Miriam was the older sister to the “Deliverer” Moses saving him from infant death

Sarah was the founding mother or matriarch of the Tribes of Israel

Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and the first woman to seek God directly for answers to her condition

Esther saved the Jewish nation

Deborah was a prophetess, a judge of wisdom and could be considered the first woman General.

Ruth was the great-grandmother of Israel’s great king, David

Mary, the mother of Jesus. Enough said.

Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute as some have written. She was healed by Jesus and the first person to witness the resurrection. She is called “Apostle to the Apostles” because Jesus told her to go tell the disciples he was alive.

Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist and Mary’s cousin.

The Samaritan Woman met Jesus at the well and had the longest recorded conversation with the Messiah.  So taken by his presence she became a true force of spreading the “living water” he told her about.

Wife of Pontius Pilate had a dream and told her husband to have nothing to do with this man named “Jesus.” Of course he didn’t listen and the rest is history.

The woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus garment and was healed. Against all strict law she was forbidden to be in public, much less touch anyone. Yet, Jesus called her “daughter.”

Jesus rescued the woman caught in adultery saving her from immediate death by stoning. He did not condemn her; he told her to “go and sin no more.”mary magdalene

There are other women of the Bible with legacies worth reading.

God is the author of freedom for women. Outspoken, strong and tested these women play a role to follow. They didn’t keep their mouths shut or sit at home eating Twinkies and knitting all day. NO…..they defied man made laws that oppressed them and took great risks for the sake of truth.

So…what did the role of Christianity do for women? And how should we apply it today? to be continued…..

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