March 4, 2017 – Imagination
Where would we be without imagination? It was imagination that invented the wheel. It was imagination that invented the horse drawn carriage, and later the motorized cars, trains, buses, and planes that take us where we need to go.
Imagination is responsible for all of our electronic devices, for the safe structures of our homes, office buildings, hospitals, libraries and stores. Imagination has had a big hand in the medical research that has brought us many treatments and cures for various diseases and ailments.
Our computers, our phones, all our methods of communication came forth from someones imagination. Our fashions, our home decor, or gardening techniques, our exotic dishes, our school curriculum are all the result of someone imagining a better and brighter world for us.
Imagination, however has two sides, depending on who and how it is used. Those who do not serve the Risen Lord imagine themselves as becoming rich, famous and powerful through serving the God of darkness; Satan, and I have no doubt that there are many who have gotten to their high perch through these dark imaginations.
It is dark imaginations that create mass murderers, rapists, child abusers, terrorists and war. Dark imaginations are alive in many and many are often persuaded or coerced into taking part in them, not realizing or not caring that their very life, there very soul are at risk.
Someone stood on top of a mountain one day and looked at a river flowing below, and imagined how much better that water could be used to flood and water fields and supply residents of nearby towns, so he built a dam.
Someone stood in a hospital room, watching patients dying from a plague or epidemic and imagined what it would be like if their suffering could be alleviated and their disease cured, so he or she started researching and experimenting until they found a cure or treatment.
It was through someones imagination of a better education that we now have schools that teach just about anything, and schools that help children with special needs. Today I am thankful that God gave us an imagination.
Ephesians 1:17-18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him
March 5, 2017 – Messages
There are many ways to receive and send messages. Besides the written form, some messages are sent via body language, voice tones and facial expressions. With all the new technology we can send messages via picture, text, recorded or by voice within seconds. We can stay in contact with whomever we want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sadly for some that is the only way they can stay in touch with close friends and family because many of them are scattered around the country, maybe even around the world. Many families do not have the close ties within the members as in decades gone by.
Most people do not want to leave their homes, their comfort zones, while others believe they have more important things to do with their time and sadly, many cannot get off work or afford to travel to different cities, states or countries to visit their relations.
But how does God send messages? There are many ways he does this. Just by reading his word on a daily basis you may run across a message or answer you have been seeking. It was already answered long ago, before you were born because someone else, long ago had the same problems, sought the same answers.
Sometimes he sends an answer to our minds via a dream, vision or thought. Some people claim to have had visitations from Jesus himself or his angels. Some believe God has spoken out loud directly to them as he did in the ancient days. But there are other ways he sends messages.
Maybe it will be by sending someone into our life or day with something to say to us that he encouraged them to do. Sometimes it may be as simple as something happening just when it needed to and other times our instinct (the holy spirit) will urge us to go somewhere or do something that will effect the changes or answers that are needed. Often we just feel an overwhelming sense of peace and an understanding that he is still fully in control and he is still listening. Today I am thankful for all the ways he send us his messages.
Proverbs 1:33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm
March 6, 2017 – Understanding God
I have heard so many people exclaim that they don’t understand God. Why would a God allow there to be crime, hatred, wars, illness and poverty? Why would a God, who loves us, allow us to go through so much conflict, so much hurt, pain and sorrow? How can a loving God allow our loved ones to be murdered, die from an overdose of drugs or an incurable disease?
Truthfully, I have to say that I have wondered this before, but he is God and he has a reason for everything he does and everything he allows to happen. Remember he did not guarantee us health, wealth and happiness here on earth. In fact he said we would suffer, the more so if we believed in him.
Upon reading through the bible, which I strictly adhere to each day, I can see some of his logic in the things he instructed his people to do. For example, when he told Saul to kill men, women and children, to leave none alive, it may have seemed very cruel.
In reality he was saving the people from sinning more. If that group of people, whom he ordered killed, were allowed to stay alive, the children would grow into adults and build another army, another population that was serving a pagan God, and if they were taken as slaves there was even more of a chance of them convincing Gods people to live in their ways and worship their gods. That is just one example.
God is not accountable to us, we are accountable to him because he is God, he is the creator, he is our father. I questioned him when my Ken passed away. I had expected a miracle healing that Ken would be able to use as an an example in is ministry.
It was a non-christian who opened my eyes to the fact that if I believed God could heal, and if I believed God could give us eternal life, then that is exactly what he did. He healed Ken by taking him home and giving him an eternal body that would never be sick, never hurt and never die.
So when my son and sister died last year, I looked at it in an entirely different way. I knew they both knew Jesus so I knew he had decided they had suffered enough from their illnesses, their addictions and their broken hearts so he took them and healed them for eternity.
Today I know that no one will fully understand God and his workings, but I am thankful still for the understandings he does allow me to have.
Proverbs 21:2 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God the Maker of all things.