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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How God Holds Us Together



(This is it the other thing I learned in church last night, I just had to share because our God is so AWESOME!)

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio...and I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned....but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want.
I will share anyway.
He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is...how He spoke the universe into being...how He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire...etc. etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) .....and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork. I remember so many times thinking...."How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???"

Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart...how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

And then I lost my breath.
And it wasn't because I was running my treadmill, either!!!
It was because he started talking about laminin.
I knew about laminin. Here is how wikipedia describes them :"Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue." You see....laminins are what hold us together....LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn't know is what laminin LOOKED LIKE.

But now I do. And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)....
Here is what the structure of laminin looks like...AND THIS IS NOT a "Christian portrayal" of it....if you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see...



Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!
Amazing.
The glue that holds us together....ALL of us....is in the shape of the cross.
Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER. "
Colossians 1:15-17

Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool.
Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together...one cell to another....by the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin "glue" would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!

Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seek To Be Like Him

Acts 11:26 says, "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." The word Christian means one who is like Christ. Some believe that this was a term that was first used to try to ridicule the followers of Jesus, but it was so appropriate that it soon came into common usage. Every one who claims Christ as Savior should seek to be like Him. As we continue to mature as Christians, we should all be more like Him--to display more of His nature and less of the characteristics of the world. This question has circulated widely in Christian circles: "If you were arrested and put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"

Let's all seek to display His character and nature to a world that is watching us as it waits for Him.(PRP)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Expect the Supernatural

Expect the Supernatural

And these signs will accompany those who believe... 
Mark 16:17

Do you expect God to supernaturally intervene in your life at any time? 

These are important convictions that must be anchored in your heart if you want to go deeper in the ways of the Lord. The truth is: through the person of the Holy Spirit, the miracle-working power of God is with you right now. You may feel miracles are impossible in your life, but remember, a miracle is not a miracle to God. It's only a miracle to you. To God a miracle is a normal, everyday occurrence... and He wants to make it a normal, everyday occurrence in your life, too. 

Unfortunately, so many Christians live in the "Someday Syndrome." They think, "Someday I'll have more than enough" or "Someday I will be healed" or "Someday I will walk in the blessings of God." 

The Bible boldly states, "Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). Jesus came to proclaim liberty to the captives of the "Someday Syndrome" when He announced, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:21). Expect something today! 


Further Reading
  • Mark 16:16-18
  • Hebrews 2:1-4
  • Acts 1:8


God Bless, 


Pastor Rod Parsley 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Glimpse Of Heaven

November 2000

(Used by permission.)

I saw a large living room about thirty feet across with a highly polished marble floor. The only visible piece of furniture was a heavy, polished marble coffee table. I was looking at the room from the back and at a height of about ten feet. In the wall in front of me was a large opening which could have had French doors, but I did not see them as the doorway was open and gave out onto a wide flagstone paved terrace with a curved stone balustrade. To my right I sensed the presence of Father God sitting on something high, if a throne, not a large one.

I recall thinking that it was odd that God would have a house, no matter if large, but as I could see the view beyond the terrace, perhaps this was His mountain retreat. The house was at the head of a valley and I could see mountain slopes covered with evergreen trees on both sides. Surely, I thought, God would be in His throne room surrounded by millions of people, the angelic host and so on. What's He doing here?

Then I saw a six- or seven-year old boy running around the room exploring, obviously excited at his first visit to the house and quite content to be in the presence of the Father. I sensed the Father looking on with loving acceptance. As I continued to look I realized that the boy was me. Then the boy was gone and I saw a one-year old baby pulling himself up by the coffee table and losing balance as babies do and sitting down with a thump. The Father was amused and delighted with the antics of the toddler who I realized was me, also.

Although I was an observer of the scene it did not seem strange to see myself and I spoke to the Father. "What a beautiful house You have, Father." (Unspoken was the thought that God's throne room should be in a huge place with room for millions and I don't understand why He would be in this house.) The Father replied with a laugh, "No, Michael, this is not My house, it is the home I have prepared for you." I was completely taken by surprise and overwhelmed by God's remarks. A week, or so later He explained that I could not see Him because He is enthroned in my heart. Yes, His place is on His heavenly throne in the great throne room, but He is also in the heart of every believer and thus He is able to participate firsthand, as it were, in the joy that His children experience. In the scene that I viewed, He delighted in the excitement, trust and unquestioned acceptance of the young boy and in the antics of the baby, completely dependent on Him.

 
On a later occasion - refers to the heavenly home
 
"Michael, you are My child despite your years, like a young child beginning to grow into a knowledge and love of Me. How precious you are to Me. Child, I showed you a picture of yourself as four or five years old running around exploring the living room in your heavenly mansion. "

(A week or so before the Lord had given me a picture of the living room of a house in heaven. It was spacious with a polished marble floor and large open doors that gave access to a wide, curved, flagstone-covered terrace with a stone balustrade. The view was of tree-covered mountains and a valley below. The Father was present, seated on a raised place just out of my sight. I saw myself in the room as a young child.)

The Lord continued, "That child was unrestrained in My presence, not over-awed, but trusting, loving and accepting My presence. It was natural for that child to expect Me to be there. In that child's mind I belonged fully. You were aware that I was on a throne, but you could not see it, because it was the throne of your heart. The child was completely secure, without any feeling of condemnation or rejection, and expected Me to be there for him. That is what I want you to learn. You were surprised when you asked about the mansion. No, My child is was not My house. Have I not just told you that I am on the throne of your heart? The mansion was made for you in all its splendor, with the mountain setting; custom made with My own hands for your enjoyment. You see, I shall enjoy it also, because I shall experience the wonder, joy, delight and amazement of a child's heart.

"I do have a different throne and that is not in your house, it is in My throne room which you shall see in due course. There, I am reigning in splendor over all, but in your heart and the hearts of all believers there I am loving, caring, giving to each of My children."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Strength

A Strength

If there is a poor man among your brothers...do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8

Chuck and Vicki and their two children lost everything they owned in a house fire. Vicki was nine months pregnant and her husband and their son were both dealing with serious health problems. 

When they took their three children to move into a used trailer, they melted into tears. The sellers had stripped the trailer of everything. 

The Church has an obligation to take care of the poor and the needy. The Bible is full of verses instructing us to help those who have nothing. Proverbs 28:27 says, "He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses." Jesus instructed also His followers to "love your neighbor as yourself " (Mark 12:30-31). 

When you follow the commands of the Lord, you help to expand His kingdom here on earth. Chuck and Vicki know the love of God in a real and powerful way because the Church followed God's Word and helped them in their time of need. 


Further Reading
  • Job 30:25
  • Isaiah 25:4
  • Psalms 33:20-22


God Bless, 


Pastor Rod Parsley 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Growing Up

Growing Up

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11

God accepts us where we are and loves us too much to leave us there. Although it may be painful, He wants to refine us to remove all the impurities and make us the best we can be! 

The Bible is full of God's people who were being refined. Job was tested, and although he lost everything, he still clung to God and was eventually rewarded ( Job 23:10-12). 

Paul also endured many trials for the Gospel's sake...but look at the outcome! Millions may have been saved because of his letters to a handful of new churches. 

Quitting is never an option for those enduring to the end. You have to follow the convictions and understandings of the Holy Spirit to gain wisdom. 

Are you willing to let the battle form you or will you cower back when the world says, "You can't do that"? Will you stop witnessing when you are persecuted? 

Mighty vessels of God are built in battles, forged in the fires of opposition and finished in the kiln of the Potter's fire as rock-solid examples of God's unfailing love. 


Further Reading
  • James 1:2-8
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
  • James 1


God Bless, 


Pastor Rod Parsley 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Fire of God

The Fire of God

Do not put out the Spirit's fire.
1 Thessalonians 5:19

Are you on fire for God? Do you have a burning desire to share your testimony with people? Do you seek opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus with your friends, family, or acquaintances...or has your fire gone out? 

Paul commands us in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 not to "put out the Spirit's fire." It is our job to keep the fires burning. We have the fire of God within us and we are to stir it up continually. 

2 Timothy 1:6 says, "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands." 

Our lives should be ablaze testifying of God's ability to transform his people into the likeness of Christ. 

With each act of obedience we fan the flame... with our generosity we fan the flame... when we tear down demonic strongholds we fan the flame... when we pray we fan the flame... when we spend time with God we fan the flame... and when we meditate on His Word we fan the flame. 

During this Pentecost season remember to fan the flame that is within you-stir it up so that the world will know that you belong to God. 


Further Reading
  • Ephesians 4:30
  • 1 Corinthians 2:12
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14


God Bless, 

Pastor Rod Parsley 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Process of Pentecost

Process of Pentecost

From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.
Leviticus 23:17 

What is the process of Pentecost? To properly understand Pentecost you have to know the significance of Passover. 

During the Passover season God commanded the Israelites to bake two loaves without leaven. Leaven was symbolic of sin and the two loaves represented sinful mankind, both Jew and Gentile (Romans 3:9-10). God wanted them to purge themselves of sin and be a holy nation. 

The Pentecost bread, unlike the Passover bread, was made with yeast. It symbolized the replacement of sin with righteousness and truth, which is the work of God in us (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). God is calling us to a place of holiness and purity. 

How is this accomplished? 

First, we need to recognize that God has us in the world but we are not of the world. Second, we are to give ourselves to the purging process, which gets the leaven out. Third, we are to allow God to fill our vacant areas with the fruit of God-truth, sincerity, peace and love. Lastly, we are to give our lives as offerings before God. 


Further Reading
  • Leviticus 23:1-44
  • Exodus 34:18-22
  • Acts 2:1-4
(Pastor Rod Parsley)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Anointing Of God

Anointing of God

Handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
Acts 19:12

Once a Shunammite woman asked her husband if they could build a room for Elisha to stay in whenever he passed through town. During a visit, Elisha told the woman she would bear a son. Years later, the boy died and she laid the dead child upon Elisha's bed-she knew the anointing could be transferred from Elisha through the sheets. 

Similarly, Smith Wigglesworth was staying in a home where the woman of the house was saved, but her husband was not. 

When Brother Wigglesworth began to leave, the woman ran out of the house yelling, "You can't go! My husband isn't saved yet!" Brother Wigglesworth shouted over his shoulder, "Don't change the sheets!" That night, her husband was asleep and suddenly sprang from the bed screaming, "My God, I'm lost! Pray for me! I need to get saved! I can feel the flames of hell licking at my feet!" 

If you need healing in your life or if a loved one is not saved, believe in the power of Jesus Christ. His anointing is transferable. Believe in the power of God and do what He directs! 


Further Reading
  • 2 Kings 4:8-37
  • Acts 16
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-7


God Bless, 

(Pastor Rod Parsley)