Stories From God

Part Two: Control the tides

As I walked along the shoreline of the beach in deep communication with the Lord, I stopped to look at the ocean. The day was just starting and was a little overcast, but otherwise a beautiful day. While I looked out over the waves and all the waters beyond, this huge body of water reminded me of God, the beauty, the vastness, the power, the breadth, length, height, and depth of God’s love for me [1]. Just as God feeds all the fish in the sea, as long as I was “In Christ,” He would cover me, lead me, and protect me.

Like the many wayfarers that have traveled the ocean blue, as long as the ship did not leak, the waters would carry them safely to their next port. My faith in God is like that ship, as long as my faith does not leak, Christ assures me safe passage to my next port, which is God’s assignment for me.

The ocean’s horizon is also like my faith. I cannot see what’s beyond the horizon but with the faith of a mustard seed [2], I don’t need to see, because my faith will get me there. Like the “Footprints in the sand,” God will carry me and keep me afloat.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you [Isaiah 46:3 NIV].

My brother Jeff also brought something to my attention that fell in line with his “moon” experience with God. He told me that the moon regulates the tides. It is a fact that when the moon is its brightest, the greater the tide will be, and the more land it will touch and cover. Jeff saw this great tide as the ‘living water’ that whosoever believed in Christ, rivers of living water would flow from him [3] and that whosoever drinks of the living water, they will never thirst and will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life [4].

There are many other parallels but I’ll leave that to you to come up with some of your own. One thing is probably for sure, because of my brother, we will not look at the moon the same again. God bless you all and thanks for stopping by.

In summary, the brighter the moon reflects the sun, the greater the tide and more land it will cover. The brighter we reflect the love of Christ, the more people we can affect for Him. The last tide is coming in brothers and sisters. Let’s reflect Christ so that when the last tide goes out, we can take as many with us as we can, and the captain of our ship of faith will say to us, “. . .Well done good and faithful servant. . .[5].”

Next week: I’ll be doing a piece on “The rise and fall of the man-made church.” This is a requested article, so I hope that I can sufficiently answer it in a small blog for him. Authors have written books on this subject. If I cannot condense it sufficiently by next Monday, I will have to request another week. However, I will have something for you. GOD BLESS!

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[1] Ephesians 3:18
[2] Matthew 17:20
[3] John 7:38
[4] John 4:14
[5] Matthew 25:21

Stories from God

Part One: Moses’ reflection

A colleague recently asked me, “Where do you get all your ideas for your blogs?” Well, that was an easy question to answer. I told him, “It was simple, all truth is parallel. For every natural truth, there is an equal and corresponding spiritual truth.” I said, “As writers, all we have to do is keep our eyes open, and observe God’s creation while noticing all the physical things around us. There’s a never-ending plethora of ideas out there if we just look at the world through spiritual eyes.” I told him, “Hey, I even wrote a blog on a speed bump once [1].”

God’s world is ever present before us to see and admire. . .a flower, a mountain scene, a sunset, children, a street lamp, and yes, even a speed bump. God is spirit and made us in His image [2]. He gives us our own burning bush daily, something with which to get our attention to make us STOP, and be still and know that He is God [3].

God is telling us many stories through His creation on a daily basis. All we have to do is look around and observe, listen, and meditate on Him remembering that all truth is parallel.

v1 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
v2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.
v3 For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-3

My youngest brother, Jeff, is also well aware of this spiritual truth himself. In fact, he came over to my place recently just to share a natural phenomenon that all of us see. . .every night. Wow, minus the fact that I am glad to see him anytime, I am especially glad that he came over just to share. Here is the story he told me.

Jeff loves to walk and does so nightly in the brisk evening air. He told me about some “God time” he had on just such a walk a couple nights prior.

Jeff lives in a little quiet and old country town and during that particular outing; the moon was especially bright and full. As he admired the moon’s beauty, the Lord began sharing with him as he walked along. Anyway, Jeff told me that he saw Moses in the moon.

Wow! That was compelling, so I asked him to elaborate.

He said that the moon was a reflection of the sun. Jeff said, “God reminded me of Moses and the burning bush and how it was a reflection of Christ – His Son. He told me of an eclipse and how it blocks the reflection of the sun.” God said, “The worldly and flesh actions of my children acts as an eclipse and blocks the light of my Son [4]. Moses turned away from me because he was afraid and could not look upon me and my holiness [5]. My children do the same thing because they either dislike me or are afraid of me as the Israelites were at the foot of Mount Horeb [6].”

By the time Jeff reached town, he was walking at least six inches off of the ground.

Wow! Awesome Bro! What a special “God time” you experienced.

Well, progressive revelation kicked in all but immediately and I had to share with Jeff what I saw in his story from God. I told Jeff, “Not only an eclipse bro, but what about ‘As the World Turns?’ With each revolution, it is like mankind turning their backs on God. . .but guess what, even if man turns his back on God, Christ’s reflection is still there in the sky. The Word of God is that reflection and mirror of Christ. In fact, Christ is the Word [7] and He has said that He’d never leave or forsake us [8].

I thought to myself, All of this from the moon. Wow! Many spiritual truths crowded my mind. This was an awesome experience that my brother had. It certainly does pay to observe God’s creation.

Now, it’s your turn. What else do you see in Jeff’s moon story from God as he walked the streets of town? If you see something else or a spiritual truth regarding Jeff’s vision of the moon, why not share your progressive story with us.

Thanks for sharing your moon story with me (us) Jeff. God bless you brother brother. Love ya pal.

Next week: Jeff and I will share a couple more parallels that we saw regarding some other insights of Jeff’s ‘moon walk’ during his special “God time” with the Lord.

A note to my readers: I pray that this sparks you all into looking at God’s world/creation differently. It is there for all of us to see and experience, if we will just have the right perspective and focus. God bless you all and thanks for reading my blog.

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[1] http://www.jameslindquistswriting.blogspot.com/2013/08/darn-old-speed-bumps-anyway.html
[2] Genesis 1:27
[3] Psalms 46:10
[4] John 8:12
[5] Exodus 3:6
[6] Exodus 19:16 Mount Horeb is interchangeable with Mount Sinai
[7] John 1:1
[8] Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5

True Repentance

In Luke 3:7-9, John warns the Pharisees and Sadducees who gathered with those seeking baptism, “. . .Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Some thought that they were children of their father Abraham and were exempt from judgment. Therefore, they wanted admission to his baptism.

John here questions their motives. He warns them that it was a false assumption and that the axe was already at the foot of the tree [1].

v7 He said therefore to the multitudes that went out to be baptized of him, Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
v8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
v9 And even now the axe also lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire [Luke 3:7-9 KJV].

We are all subject to judgment when we sin and we all need to bear fruit or God’s patience will once again wear thin and the axe will be at the root of every tree [2]. If we do not repent (turn from sin and return to God), it will be spiritual death or be like the tree in Luke 3:9, hewn down. When we fail (and we do so daily), we have the forgiveness of God’s grace and mercy with which to repent our mistake and/or disobedience. God always gives us a way out.

When we sin, God judges us. However, with every judgment, there is grace, but through our true repentance. Working out one’s own salvation is a process and accepting Christ as Lord over our lives is the first step toward the goal of returning to His presence.

Repent means to stop and turn away from sin. It is separation from God. However, repentance and God’s grace will always bring us back into His presence. The wages of sin is death, and make no mistake; there are always consequences of sin. Fearing the consequences of sin though is not true repentance.

As John exhorts the Jews of the day to repent and make ye the way of the Lord, he is exhorting us today to repent and make ye the way of the return of the Lord. Seek the salvation of the Lord and bear ye good fruit worthy of repentance. As a tree bears good fruit so must we bear good fruit worthy of the tree. In other words, good works as Luke 3:10-14 declares. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches [3]. The main good work was to believe in the Messiah soon to be revealed.

True repentance is the desire to return to the presence of God from a sinful and separated state. . .or separation from God because of our disobedience as Isaiah 59:2 tells us. So be aware of our motives in repenting of our disobedience.

Does our fear of the consequences of sin lead us to repentance, or does our separation from God scare us and therefore leads us to repentance? As Christians, we know that God’s love for us is eternal [4] and that He will never leave or forsake us [5].

God’s presence is where we experience His love, mercy, and grace, but His presence is also the power of God through which we receive forgiveness, salvation, deliverance, healing, and many other benefits. Who wants to separate themselves from all of this? God will chastise those He loves. Man up and woman up and repent and ask forgiveness and worship God for His forgiveness, grace, and mercy. Seek His face [6].

I can’t get enough of you Lord. I seek your face and presence and ask that you fill me with the same. Forgive me Lord for being as a filthy rag in your sight but I thank you and worship you for your forgiveness and grace. Lord, overwhelm me with your presence so that I might bask in you. Fill me with your love and grace that I might be a good witness to you, in Jesus name, amen.

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[1] Christianese for God’s patience was wearing thin and He expected the people to repent and turn to the soon revealed Messiah. Otherwise it’s spiritual death. John refused them.
[2] Every man and woman
[3] John 15:5 The vine in the Bible is considered to be a tree
[4] Psalms 136; Jeremiah 31:3
[5] Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5
[6] 2 Chronicles 7:14