BACK TO BASICS AND OUR FALL TO CHAOS
“‘Sir,’ Gideon replied, ‘if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
(Judges 6:13 NLT)
If the Lord is with us, then why do I have this disease? If the Lord is with us, then why do I suffer financially? If the Lord is with us, then why is there so much chaos and pain in this world?
YOUR TRUE IDENTITY
You’re standing on the balcony of your Father’s Palace, a King’s kid, and heir to your Father’s Kingdom. As your thoughts drift towards your Father you know that there has never been, and never will be, a King greater than Him. His fame truly precedes Him. He’s known by all as mighty in battle, excellent in guidance, Supreme Ruler over all things, and King of a Kingdom that will never come to an end. And yet He is the most humble person in the universe. A true King, who serves and leads His people with loyalty and incomparable compassion. A true King who’s always ready to help, to uplift, to comfort, and to encourage.
A LIFE OF FAITH
God has already done everything He can possibly do for you to live in freedom and abundance. In Christ you are already blessed. Salvation was given to you as a free gift. You have a brand new identity. You have authority to rule on this planet. The glory of God is upon you (Isa 60:1).
So, what is stopping people from living the blessed life God has for them?
GET THE MIND OF GOD
“Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.”
(Phil 2:5 NLT)
“Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.”
(Col 3:2 NLT)
If you want the freedom and abundant life God offers you, if you want to do the works Jesus did, and if you want to live in the reality of your promises, you’ll have to start thinking and acting like God.
YOU HAVE A DREAM
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.”
(Prov 13:12 NLT)
God gave Joseph a dream (Gen 37:5). Just like Joseph, you too have a dream. Your life holds the promise of a remarkable adventure. All you have to do is to follow the script already written on your heart (Eph 2:10; Mark 13:34)!
Nothing about you is ordinary. You weren’t born for the mundane. You weren’t born to live a safe, comfortable, mediocre life. You were born for great things, far greater than you ever could’ve imagined!
GOD’S COUNTERACTION – REDEMPTION
You might think that God should’ve blasted Adam and Eve off this planet for their stupid mistake. Quite the contrary – He came to help them immediately!
Unfortunately that was not the way Adam and Eve perceived the situation. Instead of running to God, they ran away from Him because of guilt and shame (Gen 3:8-10). And after how many centuries people are still running away from God for exactly the same reason.
God came to help Adam and Eve? At first glance it doesn’t appear that way. He chased them out of Paradise (Gen 3:24). Why? God had to protect the Tree of Life!
YOU MUST BE BORN-AGAIN
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God … That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you ‘You must be born again.’”
(John 3:3-7 NKJV)
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan – this rebirth comes from God.” (John 1:12-13 NLT)
TIME ON THE SUMMIT
“I will climb up into my watchtower now and wait to see what the LORD will say to me and how he will answer my complaint.”
(Hab 2:1 NLT)
There are times in your life when you’ll have to shut the world outside and turn your face to God alone (Matt 6:6). There is a road that you can travel only with Him. There are issues in your life that you can only take to Him. There are answers that you can only get from Him. No other advice will do. He knows the best pathway for your life, and He will surely direct your steps (Ps 16:11).
Our King has granted us access into His presence. We can come to Him at all times to obtain wise counsel, understanding, insight, encouragement, strength or guidance. Do we truly understand what an awesome privilege that is? We have direct access to the highest seat of authority in the universe. We have direct access to the Creator of all things. We have direct access to the One who knows all things, from the end to the beginning.
KEEP YOUR HOPE ALIVE
“My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground. He forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. I am losing all hope; I am paralysed with fear… Come quickly LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.”
(Ps 143:3, 4, 7 NLT)
People can suffer the loss of many things, but if they lose hope they’re heading for trouble.
Listen, it doesn’t matter how low you’ve sunk, or how hopeless you feel – God is still there. He is still alive. And He is still mighty to save. If all you can do is to whisper, “help me!” do it. God will honour that prayer.
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
When God told Abraham to offer his son He gave us a glimpse into His plan of redemption (Gen 22:2-8). In Leviticus Chapter 16 He gave us another glimpse, but in a little more detail.
Each year, at the annual Great Day of Atonement Festival, every family had to make an offering to cover the sins of that family. According to the law the penalty for sin is death. That means that every person who has committed any kind of sin deserves the death penalty (Rom 6:23; Ezek 18:4). However, instead of the people paying the penalty for sin, God mercifully provided an innocent substitute to carry the death penalty on their behalf (Lev 1:4).
Once you’ve been born into the Family and Kingdom of God you’ve stepped over into the biggest adventure of your life!
“You have now reached the land that the LORD our God is giving us. Look! He has placed it in front of you. Go and occupy it as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!”
(Deut 1:20-21 NLT)
Let’s first back up our story by following the journey of those who went before us, and who left their testimony as an example for us to learn from.
STORMS WILL COME
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 NKJV)
“The righteous face many troubles, but the LORD rescues them from each and every one.”
(Ps 34:19 NLT)
We’re not living in Neverland. Storms will hit your life. Trouble will come your way. And there will be battles that you’ll have to fight.
Now, the last thing you should do when a storm hits you (and it’s often the first thing we do) is to think that God is punishing you for something you did wrong, or that He doesn’t love you anymore, or that He has abandoned you to your own fate. None of that is true. God loves you, and He’ll love you forever!
We have to understand that God is never the cause of storms (Isa 54:15). He’s not the cause of oppression, torment, fear, grief, sorrow, sickness, disease, poverty, adversity, opposition, or persecution in our lives.
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen up on you.”
(Isa 60:1-2 NKJV)
We’re not on earth to play religious games. We’re not here to settle theological debates or endless doctrinal disputes. All are sideshows and completely off the point. God wants us in on His vision. He wants us to reveal His glory to a lost, confused, and hurting world. He wants us to show people that there is a living God, that He cares about them, that He loves them deeply, that He keeps His promises, that He answers prayers, and that they have hope and a future in this world.
A dream needs a team! I thank God for surrounding me with a wonderful team who have stood by me and believed in me every step of the way.
I thank my dad, Martin, for never giving up on me. Dad, I respect and honour you for the unique person you are, for always being there, for your unconditional love, and for being such an excellent example of godly character and integrity in my life. I thank my uncle Chris for his support and faith in me, for taking such great care of my dogs when I go on trips, and for never keeping quiet about Jesus. Auntie Sus, thank you for your positive attitude and all your words of wisdom.