The new normal for the new community speaks to the re-empowerment of saints: 1) reactivation of divine promises, 2) Divine presence - real experiences with God, and. 3) Divine power - being able to affect change. Fire brings light, produces heat. and produces smoke. Fire might not seen or felt but it can be smelt, thus it is hard to miss the fire and we need to like fire and have an impact in out societies. Fire is a constant just like God and what differs is the material it comes into contact with thus it burn at different rates. If we elevate our trust and faith maybe we will come out better because we are being refined by the fire and not consumed. May our faith be anchored on the Word so we can have real experiences.
Samaria went through a similar situation we are currently experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Samaria siege, there was no movement allowed in and out of Samaria. The economy is adversely affected in a siege situation, people have no choice and leaders have no solutions to the needs of the people. It is terrifying to notice how incredibly easy it was to hear the word of an established prophet with impeccable track records but yet still not believe.
The hiddenness of God in times of your trouble turns to reveal a higher and more powerful dimension of God's presence.
God is re-empowering his church for a real impact in the world before the return of the Saviour. This empowerment brings the new beginning for the church. It is marked by the reactivation of the divine promises, manifestation of the divine presence and an experience of the divine power. But how do we prepare ourselves for this empowerment? We need to learn to see the way God sees, develop a heart that is willing to serve and worship God.
People who have trusted Christ for their salvation and have given their lives to him will, once more, be empowered for real impact in the world before the return of their Saviour.
Life in the flesh leads to a cycle of failure and defeat. Your life makes sense when it is lived to please God. Whatever is in God's hands is safe. When the holy spirit takes hold of your life he gives you: courage, conviction, commitment and connection. Without connection with God there is no courage, conviction and commitment.
Behold the Lord is doing a new thing.
Following Jesus requires maturity. Maturity is a matter of direction not years, age or experience. For when we follow Jesus we gain influence. Sign of maturity is being led. Maturity is letting yourself be controlled by Jesus, for only he can take you to places you least expected, your destiny.
Followership of Jesus is associated with everything that we need to accomplish in our lives. Many failures in our lives are a result of illusion of direction. Following Jesus requires us to: let ourselves be controlled by him; attaching to Christ (intimacy and relational knowledge); understanding that success is in the opposite direction to our flesh, be disciplined; and, we need to be mature, allowing Jesus to gird and lead us.
When we want to come out of a place of failure, Jesus himself has to create the environment of change - Jesus is a creator of contexts that will bring change to ourlives. You never leave a point of failure unless you follow Jesus. Three major illusions in life: illusion of the goal, direction and competence. God must become everything in our lives - he must be the Goal of our lives, not his hand (what he gives). For when we follow Jesus, we gain Jesus, the light of life.