Right now, I want you to remember who you are, and where you are.
If you’ve received Christ, you are a child of God. But let me explain the “where” part. Your benevolent heavenly Father has something He wants to deliver to every person on earth. You could think of your Him as the “master retail salesman.” Of course, He’s not in this for the money. He doesn’t need that. But He does have something He’s desperate to deliver to the biggest marketplace on earth — every man, woman, boy and girl on the face of the planet. (That requires a massive distribution network.) Actually, the “something” He wants to get out is really a Someone, but it’s also the message we call the Gospel — the news which is so awesomely good, that it’s almost too good to be true — but it IS true.
God is in the retail business. And what do they say about retail? Location. Location. Location! Where has God decided to locate? In you! YOU are the habitation of God. God has prepared a body, and it’s you. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. It’s Christ in you, the hope of glory. Greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world. God will always do more than what we ask her think, but remember, it’s according to the power that works in you.
So — while it’s important to not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, it’s also important to recognize Who’s in you! It’s not about you; it’s about Who’s in you. God is in you!
That’s why it’s so important to not be ignorant of the enemy’s devices, and God wants us to know all things. Now don’t get me wrong here. Often times, the things of God are revealed on a “need to know basis” — but the Bible says that we have the mind of Christ, and we are to let this mind be in us which was also in Christ Jesus.
For you to dispense, as a retail outlet for the Kingdom of God, the things that God has, you must know the times, the seasons, and what is the mind of the Lord for the season. We know that we are in troubled times. We know these are challenging times, trying times. But we’re still “the head and not the tail, above only and not be beneath.” That hasn’t changed. In other words, we’re going to come through every trial we go through, and in the end, we’ll be in better shape than we entered the trial in the first place.
Jesus spoke of the times we’re in, in Matthew chapter 24. I want to highlight one aspect of this that is prominent in our thinking today. He starts by saying, “let no man deceive you, because many will come in my name saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.” Notice, the first directive was, don’t be deceived.
Here’s the part I want to highlight: Jesus said there would be “wars and rumors of wars.” I want to speak prophetically into the situation in which we are in at the moment. We’ve heard a lot about wars and rumors of wars, but we must understand that not everything is, as it appears. There are situations that we consider wars, that are actually rumors of wars. And there are things we consider rumors of wars, that are actually full-scale wars. And that’s one more reason why we don’t get our information from mainstream news, or what we read on social media, or any other method that people in the world normally use to get their information. We are, as people of God, to be “in the know.” We should have the inside track, and yet, it seems like sometimes, we’re about the last ones to figure things out, and it’s mainly because we’ve been better at hiding from the culture than speaking into, and influencing the culture. (I’m sorry that I must say that.)
The exciting thing is, God is revealing his secrets to His servants the prophets, but in addition, God is revealing His secrets to His prophetic company of people. And I will say, that if you are born again, and you are living in this time, which you are, that it’s for you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom! Jesus said that’s true, and I can recall from the scripture how the children of Issachar had understanding, because they knew the times, and knew what Israel should do.
Let me say it again: Don’t get your information from the same sources that the world receives their information from — at least not authoritative information. There may be some value in listening to, and being aware of, what other people are listening to. However, we are to allow the Holy Spirit to do His job. And Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth, and He would show us things to come. Just because you hear something on the Evening News doesn’t mean that it’s true, and it doesn’t mean that the reporter’s evaluation of the situation is accurate. But I will tell you someone who is always accurate, and that’s the Holy Spirit!
Notice something else: People, regardless of whether it’s those around us, or people on the news, in government, or education, or business, or entertainment — wherever they are, are always wanting to put everything in one of two categories: good and evil. If something is good, that it cannot be evil. And if something is evil, it cannot be good. Let’s remember: God does not want us to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He wants us to eat from the tree of life. Jesus said, I am come to give you life, and to give you that life in superabundance.
We are to eat from the tree of life. And here’s where you come in, as God’s favored retail location. The tree of life, the tree that you are eating from, is in the midst of the garden of God, and it was planted there for the healing of the nations! One leaf from that tree can feed a nation. One word from God can change entire cultures. Think about that.
I want to encourage you today, to go to your source — to eat from the tree of life. Then, begin to feed life to people all around you — and we’ll watch what God does. Can I hear an “Amen?!”
As I close this out, I’ll just remind you — that you are God’s ambassador; you’re his representative on the earth!
Scripture references: Eph 2:22, Heb 10:5, 1 Cor 6:19, Col 1:27, 1 John 4:4, Eph 3:20, 1 Cor 2:16, Phil 2:5, Matt 24:4-6, Amos 3:7, 1 Chron 12:32, John 16:13, Rev 2:7, Rev 22:2, John 10:10
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Craig DeMo, Ambassador Ministries International
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