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God is the Truth Maker and we are the truth takers

I love the fact that I have no progiving_receivingblem in believing God and His word.  I mean, what else is there that works so great to make and cause me to have a great life and to live a great life? When everything else around me is either failing or crumbling, I know for a fact that the Great Truth Maker is giving me insight to how I should believe, how I should act, what I should say and what I should expect.  That makes me a truth taker.

I take what He says at face value regardless of the ‘opinion’ mill out there or the nay-sayers who don’t want to believe the Truth Maker!

That’s the awesomeness of knowing God and knowing He has my best interest at heart.  Because of that, whatever He says about me–I’m going to receive as truth and not as His opinion of me.  What He says is so much better for me than anything I know of in life.

I’ve been around those who want to give me their opinion but that and 3.99 will get me my favorite coffee drink at Starbucks; caramel macchiato latte.  I’ve learned to listen to what God has to say and have fared so much better in life because of it.

I want to be a winner and not a loser.  I want to be a victor and not a victim.  I want to be successful and not a failure.  I can be all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So, it’s my choice, and I chose to be a truth taker.  I listen to the Truth Maker.  He’s making a lot of Truth and will always make a lot.

That’s what I think about it.

Timothy – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

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Was It Over? Absolutely Not! It Was Just Beginning!

1421-ark_covenantThe cross is iconic to most people as a symbol of our freedom from sin. Interestingly enough, many men (before Jesus) also died on a cross. Somehow we might need to remember that Jesus was the only one who came out of his own tomb without anyone calling Him out. Maybe the tomb should be the icon. It is the symbol of life. It is the symbol of victory. However, the cross was the instrument on which His blood had to be shed.

Early Friday morning, Jesus realized that He would be suffering more pain than ever. Not only did he endure physical pain, but he suffered spiritual pain as well. He was taking every nasty sin and detriment of health on his body. Imagine what it would look like for a man to have every disease known to mankind on his body. Imagine seeing a man who had placed upon Him the sins of every person that had been alive and those to come. Isaiah the prophet said no one could look at Him. He was too hideous.

Now, what about all the blood that was shed in order for us to have life? Blood shed for us that would extend for eternity after we leave this time on earth? He lost a lot of blood at the beating of His back. More blood loss came when they put the thorny crown on His head. Even more when the nails were drive into His hands and feet. However, the ultimate insult came when the soldier pierced His broken and battered side.

Then it was over. But what about the blood?

They took His body down off the cross, the method of state execution. They took the body of the One who had done nothing but was betrayed, bruised, beaten and bludgeoned. And then He was gone. It seemed to be over.

In the book of Revelation, there is a passage where the Bible says that there was silence for about 30 minutes. Why? What would there be in Heaven that would stop all glorious praise and worship to God? What event would have occurred that would demand that all keep silent? I’m not so sure it was as much a demand as it was that everyone was speechlessly in awe.

I can’t prove this because we just don’t know. But could it have been the time when the victorious Savior, the One who took the keys of death, hell and the grave away from His adversary, the Lamb that was slain before the earth was ever created, the King of kings and Lord of lords entered the gates of heaven carrying a bowl with Him? And what was in that bowl?

As He slowly walked down the streets headed toward the throne room of heaven, I believe heaven got brilliantly quiet. Seeing the One who had laid down His glory to go to earth had now returned with His sacrifice of blood. Then He reached the throne room and began to satisfy the demands of His father as He poured His own blood over the Mercy seat of the altar. That’s where the blood went. Hallelujah!

Silence!

Now? Eternal rejoicing.

The party wasn’t over. It was just beginning, and it will never end.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.comeclogo6

He Doesn’t Care For Plastic Surgery

first_surgery_1Modern medicine is simply amazing. They can almost do anything with surgery and creativity. You can be remade, refurbished, re-fixed, remolded or re-anything for that matter. There have been those who have had catastrophic accidents and the surgeons were able to correct it to almost its original state.

Men and women who have been injured on a battlefield have required extensive skin and bone surgery and our wonderful doctors have been able to bring some semblance of hope and joy to these people because of their skills.

Dr. Jonathan Dutton came into my life years ago when I was required to have a tumor examined behind my left eye. Dr. Dutton, an ocular-plastic surgeon at Duke University shared with me, pre-surgery, that he would leave a line on my eyebrow that would give the appearance of an expression line. This was to keep from having a major scar. He was true to his word. More years later, Dr. Dutton shared with me his involvement in introducing and utilizing Botox to the market of the common public for cosmetic purposes.

I have had difficulties and situations in my life that have left scars, rips and tears in my emotional and spiritual appearance that needed some major work so that others would perceive me as having it all together and in total and complete health in both areas. However, as usual in plastic surgery, I knew many people could see through that and knew that I had an artificial makeover. The makeover was more embarrassing than the actual disfigurement. It made me look proud and vain.

However, God showed me that agape went deeper than my scars, rips and tears. In fact, He didn’t like the fact that I was trying to take care of something that I had no education or skill in. He didn’t like that I was trying to do self-surgery and internal spiritual repair. His agape to me revealed what my lover knew about me all along. See, in spite of my emotional and spiritual disfigurement, He agaped me for who I was. He agaped me for me. He knew I had been afflicted, storm battered and un-pitied. He told me He didn’t care for plastic surgery. For He showed me scars of agape on His body. I smiled when He said, “Look, see these deep scars on my forehead?” He told me of the crown of thorns. “And look,” He said, “see these scars on my back?” I turned my face in horror. But when He took my hand and grasped them with both of His, I wept as I felt two very deep scars; one on top of my hand from His hand and one underneath my hand from His hand.

He told me that His agape for me would take care of me above and beneath. His scars were proof of that agape.

I’m so glad that that He doesn’t like plastic surgery. However, I realized that my scars don’t matter anymore. His scars are all that matter now. For when I looked again at mine, they were gone, and I looked at Him again and saw them on Him where mine once were on me.

That’s what I think about it.

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Who Wants To Believe This?

painDo you realize pain is pain? It doesn’t really matter how it is incurred or inflicted. Whether you have a toothache or a broken leg, pain is still pain. Now, grant it, the intensity of a particular pain makes a difference in the tolerance of that pain, but still, it is pain.

When we look at the way pain is inflicted, we have to understand that it occurs either by accident or intention. It can be caused by falling down the stairs or by someone pushing us down the stairs. However, the results of both actions are the same; pain.

When pain leaves us, it often leaves a calling card behind. It is called a “scar.” The scar, be it large or small, is a reminder that we had pain, and it was intense. The scar is the equivalent of the pain being gone. It is the remnant. However, in all this, there are certain scars, called “adhesions,” that can cause even more pain. See, scars (whether emotional or physical) are not all the same. Some scars mean the pain is gone, while others are the nagging reminder that we have suffered. Ironically, pain is something we don’t want in our lives, and yet, it is something we can’t escape.

Many try to hide their pain. Some try to mask the pain with drugs, alcohol or even food. While others try to put make up on their scars, so that you cannot see the pain they have suffered.

But I have a better remedy that I read about if you care to believe it. Who wants to believe this with me?

I read in the scriptures in Isaiah chapter 55, verse one, that the question is asked, “Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought that God’s saving power would look like this? (The Message.)

So true.

Who will believe what Jesus did for us? Who will believe that, out of His agape, He died for us so that our sorrows would be minimal? Isaiah 55:4 tells us that He took our burdens, hurts and pains because he “agaped” us. Can you believe that? And verse 5 said it was so that we could (and would) have peace as a result of us believing. And allowing Him to become our burden bearer and our scar carrier, would mean that we wouldn’t have to carry those things. We, in essence, become “freed from them.” Who wants to believe that?

I do. I want to. I must. I have to. I fiercely need to.

And you should too.

Put the drugs down. Quit pouring the drinks. Get rid of all that junk food. It’s not necessary. The burden/scar carrier has taken your pain for you. Just believe it! It’s true.

That’s what I think about it.


DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.comeclogo1

Be Encouraged; God Is In Control

a330_cockpit1That’s good news!

If we listen to what every financial prognosticator says, we’d think there is no hope. If we listen to President Obama every time he spoke, we’d think no one has the answer.  If we believed everything some of those intellects in the world of science and climatology are saying, then we would think the world was going to burn up from global warming.

However the good news is that God is in control.

People, especially Christians, sometimes live their lives like there is no hope available.  Their thought processes during their times of trouble range from unsettled to panic.  Their hearts are saying, “Stay calm, stay calm, don’t panic, don’t panic–on second thought, PANIC!”

Then they start scrambling to see what they can do to solve the problem.  This problem weighs heavily on their mind.  This is compounded by the fact that other problems arise while they are working on the present problem.  Then the problems begin to accumulate.

Sickness creeps in while they are working on other problems and this compounds the problem solving process.  They miss more work because they were working on problems, got sick and now can’t work.  (This is the lifestyle of many Christians you and I personally know.  I’m doing all I can to show them and teach them that God loves them and He is in control!)

Did you see yourself as you were reading?  Did you see how things get out of control for you?

The main problem lies in the fact that you leave out the very ingredient to problem solving; God.  Yes God.  God is in control of all the things in our lives.  We can’t do one thing about keeping the planet warm or cool.  We can’t do one thing about the world’s problems.  We can’t do one thing to keep others from being mean to us.  But there is one thing that we can do and that’s rest in the Almighty.  Relax in His care.

News flash!  That’s exactly what He wants you and me to do; rest.  He wants us to bring our burdens, our anxieties and our problems to Him.  Don’t keep trying to fix them yourself.  Your God is so much bigger than your problem.  Remember that.

He loves you so very much. He cares for you. Don’t ever forget that.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

NCIS: Is Jethro Gibbs Right?

tv_ncis01I was watching one of my favorite TV programs recently and a character, played by actor Mark Harman (named Special Agent Jethro Gibbs), made a statement that got me to thinking. He said, “Everybody has something to lie about.” I found that quite interesting.

I started to write about the privilege of being a trustworthy person because, in essence, that’s what Agent Gibbs was talking about. You give others the ability whether or not to trust you based on your credibility.

Credibility. Now that’s a word we don’t use very much any more. But isn’t that what we want those around us to be? Credible? The word means “easy to believe.” This person inspires trust and confidence.

Agent Gibbs reminded me of many people I’ve met and known in my life; people who would tell you one thing and do another. People with whom you thought you could trust and believe only to find out later that you couldn’t.

Have you ever heard anybody say, “I don’t promise anything or commit to anything because I don’t like to lie or break my promise?” These people are the ones who, more than likely, don’t commit to anything or trust anyone else. I’d bet they don’t even trust themselves for that matter.

Then there are the people who will tell you a lie just to get you off their backs. They will look you in the eye, email you or even leave you a phone message and you know as soon as you see or hear who it is, you know you cannot count on them.

Does everybody have something to lie about? I would hope not. But the sad fact of the matter is that the majority of people do have something to lie about. There is a hidden pot of trash in people’s lives that they don’t want you to find or see. It’s the wastebasket where a lie or a broken promise can be wadded up, thrown into and no one will be the wiser.

Many people make despairing remarks about how Christians lie and don’t do this or the other. Let’s be honest. People are people, especially Christians. Those who say this about Christians are people who want to take advantage of the goodness that Christians should have. Many people do business with those they already know before hand and how they are going to be. They just hope they won’t be like they expect them to be. And when they are, they rail on the very thing they knew was going to happen.

Yes, there are people that you and I know that will lie to make themselves look good. They will cover up the truth for their own selfish reasons. I’m sorry about that. But it’s the truth.

Hey Jethro, you might be right about this one.

That’s what I think about it

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

Field Generals of Faith

weweresoldiersA field general is one that takes charge of his men, not just in speech, but also in action. They see him doing–not just saying. He’s a player, not a cheerleader.

A pastor is very much like a field general. He must not be one who barks out orders and waits to see what happens. Contrarily, he must lead in confidence knowing that what he says and does has been asked of him by his commander; the Lord Jesus Christ. He must be fully convinced of, not only what he says, but also what he does.

He must be one who understands the ministry and it’s successes. He also must understand how to prevent failure. He must be one whose metal psyche has been tried, tested and “passed muster.” He has to have the full support of those in his care, guided by his confident demeanor, wisdom and prayerful attitude.

The pastor must not only teach about faith and works, he must show his faith by his works. He does not just cheer people on to victory as some excited cheerleader, but leads in victory by his uncompromising and undeniable faith in Christ.

A pastor must have a track record of fresh faith victories. Victories in the past are great, but they become repetitive and stale; fodder for worn out, dated war stories. People need spiritual leaders who are strong in their vision, purpose and calling. Pastors fall (many times) into the trap of encouraging people to be what they themselves are not. It is at this point where his followers will cease to become courageous. Instead, fear and doubt will become familiar companions once again.

A field general will be passionate about the vision. He will be the one who goes after the fallen (in the midst of the hail of fire from the enemy) when he needs to. He will be the one who shows what love is–rather than telling about it.

No one imitates a cheerleader except another cheerleader. However, a “pay-er” in the stands of a football game will identify with the “play-er” on the field. See, because we love the field general, the captain and the coach.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com