Today’s Message from Dereck – To get a reality check
Everyone wants to know about everyone else but no-one wants all their own stuff exposed. It’s all fear based and fear’s the opposite of faith. Fear makes you want to see results before you act. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 “But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed with all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
People have been running the world under the government of satan. In South Africa, there are 50 murders a day, 30 suicides a day, 1 child disappearing every day and a half and it’s estimated that 50% of South Africa’s population are substance abusers. Then there are all the people who are effected by the dysfunctional behaviour of substance abusers. And substance abuse is only one form of dysfunctional behaviour. In the US there’s an overdose every 23 minutes by people on opioids.
You are not going to find a solution to all your problems in the world system as it is. No physical relationship, career, intelligence, possessions etc. will fill the void in your life. There will be days where the extremities of peoples fallen mind sets will be most obvious. It’s very important that your mindset and worldview is heavenly grace grounded, not world system based. If you don’t change your perspective and your mind set you’ll never change your beliefs. Being ungrateful and having a sense of entitlement’s a dangerous thing. We need to have a Biblical perspective on relationships, if you don’t your world will become very difficult. Living in pretence is like a fire that’s all smoke and no show. People have become shallow and lost substance, the internet’s made people communicate less with each other face to face in the physical, they put up these false facades on the internet and it’s all so shallow and empty.
If you have a shallow life, are you prepared to continue and live with it? The truth will set you free but man it hurts too. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Luckily God sent Christ our Saviour. Fallen people can never find a solution in a fallen condition. Stop looking to the world, it’s a fallen place, rather look to heaven and God. Nothing in a fallen world can rescue you from a fallen world – mankind in a fallen world is separated from God and becomes an orphan. Family and love are unknown to them and they’re always trying to perform to be accepted. You need to hook up to God, and realise that He loves you and you’re not an orphan. He knows everything you’ve done and He loves you. He also knows everything you are going to do. Your Father is God, He loves you, turn to Him, He will never reject you.
In life, the only catch is between our ears, it’s in the way we think. Never be jealous of what someone else has got, whatever talent and gifting they have. There are a lot of things only you can do, you have unique giftings yourself, focus on these.
We needed to get rescued, we needed a Saviour in our lives. When God saw His lost children who didn’t even recognise Him as Father, His heart broke and He sent His Son to save us so that we can walk in victory. God has loved us with an everlasting love. You are accepted in the Beloved. The Beloved is God, the Holy Trinity. Ephesians 1:3-6 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to for adoption through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.”
You are predestined in love to adoption to God through Jesus Christ Himself. God accepts you as you are no matter what your life story is. The purpose of doing your life story is to get a reality check so that you can make the necessary adjustments and take the high road in life. No matter what choices you’ve made, God accepts you. Despite of your past, God has predestined you to be His Sons and Daughters. Luke 15:11-24 is an amazing story. It’s what happens when we go and blow it and then we come back to our heavenly Father. You’ve got to understand you’re children, you’re not servants.
Whatever you do, do it unto the Lord. He who is faithful in the least, will be faithful in much. All you have to do is be the best you that you can be. Stop trying to be somebody else.
Jericho is just a place where we create an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to work. Whatever you sow, you will reap. God is not mocked. Stop trying to find your solution in this world, it’s temporary. God loves you and His love casts out all fear, it’s not performance based. God loves you and He has a plan for you that’s better that your plan for you.