Big God! Greater than the Universe!

Big God!
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Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Many years ago, I was at home in worship, and I was praying in other tongues listening to a Phil Driscoll tape. It was night, and I went out on the back deck, and found a flashlight and looked up at the stars, and turned it on, (while the worship tape was blaring really loudly, ‘I exalt thee’ as only Phil Driscoll can sing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQhSHIYcKQM ).

My science engineering mind kicked in, and like a child, I thought about that beam of light headed off into space, at over 186,000 miles per second. I thought about how in one second, that beam traveled 186,000 miles, and in two, why it would double that…
Think how far it would travel in a minute? An hour? A day? A month and a year?
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In physics, we were taught that distances between galaxies in the universe, were measured in light years, and that galaxies we can see on a clear night, are actually over 100 million light years away from earth. I thought about the power of some of these stars, that dwarf our sun being 100 times bigger, or even 1000! I thought about the awesome power of some of those stars, and how incredibly powerful they must be, as I peered into the starry night. All the while, Phil Driscoll was blaring off the stereo, and suddenly, I was immediately in front of one of those stars, not a vision, I was actually there!
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I could see it’s blazing light, immense power, and somehow I knew that God had brought me there, for a reason. Behind me, was Father God, in all His glory, His brightness and searing, blinding, light; so much greater than this immense star, that I could not turn and look at Him, lest I die.

Hab 3:4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Moses cried out that God show us His glory:
Ex 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
Ex 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

That somehow, God had brought me to this place in the universe, faster than the speed of light, and as great as the universe is, He is much, much greater. In fact, somehow, He shielded me from His glory, lest I be destroyed.
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It has been said, that a man with an experience, is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.

Fools argue God’s existence, power, ability, love, mercy and glory.

I can never again do so.

While I do not claim to understand the mysteries of the universe, I know this one thing:
All of it was created by an incredibly powerful, almighty God, sovereign, who is far greater than His creation.

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
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People of God have had glimpses of His glory throughout the generations but I heard Benny Hinn comment once on a revelation he had from Is 6, that bears witness to me:

Is 6:1 ¶ In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Benny saw the throne of God, the living creatures, actually worshipping. Holy to the Father, Holy to the Son, Holy is God’s Spirit, but God caused him to understand why they worshiped.

As they sang and cried their worship, they saw the glory of God. Each time they completed a circle, another facet of the glory of God was revealed to them, so great, that they fell on their faces again, and cried: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts. That this has gone on since creation, and will go on throughout eternity!

Think about the greatness of the universe today. Think about how far 100 million light years actually is! Think about the size and magnificence of some of the galaxies we have discovered.
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Now, think about God in His glory! So much greater than any of this!

I used to love to read science fiction books, and grew up watching Star Trek. I had always wondered if there was life on other planets. I mean, God is almighty, so perhaps there are other civilizations yet to be discovered, right?

So, I asked Him about it. One morning in worship, as His presence drew near, I asked Him, ‘Father, have you created life on other planets?’
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The intensity of His reply is still with me, when I heard Him say: ‘No, son, I have experienced enough pain on this one.’

Perhaps, in eternity, we will be like Adam, and work with God, to create life on galaxies, and see them created in incredible beauty. Perhaps this is why the strange growth of the video game, Minecraft, among our children and youth. They get to create worlds, and fight evil creatures. That creative nature of God is in every human heart. We are created in His image, to love, to create, to build, to recreate when bad things happen.

Ec 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart,

Jesus has provided access to His very throne of grace, by His shed blood. Nothing is too hard for Him, no matter what your circumstances look like, the One you pray too, is the One who flung the stars into being, set the planets in their orbits, set the galaxies in their place.
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2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

His divine nature, is Spirit. Spirit is a higher form of substance, than any earthly matter: in fact, the universe did not originate from nothing, but from a higher form of matter, something that the Bible describes as Spirit.

When we believe God’s promises, we literally partake of this divine nature, and the realm of Spirit, comes into our lives, purifying us, delivering us from our earthly desires and lusts, and calls us to live in this realm of eternal glory from which all material things have been created!

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world

Yes, we will see His glory in heaven, but warriors of faith, where the action is, is in seeing His glory, manifest, here in the earth, today!

Believe! Deliberately choose to seek Him in His promises!

Ask Him to reveal His glory, presence, power, love and majesty to you, personally.

This, will change you, forever, and suddenly, you will fully agree with this verse:

Mt 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
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Mr 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Lu 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
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When you honestly experience the glory of God, it is much easier to believe….

Mr 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

This is my prayer today, I pray you pray it with me:
‘Father, Show me Your glory, greatness, love, and majesty! Reveal to me Your awesomeness! Jesus, I choose to come boldly to Your throne today, because Your shed blood has made a way! Holy Spirit, open my eyes, to Your reality, and Your plan, purpose, and eternal destiny upon my life. Cause me to walk out eternal destiny, today, for the sake of Your name and glory, Lord Jesus, Amen!”

Love Loud Today!

Love Loud Today!

  Love Loud Today!

Light Illuminates, Darkness blinds
1 John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Love is like light, it brightens this dark world with hope, faith, and joy.

I remember when I was 21, working aboard a sailboat. We had sailed from Key West, Florida, and were now in Madiera, Portugal. The relationships on the boat had deteriorated to the point, that there had been open talk of murdering one another.

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Dark, dark days. In this state of mind, I received a day off, and went ashore to explore. Madeira is a bee hive of commerce, and the open markets watching people haggle and hustle were a wonder to behold. Stopped at several places: A private club up on a mountainside, where a ladies bridge club was meeting, seemed they had seven people and needed a fourth to complete their second table, so I sat in for a couple of hands. These ladies questioned me about Canada, and were very educated, and began breathing life into my tired soul. It had been a tough couple of months crossing the Atlantic, and the tension aboard the boat was tangible to the point, where something had to give, or something was going to snap. After a couple of hours of pleasant fellowship with them, I decided to climb to the top of the mountain there, and off I went, following the criss-cross cobblestone streets, higher, and higher, until I finally left the city, and found countryside.

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Misty, mysterious paths, that led higher. I still remember how I towered above the Portuguese, at my 6’1” height, and how, as I saw these pale, hard working people scurrying fearfully between shops, with cruel shop keepers, and often security guards with machine guns, watching, that I vowed that I would never become like them. They reminded me of caged pets, running on a treadmill, but going nowhere.

Open sky, and open ocean were to be my lot in life…or so I thought…

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The cobblestone path I followed, cut through the back yards of some small houses, and in one back yard, a little girl, a toddler was playing. She saw me, pointed, and giggled, and then laughed out loud at the appearance of the strange giant in her world.

She loved me!

When she did, something broke in me.

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All my worry, stress, fear, anger, hatred and rage against the crew, left in an instant, and suddenly I felt unburdened, and free to live again. Simply from a loving gesture from a toddler!

Love is like light. It dispels darkness. That little babies love blasted away my darkness and negativity in an instant.

Psalm 119:130

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Obviously, my footloose and fancy free days have long gone, although I still love to travel, and meet new people in new cultures and languages, as a parent with children, the big ‘R’, has found its place in me (Responsibility!)

In Rwanda, after much prayer, I had a similar experience, many, many years later. I had been invited to speak there by a friend of mine, Parfait Karakazi, and I found myself in the same state of mind I had been in so many years before working on the boat. I had just lost eleven thousand dollars on an unpaid construction contract, and faced about twenty five thousand dollars of unpaid bills on my desk. Tension in my company was high, and I needed to either bust a move, and make something happen, or we were going to lose the company. In the midst of this madness, now, I heard Holy Spirit speak to me: ‘Go to Rwanda!’. To make a long story short, a client paid for my trip, and off I went.

Before getting there, I was scared, having heard about the genocide there, and the reality of what I was about to do, really settled in. So, instead of climbing a physical mountain, I climbed another mountain, the mountain of prayer. I began to pray in other tongues, and determined that I would pray in tongues, and listen to the audio Bible on my headphones, the entire 27 hour plane ride to Kigali, Rwanda. In the midst of this, a verse of Scripture erupted into my heart, and suddenly, I was no longer the beleaguered businessman, but an instrument of God’s love, with a message for an entire nation!

Mt 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Suddenly, all my years of Bible school and study came alive in a moment, as I entered into the reason I was created.

Hatred, murder, genocide, are works of darkness. The people of Rwanda, were so broken, shattered, and uninstructed in the Word of God, that they sat, hopelessly, and helplessly in darkness, the whole region was covered by the shadow of death. (With 1.1 million people slaughtered in genocide, only 15 years previous to my 2009 trip, the shadow of death still loomed over the land in many ways)

Yet, the gospel, is the love of God, and is always good news.

God is love, and He is healing a nation….

Ps 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

I suddenly saw that the people of Rwanda were incapable of ‘getting up and getting on with it’, without the help of heaven.

They sat…

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Yet, we are called as Christians, to walk by faith, and to stand against the obstacles of life, in faith.

Faith works by love, and love is light….

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God….

Suddenly, I began to gently weep, as the love of God for the people of Rwanda, began to flow through me. I knew that God was about to do something spectacular, but had no idea what or how….

Mt 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

God, my heavenly Father, was about to adopt some children, a whole nation of them, if they would receive Him!

And the rest is history. So, after my all night flight and prayer vigil, I was given the opportunity to speak on the local radio station, and I am told that 100,000 Rwandese heard my message of Jesus love.

For 45 mins after I spoke, the telephone lines were jammed with people calling in for prayer.

Many, many people received Jesus that day, and now we have many Bible schools in Rwanda, teaching the love and power of God.

Love is light and life…Love loud today!

You have no idea the depths of darkness, pain, and suffering people are in around you, the difference your simple love and joy are making…

God loves You
Let’s pray:
‘Father, You love. It is Your very nature. Love Loud through me today! Flow through me with joy, laughter, life, peace, and Your unstoppable power today! Make today count in light of eternity, may I make a difference in someone’s life today, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!’

 

He is the Light – Now We Are The Light!

He is the Light - Now We Are The Light!

Light of the World
Thousands of years before a holy child was born in a manger one cold Christmas morning, the prophet Isaiah told of it:
Isa_9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Isa_60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
Joh_5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Joh_8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
God came to earth, Jesus, God the Son:
Joh_17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

He Came, He Lived, He, as the Lamb of God laid down His life upon the alter of the cross, He died. He Rose from the Dead, and now, He reigns!

Rev_21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Joh_9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Jesus is the light of the world, and while He walked the earth, His light was glorious. Teaching, preaching, healing, working miracles, establishing the kingdom of God in the earth!

Yet, when He rose from the dead, those of us who believe, were given that same glorious light. Christ, by the Holy Spirit, has literally come to live inside of our hearts…

Joh_12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

2Co_4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Eph_5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
We have been adopted into His family, we have a new identity, nature, purpose…
Mat_5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat_5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat_5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are to experience His love, and from that love, we love a hurting world, offering them the life, light, and hope we have found in Him.

Col_1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

We do this humbly, partaking of eternity!

1Th_5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Pe_2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Chosen by God, Royalty, Holy citizens of the heavenly nation, set apart, that we might glorify His name for His great majestic mercy granted to us. We are forgiven, blessed, adopted, and for this we can only humbly thank, praise, and worship the greatness of the One who has done this!

He has also restored to us, not only our dignity, but has granted us, His authority to change the world:

Job_22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
Psa_119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

2Co_4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
When we believe, we speak, and God backs up His Word by His Spirit, and the light of heaven shines upon our ways:

Rev_22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Joh_12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

Mat_10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Pro_4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

See how our growing in faith, and utterance in the Word of God, changes the way we walk, and creates a path, filled with God’s glory!

And so, through us, He changes the world!

Joh_17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Joh_1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh_1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Joh_1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Joh_1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
As we share the word of God, God backs up His Word with His power and reveals His love. When He does, His light will light any person that would believe!
And yet, some refuse Him…
Joh_3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh_3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh_3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

When they do, we have great problems in the earth, and this is what causes all the wars, bloodshed, and wickedness in the world…
Isa_8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

2Pe_1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Pro_6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

We shore ourselves up, and are strengthened by the word of God, so that when we are faced with any situation in life, we can look to the Word of God, to discover what we must do about it. We only get ourselves in trouble relationally, when we move ahead of Jesus. He leads, we follow:

1Co_4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

There is a mad dog loose in the system though, and he is our adversary. He works through spiritual blindness and deception:

2Co_4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
He will burn in hell forever, and so will those who
Job_18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Job_18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.

Nothing is worse, than when a person dies, having rejected Jesus, and His love. Not only does all of their life’s work fade into oblivion, but their spirit, apart from Jesus, is not only separated from their body upon death, but is eternally separated from God, in a place called hell.

Mat_25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

God, thousands of years before we were born, purposed that every person might experience His light:
Isa_60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

The fulfillment of this, was the commission given to the apostle Paul, where God sent him to all the world, no longer just to the Jews…
Act_26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
This, is our mission, the great commission, of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, show me my part today, in letting Your light, the light of Your Word, and love shine bright against the lies, wickedness, and pain, of a people, that in many ways, has left You, and Your Word. Please reveal Your love, Your live, Your Holiness, and restore again Your fear in this nation, that we might turn from our lies, wickedness, selfishness, and the pride of thinking we might build our lives, apart from You. In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!”