We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.
You have already heard about this ⌊hope⌋ in the message of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.
You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf, and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.
Colossians 1:3-8 HCSB
I thank You for this day and each day that I can live this human experience spending each moment learning to be a better servant, exploring and expanding my spiritual capabilities so that I’m best prepared for my days in Your Heavenly Kingdom.
Father this last day of 2012 please protect Your children from harm. Please protect us from fear, ignorance, hate, and human error. Please protect us from doubting how close we really are to You. Humbly I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
No matter what your days look like you should be grateful for each day that you are blessed to breathe and be loved by others—whether it’s 20 people or just one. If for some reason you can’t seem to see the love received then you need to pray on it because it’s there.
Yesterday at church a preacher shared her sermon that addressed the reality of miracles and the big question of, “Where is God?” that millions of nonbelievers and conditional believers ask frequently.
She talked about the miracles in life large and small, the amazement of God’s power to create from nothingness and void a galaxy, with actual planets that house life forms and ecosystems.
How can you doubt that there’s a God when you consider the process of life?
It’s because people question why God would allow both death and destruction in the presence of life, regardless of age. But one beautiful thing this preacher said was that she never wants to be smart enough to truly understand all there is to know about God. She knows that there’s a reason for everything, but she doesn’t feel inclined to attempt to figure it out, because she knows that as is written in the Bible—she will never know the ins and outs of God. She said that if she knew it all then there would be no reason to live, no reason for hope, and definitely no reason for faith. I agree wholeheartedly with her statements.
If you can’t see and feel God’s love and presence then you aren’t truly living, you are merely existing. Who wants a life like that? The upwards of six senses that He has blessed many of us with are only possible because of Him. Yes, I said six senses and not just five, for I strongly believe in that sixth sense that connects our minds to His.
I believe in that sixth sense that connects us to our foundation as spiritual beings, and our ability to experience more than most—that strong connection many would claim to be psychic, ESP, premonitions, or intuition—but I see as just an extra connector to our Heavenly Father.
Some of us have sharper sixth sense capabilities than others; I think as small children we had the greatest linkage and only through human exposure do we pull away from this natural force that pulls us inward.
I embrace my sixth sense to spiritually feel, “see”, and experience more than ordinary. Think of this, when we lack any of our other senses the remaining ones are usually very strong and compensate for the perceived “lack”. As I wear contacts and glasses for my nearsightedness, my other senses have really grown stronger.
So think about this—even if you lacked the other five senses, consider how rich your life would still be with just your sixth sense. Your humanness probably makes you cringe at losing your sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. But just stop and dream with me. Visualize what you could see, hear, feel, and experience with your sixth sense if you didn’t have interference from the “world” by solely relying on those other sources as your connection to life, perceived reality, and how you see and believe in God.
Now consider life not embracing and developing this sixth sense—what are you missing, not learning or experiencing? What aren’t you hearing God say to you? What lessons do you keep repeating because you aren’t tuned in to His “channel”?
I hope that each of you tune in to this gift in a healthy way, so you can see one more level of connection to God. It’s more than instinct, intuition, or a gut feeling—that’s God working in us. Reach out, connect, and stay connected!
May you have a healthy, safe, peaceful, happy, joyful and prosperous New Year!!!
God willing we will all connect tomorrow, and begin our new walk in 2013 together as followers of Christ. I pray God uses me to expose more people to His loving light through my Breaking Bread blogs and the other ways that I try to connect with my fellow brothers and sisters worldwide. I love you all!
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