Good Day to any that may read my blog…I will we getting back to the “40 I ams” shortly, but for today I have an awesome treat….
Restoration Church 5/19/19
Speaker – Gary Woods
Alone at the Throne
Our Speaker started out by suggesting a thought, “Imagine you are in the Throne Room of God.” And God is on the throne. You look at God, not just because He is God, but because God is crying. Not the gentle kind of crying, but the full-on shoulder’s heaving kind of crying. You can tell God’s heart is broken. There are angels present, and you are thinking, “Angels DO SOMETHING!”
Then suddenly it’s just you and God.
The angels have left. It’s just you and God. How do you comfort God? You walk slowly over to God and you pat his shoulder, and you say to God, “What’s wrong, why are you crying?”
God gestures towards a closet. You go to the closet and open the door. Inside the closet are numerous packages, all are wrapped…. you look and notice one particular package that is at the bottom of the pile. You notice this package because it is so beautifully wrapped, and all the rest are in plain wrapping. The beautifully wrapped package is just about buried by the other packages, and the weight of these packages are partially crushing the pretty one.
You look to God. “What is in the specially wrapped package?” God says, “Your Salvation and your gifting is in that box.”
1 Corinthians 12: 4-14
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
That is why God is crying. Your gifting is still in that box
But God is still crying, and you ask Him, “What can I do?”
You go on to say to God, “I will tell them.” God’s crying subsides just a bit, He wants us to share our gifting, He wants us to tell others about Him and our relationship with Him. We are part of God’s big picture.
I am sure that most of you who are reading this are familiar with pixels. Just imagine that there is a huge family portrait hanging on the wall in the throne room. Now that picture is done by a digital photographer. It is a digital print. That picture is made up of billions of pixels. Each pixel is a believer.
Matthew 7: 24-27
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
If we read and utilize God’s words, we are like the man who builds his house on the solid rock. God’s words to us are our instruction manual.
Did you ever put something together that came with an instruction manual? Sometimes we get a bit ahead of ourselves and think that we don’t need the manual. A how is that working out for you? I know when I have done that in the past, it didn’t work out so well. Now I am speaking from experience. Use the manual! God’s manual, the Bible!
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We look like our Dad! The angels recognize this and so does the demons. The angels not only recognize this but the like this. However, the demons, not at all, they hate this.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since we are created in God’s image and the angels like this and the demons hate this, we need to pray this verse from 1 Thessalonians over ourselves and our families and friends daily.
1 John 3:2
2 Beloved, now are we the sons (and daughters) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Matthew 5: 13-14
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
We are the salt. Salt enhances the flavor of everything around you. And it is also a preservative, this can help to preserve the lives of those around us just by being a light to this world. Make sure that your gift of salvation and whatever your gifting personally is, is not tucked under a basket. Let your light shine.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
God is our Daddy, live as such! Remind yourselves daily that you are a child of God.
2 Corinthians 5: 17-20
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Christ is trying to reconcile the world to God. We are ministers of reconciliation; this is part of our identity.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
“The devil’s favorite food is Christian Burgers!”
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We are God’s army, and this verse doesn’t say Methodist armor or Lutheran armor or Catholic Armor of Pentecostal armor or any other particular denomination’s armor. It’s Daddy’s armor. “Put on the whole armor of God.”
2 Timothy 4:7
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Isn’t this what you want your legacy to be? We are in a war, we need to fight the good fight, “we are not Doormat Christians.” Or at least we shouldn’t be. That’s not what God wants from us.
Daddy, I don’t want you to cry anymore, I want to be what you want me to be. Amen