Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
Signs of the times…
Shalom!


One of the ways to check the authenticity of words of prophecy is whether or not they come true. As far as I am concerned in his 2nd letter to Timothy Paul is vindicated as one who spoke prophetic words. “But know this: Hard times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people.” (2 Timothy 3:1–5, CSB)

Yesterday I was watching a video class presented by BiblicalTraining.org where the instructor was talking about being a Christian is no walk in the park. Paul prophesied, “But know this: Hard times will come in the last days,” then he goes on to describe some of the “stuff” going on in our world today. Frankly you don’t have to get very far through the list to get the idea that not only are we facing hard times, we are facing impossible times.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Survival goes to the fittest,” as much as it makes sense it does not and will not work in God’s world nor in the Christian world. Paul explains what I am talking about. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9–10, CSB)

Anyone who has ever studied about Paul knows every well after everything he endured during his ministerial life he was no 90-pound weakling. Because of the many times he was beaten, shipped wrecked, jailed, and betrayed I used to think Paul would not make a good poster for attracting new Christians. Yet my exposure to the way of life described above and my own experience during “hard times” I decided to look past the outward Paul and think about the inward Paul I have decided Paul makes a shining example of a Christian. And while I continue to strive to become more and more like Jesus Paul’s life and writings have been instrumental in my journey.

Here's what Paul was saying with words and his life, “When the world hands you lemons give them to Jesus and wait for Him to make Heaven made Lemonade.” That’s what I want to do with my words and life too and with a tremendous amount of help and encouragement from the Holy Spirit I will succeed. And if I can you can too just put one foot in front of the other take the hand of Jesus and go for it!

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **

Grace and PEACE,
Gary
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** John 14:6, CSB