January 31, 2019

Your Focus Is What You See, Experience and Live

The picture attached to this post is representative of the weather yesterday afternoon. Wind speeds are 40 km gusting to 60 km. The temperature is -20 degrees C. (-18 degrees C. is 0 F.) with wind a chill temperature of -35 degrees C. Since this has been going on for a couple of days now, the car that was towed to the garage remains there and the snow drifts continue to grow in our driveway. To snow blow out the drifts only to have them fill in, seems like a futile waste of time in these temperatures. So, staying inside where it is warmer, though with the wind the temperature has dropped several degrees in the last hour in the office. It is now below 66 F. in the office. The furnace has a challenge in keeping this room warm when the winds blow from a specific direction.

Why am I writing about the weather? Maybe it is because when I was young, I wanted to be a meteorologist and I still have a fascination with weather more than fifty years later. Through the training I received from my mentor, Joel Bauer, I came to the realization the “whys” for what I wanted to do from the time I was five years old through my final years of high school were exactly the same as they have been for the last fifty years. My underlying intentions, out of which my thoughts, beliefs, words and actions came, have always been about seeking to help people and make each day a good day despite what may be happening in the environment around them.

In the beginning of shifting my attention to the spiritual realm, I thought my intentions were different, more heavenly oriented. I have since learned, our spiritual life and connections to God are far more connected to what happens here on earth than what happens in the eternal heavenly realms. My wife’s “JOY” blog articles (you can find them on Face Book under Maxine R McLellan) are a constant reminder of the value of looking for JOY in whatever the circumstances you may be facing in daily living. This includes dealing with the poor visibility caused by strong winds and blowing snow.

While I am not able to be physically present with my friends at the Global Information Network Family Reunion Event in the Dominican Republic this week, I can energetically connect with them as they learn and grow in the process of becoming a better version of themselves. Blessings from the cold north to the warmth of your hearts.

In this moment of time I can choose to look out the office window and see a miserable, frigidly cold winter day and think about what I am missing by being here, or I can look out the window and see the snow and remind myself of Isaiah 1:18, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says Yahweh. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” Or how about Psalm 51:7, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Your focus is what you see, experience and live.

January 30, 2019

The Perfect Alignment Of Your Life With Pure, Selfless Love

In communication of any message, written or oral, it is important to use words in ways which can be understood by those you are attempting to reach with your message. Over my more than 50 years of experience, the percentages of people in many areas of the world who are interested in learning and engaging in the process of allowing God’s Word, the Bible, to provide inspiration, practical training, and a foundation for relationship with God, has been declining. The level of understanding of basic Biblical content and principles among people of all ages is also declining.

Currently I am working through the process with my congregation of teaching what Jesus really was desiring for His disciples to learn when they asked Him to teach them to pray. “The Lord’s Prayer” is far more than a simple recitation, it is a powerful template we can use whenever we pray. You can watch the video replays and the live services at: www.SayYEStotheRelationship.com. In addressing the concept of God’s holiness and our call to be holy as He is holy, I was challenged to work on changing the languaging I would use to transmit the meaning of words like, “holiness” and “holy” more effectively.

The goal must be to find words that transmit the same energetic level as found in the Bible and carry the same underlying meaning as the original language as well yet speak to people who have lost touch with understanding of the words found in Scripture.

The phraseology I am adapting, for this moment, in speaking of “holiness” is, “The perfect alignment of your life with pure, selfless love.” Jesus is an impeccable human example of a holy life for those who are looking for someone to model.

I would be interested in your feedback from all levels of Biblical understanding, regarding building a bridge between the word “holiness” and its description as, “Perfectly aligning your life with pure selfless love.”

January 29, 2019

What Are You Orchid-strating In Your Life?

My yesterday was interesting, how about yours? A major winter snow was being forecast to start around noon. The temperature in the morning was -3 F. before the wind chill. We had Canadian orders to ship so we decided to get them to the post office early in the day. When we came out of the post office the car would not start. This happened once before a couple of years ago so we called our mechanic who came right over to investigate. It was not the battery, so I waited for the automobile club to arrive and tow it to the garage. My wife picked up our daughter and they went shopping while I waited for the tow truck. Standing inside the post office, I observed approximately 75% of the people who came into the post office were not wearing gloves or mitts. I wondered if they really knew just how cold it really was. I am thinking I must not be one of those tough Canadians, because my hands were cold even with gloves.

While shopping, my daughter had the opportunity to rescue three orchid plants. The store was trying to reduce their losses by drastically reducing the price and getting something for their offering. My daughter heard the plant’s energetic cry for help and brought them home. Over the last couple of weeks she has been doing a significant amount of research on orchids and now knows what to do to bring them along. I do not think this event was an accident. Her research time had a specific reason and purpose. If our car had started, she would not have gone into that store. It was not on our agenda to go there and she might not have heard their cry for help.

The picture you see is these plants having been taken through a process from being pot bound to where the roots air drying for twenty four hours in preparation to be transferred over to a water culture with the opportunity to thrive once again. When something unexpected in your life happens, do not automatically look to the negative. Look for what in fact may be the purpose for the change that came into your life and celebrate when you discover it. Things which you have been lead to do, may be the preparation for something that is coming your way.

Romans 8:28 reminds us, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

January 28, 2019

Take Action Now! Be Willing to Learn and Change!

Yesterday after the service I ask my congregation to stay so I could get their input on the launch of a concept and training I have been grappling with. The feedback I received was amazing and I am very appreciative for the contribution that was made. As I reflected upon the ideas that were brought forth, I was excited to see that they have been listening to what I have been sharing and were spot on with their ideas.

The launch of this new project has now been set back in order to be able to incorporate the ideas that were shared. I have been challenged to move from where I am in this moment of time in my understanding. The goal will be to expand and deepen what I believe God is calling us to do in making His Word more relevant and life changing to greater numbers of people in the times in which we live.

There are those in the “Christian” community who are hunkering down in fear, hoping for the Second Coming of Jesus, to rescue them from this evil world. I am looking for those people who still believe God is powerful enough to transform lives and change cultures, making this a place where His will is done, as it is in heaven. If you believe the same, I encourage you to join with me and together we can, with God’s help, make a difference. 1 John 4:4 tells us, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Don’t delay! Take Action Now! Be Willing to Learn and Change. May it be so.

January 27, 2019

Take Responsibility Now to Develop Your Spiritual Growth and Advancement!

God operates on His Word, that which is holy, and this is the foundation of faith. It is time to take responsibility for your spiritual growth and advancement. It is time to leave the “nation of procrasta”, where you are confined by the endless limitations others have placed on you and you have placed on yourself. It is time to lift the limiting lies that allow the enemy of your soul to negatively impact your life. Drifting through life by default is a tool of the devil to keep you from living your purpose and fulfilling your God given destiny. If he can keep you from making a decision to live your life by God’s holy standards of character, he wins and you lose.

It is time to take action and make choices that do not leave you living a life that is deceived and ling short of your full potential. Permanently press the “enter button” to a new creation “in Christ” where you shift your mind set, elevate your energetic awareness and live out the enhanced life the Heaven Father prepared for you through His Son, Jesus. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Allow the Holy Spirit to guide and empower your life on a day to day basis.

Acknowledging God as holy ought to motivate us in our relationship with Him to live out the practical aspects of holiness. If you are not comfortable with this now, how will you be comfortable with it for eternity? Now is the time to intimately move forward in your relationship with God through His Son, because you still have the rest of your life to live and an eternity beyond.

Look again at the picture story with this blog and allow the thoughts of this article to penetrate you heart and mind to make a difference in who you are in relationship with a Holy God who loves you. Take Responsibility Now to Develop Your Spiritual Growth and Advancement!