#5802 – Prophetic Re-Presenting

Good morning people who keep on pointing yourself and others to God and His ways.

The prophetic is ‘placing God and His desired plan before people again and again.’

We live in a culture that drifts. Most people – ourselves included – don’t willfully and continually run away from God and His plan for our lives. Rather, life happens. There is pain and difficulty and distraction. We get caught up and we find ourselves offtrack. This is what can so easily happen to all of us.

Therefore, we need to place God before people again and again. We need to do this for ourselves and for others. This is what it means to represent God and to re-present God. This is what it means to be prophetic.

Prophets in the Old Testament had to constantly do this for God’s wandering people. Think about it. The Israelites saw the miracle working power of God and they also heard countless stories of God’s faithfulness. And yet they drifted often. God loved them so much that He sent His prophets to place Himself and His desire for His children before them, and He did this over and over again.

This is also what Jesus did when He walked the earth; He placed the Father before people again and again! Every miracle was a signpost to the Father whom He represented. Jesus is our example of how a prophetic life should be lived.

The following lengthy scripture contains rich truth on representing God. May it speak to you deeply as you slowly meditate on this truth. 

John 14:6-14 NIV 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

 

#5801 – Re-Presenting God

Good morning people who never tire of placing God before others.

In addition to our holy call to act and speak on behalf of God as His ambassadors (to represent God), we are equally called to re-present God. Let me explain by breaking it down into the prefix re and the word present.

The prefix re means ‘again and again (to indicate repetition)’. We see a great example of this in the following well-known scripture.

Romans 12:2 NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

While the Word of God has infinite power, we all know that reading one verse only once will not bring about the transformation that we all desire. As the Bible repeatedly says (there’s the prefix re again), our metamorphosis comes from meditating on God’s Word day and night, and by continually keeping the Word of God in our hearts and on our lips. Again and again is imperative to the process of sanctification.

When we look at the phrase to present, we are talking about ‘to place before’. An example of this is when the king enters a room and someone says, “I present to you His Majesty King Charles.” We are also on the other side of this as we enter the throne room of God; we present ourselves (place ourselves before) God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).

Now, put the prefix re and the word present together and re-present means, ‘to place before, again and again’.

This is the call of God upon our lives: to place God before people again and again.

Let’s go deeper into this tomorrow.

 

#5800 – Representing God

Good morning people who glorify God by living a life that represents Him well.

There is a holy call for the people of God to represent God.

I am sure that we all know this conceptually, but what does it mean and what does it look like?

Let’s start by looking at the word represent. It means: ‘to be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity’.

This sounds a lot like what prophecy is meant to be! The word prophecy in the bible means, ‘to speak by divine inspiration, especially to foretell’.

Combine the words represent and prophecy, and we see that we are called (entitled and appointed by God) to act and to speak for God, by speaking what we have received by divine inspiration from God. This is no trivial matter!

As people whose lives are not our own, we are now royal ambassadors. Literally speaking, this means that God is speaking through us, or put another way, we are speaking on behalf of God.

2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

To be an ambassador who represents God means that we speak and act on behalf of God. This is important, because there must be a congruency in our lives between what we say and how we live. God is dishonoured when there is a disconnect and hypocrisy between the two. Our lips and our lives matter dear friends.

Have you intentionally answered the holy call to represent God with your life and your lips?

 

#5799 – Nothing Too Trivial

Good morning people who come to God with everything that is on your heart.

There is nothing too trivial for God.

Some people wrongly believe that Father is only interested in “spiritual things”. Unfortunately, the erroneous separation between spiritual and natural has perpetuated this fallacy.

Jesus died for people, and people aren’t divided up into segments. It’s not like Jesus died for certain parts of our life, while the other parts remain unsaved and unsanctified. We have one life, and Jesus died for the complete person.

Therefore, we must understand that all of life is to be lived for the glory of God. As such, there is nothing that is off limits when it comes to talking with Father. If it’s on your heart, put it on your lips and talk to God.

W.L.Seaver in his reflection from Tozer’s words on Prayer said the following: “Every act of our lives should contribute to the glory of God, and Jesus Christ is our example in that He never once performed a non-sacred act. His life was filled with power and prayer!”

There’s to be no separation, and therefore, there is nothing too trivial for a child of God.

As you go through your day, talk to God. If it’s important to you, talk to God. If it’s worrying you, talk to God. If it’s annoying you, talk to God. If you lack wisdom, talk to God. If you are feeling stuck, talk to God. If you’re excited, talk to God.

You can talk to God about everything, and as a good Father, He loves to hear your voice and your heart.

Proverbs 3:6 NKJV In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

There is nothing too trivial for God.

 

#5798 – Fail Forward

Good morning people who step towards God in moments of failure.

I hear the loving voice of the Father say, “Fail forward.”

The truth is that we will all fail at times. Therefore, the question is not about if we will fail, but rather, what will we do when we fail.

It is all too easy to feel like giving up when we have missed the mark. I’m sure we have all had moments when we wonder if we can get up and go again. Sometimes moments of failure can be bigger than the failure itself. This is especially true if it is in an area of ongoing struggle.

Again, I hear the Lord say, “Fail forward.”

In other words, when you do have moments of sin, don’t stop, and most definitely don’t step back. These times are when we need to intentionally step forward towards our heavenly Father.

God is for you in times of challenge, and He still sees you as His beloved child. You don’t cease being loved because you feel lost. He doesn’t turn His head away or withdraw His hand. There is tenderness in His eyes towards His sons and daughters.

It is true that missing the mark requires repentance and it may even require working through some things. Restoration may be a process that needs to take place. But all of this does not change Father’s love for you. Like the Father of the prodigal son, our heavenly Father is ready to run towards us even if we have turned away in rebellion.

So, if you find yourself in a place of failure today, fail forward into the loving arms of your heavenly Father. He loves you dearly.