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Up The Creek

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“Up the creek, without a paddle in the rainy season.”

A well known phrase; one that depicts frustration and dire circumstances rendering very little hope.

But did you know that up the creek is the place where miracles happen?

Believe it!

“So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:14-17 ESV)

God told Joshua to lead the children of Israel across the Jordan river, during flood season. He let them know the river wouldn’t stop flowing until the priests set their feet into the water. But as soon as they did, the miracle up the creek happened.

12 miles up the creek.

Too far up the creek for them to see the water become a huge wall, as though it was held back by the hand of God.

Up the creek.

Up the creek is where God was, performing the miracle his children needed. They obeyed his word, following his command to step into the water. God had obligated himself to do the miraculous, for he said, “when your feet get wet, I’ll make the waters stand in a heap.”

Just how wet are your feet? Are you obeying the word of the Lord?

He provides the miracle when we obey his word.

He’s up the creek, when we need to cross a river. He’s on top of the walls, when we need them to crumble. He makes the sun stand still, when we’re prepared to enter into his warfare. He multiplies the oil, and the fish and bread, when we give him all we have.

When we fix our heart on him, he’s able to make all grace abound toward us, never leaving us or forsaking us. Though he’s not always easy to see, he’s always faithful.

And even when we feel like we’re up the creek, we’re never alone.

Remember, up the creek, with or without a paddle, is where miracles take place.

I Believe In The Devil

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I believe in the devil. Do you?

I believe in the devil, though I’ve never seen his face, can’t say he’s colored bright red or has horns.

I believe in the devil, with pitch fork, I doubt, a spiritual being in complete darkness adorned.

I believe in the devil, with a beginning and end, unlike his Creator who’s from everlasting

I believe in the devil, the perverter of justice, disrupter of unity, and hater of every good thing.

I believe in the devil, with his spirits of violence, the merchants of mayhem and infirmity.

I believe in the devil, the master of sales, and camouflaged in lies markets the scams of eternity.

I believe in the devil who’s “pitches” are many, like “the devil isn’t real”, or “hell’s a party forever.” And, “there are many ways to God”, “God is dead, hell ain’t real, and man was God’s ‘creator'”

I believe in the devil, the adversary of God, Lucifer of old, and the destroyer of perfection.

I believe in the devil, satan by title, liar by description.

I believe in the devil, the accuser of the brethren, the Prince of Darkness and master of deceit.

I believe in the devil, leader of the damned, created in beauty, but wrapped in conceit.

I believe in the devil, the twister of truth, the peddler of pride and trafficker of fear.

I believe in the devil, the one who wanted to be, swore he’d be, believes he is,

but is no where near, God.

I believe in the devil, slave to his own desires, Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, Achan’s sin.

I believe in the devil, wily and shrewd, without wisdom or revelation, confused within.

I believe in the devil, the future tenant of the lake of fire, the ruler of losers, the defeated foe.

I believe in the devil, Adam’s undoing, Samson’s Delilah, and the serpent who spoke.

I believe in the devil, purity’s mocker, Nimrod’s tower, and the host of all evil.

I believe in the devil, Cain’s jealous temper, the prophet of the rebellious, the world’s upheaval.

Godless.

I believe in the devil, the hater of good, whisperer of exaggerations, tradesman of lust.

I believe in the devil, the greedy and selfish one, the one called lawless, who’s wholly unjust.

I believe in the devil, the curse of the law, the creature who crawls on his belly so low.

I believe in the devil, Judas’ disillusion, Jesus’ opponent, who inflicted Him with that deadly blow.

I believe in the devil, with crushed serpent’s head, who forgot the promise made by the Almighty.

I believe in the devil, Peter’s shame and Thomas’ doubt, the rich young ruler’s trap, the Roman’s Tree.

I believe in the devil, the defiler of all he touches, the roaring lion that seeks to devour all men.

I believe in the devil, our unseen enemy, with his beginning in Glory, and his soon welcomed end.

I believe in the devil, but my faith is in Jesus, the Light of the world, the Savior of all.

I believe in the devil, but I don’t owe him a thing, I’m no longer a slave to his beck and call.

I believe in the devil, I know who he is, the one called “defeated” in Christ’s glorious parade.

I believe in the devil, but that’s as far as it goes, his time’s running out; it’s Jesus Who saves.

I believe the devil’s real, a spiritual being, and the one diametrically opposed to all God Almighty is and does.

But I believe Jesus.

The devil believes in God, but he doesn’t believe God. Do you?

“Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them?” (James 2:19 MSG)

Convinced?

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Can something make sense if it can’t be sensed?

Is a thought private if others are thinking the same thing?

Does a word spoken in season, at just the right moment, become offensive if repeated over and over? Can you ever put too much salt on your hamburger?

Why do we tend to believe everything we agree with? Are we believing our opinions? Do opinions have substance and evidence?

If faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not yet seen, is there enough evidence to convict us? Can we be convinced?

Where can we go to find truth, if we never believe anyone but ourselves? Where did we learn what we know, if no one could teach us?

Is it possible to live and die and not believe in God? No. It is not possible.

It is possible to exist biologically without believing in God. But it is impossible to live and not believe in God.

It is NOT possible to die without believing in God.

Everyone will meet Him after they’ve breathed their last.

Will some people believe in God and not go to Heaven? Yes.

Believing IN God does not equal believing God. The difference?

Evidence. Conviction is evidence. “Faith is the conviction of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Conviction takes belief to the extreme. Since God exists, what can I know about him? Has he said anything about me? Is he concerned about me? Does he like the way I am living, treating others, doing my work? Is there a problem between him and I? Can I know him personally and intimately?

The believer in God says, “Who cares? I’m not sure, and nothing you say can convince me.”

The one who believes God says, “I do! I have all the evidence I need to convince me.”

Which one are you?

Are you convinced?

I’m a Believer!

20130916-000926.jpgI am a believer.

A believer in God. A believer because of God. A believer born of God. A believer filled with God.

A believer in Jesus Christ!

I choose to believe God’s word, rather than what my senses whisper to my brain. I agree with the Spirit’s witness within my heart instead of siding with the opinions of the world around me.

My friends may forsake me, and walk quickly away; my foes rise against me, threatening to slay. My banker may declare the ledger’s sad story, but the story isn’t finished until The Lord receives the glory.

I am a believer. That’s who I am.

I am a believer. That’s what I do.

I am a believer, but I don’t believe everything I hear.

I am a believer. I know what I should believe because I’m picky about what I read, study, listen to, and meditate upon.

I’m a choosy believer!

I am a believer. The Author and Perfecter of my faith lives in me; leading me into all truth and showing me things to come; and what to believe.

I am a believer. I’m connected with other believers to form what God calls the Body of Christ, the House of God, the Pillar and Foundation of the Truth, the Church of the Living God.

I choose to believe, exercising my right as God intended. I could choose to NOT believe, because I have a choice. But I’ve come too far, learned too much, and experienced the reality of God and His Love too often, to be talked out of believing.

Yes, I have a choice. I choose to believe. That makes me a believer.

His believer.

His satisfied believer.

How about you?

“For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.’” (Romans 10:11 NASB)

“And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 AMP)

God’s Ultimate “Yes!”

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“As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us” (2 Corinthians 1:18-22 NLT)

Ultimate-“of the greatest or highest degree or quantity”.

If you would, if you could, try and remember all the promises God has EVER made to ANYONE at ANYTIME. How about one or two? Such as the Promise God gave to Noah. He promised that He would never again destroy the earth by flood. “As long as the earth remains, there will always be “seed time and harvest…” (Gen.8) Or how about the word He spoke to Abram (Gen.12) saying, “I will bless them that bless you and curse them who curse you.”

There’s something about the promises of God we must understand. If it is a promise, it is as good as done. Whether or not you or I see it fulfilled.

Okay, let’s try another one. If you would, if you could, try and remember EVERY PROMISE God EVER made to you. Alright, one or two. How about, “believe on The Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.” Or, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, a Christian, they are a new creation; old things passed away, all things are new.”

Again, let’s talk about the promises of God, including ones we may have a hard time “seeing”.

Have you noticed we don’t have a hard time believing the promises we can understand? Or, if we can somehow have a backup plan, just in case the promise doesn’t work, we don’t seem to get so worked up trying to “believe.”

I know I haven’t always trusted the promise He’s made to me. I haven’t always understood how He could possibly keep His promise for my predicament.

But the passage in 2 Corinthians is a good one to grab hold of. It says to me that there is only ONE PROMISE that I need to believe and remember. Only ONE PROMISE that I must declare above all the rest! “For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!””

The ONE PROMISE is God’s Ultimate “YES!”. Jesus Christ. Whatever the need, whatever the situation, Christ! He is the “YES” for each and every promise. He is the “YES”, whether I can figure Him out, or my situation out.

The Lord did not make believing Him a hard thing, though at times it appears to be. I think it’s because we get our eyes, our reasonings; all of our senses, onto the things happening around us. But God’s ultimate “yes” made it so there’s only ONE PROMISE we must keep our eyes on…yes, I’ll say it again, Jesus.

“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…”

We can do this! The ULTIMATE “YES!” says we can.

Say Amen, somebody!

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