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To Him That Believeth…

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Little would it be known many months ago when the tidbit of information was gazed across to add to the nugget bucket of wisdom to consider, it would speak so loudly and clearly to an item SO close and near to me in the past few days… The theme for this Series is colored around the idea of coffee for a very special person in my life who was there as an influence years ago, by means of distance was separated for a span of years and has now returned to a place of influence again. He knows who he is… He can have all my coffee too…

The theme verse of Scripture for this Series is a rather pointed verse of great importance about how we choose to to Believe:

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mark 9:23 | King James Version

The challenge for them, just as it is for us, it that in order to Believe we have to have a solid and sure footing in which to base the Belief – which begins with Him Alone – with Jesus Christ Himself. Anyone will have a challenge with believing anything if there is no element of trust, surety or basis in which they can place that “faith” (if you will) to begin a relationship of trust. As Christians, we have a Cornerstone in the Risen Saviour, the Saviour of the World, the very Son of the Living God – Jesus Christ.

It Is Possible

The process of this Series gives not only a Scriptural view of how to Believe what is Possible, but how to actually live it – no matter the circumstance. There are thirty-three (33) parts to the four (4) stepping action process. If we will truly set our minds and hearts to Believe just what God’s Word says – it will change our lives not only for the better, but rather indeed FOREVER. There is a Cornerstone where it all begins to build…

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:20-22 | King James Version

We must have Christ centered as our Cornerstone if we are going to even begin to understand what is possible through Him. Each of the steps build upon one another, just like for the foundation of a home or a highway system. If the foundation is not solid and stable, the remaining items will make little difference in the grand scheme of things because the trusting aspect will not be strong enough to keep an individual from breaking away, further damaging the link to the critical relationship needed.

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When we will place our faith and trust in Him, making not only the decision to Trust Him, but to Strive with Him, then the Paver Stone(s) can be established. The Paver Stone(s) are those where we can see what the Lord has done for us and why we can Trust Him in our lives – like a sidewalk along a busy street. Once we see that the Paver Stone(s) is a means of His Protection, we have to more walk by Faith, believing that He will Guide us, Keep us and Direct us. The final of these steps is to Follow Thru, which is abounding in His Goodness, seeing to the end of each Endeavor and Challenge placed before us, learning to Lean on Him and Walk in Sweet Accord with Him. < Notice all words which have Capitalized letters? Those are Possible because of Him…

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These four steps are simple to see, but can be more difficult to put into play at some times more than others. This Series explores these four sets of steps with Bible verses of Scripture to Encourage each of us a Christians that He is there from the VERY Beginning, all the way to the VERY End.

Four Step Progression

Cornerstone > Paver Stone > Faith Walk > Follow Thru

Given the opportunity, all of us could easily identify a building project in our lives – sometimes they are demolitions, other times remodels and even the occasional brand new development – but there should always be something happening in our Christian walk. Sometimes the foundation gets shuddered a bit – like an implosion – which can cause quite the commotion not only in our lives, but also in the lives of those close and dear to us. During those uncertain times, we must take a look at the foundation where we find ourselves – re-evaluate Who is the Cornerstone and what we have placed at each of those levels. This Series gives us clearly from God’s Holy Word an incredibly rich set of verses for each which should cause us to rejoice in Who He Is and What He has Promised to us. Has something shaken your belief? Is there something that has happened where you may have taken a second look, where you are wondering whether or not He’s seeing what you are seeing? With every situation, no matter the difficulty or place where you find yourself – you can place it in one of the four steps shown in this Series to find out where you are in the path of it – it is pure Bible. Find those verse on the Series page, read them – they are not my words, but God’s Word. Let us each and every one Believe All Things Are Possible… To Him That Believeth!

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Pleading for Restoration

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Each day provides to be an adventure in life, especially when a priority is placed on what makes the adventure work for the individual. Seems pretty simple, or is it? The title of this Series, Pleading for Restoration, should peak the interest of a broad range of thought, but there is one in particular that is being solicited – our Relationship with our Heavenly Father, our daily walk with the Lovely Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and our listening to the Holy Spirit, which resides in EVERY Christian. My daily study and creativity, with a whole lot of strung together prayer, allows for me to have several pokers in the fire so to speak – which permeates EVERY thing that is done. The adventure affects my outlook, where my sight is placed, what is allowed to be heard, the very speech used to speak to others, who will be spent time around, how situations are handled and most importantly why things are done the way they are – we should be seeking to be fully Restored.

Without dipping into all five of the chapters of the Book of Lamentations, a theme is very evident from chapter 3, which is where the focus will be placed for this Series – Restoration. Our lives, each of them and everyone’s, are dependent on whether or not we are willing to see where it is we live – we live “in a world deserving of condemnation…”

Fully Restored

Just as with witnessing to an individual about the Eternal state of that person’s soul, we must begin by understanding our very nature – as did the writer God the Creator used to write Lamentations 3:40-42:

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
Lamentations 3:40-42 | King James Version

We indeed are the ones who should be searching and trying our ways, for by the way of human nature we are bent to do what we will and want – which is turned away from His Ways. As with an individual who has never trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they MUST first realize that they have never turned to Him in the FIRST place – which is to realize they are a sinner and no redemption is within them, of themselves. Only when an individual comes to an understanding that they are a sinner, in need of a Saviour, where the Holy Spirit pricks their own hearts, will it be seen as a need. There is ONE very large difference here, but it did need explanation – this is written to SAVED people…

The verses may seem out of order for the presentation fact of the Series, but is to be noted – the Series is in order. The theme verse is the “second” set of Scripture presented, such that we would consider why we need to Turn Again.

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The answering side of this Series gives us ten (10) assurances that we can indeed be Restored from our transgressions and reminds us of just Who He is to one of His Children! This Series is designed specifically for the Born Again Believer, living in a world of condemnation, who doesn’t want to live that way!

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The Pleadings list contains all of the parts to a process that each Christian can claim Victory over daily and presents the life change that can be made when each of us realize it has been put before of us in such a manner that would please Him for us to follow.

Pleadings

Lamentations | My Portion, Faithfulness, Turn Again, Fear Not

Hymn | Great is Thy Faithfulness

Restorations | Hope, Good, Wait, Seek, Salvation, Mercies, Morning, Compassion, Pardoned & Heard

It is my sincere hope that each of us as Christians will take the moment to recount our commitment and dedication to the study of God’s Word, in consideration of this Series. By no means is this one exhaustive to any degree, but from just a “prick” to read Lamentations again, researching the background of the writing of the book and asking myself what is it Lord that you are trying to get me to see, this is the result. What results are being shown in your life, in my life and those that we have influence over, through, within, because we are faithful to saturate our lives with God’s Word? You DO NOT have to roll through 2,400+ verses of Scripture with a fine tooth comb as has been done with this Series to learn what God has in store for us each day. Part of what you are seeing here in this Series is how God’s Work affects me personally and those with whom I’ve some level or area of influence because of Him and the study of His Word. What passage will people see lived out through you and me today? How about tomorrow? What about what they hear us say? God the Father promises to Restore us and gives us SO many promises to show us that He will.

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Every Christian Should

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Might I just want to issue this WARNING up front, this Series WILL pull you in – that is if you are awake – and loosen up your ball cap, if it is tight – or rather STIR you by way of the Holy Spirit. Whichever order or combination, it is my prayerful hope that it will sink DEEP and PULL hard, for when you see what is being presented here from God’s Word – it’ll CHANGE you, that is… if you will LET the Holy Spirit do so.

NOW that the WARNING has been issued, it is my heartfelt desire that each person, who by whatever means happens across this will be challenged to see what is surely a MOST pointed lesson. We’ve heard from SO many angles about Missions from every possible person, but maybe from the Individual WHO gave us every instance from which we “see” them in actual action, with real people. The Crown of Thorns which Jesus Christ knew He would endure was the driver for His every action, interaction and example.

Understanding

This Series is nothing even remotely similar to what it was thought in my mind that it would be or what it might become, which was not necessarily a preconceived notion on my part. As with many Missions Conferences, Leadership Conferences, Ministry Emphasis programs and Soul Winning programs, those initial preconceptions can be shattered pretty quickly and effectively. In part, it becomes more real to us through the the actual “Missionary” who is presenting their work, what preparation they have made and the continued effort in which they strive to continue doing so, for their serving opportunity. We as individuals get to “see” them, what the result of their Ministry actually is, and we get one REALLY big additional bonus: THE ACTUAL STORY.

If you will, each of us, put aside what we have always been told about Missions, the references made about how to do so, what the Disciples/Apostles did to propagate the Gospel… < Focus on that last Word, Gospel, it IS the Word of God. Something that became completely astonishing to me… Have we somewhere in the “translation” forgotten that we HAD the GOSPEL right here WITH us?!?!?! It is recorded for us, in HIS own WORDS, as to WHAT we are to be doing and He is the best Teacher, in ALL of Heaven and Creation.

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My discovery was utterly unspeakable, which didn’t dawn on me until the fourth or fifth design of the prints with various imagery ideas. The print above utilizes four (4) separate passages of Scripture which allow for the building out of 4 steps in order to walk up them. Those four words are SO worth it to be said from our lips, from our hearts, under Holy Spirit Conviction and meant from our aligning ourselves to the Bible. They are SO simple:

>> Loving • Praying • Inviting • Bringing <<

As Christians, we must realize (in a correct reverence), that as we seek to do those VERY things, we are going to have to BE CHRIST-LIKE in all areas of our lives. Jesus spoke of those EXACT things, being actually carried out by Him directly or placed in a real situation for us to not only ponder, but to consider, even to our own action presently. These steps can go either way – us walking down them, to put ourselves in a place of being a Servant to others as the Lord would have us, or walking up with someone, being the Servant lifting others up to our Heavenly Father. Nothing short of an AMAZING perspective that would not have been seen, as the scene, if it had not been for me being willing to put all of my notions aside, allowing the Holy Spirit to show me why the Crown of Thorns should mean something to us, from the one who Bore them for us.

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There are sixteen (16) statements which were carved out of the original challenge on Missions for everyday Christians to consider. The normal Scripture associated with Missions is taken from various places in the Bible, rightfully so, but this Series has a pivotal change in it, because of the Person who is examined for the example in making these considerations real in each of our daily lives.

Mission Considerations

Understand Missions Is A Way of Life
Be A World Missions Christian
Reach The World For Christ
Help Plant Growing, Vibrant, Missions-Minded Churches
Evangelize Dying Congregations
Proclaim The Gospel All Over Again
Reach Out To All Walks Of Life
Seize Appropriate Spiritual Opportunities With Everyone
Speak About Spiritual Things With Friends, Neighbors, Co-Workers and Family
See The Opportunity To Be A Missionary
Penetrate Society in Culture-Transforming Ways
Treat Missions As A Way Of Life
Use Their Gifts In Ways That Honor God
Do Their Jobs In Ways That Allow God’s Will To Make A Difference
Encourage Effective Participation in Social Institutions
Witness To Influence Culture for Christ

The four supporting prints were designed first, with something missing, which didn’t become apparent until with my frustration, the research part of my mind got a reboot so to speak. All of the information was SO wonderful and OBVIOUSLY powerful, but quickly that made me look at the information again. Without even realizing it, everything that was being focused on was different, VERY different that the SO many things I’d been taught and come to expect with Missions oriented information and learning. My focus spun immediately to the Person of the Mission, the One who we are pointing men, women, boys and girls to, from very walk of life, place of origin and background – Jesus Christ. How could that have been missed? Even took a few minutes to go look at several sets of materials of recent conferences attended, ones listened to on-line and participation enhanced ones too. Jesus spoke to people, directly of people, right where these people were in their lives… just as He expects us to do. Go to peoples homes, the fields, the merchants, by the side of the road, where they labour, whether rich or poor, in the valley, and on the mountain top – wherever souls may be found, telling them of the One, the ONLY ONE, Who could bear that Crown in their stead – Jesus. Every Christian Should tell others about Jesus. Simple discovery really…

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Twelve Lessons For Life

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This Series started out to be something totally different than what is being presented here as the final project, which for one thing has made a delay in getting it published. The concept for the original approach, which this Series is developed as a basis, and goal were striking opposed to me personally – making it even more difficult to grasp. Finally, after revisiting it several times over, just threw my hands up, walking away from it to work on another Series project and work on a few graphics ideas. Then is dawned on me, the exact same challenge that was being had myself, was the one being committed by the original writer – it is all in the approach.

The Approach

Am certain that sparked some interest into what that means… The original writing developed a list of things that they wanted to make sure to teach, which were all good things, but the direction in which they were developed was this:

good manners “worldly concept” > make application in the Bible or attribute to a famous author by way of quote.

Doesn’t seem all that harmful does it? We normally would see that in teaching a young mind or even an immature mind a concept, we would take that concept, explain it, then go to the Bible to show it to them. Harmless, right? If we take the approach of “let’s see what God’s Word says about that…” it would be deemed appropriate, but what was actually found was finding that the author went from translation to translation and outside of the bounds of God’s Word to “find” whatever would fit the definition of what they were making application of for the lesson. The pick and choose method is a dangerous, slippery slope that can present seemingly small items into very large miscommunications from God’s Word.

Admittedly, I am not the average person, ANYONE that knows me would probably have a story or two to tell anyone who’d listen about that… but, here is one thing that I do know – when one goes to twist the Word of God to make a point, it is no longer about God, but rather the person doing the twisting. God does not have to twist, He merely points.

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My approach was to put down the wording, definitions and verses used to support the list that peaked my interest – back up and ask God the Father to help me gain the RIGHT perspective for why He had me doing this very Series. The lesson had to be given to me first, before there would be any way that it could be shared with others – I knew that, but had a difficult time connecting it together because of that learning step. Now, it makes a WHOLE lot more sense…

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This incredible list of twelve (12) Life Lessons take the approach of seeing what God’s Word says, then making application of it in, on, and through our lives – instead of taking a worldly approach and trying to fit God’s Word into the mold of it’s ways, practices and understanding.

List of Lessons

Benefit of Kindness
Value of Hard Work
Power of Self-Control
Gift of Good Manners
Walk of Humility
Blessing of Obedience
Honor of Justice
Strength of Serving Others
Dignity of Serving Others
Courage to Do What is Right
Delight in God’s Word
Unfailing Love of Christ

Once the direction challenge was discovered, a reversal on approach was made and the realization that these are all things that God the Father has ALREADY spoken of in His Word, the task becomes MUCH more simple to share with others. Am afraid though, Christians are so blinded by trying to make application of character trait they want to see in others, that we often forget Who’s Instruction Guide and Rule Book we should be referencing. It does take work, searching and dedication to find the Mind of God on things – but He gave us the Good Book, we need to develop the Good Sense to USE it! Being in His Word every day will change your and my day with every thing we do. Go there first, then teach the lesson, you’ll have the Holy Spirit to help you make the application and God’s FULL AUTHORITY to back it up.

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