June 15, 2016

Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion states: every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. If something is at rest it stays at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Have you ever observed the behaviour of coffee in a coffee cup filled to the rim while starting a car from rest or while bringing a car to rest from a state of motion? The coffee keeps on doing what it is doing. When you accelerate a car from rest, the road provides an unbalanced force on the spinning wheels to push the car forward; yet the coffee (that was at rest) wants to stay at rest. While the car accelerates forward, the coffee remains in the same position. As a result, the car accelerates out from under the coffee and the coffee spills in your lap. On the other hand, when braking from a state of motion the coffee continues forward with the same speed and in the same direction, ultimately hitting the windshield or the dash. Coffee in motion stays in motion. I would ask you to consider the idea that this law which operates in the physical world also operates in the spiritual realm. To help me understand more clearly the implications in the spiritual realm I have labelled it the Law of Continuation or Continuance.

It would be helpful to realize the power of God demonstrated by the Holy Spirit in our world IS the “external force” that is applied in bringing about change in our life. It is our thoughts, our choices and our decisions which determine whether we are willing to learn and willing to change and be changed by God, including whether we will allow the Holy Spirit to guide our life.

When you reflect upon your life, are you sensing you are fulfilling your God given destiny? Are you happy about where you are at this moment? How do you feel about your relationships with others and with God? Do you sense you are in a place that is stalled and stagnant, or, do you sense you are moving forward and growing? When you project a few years into the future, what do you see if you continue on as you currently are?

The Apostle John gives a brief insight into the Law of Continuance in Revelation 22:10-11, “Then he told me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near. {11} Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.’”

Consider how the choices you are making on a daily, ongoing basis are creating habits and patterns in your life which are determining your thoughts, beliefs and words and how these are creating your reality. You are developing states of motion or inertia by your choices. By the Law of Continuance you are determining your future. Remember, if you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always got.

If you do not like what you see in your life, then I would suggest you seek God’s guidance, strength and help to make the changes necessary to bring about a different outcome. You do not have to go it alone in life, unless you make that choice to do so. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 28:20, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” You are 100% accountable for your choices and have no one else to blame, but yourself. You reap what you sow in life. What do you want your future to look like? Consider the implications of the Law of Motion and Inertia as it relates to your life, both in the physical world and in the spiritual realm on the outcomes of your life. Then, make wise choices that are both pleasing to God and beneficial to your life and those around you. Live your life to its full potential.

June 14, 2016

In follow up to yesterday’s post I would like to call your attention to what the Apostle wrote in Colossians 1:28-29 (NIV), “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. {29} To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” Verse 28 speaks to Paul’s desire, goal and intention for the Church at Colosse. He was specific and focussed on what he was wanting to see happen there. Define your dream and get a burning desire for its achievement is a very powerful principle to apply in your life and the Apostle Paul demonstrates his understanding for and willingness to engage it as part of who he was and what he was seeking to accomplish.

His desire to admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom demonstrates his commitment to persevere in bringing people to a place where they are willing to learn and willing to change to be all that they can be in Christ. “The original Greek word translated in English, “perfect” literally means “complete.” One of the dictionary meanings of complete includes the idea, “to the greatest extent or degree,” in other words your full potential.

It is also interesting that the Apostle Paul acknowledges in verse 29 the reality and significance of energy as it relates to Christ and its power within His life. The Apostle John records the words of Jesus in John 4:24 (NIV), “God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Here is another reference to the character and nature of who God is in His essence. He is spirit, energy. That being the case why should there be any problem with understanding the workings of energy within the spiritual realm? The Apostle Paul declares he labours, struggling with all Christ’s energy which so powerfully works in him. The original Greek word Paul uses here transliterates, “energeia” meaning “energy.”

So if God, who is Source, Creator of all that is, is energy, and has the power to abide and reside in us, why should those who stand in the middle of the road be a target from those on each side of the road who claim to be seekers after truth?

From my perspective I want to know and apply this wisdom and power that will enable me to be the best I can be and live to my full potential. How about you?

June 13, 2016

I took the opportunity yesterday to take my recent posts related to God is love, light, giving and holy and blended them into a sermon I preached at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Shelburne ON. I built the sermon around the concept of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (NIV), “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! {18} All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: {19} that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. {20} We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

I find it interesting how similar people really are. When you talk about energy and its influence and impact on people’s lives in the church there are a significant number of people who automatically reject what you have to say as heresy and are ready to judge and criticize you for your attempts to bring truth to God’s people. When you attempt to explain this same truth related to energy to a group of people who do not believe in the Bible and use the word, “God” these individuals get upset, judgmental and criticize you for what you have to say.

A week ago Don Boyer spoke about the energy and power available to everyone through the Wealth Gates. If you want to know more check out Don Boyer TV on Face Book. Don used the word, “God” in that presentation. It was obvious from his comments last night he was attempting to explain His reference to God in light of the fact some people do not believe in God. It would appear, anyone who seeks to stand in the middle of the road and proclaim truth has a target painted on them and is made target practice from both sides of the road.

I was reminded of the time a number of years ago when confronted by someone who complained I was deceiving the congregation with what I was preaching. I asked for an example of when and how I had done this deceiving and they responded, don’t confuse me with facts. This is how I perceive much of the posturing that is taking place from both sides of the street. I applaud those who will stand on that middle ground and speak truth to both groups in an attempt to bring reconciliation. I commend our Denominational General Superintendent in current jurisdiction over Canada who spoke in Toronto, ON this past week. He had the courage to stand on that middle ground and speak truth about the power and influence of the mind on who we are and where we need to be. There were some who would not have liked that, but I was inwardly cheering very loud, not only for what he said, but for his courage to say it.

We need more people on both sides of the street who are willing to seek for truth and not package it only in their own way. I suspect truth about energy and God can stand up to honest research and will be able to hold its own. When someone actually is willing to be honest in their search, they may very well themselves in the middle of the street looking for ways to bring reconciliation to both sides.

June 12, 2016

Having looked at the idea that God is love, light and giving I would like you to consider something that is often a missing ingredient, even with individuals who are well reasoned in terms of the Law of Attraction or even The Law of Creation. This particular ingredient is a secret that many people have given very little consideration to. It is a part of the character and nature of God and it is to be a part of who we are as well? The Psalmist declared in Psalm 99:9 (NIV) “Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.”

The Apostle Peter wrote in1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV), “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; {16} for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible” says the original Greek word used for “holy” here means, “physically pure, morally blameless and ceremonially consecrated.” In the NIV translation of the Bible the call to be holy occurs twenty-six times. I believe this is sufficient emphasis to conclude that we should be taking note of this ingredient in the recipe related to who we ought to be.

If God is love and we should love, and God is light and we are to be light, and God is giving and that is how we should be, then, since God is holy and it is commanded in the Word of God, we should be holy. To be holy is not about following an external set of do’s and don’ts. It is about an attitude of the heart and life. It is about doing that which would please someone who has given love to us freely and shed light upon our life and the paths we are to follow. We know there is a law in the universe which says, we reap what we sow. So why would we want or hope to short change the One who “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). It is not just about the life that comes at the end of life, it is as much about the opportunity to live life to the full now (John 10:10 NIV).

To be holy is about honesty, integrity, faithfulness, love, giving and so much more. It is about “throwing off everything that hinders” (all the limiting beliefs and programs in our subconscious mind which hold us back from living to our full potential) “and the sin that so easily entangles” (allowing for the forgiveness and strength of God to apply the transformation made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary, changing the frequency of our DNA), “and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (choosing to never quit or give up, but rather to turn every challenge into an opportunity for victory as we move forward towards achieving our full potential. “{2} Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (we get what we focus on or think about most of the time), “the author and perfecter of our faith” (who do you listen to? Here is the One who is the Source and Creator of all, He knows what is best), “who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (here is what it took to provide you the opportunity for true freedom and opportunity, why wouldn’t we want to follow His recipe which includes being holy?). “{3} Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (want to persevere? Then you know what you need to do for that to happen. Be holy as He is holy) Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV.

This is a concept that needs to be declared outside of the Church and outside of religious circles so that all seekers after truth might have the opportunity to include it in their life and they can be all they were created to be, living to their full potential.

June 11, 2016

So far this week we have looked at the concept, God is love and God is light. Today I would like you to consider something that does not get the same level of attention and emphasis as love and light. The Bible declares, “God is giving.” This is not just an action, but also part of His character and nature. The phrase, “God is giving” is used thirty five times in the NIV translation of the Bible. In each of these occasions it declares, “God is giving,” followed by the word, “us” or “them,” but mostly by the word, “you.” Dictionary.com gives this definition for give: ” verb (used with object), gave, given, giving.

1. to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone. 2. to hand to someone: Give me that plate, please. 3. to place in someone’s care: If you give me your coat, I’ll put it in the closet. 4. to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone: Give me a chance. 5. to impart or communicate: to give advice; to give a cold to someone. 6. to set forth or show; present; offer: He gave no reason for his lateness. 7. to pay or transfer possession to another in exchange for something.”

I would encourage you to think through this concept of God is giving in light of the above definitions and see if this process brings any new cognitions to your concept of God. When you think about “God is giving” how does this make you feel? Beyond the feelings even, what does this say about your response to this aspect of God?

When we think about the fact we are created in the image of God, if we have a desire to be like Him, then the obvious response would be to have a heart and desire that also gives cheerfully and generously. Such a place of energetic living, knowing what you know about the Law of the Harvest, you reap what you sow, will lead to some very specific results, will it not? So the questions we are confronted with again is, “What do you want? What desired outcomes are you looking for in your life? Your answers will reflect just how committed you are to the things you say you want and how they line up with God’s desire and will for you destiny.

When you give, consider your motivation or heart intention. Matthew record the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV), “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. {2} “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. {3} But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, {4} so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

“God is giving.” Stop for a moment right now and express your gratitude, thanks and appreciation for what you have. Remember, if you focus on what you do not have, if you focus on your lack, you are likely to get more of that. Be like the One who out of His love and His desire to dispel the darkness with His light, and be giving. In so doing you open the door to move forward towards your full potential.