What HE Sees

Acts 1:6-8 ESV
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

After all that they had seen Jesus do, and all that He had gone through with them, the question they asked after His resurrection showed clearly that they were still not exactly aware of what was going on. After the question they asked, Jesus completely gave them a different spiritual answer. He did not berate them or criticize them for not seeing things as they should have. Rather, He saw into the future when they would be witnesses of Him; to be a witness you have to be sure of one’s facts. He saw beyond their present lack to how it would be in the future. No matter the present, God knows what He sees in you. Even if that seems opposite to the future. God sees the best in you.

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Freedom & Grace

2 Peter 3:18 ESV
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

As Christians sometimes we overlook certain privileges we have in Christendom. A Muslim sister ‘pleaded’ with a guy to get out of her shared room because she was naked. The reason she was naked was because she had not covered her hair! The Bible invites us to come as we are to Him. No conditions, except with an accepting heart. Let us grow in the grace that has located us to be called children of God.

BIBLE AND SCIENCE

Psalm 138:2 KJV
[2] for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Isaiah 40:22 ESV
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
Psalms 8:8 ESV
and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Most people think that science disproves the Bible and the Bible is just some spiritual book that does not concern itself with other matters. The Word of God is a “double-edged sword”; it is not limited. Long when people believed the earth was flat, Isaiah had made it clear in the Bible that the earth was round. Matthew Maury, the father of Oceanography, had the idea when the verse Psalm 8:8 was read to him. A lot of people have tried to disprove Bible, but they have died, and The Bible remains the most popular book. The Word of God is indeed true and powerful.

COMPARISON

Mark 1:16,19 KJV
[16] Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. [19] And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

Jesus met(in the physical world), Simon and Andrew before John and James. However, John and James and Andrew became part of the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples; Andrew did not. However, in the end they were all disciples of Jesus Christ(!). The fact that someone became born-again before another does not necessarily mean that the former is greater than the latter. We are all used in various ways to promote the kingdom of God. We should not compare ourselves to others because everyone and their race(2 Tim. 4:7).

WISDOM

Exodus 4:4 ESV
But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—

Why did God ask Moses to take the snake by the tail? Could not God have prevented or cured a snake bite? Wisdom is proved right by her actions. There is no need to use spirituality to expect immunity from the consequences of our actions.

GOD AND TEMPERAMENT

Exodus 4:1 ESV
​Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’”
Luke 9:33 ESV
Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.
Acts 8:3 ESV
But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
Genesis 24:4 ESV
but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

God does not care about our abilities, he wants our availability. No matter our temperament, God can use anyone who avail themselves. The hesitant melancholic Moses, who could easily foretell everything that could go wrong, the talkative sanguine Peter, who would sometimes speak without thinking, the hotheaded choleric Saul who was willing to maltreat Christians because they didn’t share his views, the cool, calm phlegmatic Isaac, who needed someone else to find him a wife when he was as old as forty; no matter what our strengths or weaknesses, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, if we avail ourselves.

Rules

Colossians 2:20-21 ESV
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
1 Timothy 4:7 ESV
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

“..PayPal [a financial company] are part of the illuminati and I’d never trust them with my details!” Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. Let us know this and walk without fear. As Christians we need not entangle ourselves with unnecessary rules we make up. If God be for us, who or what can be against us? The kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy, not a bunch of dos and don’ts.