How Do I Know?

A story was told to me many years ago about love. About how when we’re truly loved by someone whom we see as being wonderful the effect is transcendent. We’re lifted up, empowered, the phrase used in the story I heard was…

If I said it was because of the way He so faithfully provides for the physical needs of my family and I, which I believe He does, I wouldn’t be able to explain why it is that God loves everyone but some in this world go without.

I could say that I know God loves me because He sent His Holy Spirit to be a guide and counselor to me who leads me in all things but His Spirit is like the wind. You can’t actually see it…even though you can easily see it’s effects!

Would it be easier for people to understand how I know if they could experience His peace? If instead of feeling anxious about their circumstances,both present and future,they could cast their cares upon Him knowing He cares for them?

 That’s a lot of “If”s” in one sentence…

I used to walk through life carrying heavy burdens that I couldn’t put down! I know Jesus loves me because He took my burden of condemnation and sin and made me free!

What about the way Jesus is working in my life to heal me from all of the wounds I’ve suffered from the weapons formed against me by my enemy, continually transforming me by the renewing of my mind…

Would my testimony be convincing?

Oh I know! It’s the joy I feel in my life which is the fruit of His Spirit! It’s very attractive to others but can be so difficult for them to accept because it’s a gift!

All of us have placed our faith in something. Mostly in the things we can see like science,technology,and of course people! Every time we pay attention to anything we give it tribute and power in our lives. If we place our faith in Christ it can be said of us that though we may be in this world we’re not of it.

Our faith is the only requirement for us to receive our Father’s real love! But have you ever tried to explain what love is to someone? If so,you no doubt know it’s futility.I can tell you how much God loves you, I can show you in His word how He’s shown it, I can let His love shine through me for you to see, I can show you a world of miracles based on His love for you, but would it be enough?

The choice belongs to each of us,to decide what it is we believe.

Of course the responsibility for those choices is ours as well!

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Your Hearts Desires!

Psalm 37:4 (King James Version)

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Twenty eight months ago I wrote a blog on Yahoo 360 entitled,

“When I live my dream”

It was about what I wanted to do with my life, here’s a small sample from it,

“So dream a little dream with me, I’m sort of going out on a limb here I know but like they say “if you’re not living on the edge,you’re taking up too much room” here goes, I want to open up my own counseling business, I’d like to hang out a shingle here in the 2 horse town in which I live”.

Here’s a link to the entire post if you care to read it...here

Since then I’ve really done nothing to move towards the realization of that goal. Oh I checked into some online courses but never pursued it any further than that.  Instead I continued to write blogs and witness to people online and to those I came into contact with personally.  My feeling has always been that my calling is to people who are hard to reach and that my place of ministry was to be “in the trench’s” so to speak.  But when I was recently presented with the opportunity to take my game to a whole ‘nuther level I didn’t hesitate, it was much more than merely an answer to MY simple prayers, it was a vision of a much greater plan for me than I ever dreamed!

If the ultimate freedom is to be who we are,

then the ultimate power is to know who we are “In Christ”

John 8:32 (King James Version)

32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

For me, that’s what it’s all about and that’s what I can’t stop trying to get people to understand. That’s what I’m trying to understand more myself. Perhaps attempting to understand it is a dead end in that it’s approaching something that’s entirely spiritual and attempting to make it “square up” from our worldly physical perspective. It’s something that despite our best attempts to control or intellectualize ultimately can only be experienced in the moment. To realize our true orientation, like the difference between being a physical entity on a spiritual journey and a spiritual one on a physical journey! In many ways it does “occur” in our everyday lives, in common experiences each of us have. Our instinct is to reach out and grab it but it’s like sand, it slips through your hands…

When an athlete plays at the pinnacle of his ability they’re said to be “in the zone”, Ministers proclaim Gods word under the “anointing” artists paint great works of art and musicians write beautiful songs because of inspiration!  Our creations flow from our passions, but what are they compared to the passion our heavenly Father feels for His creation?

I say, “find that thing you can do in this life that allows the one true God to manifest His perfection through you to the rest of the world and you will find purpose and peace and love and joy and you will find God! Then you will know why you are here and be ever so thankful that you are. Then you will turn to the one who has created you and praise His name out of an overflowing heart!

What I would like is to establish a place where people can feel comfortable. A facility where we offer a variety of opportunities for them to come to know Christ.  We’ll set a table, and then invite hungry people to come in and sup with the King of Kings, and the Lord Of Lords!

For far too long many churches have been a stumbling block to helping people come into a relationship with Christ.  Instead these churches present a rigid religious “institution like” atmosphere where there is no freedom, where the doctrine and the rituals are held sacred above Gods commission to GO and seek the lost.  At The Vineyard Ministry Fellowship and Outreach Center, we want to change that!

building shot

This is the front of the building as it is now, our goal is to open to the public by the first of the year! We’re very excited at the speed in which our progress is being made so far, things can happen quickly when they are directed by “God Speed”! We know that our Father is not merely willing to provide for us all that we need, but that He’s eager to really show Himself to as many as have eyes to see!

interior shot

We want to partition the inside of the building for various activities. In one area there will be bible studies that are ongoing, a gospel message being given in another. We’d like to have a comfortable common area or lobby for people to relax with refreshments and enjoy fellowship. We plan to offer group and individual Christian counseling designed to break the bondage’s of the many forms of abuse perpetrated by the enemy against those who God loves!

Our mission is to be a resource, not a church,to equip people to be effective ambassadors of the gospel, not to become “members”. We want to be used by God to free the captives and lead the lost into saving relationships with the risen Savior. As ambassadors, we seek to convey the great desire of our principal to His intended through whatever opportunities or means we are availed, to present His terms and make His case, that some might receive Him and be saved! I believe that there’s always room for something different, and that if what you’re doing isn’t working you should try something else instead. It’s our hearts desire to fulfill what we know to be the commission of our Lord Savior and King, to fulfill the desires of His heart…

John 3:16 (King James Version)

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.