Have you ever seen a show or watched a play that made you consider the magnificence of God, because of the magnificence of man? I recently watched a show in Las Vegas, NV that was filled with spectacular stunts and awesome artistry wrapped into a beautiful love story. The amazing show made me think about how magnificent God is.
God has given man immense potential and a huge amount a space to submit to him. The massive structures and the glitz and glamour of high-end shops with lights and huge electronic billboards make you appreciate the ability God has given man. However, in the midst of this beauty is a horrific ugly with prostitution and female trafficking. The worse part is when women sell out other women, which I saw while visiting there. You will see them along the strip trying to hand you cards with girls, girls, girls, and I am thinking, you are a woman pimping other women. I understand for some it is forced slavery behind the scenes, but some choose this lifestyle.
Man is so magnificent that God has given him the choice to live for him or live without him. Sin against you is not your sin, but sin imposed by you is your sin. You cannot help being abused as a child or being born into extreme poverty, but you can always choose to live for God. No matter how hard it may seem, his burden is light and his yoke is easy.
If you are bound woman in the slavery of prostitution, stripping, or any such thing I urge you to call on Jesus. He breaks ALL chains. Call and then move toward those who have made the call already. The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. Call now and call often. Because your desire to serve man is strong and because you are the weaker vessel, it becomes extremely important to serve thee man above all men, Jesus, who will love and protect you, as you should always experience.
Catching fire is more than hunger games. It’s being a light and hope that leads the way for others to pursue victory. Are you a catcher of fire? Do you present others with hope for the future? Is your presence one filled with hope and confidence in God or do you pour on the doubt and despair?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a living God determined to save his people. He has promised to answer prayer and reveal his secret to the righteous. He is a consuming fire. His eyes are like flames of fire. If you catch his fire you will be like hot coals warming hearts around you.
Do not allow the cold news of homocide and suicide to persuade you to believe that God is sleeping or does not care. You know he delivers and sets free. You know this earth is not the believer’s home. You know that victory over sin, death and disease will be won. You know that catching fire is contagious.
You also know there is strange fire that should not be entertained by the believer in Jesus. This is not the fire from the Lord, but a pseudo fire. The purpose of which is to deceive. How do you tell the difference? Any spirit that confesses not the Jesus came in the flesh is not of God.
The difference is in the name Jesus. Catch this fire and be the hope for others to see and enjoy.
It is natural to run from the sufferings of this life, only to find more suffering. Some work to drown sorrows in alcohol, sex, drugs, gambling, shopping, etc. Some may use weird techniques to eliminate the pain by meditating on absolutely nothing. When will earthly suffering end? The answer: The Grave. You must run through life with this understanding. Just accept that life’s suffering unites color, sex, and socio-economic status. There is a natural unity in all of mankind and that is suffering.
The moment resolution is made about suffering in this life, you can move on with faith believing and trusting in the impossible. Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. Suffering is as natural as breathing air. Let the fire of suffering make you shine as gold.
There are two types of suffering. The first is because of disobedience to Christ and the second is obedience to Christ. You can add unnecessary suffering to your life. For all the pleasure that sin gives there is a tail that brings suffering. Ask the addict who lost everything they had in their life because of it. This suffering should be avoided and can be avoided by obeying the voice of God and understanding his will for your life. The second suffering can never be avoided. This suffering is found when you choose to obey God’s word over strong desires to sin against it.
There is a pain that develops in telling your flesh the answer is no. Ask the dieter who tries diligently to put down the potato chips, ice cream, pizza etc. The body will fight you. The devil will fight you. Spiritual darkness in heavenly places is against your success. Why? Your success shines the light for others to see and rejoice in the fact that making it is possible.
Breathing well in suffering is found in understanding that your suffering is not strange. For the follower of Jesus Christ understands that it is common to all believers. Since it is common, sit back and trust the Lord for the roller-coaster ride is almost over. Grab the hand next to you and say we will make it. Don’t allow the screams of others to cause you to lose hope. Jesus will never leave or forsake you and in the end he will be there to bring you home.