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Saturday, November 5, 2022

I Don’t Have Enough Faith - I Ain’t no Un-Fortunate Son - Purity 881


  I Don’t Have Enough Faith - I Ain’t no Un-Fortunate Son - Purity 881

Purity 881 11/04/2022 Purity 881 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a South Adelaide sunset comes to us from Dave Baun Photography (https://www.facebook.com/DaveBaunPhotography) as Dave shared this back on August 16th asking: “Who doesn’t love a good sunset? I mean really, do you know anyone that doesn’t?”    

As much as I agree with Dave’s sentiments that we could assume that everyone loves a good sunset, I was reminded yesterday sometimes the things that we are so clear to us can be obscured or completely unseen by others.  “Everyone” is a whole lot of people and I bet there are some of us that know people that struggle to see the good in anything, even spectacular sunsets from South Australia. 

But that’s not me, that’s not me… I ain’t no Un-fortunate One

No, It ai’nt me, It ain’t me…. I ain’t no Un-fortunate son.   .   

Pardon the CCR song parody distortion but man, I lived in the shadow of the darkness of depression, pessimism, and skepticism for way too long  and the Lord opened my eyes to the truth of who He is, who Jesus Christ is, who I am in Christ, and I just can’t help but see the beauty that the Lord has made every where I look and when I hear supposed Christians lament about the darkness of the hour or the perceived lack in their lives I have to trumpet the truth  and be a voice of encouragement that tells anyone who will listen that God is good and He takes care of those who put their faith in Christ and choose to follow Him with the way they live their lives.   

Well it is Saturday, and while I have to work today, I know boo hoo, I pray that all my friends, whether working or not, have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend because regardless of our current circumstances the Lord has made a WAY for all of us to have peace with Him and an abundant life of freedom, love, peace, and joy.     

And that “WAY” is Jesus Christ. But you have to believe in Him, trust in Him, put your faith in Him, and receive what the Lord has given to us as  FORTUNATE adopted sons and daughters to the King.     

Yesterday, I was reminded of one of the biggest lies of the enemy, that runs rampant in churches and keeps Christians bound in bondage to sin, the victim mentality, and spiritual infancy.  

What is this lie that is repeated and proclaimed as a rationalization for repeated failures or lack of peace?  

The lie is: “I don’t enough faith.”   

Amazingly, the people who proclaim this lie even have a life verse to stand on. They echo the prayer of the father of a demon oppressed child who pleaded to Jesus in tears:

Mark 9:24 (NKJV)
24 … "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

Instead of standing in faith, they proclaim their unbelief, or a lack of an adequate faith, and lament of their lack of peace or “good feelings” or good circumstance s in their lives.  Instead of building up their faith and renewing their minds by studying and agreeing with what the word of God says about who they are in Christ, they claim a lack of faith capacity or the ability to believe.  

Other derivatives of this lie include: 

“I wish I could believe but I can’t.” 

“That may be true for them, but it’s not true for me.” 

“I don’t have the faith like them.”    

These dejected Unfortunate children of God have more faith in their failures than they do in the Lord.  By proclaiming their lack its not surprising they are sad because  they are making a self fulfilling prophecy of doom and depression.  They have forgotten the face of their Heavenly Father and have lost themselves in the mirror of self-introspection and fallen victim to fleeting feelings by not Abiding in Christ.

If I choose to I could see bad in everything. I could see that others are more gifted or “blessed” than me.  I can have a real pity party about all the things others have that I don’t.   I could even look at today’s sunset photo and tell you how it’s not so great or even go to a wild extreme and speak on how the sun is actually hostile to us and is just looking to give us sunburns and skin cancer, that that sunset is actually trying to kill us.   

Or I could choose to see the good in God’s creation and in my situation. 

But what if my situation is lacking? And it isn’t so good or has been better before? What if I can’t see the good here on the earth?  

That’s why we need God.

If we look to ourselves or the world, we would only see that things are falling apart and that we are all going to die.  

But the Lord sent Jesus Christ and showed us through His resurrection that death is not the end.  There is more to our existence then this life. There is an unseen spiritual realm, God’s kingdom, and Lord has a plan for His creation that will culminate in Christ returning and the eventual will establish a new heaven and a new earth.  

And not only do we have a bright future with the Lord but our faith in Christ also gives us power to overcome and to experience the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.   Before taking pity on the man and his demon oppressed son, Christ said

Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
23  … "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

He also said in

John 10:10 (NKJV)
10  … I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

So the sky is the limit, but we have to believe the abundant life that Jesus promised us is possible, We have to believe that it is available to us and we have to have faith and follow His wisdom to receive it. 

And when I say receive it, don’t get me wrong I am not talking about some prosperity gospel here.  Christ has already given us everything. He has given us eternal life.  And no matter what situation is if we realize what we have in Christ, we can see that even our Unfortuante circumstances will have some fortunate circumstances and regardless of what we have or done have materially, we have everything spiritually.

But if we doubt, if we disbelieve, or if we take our eyes off of Christ, we can believe the lie that we have nothing, or we don’t have enough faith.  

While we may lack somethings in this life, we have everything we need in Christ. And time and time again, scripture tells us that through faith we can receive all kinds of things like: healing, peace, freedom, victory, love, and joy.  

But if you are proclaiming your lack of faith or your unbelief, you won’t see the Glorious Son or all the things He has given you.  

So keep walking and talking with God and agree with what He says about you and allow your faith in Him provide you with the abundant life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit that he has for you.

 

 

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT2)
15  Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
16  But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Today’s verses encourage us to worship Christ as the Lord of our lives and explain to others that our hope comes from Him and to live a good life.  

Today’s verses set up the expectation that if Jesus is our Lord that we will live good lives that are beyond reproach and that will exemplify hope.  

Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus is the key to Christian living. We don’t stand on our freedom to do whatever we want, we follow Him and when we do that we have clear consciences and we will have a life of peace and hope that others can see.   

Our Christian faith is a belief that has no discernable difference from our unsaved neighbors.  Our faith is a lifestyle of righteous living. Our faith changes the way we live and the people we used to be and will cause us tell others about it.  

So if you don’t have peace or the abundant life, repent and worship Christ as your Lord and follow His Way that leads to a clear conscience and an ongoing testimony of righteous living and hope.  

  

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 6

On the Hidden Nature of the Christian Life

The Hiddenness of Prayer

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public. When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:5–8).

Jesus teaches his disciples to pray. What does that mean? We should not take for granted that we are allowed to pray. Of course, prayer is a natural need of the human heart, but that does not mean that human beings have a right to pray before God. Even when it is done with firm discipline and practice, it can be fruitless and without promise. The disciples may pray because it is Jesus who tells them to do so, and he truly knows the Father. He promises them that God will listen to them. So the disciples may pray only because they are in the community of Jesus, because they follow him. Anyone who is bound to Jesus in discipleship has access to the Father through him. Thus, every true prayer is mediated prayer. There is no such thing as unmediated praying. Even in prayer there is no unmediated access to the Father. Only through Jesus Christ may we find the Father in prayer. Faith, adherence to Christ, is the presupposition of prayer. He is the only mediator of our prayer. We pray trusting in his word. So our prayer is always prayer bound to his word.

We pray to God, in whom we believe through Christ. Therefore our prayer can never be a pleading with God. We do not need to pose before God. We may trust that God knows what we need before we ask for it. This gives our prayer greatest confidence and joyous certainty. It is not the formulation, not the number of words, but faith which reaches God’s fatherly heart that has known us so long.

Genuine prayer is not a deed, an exercise, a pious attitude. Rather it is the request of the child to the heart of the Father. That is why prayer is never demonstrative, neither before God nor before ourselves, nor before others. If God did not know what I need, then I would have to think about how I should tell God, what I should tell God, whether I should tell God. But the faith out of which I am praying prevents such reflecting or demonstrating.

Prayer is necessarily hidden. It is the opposite of a public act in every way. When people pray, they no longer know themselves; they know only God, to whom they are calling. Because prayer does not reach out into the world, but is directed solely to God, it is the least demonstrative act there is.[1]

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My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship



[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 152–153.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween – Satan’s Favorite Tricks and Treats - Purity 876


Happy Halloween – Satan’s Favorite Tricks and Treats - Purity 876

Purity 876 10/31/2022 Purity 876 Podcast

Good morning, 

Today’s photo of the sun peaking through a section of a post-peak autumn forest comes to us from yours truly as I felt moved to capture a few scenes of the Autumn season as it seems to be quickly slip sliding away as I walked along them west side of Wait Rd on Saturday.  

Well, Happy Halloween, although I suspect that some people would have been a lot happier if All Hallows Eve had fallen on a Friday or Saturday. But I know that those who may have wished that undoubtedly didn’t let the actual day of Halloween get in the way of celebrating it enthusiastically over the weekend. 

I myself, volunteered at a “Harvest Festival” that was a Harvest Festival in name only as the event hosted by Operation Adopt a Soldier at Gavin Park in Wilton featured a Haunted Hayride and gave out prizes each night for the best Halloween Costumes. So even though today is the day, for many Halloween is all but over as most of us have celebrated it already and won’t be doing much tonight as Tuesday morning and its work responsibilities will be coming quickly. 

However, today is the day and for some Halloween is their favorite holiday and they will be celebrating with all the gusto they can muster and may even arranged to take All Saints Day off in anticipation of the need to rest and recover from their less than Holy festivities.   

And in light of the great enthusiasm some have for Halloween, I have to ask the rhetorical question:  

If you like Halloween more than Christmas, does that mean you are going to hell?  

I’m just saying, if you take delight in a holiday that celebrates the macabre and dark supernatural things of this world more that the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ, is there any way that you have a place in God’s kingdom?

Or is Satan just driving around today looking at all the homes that are decked out with decorations that display witches, zombies, and ghosts and smiling and maybe singing that 1980 Queen Hit: “Another One Bites the Dust”?   

I don’t mean to take lightly the fact that some will be separated from God and be confined to a realm where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, but when I see people literally proclaiming that what is evil as good in such an outlandish fashion, some will be dressing up as Satan today, as a devil, a demon, it makes me see just how sinister the prince of darkness is and how well he has tricked most of mankind to dismiss his actual existence and subsequently reject the Lord and His word which warns us to have nothing to do with darkness.  

While today could serve as the most stark example of people either intentionally or unwittingly aligning themselves with the forces of darkness,  Satan delights in deceiving us in subtle ways as well.   

Satan disguises himself as an angel of light as well and so it doesn’t matter to him which of the many highways of hell that he diverts you to, He just doesn’t want you to put your faith in Jesus and decide to follow His narrow path that leads to the fruit of the Spirit in this life and ultimately to eternal life with God.   

I was reminded this weekend of how Satan uses the traumas of our human existence to convince us that we can be so broken that even God can’t heal us and that we need something other than God to find peace in this life.  

In my ministry work for Freedom in Christ ministries I have encountered Christians that have believed all kinds of lies about themselves that have kept them bond to sin and feeling defeated.  One man who is on prescription medication for depression and anxiety confessed that he believed that he would always be depressed and that he sort of indicated that his hope lied in the abilities of his physicians to get the medications “just right”.   

While I would never dissuade people from seeking medical treatments for physical ailments, I have trouble advocating medication as the way to peace.  Better life through chemistry is the methodology of addiction and I don’t care if they are street drugs found in a back alley, some herbal treatment found in a zen garden, or distributed by a pharmacist through doctor’s orders when we look for a physical substance to provide peace, we should really question if this was God’s plan for your life, that the only way to find peace was through taking or ingesting something.  

As someone who has worked in the mental health field as a counselor, I have seen the dangers of dependence on medications and becoming “put in the system” of mental health. I have seen people with relatively minor problems who once were somewhat self-sufficient become worse after they were diagnosed and told of their chronic problems. 

Did their conditions worsen on their own or did they become indoctrinated in a system of belief that told them they were a hopeless case, that they should never go off of their meds and that they were basically incapable of taking care of their selves?  

In mental health circles, there is much care but little hope for healing as the narratives surrounding mental maladies are that they incurable and the best we can do is manage the symptoms.  

But Christ said something else.  

John 14:27 (NKJV) HE said:
27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The world offers peace though medication, drugs, money, material possession, and creating the right circumstances or human relationships.   Tonight, Halloween offers sweet treats and wicked thrills from the safety of hiding behind a mask in the shadows of darkness

But Christ offers a different type of peace. He offers us peace with God and He invites us into the light of His truth and righteousness where we need not be ashamed and we need not hide.  And through faith in Him, Christ offers healing for our souls.  

Long before any antidepressants or anxiety medications were developed. Christ offered us peace and through walking in the Spirit we can know it, along with love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience, self-control, and joy.  He offers these things freely through faith and through His invitation to know Him and follow Him in the way we live our lives.   

So don’t celebrate the dark things of this world or take delight in your dark habits that will ultimately fail to satisfy, instead seek the Lord and the peace that found in Christ Alone.  That’s right keep walking and talking with God and you will see the truth and know the peace that comes from Him.

  

     

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Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT2)
9  “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Today’s Bible verse reminds us of the need to seek the Lord, because if we do we will find Him. So although short time this morning I made a point to share this verse because within in it there is the hope of peace and eternal life with the Lord.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5

On theExtraordinaryof Christian Life

The Enemy—the “Extraordinary” continues

In the New Testament, the enemy is always the one who hates me. Jesus does not even consider the possibility that there could be someone whom the disciple hates. Enemies should receive what sisters and brothers receive, namely, love from Jesus’ followers. The actions of the disciples should not be determined by the human actions they encounter, but by Jesus acting in them. The only source of the disciples’ action is the will of Jesus.

Jesus speaks of enemies, that is, of those who will remain our enemies, unmoved by our love; those who do not forgive us anything when we forgive them everything; those who hate us when we love them; those who insult us all the more, the more we serve them. “In return for my love they accuse me, even while I make prayer for them” (Ps. 109:4). But love must not ask if it is being returned. Instead, it seeks those who need it. But who needs love more than they who live in hate without any love? Who, therefore, is more worthy of my love than my foe? Where is love praised more splendidly than amidst love’s enemies?

This love knows no difference among diverse kinds of enemies, except that the more animosity the enemy has, the more my love is required. No matter whether it is a political or religious enemy, they can all expect only undivided love from Jesus’ followers. This love recognizes no inner conflict within myself, even between my being a private person and my being an officeholder. In both cases I can be only one who follows Jesus, or I am no follower of Jesus at all. I am asked, how does this love act? Jesus says: bless them, do good to them, pray for them without condition, without regard for who they are.

“Love your enemies.” While the previous command spoke only of defenseless suffering from evil, Jesus here goes much further. We should not only bear evil and the evil person passively, not only refuse to answer a blow with a blow, but in sincere love we should be fond of our enemies. Unhypocritically and purely we are to serve and help our enemies in all things. No offering which a lover would bring to a beloved can be too great and too valuable for our enemies. If, because of love for our kindred, we are obliged to offer our goods, our honor, and our life, then in the same way we are obliged to offer them for our enemies. Does this, then, make us participants in the evildoing of our enemies? No, for how should that love which is born not of weakness but of strength, which comes not from fear but from the truth,[141] become guilty of the hatred of another? And to whom must such love be given, if not to those whose hearts are suffocating in hate?

“Bless those who curse you.” If our enemies curse us because they cannot bear our presence, then we should lift our hands to bless them: “You, our enemies, be blessed by God; your curse cannot harm us, but may your poverty be filled by the riches of God, by the blessing of God, against whom you rail in vain. We shall willingly bear your curse, if only God’s blessing comes over you.”

“Do good to those who hate you.” Words and thoughts are not enough. Doing good involves all the things of daily life. “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink” (Rom. 12:20). In the same way that brothers and sisters stand by each other in times of need, bind up each other’s wounds, ease each other’s pain, love of the enemy should do good to the enemy. Where in the world is there greater need, where are deeper wounds and pain than those of our enemies? Where is doing good more necessary and more blessed than for our enemies? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”[143][1]

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at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

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These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxjSNstREpuGWuL0bF3U7w/featured

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship



[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 139–140.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Bondage Breaker Lesson 11




 I mentioned a few other resources in tonight's lesson so I share them here for those interested:



I also feel moved to share the content of the in class Handout I presented to the in class students: 

Bondage Breaker Lesson 11 Handout

 

8 Ways We Can Be Deceived

1.    First, we are deceiving ourselves if we hear or read God’s Word but don’t do what it says.  (James 1:22-24; John 13:17)

 

2.    Second, John wrote that “if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). We are not sinless saints; we are saints who sin. (Eph 4:25-27)

 

3.    Third, we are deceiving ourselves if we believe that we are someone other than who we really are.  (Gal 6:3; Rom 12:3)

 

4.    Fourth, we are deceived if we possess worldly wisdom yet lack an eternal perspective. (1 Cor 3:18-19)

 

5.    Fifth, we have deceived ourselves if we think that we are mature but can’t control what we say. (James 1:26; Eph 4:29-30)

 

6.    Sixth, we are deceived if we think we will face no consequences for our behavior. (Gal 6:7)

 

7.    Seventh, we are deceived if we believe that the unrighteous will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10; Matt 7:22-23)

 

8.    Eighth, we are deceived if we think we are incorruptible when we associate with the wrong crowd. (1 Cor 15:33)

If you have any questions about the origin of certain mental impressions, the validity of spiritual gifts, or the credibility of those who speak for God, we encourage you to petition God with the following prayer and declaration:

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I commit myself unreservedly to You. I desire to know and do Your will. I ask You to show me the true nature of this spirit, gift, or of this person claiming to be hearing from You. If I have been deceived in any way, I pray that You will open my eyes to the deception. Lord, if these impressions or gifts are from You, or if this person is sent by You, I gladly receive the message that I may grow and be edified by it. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Declaration: Now in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by His authority, I command all deceiving spirits to depart from me, and I renounce and reject all counterfeit gifts and all other spiritual manifestations that are not from God.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Purity 257


Purity 257  11/05/2020           

Good morning,

Today’s photo was taken by yours truly on Merry Rd in rural Amsterdam NY. The weather was very pleasant for November and the clarity of the blue skies and the brilliance of the sun made me thank the Lord and capture the moment.

It’s Thursday again and capturing moments is related to the message I will be teaching tonight at Celebrate Freedom as I will be sharing the importance of taking continuous and periodic inventories of our progress as we attempt to live our lives according to God’s will rather than our own. 

Walking away from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups isn’t easy at first but the freedom we experience can begin to define who we are as our new life becomes clearer and clearer as we leave our former darkness in the past. 

As funny as it may sound, walking in peace and joy goes against everything we ever knew in our old lives that were defined by conflicts, struggle, reactivity, and pain.  So as we walk we want to keep an eye on what we are thinking, saying, and doing to make sure we are not slipping into those old familiar patterns of brokenness.

As an added bonus, beyond the normal lesson I will expand upon the material to discuss the role of self-deception that can play a part in our going astray.  As familiar as we are with ourselves, sometimes we knowingly make decisions that will eventually lead to negative consequences and I intend to shine a light on the processes that we may be participating in that can halt our growth or negate our progress. 

One key to avoiding self-deception is simply to speak the truth. We need to speak the truth about: who God is, who we are, where we were, and where we want to go.  When we consider all of the above and stay committed to our walk with God, we will be far less likely to fall off.

Our walk is like riding a bike, we have to keep moving those legs. We have to keep peddling. We can rest for a while and coast from time to time but if we do that too often, we will slow down, lose our balance, and fall down.  Or if we are just coasting, we will run into a hill to climb unexpectedly and not have the momentum to overcome what would have been easily surpassed had we kept our momentum.  

It may seem like we are all alone on that bike and all we do is peddle, but God is with us and sometimes when we least expect it we can suddenly encounter a Mighty Rushing Wind that comes behind us to pick us up and to move us along just when we thought we weren’t going to make it. 

So keep going, God is with you on this ride and He will be there when it brings you to a new heaven and a new earth.

 God bless you all!