Thursday, 22 April 2021

Venture Into The Unknown

 Scripture:  Psalm 78 v 1 - 5: "Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3  Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:"

Our lives are a spiritual venture into the unknown from the moment we are born again.  God has a plan for each redeemed soul to become fruitful, and useful to the Kingdom of God and our fellow-travellers.

Our lives begin when our formerly dead-in-sin spirits come back to life as our sins are cancelled by the Blood of Jesus.  We step into a realm that is completely opposite to how our lives were lived before.  Like Alice Through The Looking Glass, we see things differently.

Our purpose is to know more about God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, Heaven, Hell, righteousness, holiness and how to adjust to the newness of life.  We have the most powerful books ever printed, collected in one volume, called The Holy Bible.  It's a supernatural record of God's creation, plan, judgment and vital for each of us to know and understand.

So God gave various ministries to the Church, preachers, teachers, evangelists, prophets and apostles.  There are also intercessors, prayer warriors, missionaries and helps.  All these are set in place to give understanding of the Word of God, to explain and demonstrate how it relates to us.

When our enlightenment is established we get our individual assignments from the Lord.  Each of these will require faith, obedience and boldness.  We will be equipped for the tasks through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts given to us will determine our direction for this venture into the unknown.

Jesus created a powerful testimony concerning the Gadarene demoniac.  He went from a raving lunatic to a calm, reasoning, excited man who wanted to follow Jesus.  Jesus said he must rather go back to his home city and testify of the power of God.  He was a visible witness to healing and deliverance to show his family, friends and others of the transformation done to him.

People who have been healed and set free from terrible bondage are, or should be, eager to share their testimony to witness to the truth that is Jesus Christ.  We should not need a relapse to remind us of our role in bringing souls into glory.  We just need to tell it, Jesus does the saving.

We need boldness to overcome shyness or fear of rejection by our family and friends.  They knew us before so may be hard to convince of the changes the Lord has already made.  However, the Lord is the after preacher who keeps bringing our testimony back into the minds of the hearers.  

1 Thessalonians 1 v 2 - 6: "We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:"

The old revival chorus comes to mind:  "It's the Holy Ghost and power and He's keeping me alive!"  

He keeps us alive in spirit through amazing power.  He makes our venture into the unknown spiritual dimension very memorable and encourages us in so many ways to keep going.  It's a life full of mysteries, surprises, miracles, visions, dreams and the majesty of our King.  It gives many revelations from the depths of the Word which is a lamp unto our feet in the darkness of this world.

There are many milestones along the way as we grow in faith, experience and spiritual knowledge.  There are some setbacks but they are usually lessons needing to be emphasized.  Our God knows when Satan has set traps for us to fall into.  Sometimes we are allowed to fall only to rise up stronger and more determined than ever.

This creates a bigger setback to our enemy who has to try outsmart the one who has seen through his evil devices and knows how to fight back.  Experience of this sort gives us courage and boldness, confidence in God's ability to protect us even in calamities, illness, and sorrow.  Remember, when we are at our weakest, He is at His strongest in us.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory unto Him.  Let us be filled with praise and worship to Him who sits upon the Throne guiding us through the minefields on Earth.  We are never alone, for Jesus will never leave us nor abandon us.

When we have walked the walk of Jesus in our own lives we need to teach these ways to our children that the truth is never lost or hidden under a rock.  In the sharing of truth we gain more and more insight about the mighty love of God for each one of us.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I Love You.  I have truly enjoyed the life You have given me in my venture into the unknown.  You gave me such valuable friends and family who are so gifted and filled with discernment and faith, that my experiences became part of a whole move of Your Spirit among us.  I pray that all who read have wonderful experiences of Your love and that each venture will produce the fruit that You expect and delight in.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.