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The heart. It is not just a muscle in the center left of the chest. It speaks to the core of who we are as people. 

We were made in the image and likeness of YHWH Elohim (the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible). God is spirit – the essence of His being. In point of fact, His name YHWH means “I am” – the essence and being of His own existance. 

The core of essence of our being – our heart – is love, power, and a sound or sure nature. That is until we as a specie separated ourselves through sin – our choosing to try to live separate from the God who is life.

What happens from there is recognition that something is missing. 

Man’s first reaction to separation was to be a covering for himself. Fig leaves are not long lasting at all.

Man’s second reaction was murder, then walls to hide bebind, then to make a name for themselves. Since man could no longer reach God, man made gods that he could reach.

God said in Exodus 20 to not make any graven image as a god or even for God. Man did not listen.

Check point: at what alter do you worship most often?

An idolatrous heart is conditioned to worship the bright and shiny, the rich and power, the beautiful and sensual, that at which he or she can only guess and hope. 

Since man could not reach God, man made gods after man’s own fashion. The gods of man were / are made after the image and likeness of mans’ own design.

The idolatrous heart condition has set up gods to worship. 

Around the world man has made idols or little gods to worship. Heroes, philosophers, the beautiful, the enticing, the awe-inspiring, and those deemed to be better than the rest.

None of them have life. Not real, everlasting life. 

The idolatrous heart chases after things to worship instead of the one who created them.

Man is created to worship, to carry value and worth to one that is worthy to receive the gift. 

The idolatrous heart seeks succor and satisfaction from that which cannot deliver.

Like it or not: Jesus, only Jesus can give you access to succor and satisfaction that lasts. 

When the idolatrous heart finds a real Jesus, not a religious Jesus, idolatry fades away when exposed to truth, and truth fills that area of life that always seemed to be empty. 

God shows up when idolatry is put away. That which was man made fades in importance and desire when that which fills to the full and satisfies has fully come into you life.

The true God puts away idolatry just by who He is. The heart condition that pursued idols has now met true Life and One worthy of all praise and honor and glory.

What the world sees as right and attempts to explain in iconography, God explains by simply showing Himself by His Spirit.

Meet God.

Ask the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible to show Himself mightily in your life through the cross of Jesus Christ.

We cannot come near God without Jesus. God will not get close to us and give us His life without our first accepting and receiving what Jesus did at the cross, the grave, and the resurrection.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. Do all He commanded you according to the Bible. Now rejoice! Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and God can walk with you and give you His Holy Spirit and be with you all ways.

Amen.

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Those who only know the word only know a partial definition. The jaundice of perception and partially understood uses of the word weakens the concept tremendously. So, I shock people by telling them the truth.

Faith feels like lying … until you tell the truth. 🙂

Faith is simply putting your hope, confidence, and trust into something or someone. In the book of Hebrews in the Judeo-Christian Bible it says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Now, how vague and non-real can you get? I mean, really!?! … Right up until it happens.

Faith applied gains the surety of substance, tangible, tactile matter. You can grasp it, but here is the funny part, you do not have it yet. Your ‘faith’ has been laid to this thing so you are now committed to its fulfillment. Faith is also applied to the one in whom you have faith; for if there did not exist the ability to provide that for which you are exercising faith then you are merely holding steadfast to something that will never arrive. But, if your faith is placed in one who is able, it is only a matter of time until you see the fruits of whatever is you were exercising faith for.

The ‘microwave’ society wants ‘it’ right now; it being any and everything that strikes the fancy. The God of the Judeo-Christian Bible does not operate like that. He waits until the fullness of time.

Now if you have applied your faith to someone who can deliver on a promise then you only need to wait for the deliverance of the solution. Faith then becomes a surety. And if a surety then you only need to ‘rest’ until you see its deliverance manifested.

So, faith applied still feels like lying until you are telling the truth.

Write the vision, make it plain, so that those who read it can run with it.

Leaders show their faith by their works. They apply their faith. They talk it up like it has already happened or is happening tomorrow. And they are diligent to rest in their faith, their hope, their confidence in the one who is able to supply to that which they diligently believe.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Abram became Abraham at the hearing of God’s Word. And Abram believed God. Even though not seeing it, Abram who became Abraham by faith persisted until falling down laughing he received the promise of God manifested. Abram told everyone in his house, including his wife, to start calling hiim Abraham. Abraham acted in faith. And by faith with action, he and Sarah [princess] who was called Sarai [contentious] became pregnant 24 years after the promise was originally given.

For 25 years, Abraham appeared to lie before God … right up until he told the truth and an old lady named Sarah gave birth to a son, Isaac [laughter], after 25 years of hearing Abraham lie. Now it is truth.

What has God told you that seems impossible? Lie about it until you can tell the truth. Write it down, make it plain so all can see it. And wait for God to make manifest that thing for which you wait in faith.

Cheers!
Doc.

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Through To The End

Part II

 

Part I – Review

I.                    Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

– Genesis 11:24-32 KJV

a.       Terah spoke forth the vision to go to Canaan

b.       Terah planned on going to Canaan and left Ur of the Chaldees

c.        Terah stopped his action in the middle of his journey and stayed in Haran

d.       Terah did not complete his journey into Canaan but stayed in Haran and died

 

II.                  Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

– Genesis 12:1-8 KJV

a.       Abram received the vision while in Haran

b.       Abram made his plans and collected all he had

c.        Abram departed to fulfill the vision

d.       Abram followed all the way through to Beth-El where the Lord God appeared to Abram.

 

Part II

 

I.                    God has a plan and a purpose for your life.

 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29.11 NRSV

 

II.                  God wants to share His plan for you.

 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33.3 NKJV

 

‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord…’ – Isaiah 1.18 KJV

 

In Part I, you were given an exercise to write out your vision, plan, actions, and checks.

Did you?

 

III.               Terah planned to go to Canaan but stopped in Haran. What is stopping you?

 

In Part I, you were given an exercise to write out your situation as it relates to your vision, your obstacles, and your action steps to get you back on track. Did you?

 

IV.                VISION, Plan, Action, Follow Through

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish… King James Version

Where there is no vision, the people cast of restraint… American Standard Version

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained… American Baptist Publication Society

Where there is no vision, the people run wild… Berkeley Version

– Proverbs 29.18

 

Without FAITH it is impossible to please God. For he who comes to God must believe [know in his heart] that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek God.

– Hebrews 11.6

 

People will go around like a wild animal doing whatever seems good or right to them at that moment, directionless.

Give people clear vision, clear direction, and they will achieve the impossible.

V.                  Vision, PLAN, Action, Follow Through: By FAITH …

Executing Vision … believe it, plan it, do it

 

By FAITH Abram [who became Abraham] when he was called out to go into a land he knew not he left. – Hebrews 11.8

 

Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. … Through FAITH we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. – Hebrews 11.1,3

 

Key words:

 

Faith – From the Middle-English feith, Old French feid, Latin fides meaning faith, belief, trust from the Latin fidere to trust or confide in; from NT Greek pistis meaning persuasion, credence, assurance, belief, faith, fidelity.

 

Substance – From the Latin substantia meaning to ‘under’ stand or to make firm for standing; from the root of substare meaning to  be, be present, to exist.; in NT use in Hebrews 11.1, hupostasis, from Greek, meaning confidence, assurance.

 

Hope – From Anglo-Saxon hopa meaning hope or expectation; from Anglo-Saxon hopian to hope, to have expectation; from NT Greek, elpis meaning favorable and confident expectation.

 

Evidence – From Latin evidentia meaning clearness from evidens meaning clear; having the Latin roots of e from and videre to see; from NT Greek elegehos meaning proof/reproof, conviction.

 

Understand – From Middle English understanden, from Anglo-Saxon understandan meaning to stand under; from NT Greek noieo to exercise the mind, observe, to comprehend, heed, consider, perceive, think, understand.

 

So we can say …

Right at this moment in time our hope, confidence, belief, trust is the firm reality upon which we can stand things which we put our favorable and confident expectation. It is the proof, reproof, and conviction of things not seen just as if they were seen. It is through our hope, confidence, belief, and trust that we make a firm foundation upon which to build in reason the exercise of our mind to comprehend, heed, consider, perceive, and think that the worlds were framed by the Word [rhema or spoken word or command] of God…

 Hebrews 11.1,3 [Rogers’ Expositors’ Translation]

 

‘The Lord answered me: Write the Vision. Make it plain. It is for an appointed time. It will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it. Surely it will come to pass. It will not wait. The just shall live by FAITH.’ – Habakkuk 2.2-4 [abbrev by me for emphasis]

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out, make it plain.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out, make it plain, get partners so they can run with it.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision and you have written it out and you have made it plain and you have been getting partners then … keep going. Though it seems like you are only waiting on it to happen, wait for it. It will surely come to pass. Trust God. Live by your Faith.

 

VI.                Vision, Plan, ACTION, Follow Through: Hear and Do

 

‘But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, his is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. – James 1.22-24

 

You have a plan for action, now act!

 

But, I don’t know if it will work or if it is right or God’s will for my life?

 

Nike = Just do it!

 

Nike: Greek for victory.

 

The runner from Marathon to Athens said one word, “Nike.”

 

VII.             Vision, Plan, Action, FOLLOW THROUGH: Faith and Works

 

‘… Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But, someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. … Faith without works is dead.’ – James 2.17-20

 

“Action speaks louder than words.”

 

“Put up or shut up.”

 

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

 

But what if I fail?

So. You found out what didn’t work. Take another swing.

– Thomas A. Edison was asked when he reached the 5,000th element for his light bulb if he would give up. He said he discovered 5,000 things that didn’t work.

 

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is the one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” – President John Kennedy at Rice University, 1962

– July 21, 1969 02:56 UTC [Zulu], Commander Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. Less than 7 years after the speech made by the President in Houston Texas.

 

Vision, Plan, Action, FOLLOW THROUGH: Faith with works

 

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