I usually have appreciated the messages that James Robison provides however this particular message around the Stream concerning the year could not become more timely. Every one of us is imperfect and God laughs at our plans, however the good thing is the fact that everyone has a savior. We all have spheres of influence which Pastor Robison makes abundantly clear in this must read article. Possess a happy new year.
Benjamin S Carson Sr MD
The healing of the usa is more possible and certain than ever before. The road to freedom's cure in 2022 is certain and much more simple than one might imagine. If believers will become the answer to Jesus' prayer in John 17, we'll then start to effectively fulfill the Father's imagine His \”will being carried out on earth because it is in heaven.\” His kingdom is here now – not only \”at hand,\” but because Jesus said, \”within us.\” The answers are found in the efforts of his followers including us. As individuals. And as a household.
Resolve to consider Back God's Garden in 2022
The family – your body of Christ, the church – may be the only force on earth the gates of hell cannot prevail against. We must cease allowing the enemy to scamper unabated. We should cease the slumber, no longer being \”at ease in Zion,\” no longer being overwhelmed with indifference, contention, dissension or foolish discussions. We must get together, full of the strength of the Holy Spirit and allowing His kingdom presence and capacity to impact His world, His garden, Planet Earth.
If we would stand up now, sold-out towards the truth, we could take back God's garden, His world, and oversee it with His wisdom previously mentioned and bless the lives of those He gave His Son in order to save, to redeem. When His will is \”done on the planet as it is in heaven,\” we crush the enemy's deception and needs under our feet like dust, a serpent or scorpion.
Someday, in the next kingdom, Satan will forever be cast into the \”lake of fire,\” the hell ready for the devil and the messengers. Now is the here we are at God's family to arise and shine using the glory from the Lord on us.
Resolve to acknowledge None But Jesus is Perfect
We too often cut ourselves off from other believers because we think they are wrong about something, or not up to our standard. Let's stop and let's face the truth: There's no one perfect except Jesus, the daddy and also the Son. He's the only person who's perfect, and also the perfect one gave us His word within the Bible written by God through imperfect people.
King David was an awesome shepherd, wisely protecting his sheep in the bear, lion and all sorts of predators while leading them to green pastures. He cared for them in every valley and challenge, just as the Lord, who is our Shepherd, says He'll be with us. And he killed Goliath, who mocked the family of God. He killed the enemy of freedom exactly the same way we're supposed to overcome the enemy's evil intentions and prevent him from prevailing.
Look what happened to David with Bathsheba. We don't stop learning from him after he failed. He was already imperfect before he made that mistake. But consider what we should continue to study from him after his brokenness and repentance – maybe even greater lessons about God's love and grace.
Consider Solomon. King Solomon had a thousand wives and concubines. He messed up royally. Yet Solomon is rightly held up as man who offered life-changing wisdom. Wisdom originates from God – from Above, and it will be wisdom no matter who shares it. Further, Solomon confessed his own failures and inadequacies after his life. We learn great wisdom from him, despite the fact that he was imperfect.
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The minor and major prophets also were imperfect. Elijah, one of the biggest, called down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifices and prove who God ended up being to the whole nation. Yet he had been hiding in a cave from demonic Queen Jezebel. And then, after God answered with fire, Elijah went out and pouted within juniper tree. We study from it that the prophets weren't perfect.
When Jesus asked, \”Who do you say I am?\” Peter answered, \”You would be the Christ, the Son from the Living God.\” Jesus replied, \”Because what you heard from God as well as your ability to know I'm the Christ. Flesh and blood did not teach you that, God did. The believer's hearing the daddy is the rock upon which I built my church.\”
However, the very next time Peter opened his mouth, it was pure Satan! Jesus had to rebuke him. Later, Peter boasted , \”I am the one guy you are able to rely on.\” But when Jesus needed him most, Peter not only couldn't stay awake to wish for even an hour, he denied Him 3 times.
We must display to the world exactly what the family of an ideal Father appears like and love one another as imperfect people gaining knowledge from imperfect people.
I mean, that's the height of total separation from a meaningful relationship with God. Full of remorse, Peter stopped boasting about how right he was and said, \”You know everything about me.\” That man, after the Upper Room experience, filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and the kingdom power of God, was the keynote speaker at Pentecost.
Today, I wonder the number of religious tribes, denominations and sectarian groups would even allow that man to go to their national convention, much less function as the keynote speaker.
Resolve to face up to Division in the Body
Here is something I believe God wants us to hear:
We tell our people to steer clear of the church down the street, or the other denomination, or another speaker because we found something wrong together. Quite simply, don't study from each other. When i often say, we amputate uniquely designed people in Christ's body, refusing to even speak with those we disagree with and seek to learn and grow together as Jesus prayed we'd. We cut your body of Christ to pieces. And we've got to stop that.
I believe when the church inside a spirit of love, concern and unity would come together at the table of reason, our very divided, deceived, very foolish national leaders would be inspired to come together. Why can't individuals who say they need the best take a seat and together seek notebook computer for anyone God loves a lot? Since \”God is love\” and \”love never fails,\” what about we try what's guaranteed to work? LOVE.
We must display to the world what the group of the perfect Father looks like and love each other as imperfect people learning from imperfect people.
Resolve to Come Together as Bright Lights
When I had been a evangelist, Billy Graham explained to spend time with people I used to be trained to avoid. I did it. Even though I then found myself talking often to a person I was convinced was wrong, I amazingly saw them totally changed-and I also saw myself drastically changed as a result of engaging together.
For the last 15 or 20 years and through our television program, LIFE Today, we've been bringing together the leaders of different Christian groups and demonstrating the greatness of God through imperfect people.
I have watched great Christian leaders combined efforts to speak God's truth consistently, without ever wavering or compromising.
Just like Daniel spoke to four wicked kings. Every time they took their wise advice, the people were better for this. Each time!
I am now watching great leaders who are prepared to get together and quit arguing regarding their differences and begin demonstrating the love of God. Let's get this straight: \”God is love\”; and \”love never fails.\”
It's here we are at us to produce the power of that love through yielded members of Christ's body, totally submitted to His head, and let the world behold the glory of God on His family. The lost world will run to that light.
Resolve aid healing the Nation
This year is an important one for our nation. We can't sit on the sidelines or take a seat on our hands in our pews. We must be unceasing in sharing transforming truth and undeniable, historically confirmed principles that are biblical and were important to our nation's founders.
God says, \”Open your eyes, and you may see Me revealed in what I created. You can observe the rock-solid, principled foundation necessary for freedom to become protected and preserved.\”
We must support in the ballot box people who understand those principles and foundations. And stand ourselves, be it at school board meetings or city council gatherings.
We must, to borrow the Christians Engaged motto, \”Pray, Vote, Engage.\”
Resolve to DO THE WORD
When Jesus said, \”Build your home, your lifetime, family and future on the unshakable foundation, and it will withstand all storms,\” He didn't say, \”Discuss the term, debate the term, defend the Word or simply declare the Word.\” He said, \”DO IT.\” And also the house stands. So will freedom. Any family, business or nation that develops this foundation can withstand all storms, and it'll be \”love that never fails\” and, revealing clearly, \”God is love.\” As Christians, let's help inspire a brand new year that God will say is great!
James Robison is The Stream's founder and publisher. He is founder of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of LIFE Today. He's the writer of many books, including Indivisible (with Jay Richards) and Living Amazed.