How Does This Benefit Me?

Management-DecisionsEveryday, we engage in behavior that not only have physical and natural ramifications, but spiritual and eternal ones as well. If we have to ask a question about whether an act is permissible, then, chances are, it may either be something that needs further clarification or it may be something from which we should walk away. The Apostle Paul teaches us,

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…” (1 Cor. 6:12).

Too often, we focus solely upon the momentary enjoyment we receive without considering how much these acts can be detrimental to ourselves and others. Paul later mentions that we should “…pray without ceasing…” (1 Thess. 5:17). It is in these moments that we should be praying for God’s wisdom and direction in order to discern between what is permissible and what is beneficial to us. Always think before you act…#thinkonthesethings

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When Nothing Makes Sense…

He gives more graceIn our search for God’s will and plan for our lives, we find that sometimes things do not make sense to us. We find out that God entrusts us with the struggles that we go through. We find that God is right there in the midst of it all. We find that when we fall short of the mark, He does not cast us away. We find God protects us from the very thing we believe would bring resolution to our life’s circumstances. We find out that the more we search for God, the more unsearchable are His ways…past finding out. The list goes on and on…

Yet in the midst of all of this…we find that we are still here searching and we have still not lost our hope in His salvation. We find that we still trust Him. We find that we still love Him. We find that He still loves us…and we find that we are still here when nothing makes sense…#thinkonthesethings

Day Forty Of Consecration: A New Beginning

new-beginningsIf we would think about it and be seriously honest with ourselves…we never really have an ending to our period of consecration. Although we may set aside a certain amount of time to give ourselves wholly and completely to God, our consecration to God is a lifelong venture that finds us in positions of surrender on a daily basis. As we end our “Forty Days Of Consecration” today, we here at The Joshua Generation Ministries would like to encourage all of those who have supported us during this period (whether by participating with us, or simply just praying for us) to continue to seek God and follow hard after Him. Continue to set yourself apart for His service. Continue to ask for a new revelation of Who He is and wants to be in your lives.

Let’s finish this year and this race strong…this our opportunity for a new beginning!!!

Day Thirty-Nine Of Consecration: Restoration Has Come

blood-in-the-waterSimilar to the lepers in the Old Testament, when we step out of alignment with God’s will and plan for our lives, we, too, must be restored into fellowship with God. We can no longer handle the sacred things of God as we have become unclean. However, also in like manner as unto the lepers, when we are exposed to the Blood and Water of the Sacrifice, we are restored back into fellowship with God (Lev. 14:2-8; Jn. 19:34; 1 Jn. 5:4-12).

Regardless of what we have done…regardless of what we have said…regardless of where we have been…once the brokenness, cleansing, and healing have taken place…once we have received affirmation as sons from above…restoration has come!

“…For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are One…” (1 Jn. 5:7).

#thinkonthesethings

Day Thirty-Seven Of Consecration: Salvaging The Broken Pieces

prodigalUpon recognizing and acknowledging any sin within our lives, we must also understand that our sin causes a breach within our covenantal relationship with God. There are sure to be consequences for our actions. In the midst of it all, God does not condemn us. God does not leave us. God does not isolate us. Our sin has caused us to step away from our fellowship with God. Within our spirits, we know that to remain within proximity of God’s presence would cause us to be exposed by the light of His Word and His glory.

Upon looking at this, we can easily identify with the person who struggles with having his or her sin exposed. It makes us vulnerable and open to the judgmental and condemnatory nature of those who walk in the flesh, and are not led by the Spirit of God. As a result, people are prone to discard us in our broken state. However, when we have a genuine experience and relationship with God, we know that God will never cast us away so easily. God’s objective is not exclude us from engaging in a relationship, but to initiate a rescue effort which causes us to respond to Him by returning to relationship with Him.

With God, restoration is the goal, not restitution. We will never be able to repay God for all that He has done on our behalf. He knows this. All He requires is that we accept what He has done for us, and that we turn away from “…the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Heb. 12:1). Consecration always births acceptance as a son…never rejection as a foreigner…#thinkonthesethings