Thursday, May 28, 2015

ALONE MOMENTS


One thing all of creation is guaranteed is No Privacy. God is everywhere, sees everything and knows all. His numerous Holy angels are present also, executing God's will in every area of creation. I cannot speak to those to have passed on - whether they "look over the Banister of Heaven" and can view our lives here on earth. However, just the fact that God's eyes and His interested spectators, the angels of Heaven, are watching, should be enough to warrant a lifestyle change or at least a pause to consider one.

The lifestyle I am speaking of here is matching your unseen life with your seen living. Do your practices, attitude, and words with God in private translate over into your public demeanor? Ones demeanor is like a tell in a game of cards, it notifies people of who you are and what your tendencies will be toward them and others. A Christ-like demeanor says you are a Christian and you practice what you preach/teach/believe.

Observing my ultimate example in this - Christ Jesus - His alone moments matched His lifestyle. His alone moments were spent in prayer. I discovered Jesus loved mountainsides as locations to pray. I noticed that "when" He prayed the time of day ranged from early morning hours all the way through to all-night hours. This meant to me that there is no set time to pray. However, whenever Jesus could get alone with Father God, He took the opportunity no matter when it was during the day. I uncovered "what" Jesus prayed. He prayed for children, Himself, His disciples, all Believers, and people at Lazarus' tomb. He thanked Father God for food and for hearing Him. With the children He might as well have prayed, but it is not recorded He did, just that He touched them. With Himself, Jesus prayed for glorification, "cup" to be passed, and the surrender of His spirit. With His Disciples, Jesus prayed for protection, sanctification, identification (who are the twelve), and revelation (of who He was). With all Believers, Jesus prayed for unity, company in heaven, and forgiveness. With the people at Lazarus' tomb, Jesus prayed for the power of God to be displayed for the benefit of the people standing there. (http://pritchardsplace.blogspot.com/2012/04/jesus-experience-with-prayer.html)

With no privacy granted to us from Heaven - do my alone moments truly match behavior in public that would bring glory to God? If I praise Him in private to His face, why not in public? If I proclaim to Him who He is to me in private, why not in public? If I pray in private, why not in public? As long as we still have the freedoms we have and as long as there are lost and struggling people needing to see a good life-example of a true Christian, then we must match up our private and public moments to show forth a level of integrity not yet seen. However, it all starts with two - The Master and the apprentice (nod to Star Wars). Respectively, it all starts with Christ Jesus and you in your - Alone Moments.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MY HERO, MY FRIEND!

We can talk about men and women with superpowers all day long until we are blue in the face, but none of their powers will ever be able to get at the root of humanity's problem like one hero has already accomplished. 

It is amazing what we place value on in this world. Jesus stressed the importance of the eternal. There is an eternal God which has bestowed upon us an eternal decision with an eternal consequence that will place us in either one of two eternal destinations - Paradise or Hell. It is an Ultimate decision that calls for an Ultimate Hero. Matthew 10:28 begins the description of the Ultimate Hero wonderfully with Christ's own words about Himself.
  • "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
Two things need to be addressed immediately - (1) there is a hell and (2) Christ has been entrusted with the Judgment of who is sent there. According to Matthew 25:41, the place of judgment was meant for the devil and his angels only. However, because all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God we have been given a Redeemer through Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24) to avoid this eternal destination. Because of Christ's obedience, even to death on a cross, John 5:22 speaks to point number two - the entrusted Judgement.
  • Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,
Through John we read one sentence that answers the question - Why did Christ visit humanity (the first time)? 1 John 3:8 says - "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work." And He did, proving another criteria of the Ultimate Hero that -  "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (John 15:13)

Wow! The Ultimate Hero calling us friends and laying His life down for us! In John 15:15 Jesus elaborates on this shift - "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." 

If you are needing a Hero in your life (nod to Bonnie Tyler - "I Need A Hero"), I invite you to consider Jesus Christ. He has paid the natural and super-natural price for you to believe in Him as your Hero. I know with all the world is going through I am so thankful and grateful for My Hero, My Friend - Christ Jesus, The King.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHO LIVES IN MY MOBILE HOME?


"Living out of my car" is a concept that has been around for a long time. I can remember, and it wasn't so long ago, having to clean my car out from previous meals, gym clothes, general trash, unused music CD's, and my work paraphernalia. I vacuumed it out, wiped it down, made it smell real good and even washed it on the outside too. However, it wasn't long before the cycle struck again.

There was a time when mobile homes were pitched by salesmen to be a home you can move to anywhere you want to live. I have seen a few, but not many mobile homes being transported to their destination over the years. There are a handful of us that travel and live like this now, but the vehicle is called an RV (recreational vehicle).

The theme of lives in motion is not new. This kind of life dates back to early human life which was nomadic. However, there was a mobile life which came on the scene of humanity that heavily influenced a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation - a type of nomadic lifestyle led by God.  

Although God had conditions that had to be met by the Hebrew people for counsel with His Presence (Exodus 25:8-9 and Exodus 26; Exodus 40), the message is that God desired to commune or tabernacle with His people and He did that through the display of His presence wherever they went.
  • "In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels." (Exodus 40:36-38)
As time passed, the display of God's presence within the community of His people faded. It did not help that God's people kept entering into a cycle of rebellion - repentance - restoration - rebellion again. They asked for kings to rule over them like other nations around them and God granted their request. However, one of their kings had it on his heart to bring God's presence back into the picture. King David had it on his mind to build a Temple for God in Jerusalem. But, because David was a man who shed so much blood, a man of war, the responsibility for construction of The Temple fell to his son - Solomon.

The difference with this temple is that now the presence of God is "stationary". Yes, God is everywhere (ommi-present). He made all things, is in all things and holds all things together. However, the manifest, counseling presence of God in those days was no longer nomadic, His presence was found in a magnificent Temple.

Fast-forward a few years (sarcasm included) and we arrive at the point where Christ is setting the imagery for our bodies as the Temple of God - 

  • Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. (John 2:19-21) 

Paul, in his first letter to the believers in Corinth, stressed the importance of viewing your body as the home of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says,
  • Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
And three chapters later, Paul re-enforces this point when he states in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 -
  • Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
When you choose Christ as your personal Savior and Master over your life, His presence becomes alive in you. The God part in everybody, that God courts or woos throughout everyone's life, is activated upon faith in His Son Jesus. With the baptism of the Holy Spirit in one's life, the Christian becomes more empowered to operate in God's will. 

John the Baptist is speaking of Jesus and says, 

  • “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matthew 3:11) 

And sure enough, He did - 

  • "Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." (Acts 2:2-4)  

Suddenly, all believers in Christ are Traveling Temples of powerful effect. Like vehicles with features different from each other, but with the same kind of fuel that runs it - so it is with the believer in Christ that all bodies and their gifts are not alike, but the Spirit that controls them is the same (1 Corinthians 12:4-5).

So, we live out of our cars, but as Christians do we live out of our Traveling Temples? Mobile homes and RVs have many features that are utilized every day by their users without a second thought. Are we as Christians consciously utilizing our gifts and talents that have been given with our "new body"? Returning to Moses' relationship with God - Moses cried out a plea to God that I believe all believers in Christ should echo today and throughout eternity -

  • “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16)
Your car is mobile. Your RV is mobile. And according to Scripture your body is the temple and home of God, mobile, powerful  and effective for His kingdom purposes. I encourage you to clean your vehicle/body out, check the features/gifts you possess and answer honestly - Who Lives In My Mobile Home?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

THE DEFUSER


A favorite trait I admire in my wife, Tanya, is how she handles Displacement. There have been times in her workplace and unfortunately instances with me where a negative transfer of emotions is placed on her.

For clients at work and me at home, the vehicle for this negative transfer of negative emotions usually is a legit, but small issue that gets escalated figuratively and/or literally to the point of nasty displacement on Tanya.

Tanya and I have had our moments, though they are extremely far-and-few-between. But when I cross the line, when I speak harsh words, even though I might be in the right, I could have communicated better and try to be the first to apologize. She has always been gracious to accept my apology and re-instate me. Tanya has business clients and co-workers that have displaced on her as bad or worse too. Although I am sure she does not want to be, Tanya is a great Defuser.

Tanya is great at listening. To me hearing is the sense humans have that collects the sound-waves and sends it through the proper channels. Listening involves the understanding, the deciphering of what is being communicated. And although Tanya may have her pink ear-piece in when I am speaking blue and I may have my blue ear-piece in when she is speaking pink - we still manage to talk it out. With difficult clients and co-workers few words to no words, depending on the situation, are recommended. If I and the rest of these people would be emotionally and professionally responsible, a lot of wasted time, energy and words could be avoided.

I believe Jesus took the ultimate displacement, harassment, and humiliation when we was spat upon at His false trial in Caiaphas' house so that we might rely on Him to know when to speak and what to say. "Notice that it wasn't just a few who spit in His face that night; the Bible says, '...they spit in his face...' The word 'they' refers to all the scribes and elders who were assembled for the meeting that night. One scholar notes that there could have been one hundred or more men in this crowd! And one by one, each of these so-called spiritual leaders, clothed in their religious garments, walked up to Jesus and spit in His face!" (p. 236, Sparkling Gems From the Greek, Rick Renner) [Matthew 26:67]

I think Tanya has a mature grasp of this concept. Although it is not pleasant to get blessed out for no good reason, the concept is - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

Friday, May 8, 2015

TO THE ONE WHO LOVED ME FIRST

There are a plethora of reasons why I love my Mom and Dad. As Christ said about His thoughts toward us - "to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand" (Psalm 139:17-18) - so is my list of loves about Mom and Dad. Today, however, I have a particular thanksgiving in mind, especially with Mother's Day and Father's Day upon us.

I wish to thank Mom and Dad for all the money they spent on me and still do. Specifically, I am referring to the years I had no job and could not repay you a dime. I reflect back at all the clothes, food, sporting events I was involved with that needed fees and uniforms, prom, college, and gas for the car. I even remember, with no great difficulty, how ya'll would pay for gifts with your money so that I could participate in major holidays/events like Christmas and birthdays or just so I could participate in life. You must have invested a fortune in me, not to mention times two (x2) because of a brother.

The occasional gift or monetary help back to the both of you pales in comparison to the gratitude my heart wants to express. There are so many things that you did for me with your money that I do not have the right degree of - Thank You - to do it justice. Things like doctor trips, schooling and it's needs, and the gas, food, clothing put into traveling from Raleigh to Fayetteville to attend church at F.C.C. All of it really, I thank you for, but these in particular come to mind. So, for the time being I'll say, "Thank you! Thank you, Mom and Dad for all your monetary support over the years." Going forward I plan to keep showing you how much I love you and thank you for it too.

Your decision to invest in the lives of your children reminds me of someone else who did the same thing. So, that I could participate in abundant life and eternal life, my Heavenly Father paid with His Son's life. An exchange was made - He took the nails, that I deserved, so that I would not only know "the truth, the life, the way", but live with Christ, love personified, forever. The thing about Father God is that He gave His everything - His Son, Jesus Christ - and yet He still finds ways to keep loving me every day. He truly is inexhaustible. I look forward to saying, "Thank you!" and showing my gratitude and love for all eternity To The One Who Loved Me First.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES


Threshing is to separate the grain/seed from the plant by a beating action. Before machines did this for us, outdoor threshing consisted usually of a circular floor made of a hard surface (stone, slate, tile, or wood) and sloped for rain water run-off. It was typically located on an elevated piece of land to catch the wind for the winnowing process. It was also community owned and operated.

Inside threshing (barn threshing) was usually located just inside a bay door on hardwood, stone or packed dirt flooring. To prevent grain/seeds from falling or blowing outside a board called the "Threshold" was placed across the entrance/exit of the doors.

"After this threshing process, the broken stalks and grain were collected and then thrown up into the air with a wooden fork-like tool called a winnowing fan. The chaff would be blown away by the wind; the short torn straw would fall some distance away, while the heavier grain would fall at the winnower's feet. The grain could then be further cleansed by sieving." (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threshing_floor)

Satan has his own threshing and sifting business. This is a spiritual industry that has been around for a long time, which has been meant to break people down until they question the need for God in their lives or outright betrayal. Judas was sifted successfully by the devil (John 13:27). Peter was a partial success - he denied Christ, but repented of his actions (Luke 22:60-62). Job was an unsuccessful attempt (Job 42). Even Satan's pursuit of Jesus' life in the wilderness was unsuccessful (Matthew 4:1-11).

A common thread that seems to be running throughout these encounters was that there was a supernatural meeting and request(s) made known in each. Notice I said a request was made - Jesus has always been Sovereign and Satan has always been subservient. In each of these lives, Satan could not perform an all-out-attack. He was relegated to ask for permission for access to their lives or use his power of temptation.

We observe with Judas the sifting was granted, because Scripture had to be fulfilled concerning the Messiah's betrayal. So, what the devil meant for harm, Jesus turned it - the betrayal - into the Salvation of all mankind. Concerning Job, I believe it was a lesson of not only trust in God as Provider, but as Job's everything. When everyone and everything is taken from you - who remains? God and hopefully a relationship with Him. With Peter, Jesus said that Satan had desired to sift ALL the Disciples, but knowing Peter was going to deny Him, He prayed for Peter's faith.
  • “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)
Sovereignty, intercession, and prophecy. Jesus calls out to Peter twice to get his attention and notify him that the following is important - Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. Can you imagine hearing that? I would be like - "Where is Satan, my Lord? How is it he has asked this of you when you have been with us the whole time?" However, Jesus moves right on from a portrayal of a secret sovereign to an intercessor - But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. As if Christ's control and intercession were not enough good news, mixed with Peter's denial, Jesus prophesies a repentant life and encourages Peter to support his brothers - And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

We might be about to experience something that would sift or challenge our faith to the point of apostasy in our lives. But I am writing this today to encourage you and me - that through whatever, Christ is in control, interceding on our behalf, desiring to see His plans materialize for your life because Jesus is Behind The Scenes.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HIS FOREVER STUDENTS


Matthew 18:1-5
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said:
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."

"Christ points to little children as the model to which the members of his kingdom must assimilate themselves. The special attributes of children which he would recommend are humility, unworldliness, simplicity, teachableness, - the direct contraries of self-seeking, worldliness, distrust, conceit." (http://biblehub.com/matthew/18-3.htm)

Kids are thirsty sponges ready to soak up all you give out. If your output of words is pure, surrounding children are going to absorb those pure words. If your actions are honorable because others praise them as such - in front of children - then kids will drink-in those moments too. Why are they so absorbent, so immersed, so soaked liked sponges at what their environment offers? Because they are experiencing things either for the first time or from a different angle and want to emulate or copy a behavior in their own way. Remember - negative words and actions can be assimilated and emulated too.

The flip side to this coin is that Christ calls us to be like children. He does not ask us to keep all the attributes of a child, no, that would keep us from spiritually maturing. What I believe Jesus asks of the child in each of us is to keep alive the God ordained, useful traits like humility and a teachable spirit - two areas that the Pulpit Commentary lists above which naturally co-relate. The reward for doing so is entrance into and high placement within His kingdom.

The question of rank posed before Christ, by His Disciples, is "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" The Lord's response looked past the actual question and into the very troubled hearts that asked it to deliver what they really needed - a perspective and attitude adjustment. Christ answers - first, repent; totally change your thinking about this ("unless you change"). Secondly adopt Godly, childlike traits ("and become like little children"), especially humility ("whoever takes the lowly position") and except for God Himself, you will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

One of the great things about humility is that you get a tag-along - a teachable spirit. If you have one, chances are extremely good you have the other. This is what Christ asks us to be like - a well-mannered child, humble and gracious, sitting attentively in the presence of The Teacher, learning as His Forever Students.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GOD'S ADOPTION PLAN

Adoption has been on my mind lately. I see a lot of cases of adoption around me, including my own pastor. He and his wife are in the process of adopting a little girl. Some of the Scripture I am researching, no matter the topic, seems to have adoption attached to it eventually. In retrospect I see that I have touched on this subject before (Monday, February 16, 2015). So, I said, "O.K. God, it must be important, I'll study and write on adoption."

Adoption is linked with taking on something or accepting something. That something could be a person, place, thing, quality, or characteristic that you did not have before. For humanity, I believe it speaks to enhancing ourselves through implementation of a revelation in our lives. For example, adopting the practice of displaying love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control is not only going to build me up in my most holy faith, but improve me as a person overall.

Whether the world admits it or not, humanity needed adoption. Back when this ole world began, our relationship and even nature's relationship was right with God. But because we acted on a lie, the nature or lifestyle of rebellion against God became our default mode of operation (sin came into our lives and creation). Lucifer's act of rebellion was first. He tried to usurp God's throne and he got the ultimate demotion (Isaiah 14:4-20). Our act of rebellion was second. In an effort to strike back at God, Satan infected God's image, us, with his disease - a rebellious nature (Genesis 3). God's action was third. Because God will not and cannot abide sin in His kingdom, God exiled humanity from Paradise (Genesis 3:22-24) and assigned the devil and his demons the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:10).

Humanity had now adopted a new and fatal lifestyle. The consequences of sin was not only decay and death of the physical body, but eternal dying in judgment for the disobedient act which we could never reconcile ourselves over (Romans 6:23). "This region or sphere of torment was not, as the kingdom of the righteous, prepared for man originally; it was particularly designed (τὸ ἡτοιμασμένον) for Satan and his myrmidons (see 2 Peter 2:4, 9), and will not be perfected till the last judgment (Revelation 20:10). There is no hint of its being remedial or corrective; and what it is to the devil it must be to those who share it with him. It is man's own doing that he is unfit for the company of saints and angels, and, having made himself like unto the evil spirits by rebellion and hatred of good, he must consort with them and share their doom. It seems as though there were no proper place for man's punishment; there is no book of death corresponding to the book of life (Revelation 20:12, etc.); the wicked are in an anomalous state, and, shut out by their own action from their proper inheritance, fall into the society of demons. How to reconcile this destiny, which seems inconceivably terrible, with God's mercy, love, and justice, has always proved a stumbling block to free thinkers. It is, indeed, a mystery which we cannot understand, and which Christ has purposely left unexplained. We can only bow the head and say, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25)." (Pulpit Commentary - http://biblehub.com/matthew/25-41.htm)

Our Adopter has come. Even before creation Father God had planned to show His love this way -

  • "For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—" (Ephesians 1:4-5) 

And when the time came, "God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus, He came to love, heal and forgive..." ("Because He Lives") -

  • "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship." (Galatians 4:4-5) 
So, if you have received Christ Jesus as your personal Master and Savior, Paul adds -

  • "Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.'" (Galatians 4:6) 

This was an important message because in his letter to the the believers in Rome, Paul also said -

  • "The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" (Romans 8:15) 
Now all that remains is for us to be joined with our adoptive Father in our new, glorified bodies and Paul covers this too -

  • "Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8:23) 

The Adopter has come and signed the adoption papers with His blood and victory over death, hell and the grave! However, those as children of The Father of Lies, still have to decide whether they want to be adopted back into God's Family. We were the one's that messed up. We chose another spiritual father and that decision placed us on the fastest highway to Hell and the Lake of Fire. "But God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life." (Do I have to quote the book, chapter and verse? o.k. John 3:16) The Adoption Price has been paid. The Adoption Life has been deemed The Way. If you haven't, I encourage you to choose God's Adoption Plan today.


Monday, May 4, 2015

STILTS OR PILLARS?


Given the images in the title, which would you rather your life reflect - a stilt or a pillar? My answer is a pillar.

In the Old Testament, pillars were instruments of remembrance between man and God and between each other (Genesis 28:18; 31:45; 31:51). Samson used his strength and positioning of his body between the pillars of his enemy's home to bring the house down (Judges 16:26). Absalom named a pillar after himself because he had no heir (2 Samuel 18:18). The temple that Solomon built had many wonderfully crafted pillars to adorn the property (1 Kings 7). An image of beautiful strength is displayed in Song of Songs 5:15. A picture of a steadfast city - "pillar of iron" is found in Jeremiah 1:18. Even God revealed Himself to His people as a Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night during and after the Exodus.

In the New Testament, the imagery of pillars as signs of strength, steadfastness and dependability are still evident. However instead of being designated to things such as cities, temples, and piles of remembrance, the imagery and meaning of pillars is now assigned to Believers in Christ.

Paul, in his letter to the church in Galatia, singled out three brothers for this honor of being deemed - a Pillar of the Faith. James, Cephas and John were especially noted by Paul as having this distinction.
  • James, Cephas [Peter] and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised.(Galatians 2:9)
In essence, Paul was receiving a stamp of approval from three close disciples of Christ who "were by general consent looked up to as especially steadfast upholders of the truth of the gospel or of the Christian cause." (Pulpit Commentary) Evidently, the church in Galatia needed to hear the support of the Disciples in Jerusalem to lend more weight to Paul's teachings. He got it, they got it and the world has never been the same. Need I say Paul is a Pillar of the Faith in his own right?

Every good thing that a pillar could stand for (pun intended) - I desire to have and live out that quality. The Scripture that ministers and challenges me here is 

  • Revelation 3:12 - "The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God." 

Christ makes being a pillar conditional, but then takes care of the condition. He says the state of victory is the prerequisite for being a pillar in the temple of His God. Christ said - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We still must journey through life, experiencing trouble in all its forms, but Paul reminds us - in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37) Christ has the victory and our responsibility is to keep proclaiming it over our lives, because "the one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God." - not a stilt.