Saturday, May 26, 2012

Time

There are two types of Greek words which mean "TIME" in the Bible. One being Chronos which means chronological or sequential time. The time on your clock is chronos. It is a set time we have each day.  Then there is Kairos which means a time in between chronos where something special happens.  It can mean the appointed time in which God acts. 

We are called to use our time wisely.


Ephesians 5:15-17  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  (16)  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  (17)  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Time in this instance is Kairos. The scripture tells us that we have the power to redeem the time of life. We can't control Chronos ( seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years)  Our human body is bound to the limits  of Chronos but through Holy Spirit we can redeem Kairos or time. It is sad that we focus so much of our resources trying to slow down or prevent the passing of time ( Chronos.) We should be focused on the moment or the appointments of time God has in store for us. It is all about matching our will with His will.

It is good to understand Chronos but not be overwhelmed with it. We do have a short time on the planet ,and that is why it is important to shift our mindsets from Chronos to Kairos. We have to make a difference in this world before Chronos overtakes us. There are moments of Kairos which are waiting for us to seize. Carpem Dieum!

Jesus revealed to us a different point of view when we are discussing about time. It is not about the seconds, minutes, or hours. It is about the moment within the Chronos. Jesus did more in 3 years than most people do in a life time. He understood Kairos and how to walk in it.  What are we going to do about the moment? The moments come and go so quickly. It is up to us to know when they arrive and follow the plan of God for each situation.

Matthew 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
 
The Time or Kairos of the Harvest is a moment we are all called to as believers. Jesus was trying to teach the disciples the difference between the passing of the Sun and the purpose of the Son.

1 Peter 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

We are commanded to stay humble before the Lord and He will lift us up in due time or Kairos. There are moments in our space/time existence that the Living God will chose to bring His message through us. We have to stay humble and obedient. The moment awaits for the obedient hearts.  Pride is the enemy of the State. It prevents the heart of man from finding the moments in God like we should. Embrace humility and throw out pride. If you have to tell others you are humble then you are not humble. It is a persona.

1 Peter 1:3-5  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  (4)  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  (5)  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

We have to live in a world that is bound to Chronos. Time is ticking away for all of us. The clock can't be stopped. By the way, the clock is a man made invention not a God creation. We consume ourselves with time ( Chronos) God is calling us within the moment. ( Kairos) He has staged different moments for us to walk in. One last moment will be His salvation revealed through us to all the world. His power is keeping us for such a time as this.

So what does all my rhetoric mean? Let your watch be used to tell you the time of the day but let the spiritual watch of Christ tell you about the moments and seasons of God. We can know them if we just listen. Don't let what has happen in the physical boundaries of time stop you from fulfilling the call of God on your life. We are all called. We all have a purpose through the Lord. The only two positions in church life you can be is not missionary or Pastor. There is much more to the Body of Christ than that.

Be sensitive to Holy Spirit's unctions and follow Him into the godly moments. Your life will be more fulfilled.



Friday, May 11, 2012

The Grace of God

2 Corinthians 12:6-10  If I ever wanted to brag, I wouldn't be a fool. Instead, I would be telling the truth. But I'm going to spare you so that no one may think more of me than what he sees or hears about me,  (7)  especially because of the excessive number of revelations that I've had. Therefore, to keep me from becoming conceited, I am forced to deal with a recurring problem. That problem, Satan's messenger, torments me to keep me from being conceited.  (8)  I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me.  (9)  But he told me: "My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak." So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ's power will live in me.  (10)  Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It's clear that when I'm weak, I'm strong.

I don't know what weakness or sin Paul battled with from time to time. It was certain that it bothered him. He was not a slave to it, but it was something that disrupted his life.  Paul even declares that it was a demon which brought on these attacks.  Some say Paul battled some type of sickness and others say he battled his pride. No one knows for certain. Nonetheless, it was a battle which helped Paul see the Grace of God in a greater light.  God's grace is his unmerited favor towards us. In other words, we all deserve to have a pile of rocks dropped on us because of our sin, but God has forgiven us and given us a way out.

We can live victorious lives through this wonderful grace from the perilous dealings of sin, but our flesh is still weak. As believers, what separates us from a sinner? One thing. We except the wonderful grace and life of God given to us through Jesus Christ. In other words, we recognize that we are sinners who need a rescuer. Paul did not have a chance to focus on himself and say " Look at me, Look how great I am." He became self aware of his weaknesses and how those weaknesses compared to the grace of God. God's mercy is sufficient for us all. The Law showed us how evil and corrupt sin is. It showed us the helplessness that Sin leaves us in, and how it separates us from the Love of God.  Nothing we have is of ourselves. Not even our Faith. God has given it all to us. It is like waking up one day and finding out that all your bills have been paid, your work has been done, the grass has been mowed, and the errands have been completed by a mysterious person. God has done it all for us through His son Jesus. All we have to do is except His kindness. All we have to do is trust Him and allow His strength to help us turn from our wicked ways completely.



All we have to do is receive His grace.  Grace is like learning how to ride a horse for the first time. The horse is a tame stallion with alot of patience and physical strength. You first attempt to get on the horse and find yourself falling off on the other side. So you fall. You are humilated by the fall but the horse coaches you for another try. So you fall but what do you do next? You get back up and try again. Finally you get back on the horse and ride off into the sunset. The ride is beautiful and something you never experienced before. You come to a stream and stop for a drink. While getting off the horse, you fall down into the water. So you fall. What should you do next? You get back up.

The point? God's grace is there for us when we fall. When we fall it does not mean sin has dominion. It does mean we are weak vessels in a need of a savior. It does not mean we take advantage of God's great mercy either. It does mean that God loves us unconditionally. He is not mad at us or hates us. Yes, His wrath ( indescribable by human thought) will one day fall upon humanity but even that is brought about through His love. Because of my love for Him, I will not take advantage of that Grace. I will press forward with Him.

All the things I have done through the Lord and will do for Him in the future; I can only do through His grace. I am nothing without His grace. Grace is like the power of the Sun to Superman. Before I came to Christ, I was like Superman living on a planet with a red Sun. I was powerless and without hope. Now through Grace( the Yellow sun so to speak) I have the power to overcome. His Grace is more than sufficient enough for me. It is all I ever need and will need. It is all you will ever need and hope for as well.