| NO BACKUP PLAN
Beyond question, we will be pressed beyond our ability to endure in this present age. The confusion and heartache of these short days in this three-dimensional realm are unavoidable. The communication and relational issues, with us since Cain and the Tower of Babel, will always be one step, one illusion away. Our own weak flesh and personal failures, unrealized dreams, and self-deceptions are ever before us. Financial strain, physical illness, loneliness, employment uncertainty, fears related to education or childrens or parents well-being, or shelter or foodthese are a part our existence here on earth, as they have been in some form or another since the dawn of man, in every nation and tribe worldwide.
SO, how should we view these often agonizing and throbbing, blinding difficulties?
Certainly, step back and understand that GOD IS SOVEREIGN and His Plans are to prosper, and not to harm us. Certainly, embrace that ALL things work together for the Good if we are focused on loving Him and His Purposes, and not our own. Of course, we need to rest is the Assurance that we are only here in these situations for a few days (a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day in Fathers Realm, in which we are seated with Christ). As a friend once said, after a brutal camping trip in icy rain and mud, I figure I can do anything for two days. : ) Cant we? Cant we lean back and appreciate the complex weave of interesting obstacles and tests and circuit training apparatus Jesus has put in front of us to Teach us a myriad of Lessons that we would never grasp from simply reading someone elses story? Dad is an AMAZING Teacher. His creativity in object lessons and tests and trials, all designed to Refine and strengthen and train, even in our failures, is astounding and encouraging beyond belief. He is SOVEREIGN. Hallelujah!
Yes, it is challenging at times, as our brother and fellow pilgrim Paul said, beyond our ability to endure. And yet, cant we do anything for a couple of days if we really set our hearts to it, no take-backs? Even with the king-sized blunders and sins that destroy men and women who have not known our God, we can go forward, knowing He is REDEEMER and friend. He is Sovereignly advancing His own Cause, training the scrawny and puny to be men and women of Holy War, humbling the proud, and sheltering the helpless.
His Plan never WAS that you could get what you want out of life. : ) His Holy Call is that YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE AWAY FOR HIS NAMES SAKE, with no expectations of any kind. Thats the basis and power of Christ (Anointed) Life. Theres nothing to get. Theres nothing to look at or have. There is no temple there, no beauty or majesty. The Lord God Almighty and the LAMB are our Temple. Our fulfillment and our satisfaction, our very great reward, are in HIM. Can we do that for a couple of days until it all gets clear for us as we see Him face to face? Can we give what we dont want to give, for His sake alone? Can we focus and stay the course even when the challenges are largefrom our limited perspective, at least
I think it is a breakthrough moment or season for any of us, as followers of Jesus, when we dump the movement mentality, the what can I get out of this? mindset, the what will others think if I am totally devoted to Jesus and Truth? cowardiceand decide to LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OTHERS, FOR THE LAMB, AND FOR HIS UNDILUTED TRUTHfor these couple of days we are here. With no take-backs.
I WILL SERVE MY GOD SACRIFICIALLY, WITH NOTHING FOR MYSELF, AND I HAVE NO BACKUP PLAN! Through failures, or attacks, loneliness if necessary, rejection, insult, hatred, scandal, my own failures or anyone elses, through illness or broken carnal dreams, though none go with me, still I will follow. I HAVE NO BACKUP PLAN!
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, I will follow you wherever you go.
Jesus replied, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.
He said to another man, Follow me.
But the man replied, Lord, first let me go and bury my father.
Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.
Still another said, I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good bye to my family.
Jesus replied, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sistersyes, even his own lifehe cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.
Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Lets embrace His Training, our Boot Camp of Learning to walk in His Ways and Character and Hear His Voice, without complaint
WE HAVE NO BACKUP PLAN
and need none!
After reading this I thought it was very encouraging and just wanted to share with some this morning.
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Amen! Amen! MJ. Wow! I needed that; Thank-you. I have been crushed the last couple of months, and trembling, as I have received a call from God to preach the Gospel in Eritrea, where Al Qaeda roams, a tyrant rules, and roaming gangs of thugs roam the streets. Arrests and imprisonments are made, without trial or notification, and there is no American protection.
It is absolutely impossible, and there is no way out for me. Add to that a sense of "Terminal Loneliness", and physical affliction. And then you come on:
"I think it is a breakthrough moment or season for any of us, as followers of Jesus, when we dump the movement mentality, the what can I get out of this? mindset, the what will others think if I am totally devoted to Jesus and Truth? cowardiceand decide to LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OTHERS, FOR THE LAMB, AND FOR HIS UNDILUTED TRUTHfor these couple of days we are here. With no take-backs.
"I WILL SERVE MY GOD SACRIFICIALLY, WITH NOTHING FOR MYSELF, AND I HAVE NO BACKUP PLAN! Through failures, or attacks, loneliness if necessary, rejection, insult, hatred, scandal, my own failures or anyone elses, through illness or broken carnal dreams, though none go with me, still I will follow. I HAVE NO BACKUP PLAN!"..MJ
It is as though that you have written this to me and for me exclusively, today! It is like the brave General's call at the front lines; "Come on boys! We can whip 'em!"
When reading this, and in light of the coming "Persecution Conference" at SI this year, MJ, this message needs to be spoken. Perhaps Greg would allow you to, for it is a prophetic exhortation that we need to hear, and remember. I think it would be wonderful.
It is a message so easily forgotten by us all, and we need to be constantly reminded. John the Baptist lived this way, stripped from family, wandering and led, he waited on the Spirit to guide him, until he heard the Master, saw the dove, and Heard the voice from Heaven.
I bet he wondered as the days went forth in prison? Was it all real? so he sent messengers to Jesus asking Him, and Jesus replied concerning the Power of God's love manifested. In effect He said; Yes my cousin John, I am the One...NO BACKUP PLAN NEEDED...and shortly afterward, martyrdom and a grand reception in Heaven![ We will meet him!}..
In effect, Jesus is the backup plan!
I AM THE BACK UP PLAN!
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
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Very encouraging. The world vies for the attention and commitment of God's children. Even that which we have learned and is concrete to our foundation is important that it always be before us.
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