“The Beginnings”

“The Beginnings” – Part 2 of The Beginning

Beginning

How exciting to be part of the wondrous things our God is doing in the world! We are headed rapidly to the grandest new beginning of all time when He recreates the earth and returns it fully to a reflection of His glory.  In the mean time, I am learning from my times with Holy Spirit, praying and studying His Word, that we, the body of Christ, need a refresher course regarding “the beginnings” we have already received. In fact, too many of us are focused right now on the end of our beginnings instead of the amazing times in which we live. Fear is overtaking many in the church as they look at the apparent growing darkness in the world and wonder if they will survive the bad things going on and/or those situations described in Revelations. Some are into debating how much suffering and wrath God will pour out and how long they will go through the punishment before Jesus’ return. And, others are totally focused on the rapture of the church and hiding out praying He will get them out of here as Paul says: “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

Yes, things are getting a little crazy in the world, but let’s pull back from that fear, ditch our obsessive focus on the rapture, receive the good news that “God so loved the world” and “All good things come down from the Father of lights above”and stop hiding out from wrath and judgments that have not come. Grab truth of God’s word! Really, believe the Word, we are still in the time of GRACE! And, it’s very hard to be salt and light while hiding. In fact, Jesus said we are to let our light shine! Instead of overreacting , let’s look at who we are in Christ Jesus and what we are suppose be doing until His return, for we are not to have a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. If that is the case, then we are to be walking fearlessly in love and power and thinking like our God!  Let’s begin to live in our beginnings that are new every morning and stop focusing on when they will end and how hard life has become or believing the lie that God is judging us all and pouring out His wrath. Maybe things aren’t as bad as we think!

In my last message, we looked at two grand and magnificent “In the beginning” statements. The first occurred in Genesis Chapter 1 when God said “let there be light!” And the second occurred in John Chapter 1 explaining that Jesus, the Word incarnate, is that Light. Humankind had a glorious beginning of being one with God and, frankly, blew it. The really hard to believe part is this: When God said “let there be light” all things were created through that Light, through Jesus Christ. Knowing humankind would mess up (because He is omniscient and all knowing), Jesus created everything and created Adam and Eve anyway. The plan for our redemption was in place at the dawn of all creation…Selah.

So, when His timing was just right Jesus came to earth. God sent Glory Himself, the Light of the World, to restore  the oneness with Him we had thrown away. Christ Jesus became our blood soaked sacrifice, once for all bridge, back to relationship with the Father. Wow! What a wonderful new beginning for humankind!

Now there is a wide open door for every single one of us to experience a personal new beginning for all eternity and those gracious new beginnings He generously gives us daily. And, that my precious brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, is what we are suppose to be focusing on. Our job is to have relationship with a loving, wonderful, gracious, glorious, magnificent God through Christ Jesus. Then, with Holy Spirit’s help, we are to model Christ, to be a reflection of Him in the world, to be demonstrators of the Father’s love, grace and mercy just like Jesus was when He was here. We are to be people of hope, secure in our beginning, our salvation and relationship with Christ. To believe God is good with open arms full of new beginnings and to share that Good News.  He has chosen YOU for that purpose of relationship, of walking in new beginnings, and of sharing those beginnings with others. He has chosen YOU to be a blessing and person who blesses! He has chosen YOU to stand against the evil pouring out in our world (that is the darkness going on, not His wrath) and bring His loving light into every situation.

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.  2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

More on “in the beginning” and our role in “new beginnings” is on my heart. Watch for my next post.

With Love and GREAT JOY in our Lord,

Rev. Cheryl

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Unfurl your Sails!

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There’s a new wind blowing! Unfurl Your Sails!
The beginning of this year there was a refreshing joy that came upon the body of Christ to strengthen us. I heard everywhere I went that 2015 was going to be an amazing year! Prophetic expectation was that this year would be our greatest year ever. The Lord told me it was the year of answered prayer; that prayers we’d even given up on or thought would never happen in our lifetime would be answered starting this year. For some in the body this has been true. I am in awe as I see answers to prayers two decades old pour out of heaven. Yet, for many in the body of Christ, nothing has changed and for some life has gotten more difficult than ever. The zeal I saw in the saints in early January has rapidly faded as they see answers to prayer all around them, but not for them personally or for their family.

Every person I know that is seeing answers to long time prayer right now have something in common. They went through a very dark time – some lost everything – but, they didn’t quit. They never lost hope or stopped believing. They kept looking to Jesus Christ as their only answer. So, if you are weary to the bone and ready to quit, if you are frustrated and feeling hopeless, the word from the Lord to you is to never, never, never give up! Don’t quit believing!

Don’t turn inward and give in to the “give-ups.” There is a fresh wind blowing out of heaven. Unfurl those sails of faith! Purpose in your heart to believe again! Proclaim with your mouth that you are a victorious champion in Christ Jesus and all that He has promised is yours. Fix your mind on Him and choose to receive joy and peace. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t yet have, or fixating on the challenges of life, be thankful over all that you do have and that there is a way through every trouble that leads to victory! The outpouring from heaven that is about to occur in response to faith will wipe away all sense of doubt, all thoughts of failure and hopelessness will vanish.

Is it really possible to see change and answers that quickly? YES! In literally ONE day I saw what was impossible become possible. In a moment, what could never happen, happened. And the answers keep coming. Heaven is wide open! Like never before in history the body of Christ is about to see demonstrations of God’s love and greatness just like I did! He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He will do for you and MORE!

Don’t sit and quit! The wind is blowing, let’s sail!
With great JOY,
Rev. Cheryl Birch
2-26-15

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