The GOD lens

So, I have been trying my very best to look at GODs hand moving, in every situation, every moment and aspect of my life and the world around me. To try and not get focused on the go, go, go of life and take a second to enjoy the beauty of the people and world around me, the world he created. To be ever vigilant for the love, joy, and good in all things, and in all situations. Which is something I rarely used to do, especially when I was so focused on everything that was going wrong. My travels had taken me to Walmart where I saw these tabloids and just regular lustful magazines they put all over, but up in the corner I saw Jesus, and my first thought  was “Wow! at least Jesus gets to show up to the party.” Which got me thinking even farther, a year ago I would have thought “wow, my Jesus gets the smallest tabloid around all this crap!” and been upset about it, and that really really got me thinking even more about Jesus’ ministry, he didn’t surround himself with people who were “good guys” no he took the broken, and made them whole. He took the sinners, and made them righteous. my thoughts rested on, He surrounded himself with these magazines. That is when I heard “Joshua, all I need is the smallest little section, and I can light up the whole store. If I can do this for you by just one tiny little magazine, what do you think your life will do for the whole world?”

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Pray

James 5:13-18

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Prayer has also been on my heart, lately it took a strong warrior telling me that it is not burdensome to ask for prayer, her words were reinforced by GOD saying “Joshua, when you have someone pray for you it not only brings me your needs, it allows me to talk with that person. It also creates a bond that strengthens and unites my body, for they will be thinking of one another with compassion”

and just as it states clearly in the word of god, pray for ALL the lords people, not a few, not some, but ALL of his people. and if you don’t know how to pray well guess what he taught us how to do that too.

Luke 11:1-4 nkjv

 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

So He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Our Father in heaven,[a]
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.[b]
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”

so no excuses!

 

 

 

Sinking Ships

Lately, when out and about in the world, I have been feeling like I am on the titanic as it is going down, and i’m on a empty lifeboat. Screaming to everyone to get in the lifeboat so that we may make it to safety together, but the crowd gathered in front of it murmurs things like, its not the right color, or its not the right kind of wood, but worse yet are those in the life boat who are saying, “well we should only let these kinds of people in.” or “not everyone is going to fit in here.”

It is the same when you are experiencing GOD’s love, you want everyone to feel the same as you feel, but for some reason others cant get on board with it, even those within the body of Christ. which led me to the scriptures to seek out what to do. I ended up in

1 John 4:8 whoever does not love does not know GOD, because GOD is love

Matthew 11:28-30 “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and you will find rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Which speaks to me saying, we are not even carrying the weight. All we have to do is just be loved, and others will see the love of Christ through us, and our actions, and they will say “I want some of that, I want on that life boat!”

 

Obedience of many

So the word of god has recently taken me to,

Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners, so also the obedience of one man many were made righteous.

Which is when GOD asked me, “What would the obedience of many look like?” Think about it, if one man obeyed GOD and saved the entire world what would happen if ten men obeyed GOD? or twenty? or even a thousand men obeyed GOD? It got me thinking even farther and digging deeper. If only a portion of our nation obeyed GOD we could be out of the situation we are in, so why is this not happening? Because too few want to go up to a stranger and say “hey Jesus loves you”, too few want to pick up and speak to the homeless man, too few will see those convicted of crime as redeemed, but most importantly to few are able to just say “Jesus I am broken and I need your help.” So my plea to you, is that today you reach out to someone who is hurting, and pray with them, ask GOD to show you what he wants you to do today, and if you are not saved or are in doubt, ask for guidance from the on who was, the one who IS, and the one who is to come, and he will show you.